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    Which Schlage Encode™ wifi smart lock is right for me?

    March 21, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 21, 2023

    Schlage Encode locks | Schlage

    The Schlage Encode™ family of products is perfect for those who want to simplify access solutions for their homes. Here, we break down the features that are included in each Encode product as well as what makes each product unique.



    In the age of the smart home, it can be overwhelming to choose from all the different tech solutions that help us better manage our homes and our lives. When there are so many smart options for everything from lighting to locks, how do you know what solution best fits your needs? At Schlage, we have an ever-growing portfolio of innovative smart locks to give you peace of mind from anywhere. The Schlage Encode™ family of products is perfect for those who want to simplify access solutions for their homes. Below, we break down the features that are included in each Encode product as well as what makes each product unique.
    Schlage Encode locks stacked against blue gradient.

    The Schlage Encode™ Family

    Backed by a century of expertise in designing the most trusted locks, the Schlage Encode™ family offers the finest access point protection anywhere in the home and seamless integration with leading smart home technology like Google Home™ and Amazon Alexa.


    The Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Encode Smart WiFi Lever share core qualities that live up to the legacy they were built on. While each is unique, the features below are true to all Schlage Encode devices.

    Anywhere access

    Built-in WiFi compatibility enables an easy setup and secure connection to a home WiFi network. Use the Schlage Home app to control and monitor locks from anywhere.

    Peace of mind

    Manage multiple locks at once, each with up to 100 access codes. View timestamped past activity, schedule temporary codes and customize notifications via the Schlage Home app.

    Voice control

    Use Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for optional hands-free control when paired with a voice-enabled device and the Schlage Home app.


    Auto-lock relocks doors on schedule, if desired. Try one-touch locking at the exterior touchscreen to lock up more easily.

    Advanced Security

    A secure, encrypted connection supports a built-in alarm system to detect forced entry attempts. Featuring a fingerprint-resistant touch screen, 20-minute UL Fire Rating and graded highest by ANSI/BHMA.

    Easy install

    DIY in minutes with a screwdriver and Schlage’s Snap ‘n Stay™ design for hands-free installation with guided instructions. Fits standard doors.

    Battery Operated

    Four AA batteries are needed and included with packaging. Get up to six months of battery life with weeks of advanced low battery notice. One backup key also included.


    In case of a WiFi outage, Schlage Encode Smart WiFi devices are Bluetooth compatible to prevent lockouts when paired with the Schlage Home app.


    Users get a limited lifetime mechanical and a three-year electronics warranty. Details can be found at

    These features make the Encode family the perfect choice for simple home access and remote lock management. With the free Schlage Home App on your smartphone, you can check the status of your locks, set up temporary or recurring access codes, and view lock activity logs – peace of mind in the palm of your hand. To learn which Encode smart lock is best for you, check out the features and best use applications unique to each product outlined below.

    Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt

    Best for Apple Home Key Integration

    Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt
    If you like to go all in with Apple devices and compatibility, the Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt is your ideal smart lock. Encode Plus works with Apple® home keys, so you can easily lock and unlock your door using your Apple Watch®, iPhone® and HomeKit®, plus seamlessly manage codes and more with the Schlage Home App. No more fussing with physical keys – simply tap to lock and unlock with your Apple Watch or iPhone using the digital key stored in your Apple Wallet®. Enjoy smarter home access with trusted convenience and security.

    Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt

    Control and monitor your home from anywhere with built-in WiFi

    Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt
    With the Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, there’s no need to purchase an extra accessory or hub to control your lock from anywhere. Simplify your home access with a lock that uses built-in WiFi to give you total control and peace of mind at your fingertips. You can also pair your Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Alexa or Google Assistant to control your lock with simple voice commands. The perfect solution for smart homes utilizing a range of technologies, the Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt has a wide variety of integrations to work seamlessly within your smart home system.

    Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Lever

    Smart access control inside and out

    Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever
    The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever brings easy and secure access to even more doors throughout your home. Easily upgrade any residential door that uses a knob or lever to a smart door handle, enabling seamless access from anywhere to control more doors in your home. Ideal for exterior side entry and garage doors or interior doors like offices, basements and utility rooms, this is the best smart lock choice for any door prepped with a standard single bore hole. With the Encode Smart WiFi Lever, smart access doesn’t stop at the front door.

    No matter which product you choose, you can have confidence that the Encode family of smart locks is backed by over a century of durability and strength from Schlage. Since Walter Schlage’s invention of the first push-button lock in 1920, we’ve led the industry in innovation. Schlage door hardware meshes security and beauty with modern technology for highly durable, forward-thinking home access solutions. Our Encode family of products are built to withstand and uphold our commitment to quality design and construction. Learn more about our smart locks and trust your home to Schlage.


    What does that mean? Real estate terms defined.

    March 10, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 10, 2023

    Home for sale | Schlage

    Whether you’re buying your first home or have been around the block a time or two, knowing real estate terms will work to your advantage. Use this list to help you interpret real estate listings.



    Whether you’re buying your first home or have been around the block a time or two, knowing real estate terms will work to your advantage. Some terms and abbreviations might be familiar – 3BR/2BA is a three-bedroom, 2-bathroom home – while others could be a little trickier if the seller is trying to make a house look better than it is. Use this list to help you interpret real estate listings. It could mean the difference between looking endlessly at a bunch of duds and finding the home of your dreams.
    Light yellow suburban home with red for sale sign in front.

    Common real estate listing terminology

    All original details

    All original details: This could be original hardwood flooring, molding and other architectural details – perfect if you’re looking for a charming, historically accurate house. Make sure those original details are still in good condition, though.



    As-is: What you see is what you get. The seller is not willing to make any repairs before you move in, even for something that turns up during the home inspection. There could be several reasons a seller lists the house “as-is” and the good news is that not all of them are bad. The condition will usually be reflected in the price.

    Active with contract (AWC)

    Active with contract (AWC): If you see a listing or your agent says a home is active with contract, know that the seller has already accepted an offer on the house but is still entertaining other offers in case the original one falls through.

    Back on market (BOM)

    Back on market (BOM): The house has gone back on the market after issues with a contract on a prior pending sale.


    Conventional sale

    Conventional sale: This is often an easier transaction than other kinds of sales because there is no existing mortgage on the property or the homeowner owes less on their mortgage than what they could sell the property for.



    Cozy/charming/quaint: These can all be code words for a really small house with tiny, if any, closets.


    Easement: A property with an easement means that another person has legal rights to use that property even while the title is still in the owner’s name. This is often the case in situations like paths to public space or beach access.


    Gross living area

    Gross living area: Related to square footage, gross living area (GLA) indicates how much of the home is actual living space. An unfinished basement, for example, would be included in the home’s square footage but not the GLA measurement.


    Hidden gem/hidden potential/opportunity

    Hidden gem/hidden potential/opportunity: If you don’t want a fixer-upper, avoid hidden gems with hidden potential or that are full of opportunity. That’s sometimes code for “needs a lot of work.

    Lovingly maintained

    Lovingly maintained: A sign that the current homeowner has lived there for quite a long time, “lovingly maintained” often means the house is clean and well-cared for but not updated with modern appliances or décor.


    Traditional vs. Modern

    Traditional vs. Modern: There’s nothing wrong with a traditional home, but beware the listing that uses the word to hide that it’s old and unkept. A home described as modern can be any number of things. It could be an older home with updated plumbing and electrical systems. Or it could be one recently built in a suburban neighborhood.


    Motivated seller

    Motivated seller: The homeowner is trying to sell and move quickly, which could work to the buyer’s advantage in terms of price. A seller may be highly motivated because they’ve already closed on another house or need to relocate quickly for work. However, it could also be because of a problem with the house that they’re just completely over dealing with. Find out why they’re motivated before you sign anything.

    Priced to sell

    Priced to sell: This is usually a seller’s way of saying they aren’t open to negotiating or that they’ve already reduced the price. An offer below the asking price could prevent you from getting the house.


    Conventional sale

    Conventional sale: This is often an easier transaction than other kinds of sales because there is no existing mortgage on the property or the homeowner owes less on their mortgage than what they could sell the property for.


    Move-in ready vs. Handyman special

    Move-in ready vs. Handyman special: Move-in ready means that you don’t have to do a thing to make it livable. Appliances and fixtures up to code, although they may or may not be top-of-the-line. Expect to pay extra for this. A handyman special or investor special, on the other hand, is going to require lots and lots of work. You better have some serious DIY skills or be ready to get a contractor and pay the pros to make it your dream house. If there are only pictures of the house’s exterior, beware.

    One of a kind

    One of a kind: Pay attention to this phrase as a potential red flag. You might like unique and eccentric, but a “one of a kind” house can often mean there’s something so different about it that it’s difficult to live in. Similarly, “fanciful” means it’s just going to be weird.


    Real estate owned (REO)

    Real estate owned (REO): A house that is REO is owned by a bank, government agency or lender. You usually see this after a failed foreclosure auction or short sale.


    Real property

    Real property: You may see reference to real property, which in addition to the home, includes land with anything permanent on it, such as trees, fences and other buildings like a shed.

    Short sale

    Short sale: Not to be confused with a sale that takes little time, a short sale house is one in which the homeowner is selling their house for less than they owe on the mortgage. It may or may not happen with a foreclosure.


    Vibrant neighborhood

    Vibrant neighborhood: This sounds exciting, but it’s also vague. Vibrant could mean lively restaurants and fun, quirky shops nearby. It could also mean a bus stop on your front porch. It’s also worth being cautious about listings in a “quiet neighborhood” since that could mean any number of things in reality.

    Real estate acronyms

    While you probably know BD or BR is bedroom and HOA stands for Homeowner’s Association, a few other acronyms may be less obvious.


    • AEK: All electric kitchen
    • ATT: Attached garage
    • CH: Central heat
    • CPT: Carpet or carport
    • D/D: Dishwasher and garbage disposal
    • DK: Deck
    • EXR: Exercise room
    • F/Fin BSMT: Fully finished basement
    • FP: Fireplace
    • HDW: Hardwood floors
    • LA: Living area
    • NAT GS HT: Natural gas heat
    • SEC: Security system
    • S/P: Swimming pool or A/G PL for above-ground pool

    Find more real estate resources at and tips for moving and settling into your new home at the Schlage blog.


    Natural materials to weave into your home decor.

    March 07, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 7, 2023

    Decor with natural materials | Schlage

    We’ve gathered our favorite examples to help you envision the possibilities natural materials can bring into your home.



    If you’re tired of trying to keep up with the latest home décor trends, 2023 might feel like a breath of fresh air. With an emphasis on the unique, eclectic, imperfect and unexpected, styling your home in 2023 is all about expressing your personal tastes and elevating timeless staples. One simple approach to making your home more timeless and upscale is to begin weaving in natural materials. Natural wood, stone, and fabrics may seem like more of an up-front investment, but they will fill your home with classic character that only gets better with time. We’ve gathered our favorite examples to help you envision the possibilities natural materials can bring into your home.  
    Home decor with natural materials featuring a rattan chair, cane console, wicker basket with green plant and stone lamp.

    Natural woodgrain

    Wood has an organic warmth that brings peace and balance to home décor. A myriad of texture possibilities and wide variety of stain and finish options make wood an incredibly versatile choice for interior design. Light wood in a matte finish is a modern take on this natural material, while dark, glossy finishes can skew more traditional and vintage.

    Kitchen with wood cabinets, white island and marble look quartz countertops

    Wood cabinetry

    When we think of wood cabinetry, often the first thing to come to mind is a dated kitchen from the 80s or 90s – glossy, yellowed wood that looks dated and heavy. Not a style most of us are looking to revive! However, wood cabinets are making a comeback in 2023 – but with a much more modern, timeless appeal. For kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities, real wood can make a statement with modern lines and hardware.

    Wood flooring

    Timeless and kind underfoot, wood is a longstanding popular flooring choice for a reason. Hardwood flooring is always classic and lends comfort and style to your home. To avoid wood floor tones that may go out of style, stick to neutral stains ranging from very pale, light-colored wood floors to mid-toned brown or even a dark, espresso hardwood. Yellow, orange and gray-toned wood floors are more likely to feel dated rather than classic.

    Bold living room with matte black walls and natural materials, hardwood floors, wood cabinet, and green plants.

    Wood furniture

    To keep wood furniture looking fresh and contemporary, opt for light wood, matte finishes and simple shapes. Playful curves and modern lines provide the silhouettes to make your natural wood furniture hip and on-trend.


    A quick word of caution: because light wood is a popular choice for furniture right now, many fast-furniture suppliers are selling cheap veneers and faux options. Make sure to read the specifications to see if an item you’re considering is made from solid wood – if not, it is more likely to look cheapy and fall apart with use. If new wood furniture isn’t in your budget, scour estate sales, online platforms, and resale stores to find real wood furniture that you can easily breathe new life into. Stripping an outdated finish and re-sealing is a great DIY option for scoring solid wood furniture on a budget.

    Wood home decor accents

    If you’re not ready to commit to large-scale wood elements like kitchen cabinets or flooring, you can still incorporate wood home décor accents throughout your home to help create a natural, organic feel. Style shelving with wooden bowls, picture frames, candle sticks and other wood elements. In the kitchen, styling your counters with cutting boards, rolling pins, and wooden spoons can create a cozy charm that can lean as sophisticated or rustic as you prefer.

    Natural stone

    Stone can make a lovely statement in the home – with so many gorgeous varieties and applications to choose from, it can be hard to know how and where to add natural stone into your space. The most on-trend interior designs incorporate stone as an unexpected, dramatic way to usher in organic beauty. Look for unique hues, bold veining, and even imperfections that bring character.

    Kitchen with stone vases and stone backsplash.

    Natural stone countertops

    White marble countertops are perhaps the most common natural stone element found in modern kitchens. While this aesthetic is timeless and rightfully beloved, interior designers are often opting for more dramatic colors and less-common materials like soapstone, travertine, and limestone. Stone is also being used more and more as a backsplash material; think dark, moody colors and pronounced patterns.

    Stone flooring

    If you’re on the hunt for a super durable flooring that will patina over time, natural stone flooring is an ideal solution. Oversized slate or limestone tiles can ground your space and live up to harsh wear and tear. Yet, don’t expect your natural stone floor to always look as perfect as the day it’s installed. Natural stone flooring is intended to change with wear; a scratch from moving furniture or a slightly worn pattern from constant traffic are expected ways your natural stone floor will charm you with a lived-in, authentic appeal.

    Stone accents

    Another way to go bold with natural stone is to layer this material in throughout your styling of shelves and surfaces. Slate coasters, marble lamps, and stoneware vases are a fun way to lean into the trend of blending the old and the new. Look for natural stone accessories at antique stores, estate sales, and even flea markets. Once you find a vintage treasure, pair it with a modern design element in your home for a luxe visual impact.

    Dining room with stone flooring and wooden furniture.

    Woven Natural Materials

    Furniture, rugs and baskets woven from natural materials are an amazing source of texture and visual interest for your home. They provide an airy and light mood that can perk up dull spaces. You may hear terms like wicker and rattan and be confused on what makes each unique and desirable. Below, we’ve outlined the most common woven natural materials to make it easier for you to identify the styles you prefer.


    Harvested from climbing palms native to Southeast Asia, rattan is a natural material that looks a bit like bamboo but is more flexible and thus more suitable for weaving. Rattan can be used on its own to make furniture and is usually sealed or painted to protect against moisture. Rattan can also be processed to be woven into caning or wicker.

    Rattan chair


    Cane is processed from the outer bark of the rattan plant. Thin strips of cane are woven, usually in a flat, web-like pattern to be used in various furniture applications like the back of a chair or face of a cabinet.

    Cane attached to chair seat.


    Wicker refers to the process of weaving rather than the material itself. While wicker can be woven from the interior, reed-like part of the rattan plant, it can also be made from bamboo, reeds, willows, and other natural materials. For outdoor furniture especially, wicker is often crafted from man-made materials to better withstand the elements.

    wicker chair

    No matter your personal tastes when it comes to home décor and interior design, look to incorporate your favorite natural materials to increase your home’s value and aesthetic. As you begin to weave natural materials into your home, work to create a balance between old and new styles for a more lived-in, organic feel. If you’re struggling to make the look cohesive, consider what metal hardware finishes might be outdated, creating a clash. Natural materials tend to pair best with matte black (a nod to vintage ironwork), satin brass, and chrome finishes. For more interior design ideas to help elevate your home, browse our blog, Pinterest and Instagram


    Surprising ways to decorate odd corners in your home.

    March 03, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 3, 2023

    Reading nook corner | Schlage

    No matter where you live or in what era your home was built, we all have a corner that irks us. We believe that spaces like that are the perfect opportunity for a tiny detail that makes you smile.



    No matter where you live or in what era your home was built, we all have a corner that irks us. Décor doesn’t fit right, there’s a weird notch in the wall that’s not big enough or square enough to hold any furniture or it’s just dark and uninviting. We believe that spaces like that are the perfect opportunity for a tiny detail that makes you smile. Will it be 100% functional? Maybe. Maybe not. Will it be perfect just for you? Absolutely. Try these ideas.
    Cozy reading nook corner with bookshelf and chair.

    Kitchen counter corner

    When we think of decorating the kitchen, we often default to choosing attractive appliances and pretty cabinets. Those are important, but they don’t solve the issue of the unused corner. You put a fruit bowl there, but because it was out of sight, the produce went mushy before you could eat it. The toaster left all kinds of hard-to-clean crumbs. The mail stacks up for absolutely no reason. What now?


    Ask yourself if that out of-the-way corner would be a good place for a smart speaker or your voice assistant? Getting ingredient substitutions from Alexa while you cook is handy, but you don’t want to splatter on her. A Bluetooth speaker to play your favorite music or podcasts is another option.


    If the corner goes unused because it’s dark, add some undercabinet lighting. This could be as simple as an adhesive LED light strip or puck light. With a bit of illumination, you’ll be able to see forgotten fruit or even just a piece of artwork that brings you joy.


    We’ll leave you with this crazy idea: leave it empty. Filling every last inch of counterspace can make your kitchen feel cluttered and messy. Just leave that corner alone.

    Miniature shower shelf

    Your shampoo and conditioner, their shampoo and body wash, everyone has a loofa. That tiny shelf just wasn’t cutting it, so you got a caddy to hang from the showerhead. These can be stylish, by the way, instead of just those standard wire eyesores. Unfortunately, now you’re annoyed by the wasted space of that unused shelf.


    Hear us out on this one. Add plants. Some house plants need a lot of moisture and humidity. Try varieties that thrive in steamy showers, like pothos, yet don’t get too big. You might be surprised by how much you enjoy that little bit of greenery while you start your day.

    Under the stairs

    We love those little reading nooks people are always building in the empty space under their staircase. But unless you’re ready to hire a professional or have some pretty high-level DIY skills yourself, that might be out of reach. Instead, try a simple, artistic route. If the nook is little more than a notch, paint the interior an accent color. Contrast it with the rest of the wall paint to help the visual interest pop.


    You could also turn it into a plant pocket . In other words, choose indoor plants that don’t require a lot of light or find some artificial plants to your liking, and fill the space. You can mount planters to the walls, install some basic shelving – a little corner caddy like this one might be nice – or simply stack them on some upcycled crates, depending on how large the space is. Then turn that awkward opportunity into a jungle oasis.


    Finally, make it storage. Maybe you put a boot tray or shoe rack underneath if it’s near your front door. Perhaps you install cubbies to hold toys, books or blankets and other linens. It could also be the “wine cellar” you’ve always dreamed of.

    Odd-shaped corner

    A chair won’t fit, artwork will never be seen by guests and it’s so dark and uninspiring. It’s the monster that is the weird wall cutout. You have more options for decorating here than you might realize. First, you could channel your inner child. Choose soft, formless seating – think beanbag – that will mold to the shape of the space. You might want to hang a floating shelf to house a book or two. Hang it lower than usual to use it as a side table for a drink. Try installing wire-free sconces for some extra light that doesn’t require floorspace or an electrician.


    Second, you could turn it into a meditation corner. So many of us are looking for retreats to escape to since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. A small meditation pillow or bolster, a floating shelf to hold a candle or incense, a small plant and maybe a bit of artwork won’t require a lot of square footage. And it doesn’t matter if those items aren’t on display for everyone to see because that’s not the point. This space is all about you.

    Split-level landing

    The house we grew up in was a split level with a small landing by the front door. There might have been enough room for a small corner table, but every time you walked by, you were bound to knock into it with a bag. Wall scuffs were the bane of my father’s existence. So what do you do when you have an entryway that can’t be built out and barely has enough room to maneuver in?


    The key here is to think flat, whether it’s storage like a narrow IKEA shoe cabinet or décor. Since we’re thinking specifically of solutions that bring joy – storage can make us happy, but still – try a mirror. It can make a space feel larger and brighter. If you or your little ones are constantly knocking into things on the wall, you might opt for patterned wallpaper or a mural to create some visual interest without the tripping and bumping hazard.

    Close neighbors

    Our current neighborhood has a lot of new construction and we’re always surprised by just how close the houses are to each other. Who owns that skinny patch of grass in between? Will a lawnmower even fit? When you have a postage stamp-sized yard, you need a way to keep it looking nice without expending an unreasonable amount of energy to do it.


    One idea is to skip the grass and go for low-maintenance stone ground cover. Something like crushed granite is attractive and easy to lay. The stone eliminates the need for frequent mowing and, depending on where you live, can be an environmentally friendly option in that in doesn’t require watering. If you want to keep the green, look for low-maintenance plant varieties like a “Fire Spinner” ice plant in the Midwest and south or creeping thyme if you live farther north. Think of all the other things you can do that you might enjoy when you’re not expending an unreasonable amount of energy on curb appeal upkeep.

    We hope this gives you some ideas for how you can turn a space that used to be a pain in the neck into one that brings you greater levels of peace and joy. You should feel comfortable in your own home. Find more ways to do that at the Schlage blog – you might like these tips for creating a calm home during stressful times – or check out some fresh ideas on Pinterest.


    How to add value to your home simply from the inside out.

    February 24, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 24, 2023

    Yellow front door | Schlage

    Make the right home design updates by choosing projects that are known to add value and resale potential.



    Your home should feel comfortable in all ways, from the day you move in to the day you finally sell it—if that’s in the cards for you. Maybe you’re upgrading your home because your interior design style has changed. Perhaps you’re staging your home for showings. In the grand scheme, it doesn’t matter why you want to increase the value of a home, but how you choose to do so. Many homeowners resort to landscaping first-thing, but here’s some advice and more ideas to help inspire a better home design.
    Suburban stone home with pale yellow front door and matte black front door handle.

    Upgrade your hardware finishes and trims

    Examine the hardware on doors, sinks, cabinets; is it worth keeping? Do you have a brand-new build to furnish? Chances are, you need new hardware to add any significant value to a home. Consider the paint colors and the shape of each room—do they have something in common? Which finishes compliment the entire home, if any? Do any two or three finishes work well together? Play around with your style and mix and match to add value with shiny new accents in your home.

    Make it energy-efficient and smart home ready

    Your home is worth more with smart technology already in place. Many home buyers look for a house with updated and connected devices like smart deadbolts, thermostats and more for easy comfort and security. The easier you make it for new residents to install and activate a smart home system, the more they’re willing to pay for the added value.


    Smart devices make life more convenient and help homeowners save energy by automating or sensing when someone’s home, for instance. Smart thermostats know when to pause and resume activity, lights go out when you leave and turn on when you return. Even preparing a home with more basic technology, like an in-wall surround sound system, to integrate with a smart home system helps increase its value. Before you buy any new smart devices, find which smart devices are best for your home based on what’s compatible and the features you wish.

    Paint your trims, doors and more

    A fresh coat of paint can make a room or your home look unrecognizable in the best of ways. But painting any part of your home, inside or outside, is a big job to tackle. What about refreshing your painted trims or the color of your front door?


    It’s not always necessary to paint a whole room or add brand new siding to increase the value of a home. We recommend mapping where in your home needs fresh paint and going from there. You may be surprised at what little needs done to make a big difference.

    Clear your space to make it more adaptable

    Add even more value to your home with brand new construction, a simple remodel or just decluttering. A free and open indoor space is more appealing to buyers and appraisers than feeling closed in. Consider making room with fewer decorations and furniture on the floors; shelves could be your new best friend for space-saving storage and decorating. A clutter-free home with plenty of room to move throughout is best for entertaining guests and easy everyday living.

    Your home doesn’t need to change much to be totally different. Take a good look around and realize a more beautiful, versatile space for the next resident or family to enjoy. Maybe your hardware needs renewed or it feels crowded in spots. Go beyond landscaping and increase the value of your home for longer. See more at


    Door hinge buying guide: How to find replacement hinges.

    February 22, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, February 22, 2023

    door hinge | Schlage

    If your door hinges show signs of wear and tear, it might be time to replace them. Learn how to choose the best type of hinge for your door.



    When it comes to door hardware, hinges are unsung heroes. We tend to forget about them until a door has trouble opening or closing. Luckily, replacing hinges is a straightforward process that requires only a few simple steps. But before diving into the installation process, you'll need to choose the right hinges. 


    This handy guide will walk you through everything you need to know to choose the right replacement door hinge. With a few simple tools and a little know-how, you'll have your door looking and working like new in no time.

    Woman opening bathroom door with black Schlage door hinges.

    When should door hinges be replaced?

    The average door hinge should last 10-15 years. One of the best ways to prolong the life of your hinges is to periodically lubricate them with WD40. However, this won't completely protect from factors such as wear and tear or a heavy door. Here are a few signs that it could be time to replace your door hinges:


    • Your doors are sagging or drooping
    • Your doors are hard to open and close
    • Your hinges are squeaking
    • Your hinges are loose
    • There is visible damage to your hinges

    Consider the corner style

    Schlage door hinges come in one of three corner hinge styles: 1/4" radius, 5/8" radius, and square. These styles refer to the shape of the hinge when it's viewed from the side. Most homes will have either round 1/4" radius or square corner hinges, but it's not uncommon to find homes with 5/8" radius corners.


    To determine the corner style of your hinges, take a look at their outer corners. If the corner is at a 90-degree angle, it's a square corner hinge. If the corner is rounded, it's either a 1/4" radius or a 5/8" radius. A 1/4" radius corner will fit a dime along the curve, and a 5/8" radius will fit a quarter.


    You can also refer to your existing hinges when choosing replacements. To make the installation go as easily as possible, choose the same corner style as the existing hinges on your door. Be sure to transfer the corners and screw holes for a complete look.

    Choose your finish

    Hinges are available in a variety of finishes to match any décor. The finish is applied to the metal of the hinge, so it will be visible when the door is open. While it may seem like a minor detail, the style and finish of your hinges can really help tie your whole home together.


    Consider your existing door locks, levers, knobs, and other hardware found in the home. While you don’t need all the metal hardware throughout your house to match, it is standard to match the finish of hinges with your existing door hardware. Some popular finishes for door hinges include:


    • Bright Chrome
    • Satin Nickel
    • Aged Bronze
    • Satin Brass
    • Matte Black


    At Schlage, we carry a variety of popular finishes to match any décor. Browse through our hinges and other door hardware accessories to find what you need.

    Door hinges - Schlage

    Select the right size

    Once you have chosen your finish, you'll need to measure your existing hinges to determine the correct size.


    In most homes, interior doors will use 3.5" hinges, while exterior door hinges will typically be 4" to support the additional weight of the door.

    How to measure door hinges

    To accurately measure your door hinges, you'll need a measuring tape and a few minutes.


    • Start by removing one of your door's existing hinges.

    • With the hinge removed, use a measuring tape to measure the width and height of the hinge. Be sure to write down these measurements or take a picture for reference.

    • Now, measure the distance between the top and bottom of the hinge's "knuckle." This is the part of the hinge that connects the two leaves. This measurement will help you determine the correct "length" of the hinge.

    • Finally, measure the thickness of your door. Most interior doors are 1 3/8" thick, while exterior doors are 1 3/4" to 2" thick. Be sure to choose a hinge with the correct door thickness for your project.


    Another simple way to choose a replacement hinge is to take an existing hinge with you to the store. You can also transfer the pattern of the hinge onto a piece of paper using a pencil. However, if you are buying online, simply knowing the size and corner style is usually enough.

    If you’re looking to update your home with simple DIYs that improve both the functionality and style of your home, check out the Schlage blog and follow us on Instagram and Pinterest. We’re always adding new project ideas and how-to tips for home improvement! 


    How to fix a squeaky door hinge.

    February 17, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 17, 2023

    Fix squeaky hinge | Schlage

    Fixing a squeaky door hinge is an easy DIY. Block off a bit of time and you can stop a squeaky door with some easy maintenance.



    Squeaky door hinges are a common frustration. While the noise itself is a bother, it can become a real nuisance when a squeaky door wakes up your sleeping baby or causes you to lose focus when working from home. Fortunately, fixing a squeaky door hinge is an easy DIY. Block off a bit of time and you can stop a squeaky door with some easy maintenance.
    Open front door with list of ways to fix squeaky hinges.

    What is the best way to stop squeaky door hinges?

    The answer here depends on your specific situation. In many scenarios, all you need is a quick application of lubricant to stop a door from squeaking. How do you lubricate door hinges? You can use either WD-40 or there are other household products you may have more readily available. Lubrication is a temporary fix that will require occasional re-application, but it is the easiest, most cost-effective solution for squeaky door hinges.


    If you have old or damaged door hinges that no longer function properly, your best option is going to be replacement. No amount of lubricant can revive a door hinge that has gotten pinched or rusted out. Or, if your current hinges are an outdated finish that doesn’t match the rest of the hardware in your home, this is the perfect opportunity to swap out your hinges for both style and functionality. Luckily, replacing a squeaky door hinge is a simple, relatively inexpensive upgrade that makes a big impact on your home.


    There’s a reason dad always kept a can of WD-40 in the garage – it’s perfect for fixing squeaky hinges of all sorts. Rocket Chemical Company created WD-40 to prevent rusting on aerospace technology in the 1950s. “WD” stands for “water displacement,” and it took the three-person team who developed it 40 attempts before finalizing the formula, giving the product its name. Rocket employees started taking the solvent home and using it on avariety of problems – from lubricating hinges and removing bugs from car windshields to removing road tar from cars. More than 75 years later, WD-40’s original formula still does the trick. 


    To fix a squeaky door with WD-40, you’ll want to use the smart straw on the side of the WD-40 can for precise application. Before spraying, tap the hinge pin so that it is slightly raised – if it is covered in thick gunk, it’s a good idea to give it a quick clean with a cotton swab. Then, hold a paper towel or rag under the hinge to catch any drips. Positioning the end of the smart straw about an inch away, spray in short bursts along the hinge, making sure to hit the hinge pin and any seams so that the WD-40 can travel down into the hinge itself. To clean up the excess WD-40 on the outside of the hinge, use a damp, soapy cloth or multipurpose cleaner and then buff dry to prevent rust. If you raised the hinge pin, make sure to tap it back down into place before moving on. 


    One application should stop a squeaky door for quite a while, but the WD-40 will eventually dry up, necessitating re-application. 

    Household items

    WD-40 isn’t the only option – there are other temporary fixes for squeaky hinges. Angi has some great tips on household items that will fix a squeaky door.


    • Bar soap - Just rub it on your hinges until they are coated.

    • Petroleum jelly – Remove the pin from your hinge and cover it in petroleum jelly before reinserting.

    • Paraffin candles – Remove the pin from your hinges and rub hot wax onto it before reinserting.

    • Olive oil – Use a cotton swab to apply a little bit on top of your hinges.


    When using these common household products, be sure to concentrate on the hinges and avoid contacting doors as much as possible. Clean up any overapplication to prevent a sticky mess.

    New hinges

    Chances are, you probably haven’t thought much about the style or finish of your hinges, but it’s often the small details that make the biggest impact in tying a room together. Replacing your hinges serves a dual purpose: improve the functionality of your door while also adding beauty and consistency throughout your home. If you just updated your door hardware with a Matte Black finish, swapping your Bright Brass hinges for Matte Black is a small and simple project that makes a big difference. Schlage carries hinges in a variety of finishes to match any décor.

    Door hinges - Schlage

    See how easy updating your hinges is in our step-by-step instructions and enjoy smooth-swinging, beautiful hinges throughout your home.


    Find more how-to tips and decorating ideas on our blog and follow us on Instagram and Pinterest.


    How to stop door drafts and better insulate your home

    February 15, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, February 15, 2023

    Energy efficient DIYs | Schlage

    Because nearly half of the average family’s energy bill goes toward heating and cooling, Schlage offers you key temperature-control DIYs to improve your home.



    When you’re trying to waste less household energy, blocking door drafts and window drafts is a great place to start. Because nearly half of the average family’s energy bill goes toward heating and cooling, conserving energy in your home can make a big impact on your wallet and protecting the environment. Learn how to tell where drafts are coming in, how to weatherproof your doors and windows, and other temperature-control DIYs to conserve energy and save money.
    DIY projects to improve energy efficiency.

    How do I find where air is leaking around my doors and windows?

    As doors and windows age, or as the weather changes, you might find gaps around the seams that let air in or out. Check two places for leaks in order to stop door drafts. First, look between the wall and the window frame or door frame. One way to do this is by lighting a candle or a stick of incense near the suspected draft. Watch the flame or blow it out and watch the smoke. If the flame flickers or the smoke blows away, you’ve found your leak. To test a door, take a dollar bill or piece of paper and close the door with it underneath. If you can pull the paper out easily, the seal is weak or insufficient. Repeat the test above the door and near the hinges as well. 

    How do I stop air from coming through my window?

    To block window drafts, use caulk around the sash or frame on both the interior and exterior. Only caulk areas that don’t need to move. Second, examine those areas that do need to move, like around a window’s rail and sash. Give the window a little shake. If you hear it rattling around, the seal is not doing its job and keeping out the draft.


    To weatherproof windows, use a window insulation kit or insulation film. This film also comes in a kit and can be installed on the window’s interior or exterior. Some people claim bubble wrap is a cheaper alternative to insulate your windows, but we like that the film doesn’t obstruct your views. Apartment Therapy’s guide to installing window insulation film shows how simple this DIY task can be.

    How do I stop air from coming through my door?

    The first thing to check to stop door drafts is fixing the door alignment. This is also an important factor for improving your security. Once your door is properly aligned, apply weather stripping to block the remaining draft and insulate your door. On the sides and above the door, use foam tape. Underneath the door, you may need to install a door sweep to seal any gaps.


    A door sweep is usually a metal strip attached to the bottom of the door with a rubber or bristled strip below that. This second piece is what weatherproofs your door against air, dirt and moisture. Lowe’s offers a handy tutorial and more tips on which kind of weather stripping you might need to best insulate your door.

    What should I do to insulate my home?

    You can lose a lot of heat in the winter if your home has insulation that’s too thin or of the wrong variety. And it’s not just about insulating the walls. Heat rises, so your attic should be well-insulated to keep the warmth down where you are. Basements and crawl spaces that attract dank and cold should also be inspected for improvement opportunities. You can add insulation to existing walls and spaces with spray foam, so you won’t necessarily need to open up any drywall or make a big mess.  


    Home Depot has a helpful guide on thetypes of insulation used in different areas of your home and the recommended rating for your climate. 

    How to insulate water pipes and water heaters?

    Some of your appliances and fixtures might also need an extra layer to protect against freezing – just like when you put on an extra sweater. Not only will insulating water pipes and heaters help them work more efficiently, but it could also keep them from breaking completely. Water pipes especially can freeze and burst, creating more headaches than just a high energy bill. Pipes on an exterior wall are particularly susceptible to freezing or losing heat to cold surrounding air, leading to icy showers. Your water heater faces the same challenges when exposed to cold environments.  


    To insulate water pipes, you can use traditional foam insulation, which looks a bit like a pool noodle and slides easily onto existing pipes. also recommends spray foam insulation or fiberglass pipe covers, depending on how hot you need the pipes to be and the climate where you live. Insulate your water heater with a water heater blanket or pipe insulation to reduce heat loss by around 25 percent.

    Paying attention to these key areas for insulation will help to keep your house warmer in winter and cooler in summer without wasting money and energy. Once you’ve finished weatherproofing doors and windows, find more smart ways to save you and your home energy in our blog. For other DIY and home improvement tips, visit the Schlage blog.


    When hardware met style: Schlage’s favorite couples.

    February 10, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 10, 2023

    Schlage Eller lever | Schlage

    These door hardware pairings will create a look that will have you falling in love with your home all over again.



    What better time to celebrate our favorite “couples” than on Valentine’s Day? These eleven door hardware pairings will create a look that will have you falling in love with your home all over again.

    Schlage Custom™ Eller lever with Collins trim in Matte Black

    Schlage Custom Eller lever with Collins trim in Matte Black;
    The straight lines in this pairing, along with the Matte Black finish, creates one of the most modern looks on this list. An Eller lever with Collins trim goes perfectly with Scandinavian design, so think of adding it when you are drawn to minimalist décor and furniture with clean silhouettes. The finish gives a pop of visual interest in neutral-colored rooms and especially against a bright white door.

    Schlage Custom™ Hobson knob with Collins trim in Matte Black

    Schlage Custom Hobson glass knob with Collins trim in Matte Black;
    The Collins trim becomes a bit more classic when paired with the glass Hobson knob. Because of the mix of styles, try it in a room with a more eclectic, transitional vibe. The details in this glass knob gleam when catching the light, so large windows and well-lit rooms will show off this pairing to its best advantage. 

    Schlage Custom™ Whitney lever with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze

    Schlage Custom Whitney lever with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze;
    This transitional pairing brings charm and comfort to your living spaces. Perfect for more traditional homes, the Whitney lever and Camelot trim are an architecturally-inspired pairing that reflects Spanish colonial influences – think wrought iron scrollwork, clean curves, and traditional warmth.

    Schlage Siena knob in Antique Pewter

    Schlage Siena door knob in Antique Pewter;
    For a truly traditional feel, try this oval-shaped combination, especially if you have a Federal-style home like those found most frequently in Virginia. In the Antique Pewter finish, it is particularly well-suited for homes with Old World character and stone accents.

    Schlage Custom™ Alexandria knob with Camelot trim in Satin Brass

    Schlage Custom Whitney lever with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze;
    The detailed glass Alexandria knob and Camelot trim in Satin Brass combine for a dramatic high-style look. Use it on Victorian-style doors and in rooms with decorative molding to help continue the classic feel throughout your space. This couple is perfect for ornate homes or eclectic spaces looking to bring some old-school character. 

    Schlage Georgian knob with Addison trim in Antique Brass

    Schlage Georgian knob with Addison trim in Antique Brass;
    When you need something understated but don’t want boring (because who does?), you can’t miss with the Georgian knob and Addison trim. They’re both simple and versatile yet have a sly elegance that is sure to enhance your home. With their traditional roots, try them in rooms with crown molding – a nod to the Georgian architecture that inspired these hardware designs – as well as in spaces with ornate windows and stained woods.

    Schlage Custom™ 3/4 trim Century handleset with Latitude lever in Bright Chrome

    Schlage Custom™ ¾ trim Century handleset with Latitude lever in Bright Chrome ;

    For homes with a contemporary exterior, try a Century handleset. The Bright Chrome finish pops against a dark, bold-colored front door to make a lasting first impression. The Latitude lever for the interior side of the door will continue the modern aesthetic inside and complement the clean, rectangular lines of the exterior grip. Pair with simple, minimalist décor for a sleek aesthetic throughout your home. 

    Schlage Custom™ Plymouth handleset with Andover knob in Aged Bronze

    Schlage Custom™ Plymouth handleset with Andover knob in Aged Bronze;
    If you’ve chosen a Plymouth handleset, we recommend the Andover knob for the interior side of the door. This pairing is typically a good fit for transitional homes, but the Aged Bronze finish inches it closer to the traditional end of the spectrum. Because of this, we like this handleset and knob on Colonial homes with six-panel doors and neutral colors.

    Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Century trim and Century front entry handle in Matte Black.

    Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Century trim and Century front entry handle in Matte Black

    Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Century trim and Century front entry handle in Matte Black

    Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Century trim and Century front entry handle in Matte Black ;
    Sleek and contemporary, the Century trim stands out as the perfect choice for modern homes. When matched with Matte Black, you have a fashionable pairing that makes a bold impression. One unique quality of Matte Black is that it can bridge between modern and traditional styles, so don’t be afraid to use this combo to modernize a dated traditional exterior.

    Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Camelot Trim and Camelot front entry handle in Satin Nickel

    Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Camelot Trim and Camelot front entry handle in Satin Nickel ;
    This pairing is ideal for bringing a smart solution to a transitional home. The Camelot trim draws on colonial inspiration, while the Satin Nickel finish looks stunning against dark colors. When you need a versatile solution that blends effortlessly with both modern and traditional styles, this is the perfect combo.  

    Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt on the front door and Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Lever on the side entry door

    Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt on the front door and Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Lever on the side entry door ;
    For a match made in smart home heaven, pair WiFi-enabled Encode™ locks on your front and side entries. With a Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt on your front door and an Encode Smart WiFi Lever on your side door, you can easily control and monitor both locks from anywhere using the Schlage Home app on your smartphone. Managing multiple locks in the same app gives you peace of mind to know your smart locks are working to keep your home secure. And for those with compatible smart home systems like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, it is easy to manage your Encode locks with simple voice commands.
    Of course, these aren’t the only pairings we offer. See our complete list of styles at And if you need more inspiration for giving your home a look you love, find us on Pinterest and Instagram.

    Sweeten up your front door décor for Valentine’s Day.

    February 08, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, February 8, 2023

    Valentines Day - Front door wreath

    Show your romantic side by greeting your sweetie at the door on Valentine’s Day with a little something special that says, “I love you.”



    We say it all the time – your front door makes an instant first impression. It’s no different on Valentine’s Day, so use it to let loved ones know you remembered. Show your romantic side by greeting your sweetie at the door on Valentine’s Day with a little something special that says, “I love you.” Here are five sweet ways to celebrate - candy hearts optional!
    Valentine's Day - Floral front door wreath

    Show some love for the front door

    Not ready to put away the wreaths? One reason they’re such a popular front door decoration is because they’re so versatile – both to individual taste and by season. Get in the holiday mood with bold, bright colors, like this DIY option from The House That Lars Built. We love how much it will pop on a neutral-colored door. Or have some fun with a wreath that “says” something. Hugs and kisses, anyone?


    Does your significant other woo you with flowers? Show how much you appreciate their thoughtfulness by incorporating those blooms into a seasonal wreath, or, if they’ll survive outdoors in your area, plant some fresh flowers in pots on your porch. 

    An entry to warm your heartstrings

    Heart garlands are an inexpensive Valentine’s décor option to spiff up your front entry. Use felt or even craft paper to make a string of hearts in your favorite colors. Simply swoop the garland over your front door for a quick dose of fun. And if you have an evergreen tree leftover from December, this is a perfect opportunity to extend its life – just wrap it in a Valentine’s garland for an instant refresh.

    Sweet front door colors

    February is the perfect time to bring a pop of color to the front of your house. When the weather is dreary, a quick coat of cheerful paint on your front door is a simple way to put a smile on your loved one’s faces. Coral, pink or plum are perfect hues to welcome spring and enjoy year-round. The only rule is to pick a color you love! Remember, 2023 is all about bold colors for self-expression, so don’t be shy – have fun with your front door color!

    You had me at hello

    Sure, you can meet your loved one at the door with roses, but how about trying something a little more creative? If your special someone is expecting flowers, make a whimsical bouquet for your entryway. Bonus points if you can coordinate these blooms with those you might have used to decorate outdoors on your front porch.


    If you have space in your foyer on a side table, for instance, try incorporating meaningful photographs. Don’t be afraid to take it a step further either by using heart-shaped photo holders. These small, metallic clips are perfect for those with more subtle tastes, and both options are classic enough to be used year-round.


    Understated Valentine’s décor also goes well in neutral-colored rooms if vibrant reds and pinks aren’t your style. But if you’re ready to break out of a color rut and want to try something bold in a small space, check out Houzz’s top picks for romantic room colors that say, “I love hue.”

    Get smitten on the patio

    Sometimes your main entryway isn’t actually at the front of the house. If that’s the case, don’t be afraid to buck the trend and go all out for a back door or patio. (We’d say the same thing if you’re considering a smart lock or entryway handleset.)


    To create a little magic on the back patio, try new lighting. Battery-operated candles, lanterns and twinkle lights are popular and safe options for setting a mood, and not just on Valentine’s Day. You don’t even have to be outside to enjoy the shimmering lights. Place them where you can enjoy the view from inside, like from a romantic meal at your dining room table or cozying up with your loved ones in the living room.

    Find more ways to elevate the look of your home, whether it’s for the holidays or every day, by following Schlage on Pinterest and Instagram.