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    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 Or, if your current hinges are an outdated finish that doesn’t match the rest of the hardware in your home, this is the perfect opportunity to swap out your hinges for both style and functionality.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.


    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.


    So refreshing: Hacks for cleaning your home with drinks.

    February 03, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 3, 2023

    Club soda

    Try these household uses for drinks when typical cleaning solutions just aren’t cutting it or when you’re low on traditional supplies.



    What’s not to love about a good life hack? Try these household uses for drinks when typical cleaning solutions just aren’t cutting it or when you’re low on traditional supplies. Just be sure to save some for a refreshing celebratory drink afterward.
    Glass of club soda with lime.


    The acidic content and fizziness in this carbonated beverage – whether you call it soda, pop or something else entirely – are usually the reasons it’s an effective cleaner. Some of the more popular uses are in the kitchen. Pour some cola in your pots and pans to remove cooked-on food, or use it as a degreaser.


    Seasoned DIYers know the disappointment of rusty tools and the frustration of rusted-on nuts and bolts. Soak your tools in soda overnight, then scrub them with a non-abrasive pad. Repeat as necessary. For those stubborn nuts and bolts, pour a bit of soda directly on the problem area or on a rag and twist until the bolt loosens. You can also use club soda for this hack.


    Perhaps the most unexpected soda-based solution: toilet cleaner. Pour some in the bowl and let it soak for an hour. More than one person claims it removes stains better than your average cleaner.

    Club soda

    There’s a lot of crossover hacks between Coke (and similar pops) and club soda. We’re guessing people prefer club soda, however, because it’s clear and, therefore, less of a risk for creating stains. In fact, removing fabric stains, whether from clothes, car upholstery or carpets, is one of the most popular uses for club soda. Remember this if you have a puppy or other furry friend. Club soda can help clean pet urine from carpets, also neutralizing the odor in the process.


    Fingerprints and smudges might be the biggest downside of stainless steel surfaces. Spritz with club soda to clean stainless steel ovens, countertops and sinks, and give them an extra shine at the same time.


    Fingerprints and smudges might be the biggest downside of stainless steel surfaces. Spritz with club soda to clean stainless steel ovens, countertops and sinks, and give them an extra shine at the same time.


    Laundry odors can be just as frustrating as those obstinate rusty bolts. You know you washed your clothes, but those around you aren’t so sure. A bit of vodka sprayed on your clothing before you throw it in the wash can help remove smells and doesn’t leave an odor afterward.


    If you prefer a good brew, try some in the garden to get rid of slugs. Place a small container – a jar lid works well – at ground level near your plants. The yeast in the beer reportedly attracts slugs. They’ll go crazy for the stuff and eventually drown. You can also use Coke in the same way. Keep reading if you’re trying to keep slugs off your plants but don’t want to kill them.


    Rather than stopping slugs by encouraging them to overindulge in drink, sprinkle dried used coffee grounds in the soil around your plants. It’s believed that the grounds’ abrasive texture will cause them to head the other way. Check out even more tips for waking up your curb appeal with coffee.


    Slugs might be onto something when it comes to the abrasive nature of coffee grounds. It’s that same texture that makes coffee great for scouring pots and dirty sinks. Create a coffee soak to clean a gunky grill.


    Sprinkle wet coffee grounds in fireplace ash to make removal easier. The damp grounds will weigh down the ash to keep it from billowing up and creating a bigger mess. You might also try this when cleaning an outdoor fire pit.


    If you’re like some people in the Schlage office, you prefer the smell of coffee to its taste. Whether you’re brewing your own cup or have to talk your java-loving friends into sharing, used beans are perfect for deodorizing your home. Put some down your garbage disposal or place them in a small container in the fridge. A small sachet – old pantyhose will work if you’re not picky – with used coffee grounds can be used to freshen the scent of closets, drawers and even gym bags.


    Now that you’re thinking about drinks, maybe it’s time to spruce up your bar cart. Get ideas for the perfect seasonal bar cart or find more household hacks at the Schlage blog.


    6 closet door ideas that will give your home a fresh look.

    January 12, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Thursday, January 12, 2023

    Pantry organization | Schlage

    If you’re looking for some inventive ways to update a room, consider these six closet door upgrade ideas.



    Sure, the focus of every closet is what's inside. Many homeowners dream of having an impressive wardrobe or neatly organized storage area. When it comes to interior décor, however, the main focal point of your closet is its door. The closet entryway can have a major impact on the general look and feel of your space. Also, don't forget that your door plays a functional role in how you access your closet. If you’re looking for some inventive ways to update a room, consider these six closet door upgrade ideas.
    Woman reaching into closet with grey closet door and satin brass door handle from Schlage.

    Add paneling trim

    If you're comfortable doing a bit of construction, add paneling to your door. This trim can make a surprisingly big visual impact, especially for bifold closet doors. As Room For Tuesday shows in her upgrade, exact measurements are crucial when it comes to paneling.


    This easy and affordable DIY job only requires a few supplies:

    • Poplar planks
    • Wood glue
    • Level
    • Sandpaper
    • Wood filler


    You’ll also need:

    • Saw
    • Primer
    • Paint


    Start by creating a sketch of your desired paneling style and make sure it measures up to your door space. For this look, you’ll be creating squares using trim pieces. See the full tutorial for this updated look from Room For Tuesday.


    Looking for an alternative to use in place of closet doors? Pocket doors are an especially good choice if you want to increase your available space and move away from sliding mirror closet doors.

    Upgrade to a sliding door

    If you like the idea of having a closet with a sliding-style door but are stuck with a traditional closet door, don't worry. Upgrading to a sliding closet door is easier than you think.


    Not all barn door styles are meant to stay on the farm. You can find sliding closet doors that will suit a modern home in the city, too, like these doors from Rustica Hardware.


    As this upgrade from Nick's Custom Woodworks shows, barn doors also come in styles that complement a house with a traditional design.


    Here's what you'll need to add a sliding barn door like in the above examples to your closet:


    • Hollow core door
    • Wood
    • Saw
    • Glue
    • Nails
    • Primer
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Caulk
    • Wood filler
    • Sliding barn door hardware


    What are the standard closet door sizes? While a standard closet door is 30-inches wide and 96-inches tall, sizes can vary widely according to the style of the room and door. It’s important to take accurate measurements of the opening so you know how long to cut the door track for your sliding door. The door track length should be at least twice as long as the length of the door. If the door track is too short, your sliding door may not shut properly.


    Once you have your door measured out, divide it into four sections. To add wood to the door, use nails and glue. Consider using wood that will personalize the door and work with the rest of the room. Once you’ve added the wood, you’ll be ready to sand, caulk, and paint it. Mount the hardware and connect it to the wall. Add a finishing touch with a handle in a finish that complements the rest of the room.

    Turn your sliding closet door into a display shelf

    If you have a sliding barn door covering your closet, you'll have to make do with less decorating space. That's because you won’t be able to hang a picture or install a shelf along the wall where the door needs to slide. However, you can solve this problem by adding shelving and décor to your sliding barn door.


    By adding shelving to your sliding closet door, you'll get that decorating space while making an interesting visual statement. Use it to display fun vacation souvenirs, pictures by your favorite artist, or even as storage space for clothing accessories.

    Apply wallpaper

    Looking for an upgrade that doesn't require too many tools or hardware? Freshen up a closet door and give it a touch of personality with wallpaper. If you want the closet door to blend into the background, add wallpaper with a subtle design or a wood coating. For a more striking design, follow the lead of this example from @lagirl310 and find a fun wallpaper that complements your room’s current décor.


    This wallpapering technique works best with flat, single-panel doors. Be sure to remove the hardware with a screwdriver and lay the door on a level surface before you begin. You’ll then need to prep the door before adding the wallpaper paste. Your surface should be clean, dry, and smooth. Properly prepped surfaces decrease the possibility of the paper shrinking, which makes it more difficult to remove later.


    Order enough wallpaper for the closet door and any other spaces where you may want to apply it. Roll the wallpaper paste onto the door — don’t dip the wallpaper into the paste! Use a smoother to stretch the paper and make sure that it goes on flush.


    Don’t forget to add a finishing touch to your standard closet doors with Schlage’s non-locking, Hall & Closet door knobs and levers. If you need help choosing a style and finish, try our Style Selector tool.

    Freshen things up with frosted glass

    Do you like the transparency of glass but want to keep the inside of your closet private? Try updating your closet doors to cool and classy frosted glass. You can give existing mirrors or plain glass the frosted effect by applying plastic frosting film or frosting spray paint. As this example from @meadowcreekmagnolias shows, this will give the room a softer, more modern appearance.


    Premade frosted doors come in many styles — smooth or rough textures, matte or gloss finish, high or low transparency. No matter which you choose, the frosted effect will make your room feel more open. At the same time, the frosted finish is enough to block out views inside your closet. This style goes great with the non-locking knobs and levers in Schlage's hall and closet door hardware.

    Expand your room with mirrored closet doors

    Are mirrored closet doors outdated? That all depends on how you incorporate the mirrors. While it’s true that this design trend was popular in the 1980s, you can get the retro-modern look with some simple updates. Instead of outdated floor-to-ceiling mirror doors, consider going for the panel effect. Check out how Morgan Farrow Interiors incorporated mirror panels to give this child’s room a fun yet modern touch.


    You don’t need to replace your mirrored closet doors to get this effect. As the Honeycomb Home shows in this mirror door makeover guide, you can get an updated look by using decorative fretwork panels. These come in various patterns and are easy to install on glass with a bit of clear, all-purpose adhesive.


    The main benefit of mirrors is that they create the illusion of more space. They also help brighten up rooms by amplifying natural light. However, this can be a problem at night, and many feel that too many mirror reflections may disrupt sleep. The paneling effect, which works for sliding, bi-fold, and traditional doors, is a great way to tone down mirrors without completely eliminating them.

    What are the best closet doors?

    We believe that the best choice will complement the style of your home and feature quality construction. When you install closet doors with the appropriate door handle, you’ll be able to open and close them with ease. All of the aforementioned closet door makeovers can give your home interior a fresh new look. For more ideas on how to modernize your home, visit the Schlage blog.


    11 budget-friendly pantry organization ideas that look expensive.

    January 06, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 6, 2023

    Pantry organization | Schlage

    A well-organized pantry can make your home feel more expensive and streamlined. Here are some tips to help you get started.



    Even on a budget, your home can feel like a high-end property with the right organization. These pantry organization ideas will have your guests fooled – and your wallet thanking you. Read on for inspiration.
    Pantry organization with labeled containers of baking items.

    Decorative pantry door handle

    Start with the door to your pantry. If it’s off-kilter or has an outdated knob, it may be time for an update. Choose a sleek handle in a finish that complements or coordinates with the rest of the home to give the space a classy feel.


    While it doesn't play a direct role in organization, the door handle sets the tone for the pantry before you even enter it. This can elevate the look and feel of the space and encourage you to stay on top of your planning methods. If you're not convinced, check out this TikTok from @mikeholmes_official, which exhibits the transformative power of a simple door handle change.


    Another simple way to get an upscale look is to choose a luxurious paint color for your doors and top it off with an equally opulent door knob or lever. See how @designbydama takes her grey doors up a notch with a new coat of black paint. The Schlage Custom Alexandria glass knobs add the perfect glamorous touch for a high-dollar look.

    Woman in kitchen opening modern farmhouse pantry door handle from Schlage.

    Chalkboard paint

    Adding a chalkboard to your pantry is both a stylish and functional way to stay on top of your kitchen to-dos. By using specialized paint, rather than a standalone chalkboard, you can write on the surface and erase it later. A chalkboard pantry can help you save time, money, and headspace.


    Use it to jot down grocery lists or to write out a menu for the week. The application of chalkboard paint is only as limited as your creativity! See how Lauren Olphert brought this clever planning idea to life with her own DIY pantry chalkboard that she uses to display her weekly meal plan and grocery lists.

    Baskets & bins

    To keep your pantry items looking tidy, invest in some coordinated decorative baskets and bins. Label each one so you know where everything belongs, then carefully place similar items in their corresponding locations.


    This organization idea is great for storing snacks, cereals, and other dry goods that you would prefer to keep in their original containers. In this TikTok, SPIFF Sustainable Organizing opted for an earthy wood aesthetic, but you can use coordinated baskets in virtually any style.

    Glass jars

    Transferring pantry staples like rice, beans, and flour into glass jars is an easy way to upgrade your pantry. You can even opt for jars that dispense loose food items like cereal. What's especially great about this option is that because the jars are transparent, you can always see exactly how much of each food product you have left.


    Not only do glass jars look more sleek and expensive than storing food in their original containers, but they’re also airtight and will help your food stay fresh longer. Check out Farah Merhi's glass jar food storage organization method in this TikTok.

    Monochromatic organized kitchen pantry with black baskets and jars.

    Label maker

    A label maker is a pantry organization must-have. You can use it to label everything from spice jars to storage bins. For an extra-elegant look, use a consistent font with a modern vibe.


    This idea will help you keep your pantry organized and looking oh-so-chic. See how Estrella from In Our Cart created her stylish pantry labels using a Cricut label maker.

    Food category organization

    One of the most effective pantry coordination tips is to organize your food by category. This will help you find items quickly and make it easier to put things away. Use baskets, bins, or glass jars to store pantry staples like snacks, breakfast foods, canned goods, and baking supplies.


    For this idea to be most effective in action, we suggest creating a strict set of categorization rules so nothing gets lost in the mix of pantry goods. Savvy & Sorted offers her food categorization method in a multi-part video for your inspiration.

    Lazy susan

    A rotating Lazy Susan is a pantry must-have for the savvy organizer. It’s great for storing spices, oils, and other small items like snacks. This low-cost pantry organization idea makes it easy to view all of your daily staples on command.


    Lazy Susans come in various sizes, so you can choose a model that fits the unique specifications of your pantry. Check out all the ways you can use a Lazy Susan in your pantry in this awe-inspiring TikTok from OrganizingSpacesbyKim.

    Neutral farmhouse kitchen pantry organized with woven baskets and jars.

    Tiered shelving

    If you have a small pantry, make use of every inch of space with some tiered shelving for easy visibility and accessibility.


    This organization idea will help you maximize your space and keep your pantry looking neat and tidy. Here's a TikTok from Feather&Nest that shows just one way to implement this idea in your pantry.

    Command hooks

    If your pantry is short on space, make use of the back of the door with some command hooks.


    Hang things like aprons, oven mitts, or measuring cups for an organization hack that will make your life easier. Or you can get creative like Heather from ourcomfycozycorner, who used a heavy-duty command hook to hang a step ladder for easy access to high-up items in her pantry.

    Wall-Mounted Rack

    A wall-mounted rack is a great way to store items like pans, cutting boards, and baking sheets. This organization method will help you save space and keep your pantry looking neat and tidy.


    If you need some inspiration, take a look at how this savvy TikToker with fromhousetohome_ used a wall-mounted rack to organize the spices in her pantry.

    Wood shelving upgrade

    If your pantry has wire shelves, consider upgrading to some faux wood shelving for a more polished look. This pantry organization idea is both stylish and functional.


    The shelves will help to keep your pantry looking neat, tidy, and refreshingly modern. In this TikTok, angelamariemade offers a great example of how a simple update can change the overall feel of your pantry.

    Cluttered chaos may feel inevitable at times, but a few budget-friendly upgrades can make all the difference in the functionality and feel of your pantry. If you're looking for more low-cost ways to elevate your space, check out these inexpensive outdoor DIY projects or these design tricks to make your home feel larger at the Schlage blog.

    Alison Victoria’s 5 steps to prepare your home for holiday entertainment.

    December 21, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 21, 2022

    Holiday entertainment

    Schlage teamed up with a leading interior designer and home renovation expert, Alison Victoria, to share a few simple and easy tips to prepare your home for your holiday party.



    Flights are booked, invitations are sent, and dinner menus are beginning to come together for another holiday season of gathering with friends and family. Whatever your traditions are for bringing everyone together, as the host, it can feel a little overwhelming to get everything in order before guests arrive to celebrate at your home.


    To help you prepare, Schlage teamed up with a leading interior designer and home renovation expert, Alison Victoria, to share a few simple and easy tips to prepare your home for your holiday party. After all, the holidays are supposed to be fun and peaceful, so learning how to keep it stress free will give you the peace of mind needed to enjoy what matters the most, spending quality time with your loved ones.

    Family around kitchen island preparing holiday food for party.

    Step 1: Maintain a healthy environment

    Mutterings of a “Tripledemic” taking place this winter season (an unfortunate combination of Flu, RSV and Covid) has already gained steam. As families and friends finally come together this holiday season after two grueling years of separation, Alison says the smart host will ensure there are specific areas of the home where sanitation is implemented. She mentions high traffic areas like powder rooms, kitchens, and entry points to the home as a great place to start reducing the amount of “contact” that takes place. Alison highlights options like touch-free faucets for bathroom and kitchen sinks and touch-free soap dispensers that can go a long way to reducing the spread of germs. Another high contact and high germ fixture in your home is your door hardware. To keep the germs at bay, Alison recommends removing dirt and grime first and then disinfecting your hardware.

    Step 2: Control your home’s comfort

    As people begin to fill your home and the weather outside continues to cool, battles over the thermostat will almost certainly begin to reemerge. Alison swears by her programmable thermostat that enables you to easily monitor and adjust the temperature of your home—and don’t sleep on the potential energy savings either!

    Step 3: Find ease in entertainment

    Agreeing on TV, music and games can be a huge challenge for any host. Alison said her favorite way to navigate this potentially challenging situation is to simply take control. Set designated areas of the house for specific activities like watching sports, playing board games, or listening to music. It can also be a fun activity to design a shared playlist where everyone can chime in on songs they want to hear and play them wherever the party is happening (pro tip: put your playlist on a device that is not your phone to minimize interruptions). Also consider common watchable moments, like Monday night football, “A Christmas Story” marathons and other shareable activities to keep friends and family together.

    Step 4: Safety is number one

    One of the unfortunate side effects of having lots of people in and out of the house is the tendency for doors, windows, and other entryways to receive more use than normal. This can lead to situations where doors remain unlocked or windows are left ajar on accident, creating a potential security breach . Alison is an advocate of investing in new door hardware to help ensure this problem is mitigated (and to add serious appeal to your doorways). She chooses Schlage because it offers a vast variety of door hardware that fits a great mix of applications and functionalities and adds character to the home. By updating your door and door hardware, you’re able to maintain a safer space for your family and elevate the first touchpoint most people see. For those who are considering electronic options, Schlage has several smart deadbolt locks that reduce the headache of getting in and out of the house and provide advanced safety features that give you the opportunity to create unique passwords for incoming friends and family.

    Step 5: Look for accents, not major upgrades

    Per Alison, holiday entertaining requires ease and planning more than anything else. She warns against trying to make major updates to the home at this time of year. Instead, Alison recommends identifying areas where small updates can be made that elevate the space without making major adjustments to the home. This can be as little as updating the color palette of your flatware and table adornments to more advanced projects like new wallpaper, curtains, or even fixtures. She also says to look for opportunities to add depth of space and a splash of color to keep things fun and vibrant for the holidays.

    While it’s been a long two years dealing with pandemic-related lockdowns that kept us from friends and family, we’re ready to party together once again. We want to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to Alison Victoria for her help in identifying areas of improvement for people hosting holiday parties this season. From all of us at Schlage, we wish you the best in holiday entertaining this year.


    6 steps to the most welcoming holiday decor.

    December 02, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 2, 2022

    Welcoming holiday decor | Schlage

    Quickly take decorating your porch and entryway off your to-do list with a few of our favorite front porch decorating ideas.



    The holiday season is often the best time of the year but can also be the most stressful. There's much to prepare from buying gifts for loved ones, to travelling to events and maybe even preparing your own home for guests. Quickly take decorating your porch and entryway off your to-do list with a few of our favorite front porch decorating ideas.
    Blue house decorated for Christmas with red front door and red Joy to the World holiday banner.

    1. Make a DIY wreath

    There's no shortage of DIY Christmas wreath ideas out there, so you’ll have your pick whether you want to use all-natural materials or upcycle some bits and baubles you already own. For starters, check out this easy, natural holiday wreath from Houzz for a statement that looks like a hundred bucks.


    Some of the best DIY projects use materials you can find around the house. This DIY wreath from Taryn Whiteaker simply wraps a wreath form in a scarf, adds a few extra embellishments and voila! This could be the perfect time to upcycle that old winter gear you never wear anymore.


    Quite honestly, we aren’t sure if we should call this a wreath or a cutout, but either way, it’s the perfect holiday front door décor, especially if you’re going for a natural, Scandinavian look. Chapman Place used wooden fence slats for a minimalist snowflake that’s sure to delight your guests.

    2. Ditch the wreath

    When you want to spruce up your door for the holiday but want something besides a wreath, a bundle is a good alternative. Just a Girl stuck with evergreens, tying them together with ribbon and adding some gold accessories, but you could also bundle pine cones or ornaments to capture your favorite festive feel.


    December tends to be the season of giving, so why not treat your door like a present? Liz On Call shares her tutorial for making a giant bow and gift tag. Just be sure not to block the peep hole for safety. The best part might be how simple it is. You’ll love how quickly you can complete the project when you’re short on time but also being able to customize it with whatever greetings you want – Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Seasons Greetings, Welcome Snow …


    Take a look down and consider jollying up your doormat. At Home with Ashley DIYed a gingerbread house mat when the one she found at the store sold out. File this one under cute and convenient when it makes your home look great and keeps it clean.

    3. Decorate somewhere new

    Your front door shouldn't get all the attention. Add some holiday flair to other entrances since you likely use side or garage doors most anyway! We're loving how Sand and Sisal complemented the light blue on her garage entry door with the pop of this cheerful red.


    Your door doesn't have to be the focal point, either. Adding an oversized wreath to this chimney adds a simple but charming affect.


    A picture window needs a large wreath in our opinion. A Night Owl shows how to DIY the oversized décor by combining two different sizes of wreaths before hanging it with some festive ribbon. This is one holiday hack that can be enjoyed as much from the curb as it can from your couch.


    If you prefer to keep your décor inside (where you don’t have to freeze while hanging it), try these mini window wreaths. Say Yes made a collection of them for their larger space, but you could use one on smaller windows, too. If you follow their tutorial, you’ll get simple wreaths with less-traditional greenery, but feel free to give it your personal touch with different organics, adding creative colors or including something shiny.

    4. Add a fresh touch

    Fresh décor has all kinds of advantages. It can be kinder to the environment and more sustainable, easier on your budget if you use what you find in your yard and it probably smells fantastic, too. French Country Cottage tapped into the natural trend by adding fresh oranges for a fun pop of color to this classic greenery.


    You might also take a page from Liz Marie and her wintery front porch. From the plain garland strung from the posts to the red and green plants at the bottom of the stairs and the trees and birch logs in between, there are no doubts about this rustic holiday décor.


    Window boxes aren’t just for warmer months. You can enjoy these plantings deep into the winter, and they’re easier to take care of than you might think. Try some evergreens – live or cuttings – like Fleurish Fort Wayne as well as anything with a bit of color like berries, poinsettias or accessories. Leftover tree ornaments could give your window box a little something extra for the holiday season.

    5. Continue the holiday welcome indoors

    The holidays don't stop at the front door and neither should your decor. Even a small entryway can make a big impression with the right touch. Finding Silver Pennies kept it simple yet completely festive by mixing real and artificial greenery on the banister. The twinkle lights are pretty minimal, so most of the illumination comes from the faux candles on the steps.


    If that’s a little too neutral for your tastes, consider taking it to the next level with some colorful felted flowers. Check out the tutorial from Better Homes & Gardens to see how they intertwined the string of faux flowers with traditional green garland for a look that is anything but average.


    If you’re like us, you collect more ornaments every year but have a hard time letting go of the old ones. That means you have a bunch of those glass balls just sitting in a tub. String them on some fishing line or wire like Pretty Quirky and turn them into a shimmering garland to brighten any stairway.


    This last one is for the young and young at heart. Wrap your banister in lights, then cover those with artificial snow cover like cotton batting or Seasons Cover like Smart School House did. Just like that, you have a snowy slide for penguins and other winter friends.

    6. Get organized

    Having an organized entryway can make all the difference in enjoying this holiday season. If you live in a cold climate, make sure you have space for coats and boots to avoid tracking salt and snow through the house. The family behind TIDBITS dressed up their everyday coat hooks with a strand of berries, greenery and other fun touches like a giant jingle bell and mini lantern. Even with the décor, there’s still plenty of room for the kids to hang up their gear.


    The main lesson in this holiday décor tip from HGTV is that you can have style and function at the same time. This coastal-themed sign with a few sprigs of holiday trimmings are great for side tables in your entryway. They don’t take a up a log of space, so you can keep the organization you already have.


    We could go on forever with our favorite winter holiday looks – and we kind of already have. Find more ideas and inspiration at the Schlage blog and on Pinterest.


    4 ways to remove paint from door locks and hinges.

    November 22, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, November 22, 2022

    woman painting door | Schlage

    With a little attention to detail, your hinges will stick less and your entire door will have that gorgeous look you’ve been missing.



    Did you move into a fixer-upper or an older home? Did you get a bit sloppy touching up your doors and walls? If you answered yes to either of these, then you need to try one of these four ways to remove unwanted paint from door hardware and hinges. With a little attention to detail, your hinges will stick less and your entire door will have that gorgeous look you’ve been missing.
    Woman sitting on floor while painting door.

    Quickest way to remove paint

    Let’s start with a moment of honesty: Speed depends a lot on how much paint there is to remove. Lots of layered on paint from 30 years ago means more time, no matter which method you choose to remove paint from metal finishes. That being said, paint stripper is probably the quickest way to remove unwanted paint from door locks and hinges. That’s why it was created, after all.


    Every DIYer has a favorite product for this kind of project. Some recommend CitriStrip, others Goof Off. Thankfully, you have lots of options. Different paint strippers have different levels of toxicity and different application methods. You can find these as a spray-on or liquids or gels you rub on with a rag. Choose a stripper you’re comfortable using.


    Do your homework before applying any kind of chemicals to your hardware. The “most effective” are often the most toxic, so if you’re concerned about their environmental impact or harming your kids and pets, you might prefer one of the chemical-free paint removal methods below. Also, some hardware and finishes may be damaged by harmful chemicals. Check with the manufacturer, if possible, for recommendations that will safely restore your hardware to its original beauty and avoid voiding any warranty you may have.

    Greenest way to remove paint

    If you want to remove paint from door hardware without using chemicals, use heat. Pretty Handy Girl shows us how a heat gun and putty knife can restore your hardware. The high heat essentially melts the paint, softening it enough that you can use the putty knife, a stiff brush and fine sand paper to remove the paint and buff the hardware.


    Pay special attention to safety precautions. You’ll need sheet metal or some other protective covering, pliers or metal tongs, and thick gloves to avoid damaging your work surface and burning your hands.

    Easiest way to remove paint

    For the easiest way to remove paint from door hardware, we pick the crockpot hack. First, you’ll need an old crockpot designated specifically for these kinds of projects. Don’t cook food in this crockpot due to the risk of ingesting lead paint later. Also, grab a pair of tongs, gloves and a stiff plastic brush.


    Place the hardware in your slowcooker and cover it with water. This Old House recommends adding a few tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent to help the process along. Turn the heat to high and let everything soak for a few hours or, for more stubborn paint, overnight. Once the paint has loosened, remove the hardware with your tongs and gloves and scrub off any remaining paint. This method takes longer than some of the others, but you’ll probably be asleep for most of it. What’s easier than napping while you DIY?


    If you’re not willing to sacrifice your crockpot to paint stripping, you can also boil your hardware in a pot on the stovetop. Again, don’t choose a pot you plant to put food in again. You can pick up a cheap one at a thrift store for this purpose. For a little extra oomph, Apartment Therapy suggests adding baking soda to the boiling water. About 1/4 cup of baking soda per quart of water should do it. All the remaining steps are the same as using a crockpot.


    A third similar option is to boil water in a tea kettle and pour it over the hardware in a disposable aluminum pan. Try a turkey roasting pan since they tend to be deeper, or a pie plate if you’re just restoring hinges.


    It’s best to use this technique on metals that don’t rust – copper, brass or aluminum, for example.

    Best way to remove paint for a custom look

    If you’re going for a shabby chic or distressed look, try using steel wool, as shown at Curbly. Only try this method if you’re okay with leaving scratches and scuffs on your door hardware. Because of potential damage from the steel wool, this method isn’t for everyone. But if you like the idea of maybe leaving some of the paint behind or going for a rustic aesthetic, steel wool could be your answer.

    Keeping all your door hardware in great working order pays off in more ways than one. Your entryway will look great and work even better. Find more hardware maintenance and DIY tips at the Schlage blog, including this popular post about unusual ways to quiet squeaky hinges.


    Keep it simple! Cheap and easy ideas for Halloween porch decor.

    October 14, 2022 by monica.reedy

    Friday, October 14, 2022

    Happy Halloween porch banner | Schlage

    If you’re looking to give your home some Halloween curb appeal without the hassle, check out these easy ideas for inspiration.



    Once we turn the corner into October, it’s not all pumpkin spice and everything nice. It’s spooky season! While we love elaborate porch decorations for Halloween, it isn’t always in the budget – or worth the time. If you’re looking to give your home some Halloween curb appeal without the hassle, check out these easy ideas for inspiration.
    Halloween porch decor with Happy Halloween banner hanging on front porch railing.

    Hanging by a thread

    Nothing says Halloween like some suspense! Fishing line is your best friend if you aren’t sure how to decorate your front porch for Halloween. These hanging hats from @everydaygracedesigns create an air of magic and excitement without being scary or gaudy. The clever sign, broomsticks, and black cat are the final touches that create a sense of witchy wonder.


    If witches aren’t your thing, this idea can spin off in many ways. For example, suspend battery powered candles for a ghostly glow. Other fun ideas include getting crafty by hanging tiny ghosts (tie a small piece of white fabric under a ping-pong ball head) or make and suspend pipe cleaner spiders for some silly creepy crawlies. This is the perfect chance to let your imagination run wild. Whatever you land on, floating objects above your front door is sure to be the magical touch to your Halloween front porch décor.


    Simple and Cost-Effective

    This moody Halloween porch display from @thedesertoasis_rm is a perfect showcase for why simple is often best. Your porch doesn’t need to be spilling over with pumpkins and décor to make a big impact.


    To re-create this look on your own porch, first decide where the bat swarm will be most visible. Choose a spot that is well-lit and visible from your curb or front path. While you can certainly purchase plastic bats, this is an easy look to recreate using materials you already have on hand. Upcycle some old cardboard by cutting out bat shapes and then painting them black, or you can simply use black cardstock. If your bats will live where they might get rained on, opt for a more durable material like felt or laminated craft paper. Once cut out, attach your bats in a flying pattern using double sided tape and then step back to admire your masterpiece! This cheap Halloween décor idea is a fun way to charm guests without breaking the bank.

    Add Small Halloween Details to your Fall Front Porch Décor

    The best thing about decorating your porch for Halloween is that you don’t need to start from scratch. Instead, add in subtle Halloween touches to your existing fall display so you can decorate your front porch for cheap. This cute entryway from @rachelparker_blog is lovely inspiration for a Halloween decorated porch that is both kid-friendly and fun. Layer a spunky door mat over your existing rug, add one or two other small Halloween items, and your front porch is all set for trick or treaters!


    If you had no idea what to put on your front porch for Halloween, let these ideas give you confidence to create a fun display that saves you time and money. Don’t be afraid to keep it simple so you have more time to spend with your loved ones. At Schlage, we protect what matters most with products that keep your home secure and stylish. For more front porch décor ideas, browse our Instagram and Pinterest!