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    Make the grade with Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Ring™ Video Doorbell.

    August 19, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 19, 2019

     Make the grade with Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Ring™ Video Doorbell

    We can’t help much with algebra homework, but we can take some of the stress out of the schoolyear. Just lock onto the keyless convenience and peace of mind of the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt.



    Back-to-school is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming, too. Do the kids have all their supplies? Who’s in charge of transporting them to and from practice? Will they be able to get in the house after being dropped off after school? We can’t help much with algebra homework (maybe our engineers can), but we can take some of the stress out of the schoolyear. Just lock onto the keyless convenience and peace of mind of the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt.
    Kid unlocking Schlage Encode wifi smart lock.

    Convenience for the kids. Peace of mind for you.

    Everyone is busy this time of year, so why not take a few things off your plate? Start with home security. Control who can and can’t gain access to your house with a Schlage smart lock. With the industry’s best ratings in Security, Durability and Finish, the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt helps keep intruders out and you and your family safe. And with keyless entry – you can create and manage up to 100 unique access codes – your kids won’t have a spare key to lose or forget.


    Keyless convenience isn’t just for the kids, though. Create a code for childcare you arrange to stay with the kids after school or for trusted carpool parents dropping them off.


    The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt offers remote access from anywhere. As long as it’s connected to the internet, you can use a compatible app on your smartphone to check if you remembered to lock up before you left home and see an activity log of when codes are used so you know when your kids got home at the end of the day. If someone does lose a key or forgets their code, you can grant access from your phone for one-time use or create a new code for them, all from your office, the grocery store or while sitting in traffic.


    If you’re thinking, “That sounds great, but I never know how to make these smart products work in my home,” never fear. The Schlage Encode deadbolt has built-in WiFi. That means there are no additional hubs or accessories necessary to gain remote access. It connects directly to your home WiFi network just as your laptop does. And because security is our business, we use the same encryption technology used in online shopping to protect your personal data.


    Start school with a smart combination

    When integrating with other smart home products is important to you – who doesn’t love additional features? – try the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Ring™ Video Doorbell 2. You can still check the status of your lock via the Schlage® Home app, but with the Ring app, you can also see live streaming video of activity on your porch, speak with guests through your phone and unlock the door for trusted visitors.


    The Key by Amazon app is also an exciting part of this bundle. As an Amazon Prime user, when you combine your Schlage Encode lock with Key by Amazon, you could opt in to in-home delivery and have packages left inside your front door. If you’re not in one of the select cities that offers in-home delivery or choose not to grant access, you can still use the Ring Doorbell to see when packages are delivered thanks to the camera.


    You can easily add both the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Ring Video Doorbell to your home before back-to-school or at any time of year. Installation for the deadbolt requires just a screwdriver and a few minutes’ time. Plus, both devices are battery operated, so there’s no wiring and no electrician necessary.


    Make the grade this back-to-school season with the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Ring Video Doorbell, the simple and smart solution for securing your home and family. Learn more about this smart lock at or explore other options with our Get Help Deciding Tool.


    How to make your hollow core doors look expensive when you're on a budget.

    August 16, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 16, 2019

    Hollow core door makeover ideas | Schlage

    Quickly give your home a more elegant and modern touch without breaking the bank when you try one (or more!) of our favorite DIY hollow core makeovers.



    Nearly every home has at least one – boring, flat-panel hollow core doors. Quickly give your home a more elegant and modern touch without breaking the bank when you try one (or more!) of our favorite DIY hollow core makeovers. It will look like you spent a fortune on upgrades, but you’ll know better.

    1. DIY Beadboard doors

    Beadboard doors work for almost any style of home. Get this simple tutorial from The Shanks, who used beadboard wallpaper to achieve the look they wanted. At one-third of the price of actual beadboard, it’s worth thinking about.


    Brittany, the Pretty Handy Girl, used molding and beadboard panels to dress up the hollow, flat doors of a rental property. She opted for panels instead of wallpaper to stand up to the rigors of rentals.

    2. Panel doors for every budget

    This step-by-step tutorial from Jenna Sue Design Company takes a plain slab door and turns it into a five-panel door. It looks like a million bucks but only costs $12! The black paint gives her doors an extra luxurious appeal, too. For a flawless paint job, be sure to check out these door painting tips and tricks.

    Create the illusion of raised panels and banish dull, flat doors with this quick and affordable tutorial from Lowe’s. With just a few supplies and a bit of time, you can create a classic look you'll enjoy for years to come.
    If you’re up for a project that requires a bit more advanced tools and techniques, we have something for you, too. Jenna Sue is at it again over on Remodelaholic. She updated this old, synthetic closet door by adding veneer and authentic details. Say hello to a beautiful, rustic new look.
    You can also check out This Old House’s detailed tutorial on adding panel molding to dress up a hollow core door. We’re talking a transformation from slab door to grand entranceway.

    3. Windowed details

    Remodelaholic showcased yet another great way to rejuvenate a hollow core door by adding glass. With some elbow grease, you can not only improve the look of the door but also add some light and beauty to an entire room. It’s the perfect opportunity to incorporate decorative glass into your home.

    4. Dutch doors

    What could make a door feel more different than turning it into two? Angela at Unexpected Elegance gives you a step-by-step guide to turn that slab door into a Dutch door. Be sure to choose the right hardware for your new entryway.

    5. Pet doors

    This one might not make your door look expensive, but it will have Fluffy feeling like a million bucks. Add a pet door, perfect for hiding litter boxes in closets, with this tutorial from First Home Love Life.

    6. Sliding barn door

    In her ongoing adventures of creating a home one project at a time, Christina Maria repurposed the hollow core door in her kitchen in a truly unique way. Using some imagination, careful planning and little know-how, she turned it into a sliding barn door – adding privacy while taking up minimal space.

    7. Easy updates

    If you’re thinking those sound great but more than you want to take on – project burnout is a real thing – then keep it simple. Rain on a Tin Roof shows us how striking a pantry door of all things can look with black paint and new hardware.

    And Dream Green DIY took on an even easier approach. We’d say that Schlage lever is a huge improvement over the scratched and dinged knob originally on the door. How’s that for an elegant upgrade without a major commitment?

    No matter how you give new life to your hollow core doors, remember that a refreshed set of door hardware can help complete the look. Visit the Product Selector tool on for help finding the perfect look for your doors. And don’t forget to find us on Pinterest and Instagram for even more inspiration.


    Why Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is perfect for every family.

    August 14, 2019 9:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Why Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is now perfect for every family

    We know that there are a lot of families that include both Android™ and Apple® users. In fact, more than a quarter of US households own at least one device on each platform.



    Smart Locks - Android - iOS - Schlage Sense
    Coming to a decision that the whole family agrees on can be a difficult process. When your family can’t even agree on what’s for dinner, finding a phone that everyone likes is nearly impossible. We know that there are a lot of families that include both Android™ and Apple® users. In fact, more than a quarter of U.S. households own at least one device on each platform.
    Household Smartphone Device Use - Android - iOS

    What happens when you want to get a smart lock?

    Some smart locks only support one smartphone platform, so how do you choose? Does only half of the family get to have smartphone access? Who decides which family members get to use their phone and who can only use access codes?


    With Schlage, you don’t have to choose. All of our smart locks, including the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, is compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones so everyone receives full access. The Schlage® Home app, which works with the Schlage Sense lock as well as the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, is now available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. That means your entire family can lock and unlock the door from their phones, no matter its platform.   

    Smart lock - Remote access - Wi-fi Adapter - Schlage Sense

    WiFi Adapter

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt provides multiple ways to access your home. It comes with a physical key, stores up to 30 access codes and uses Bluetooth to communicate with your smartphone when you’re within 40 feet of the lock. But what if you’re away from home? With the Schlage Sense™ WiFi Adapter*, Android and iOS smartphones can control the smart lock and receive notifications of all smart lock activity. No matter where you are, you can be notified when anyone, from your children to the dog walker, accesses your home.


    To start, you’ll need the Schlage Home app to install the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. Then simply plug the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter into an outlet and use the app to pair the adapter to your smart lock and connect to your WiFi network.


    Along with receiving notifications, the adapter allows you to lock and unlock your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt from anywhere. You can check to see if you remembered to lock your door or let someone in without having to send them an access code regardless of whether you’re at home, in the office across town or hundreds of miles away on the beach.

    Discover all the features available with the free Schlage Home app by downloading it now from the App Store or Google Play Store. To learn more about the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt, or to make sure it’s the right Schlage smart lock for, try our Get Help Deciding Tool.


    *The WiFi Adapter is not compatible with Apple HomeKit™.


    Safe baby, beautiful home: Stylish childproofing tips.

    August 14, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Childproofing tips - Schlage

    These tips can help childproof any room in your house, including your yard, simply and even with style.



    Whether your little one is crawling, toddling or fast enough to really wreak some havoc, make sure your home is safe. These tips can help childproof any room in your house, including your yard, simply and even with style.


    First, nothing beats a good pair of eyes. No matter how you choose to childproof your home, supervision is often the best form of prevention.

    Be cautious with candles

    It’s pretty obvious that babies and fire don’t mix. Candles and matches should be kept out of reach of tiny hands. You can also opt for flameless candles, like we often recommend for patio mood lighting.

    Soften furniture corners

    Watch those sharp edges and corners. Whether it’s your living room coffee table or outdoor patio furniture, there are plenty of stylish options and DIY projects to make them safer for toddlers. Check out this homemade ottoman from Sarcastic Parent, which looks great, is safe for her mini “Project Manager” and is versatile enough to be changed as the youngster grows.

    Choose cordless

    Blinds are great for a double dose of security, if you do them right. Choose a cordless version of your favorite window treatment so Baby can’t get tangled up in a choking hazard. Non-translucent curtains and blinds can also help deter prying eyes scoping out your home. Potential thieves like to check things out before they go to the effort of breaking in.

    Update locks

    Baby won’t stay a baby forever. If you’re updating your door hardware, consider Schlage Custom™ Combined Interior door locks. These allow you to switch between privacy and passage functions without replacing the entire lock. Why is that important to you? A bathroom or bedroom, which would normally have locking capabilities, can be changed to non-locking to keep your little ones from getting stuck in a room without you. When they get older, you can then easily switch back to the privacy function.

    Get smart with security

    Or maybe you actually want a lock on a door because of your little one. If you need an extra level of security somewhere – on a wine cellar, hunting closet or home office – try a Schlage electronic or smart lock. We know toddlers are getting better at figuring out technology, but if you don’t share the code with them, they won’t be able to access these high-risk rooms. Not sure which smart lock is right for you? Try our Get Help Deciding Tool.

    Grow safe plants

    Paying attention to your curb appeal can keep Baby safe, too. suggests choosing grass over pea gravel for a softer landing zone when they’re learning to walk or running around. And look for plants that are non-toxic and won’t prick. Those oleander and cactus will just have to wait until college.

    Keep them close

    If you’re worried about your kiddo wandering out of the yard, you can help by installing a fence. Choose vinyl, aluminum or wood composite for a stylish look that also lasts and requires minimal maintenance. (No one has time for that with kids running around.) You can also beautify your fence with climbing vines and other gorgeous green landscaping.

    Secure the shed

    It’s great to encourage your kids to get outside, no matter how old they are. If you’re concerned about all of the hazards – gardening tools, fertilizers and pesticides, lawnmowers or grilling equipment – try a secure shed. Not only will it deter the little ones from getting into trouble, but it could also prevent thieves from walking off with your tools, not to mention keep your yard looking clutter-free.

    Childproofing your home doesn’t mean you have to give up style, so step away from the pool noodle coffee table bumpers. Let Schlage help you find safe and stylish solutions for protecting your home and everyone in it. And don’t forget to share your childproofing solutions with us on Facebook and Instagram.


    8 small porch decorating ideas with huge style.

    August 13, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    Small porch decor ideas | Schlage

    Just because your space is small, don’t think your style needs to be too.



    Porches historically played an important cultural role as meeting places. As a result, they tended to be larger and inviting. Today it’s more common to see a postage-stamp balcony or a modest stoop. Just because your space is small, don’t think your style needs to be too. Here are eight tips for decorating a pint-sized patio with welcoming curb appeal.

    Take your design up

    If you can’t spread out, go up. Spaces look larger when you draw the eyes skyward, so try statement lighting fixtures, high-top tables and tall plants such as bamboo.

    Open your horizons

    Also try design elements that let the eye keep going outward. Glass tables are less likely to break up the space, and railings that are see-through give you unobstructed views. Again, suggests black cable railings, perfect for an industrial look. They also pair well with other fixtures such as Schlage door hardware in Matte Black finish to help build cohesive design throughout your porch and home. Country Living has another option that’s more neutral and complements more traditional styles.

    Plant creatively

    Even if you have a true garden – all those urban balcony owners are jealous, by the way – you can still add plants to your small porch. The added textures and colors will help with curb appeal. To save space, get creative by hanging small pots on a screen or, like suggests, an upcycled crib railing. Try Good Housekeeping’s idea by giving a table new life with greenery in a DIY trough.

    Pick a piece that does it all

    Now that you have a table/planter, keep the multipurpose theme going. You don’t have a ton of room for redundant furniture, so consider a bench that doubles as seating or a table. An ottoman achieves the same goal, and both can be painted or spruced up with fabrics for a pop of color. Try a screen, which can hide unsightly items in storage and create a bit of privacy, an especially appealing solution if you have neighbors right on top of you.

    Reflect the light

    We often suggest adding mirrors to small foyers, and they work on small porches for the same reason. Mirrors reflect light to create the illusion of extra space. They’re also unexpected outdoors, making them a unique statement piece. We love what Kathleen M shared on Hometalk.

    Paint for a color pop

    Paint doesn’t take up any room, so if you’re looking for visual interest without a physical footprint, this could be for you. Patterns on the floor of your patio are becoming more popular. And if you have a covered porch, a light blue hue can mimic the sky, making the space feel more open. When choosing colors – whether for the floor, ceiling, walls or furniture – remember to keep it light and bright to avoid feeling closed in.

    Build in the style

    Sometimes it’s not what you add to the porch itself but to the home around it that can enhance your patio’s curb appeal. Try an architectural statement like columns, porch brackets or corbels for visual interest that doesn’t take up a ton of floor space. For smaller budgets, pick bold accessories like new house numbers, door hardware or a mailbox to spice up your front door.

    Stretch the limits

    Think your porch stops at the edge of the concrete slab? It might not have to. If you have a yard, keep the porch-like vibe flowing beyond the typical boundary. Add pavers or place potted plants just off the edge of your patio. Be sure to carry any design elements – maybe your door color matches your planters, or flowers in those planters continue from the porch, down the steps and into the yard – to maintain an intentional, cohesive look.


    Small spaces can have just as big a design impact as any other. Make sure your porch’s statement is one that welcomes you, your family and your guests. Follow us on Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration to turn outdoor spaces of any size into a lasting first impression.


    Smarten up for back-to-school with this HomeKit smart lock.

    August 12, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 12, 2019

     Smarten up for back-to-school with this HomeKit smart lock.

    Smart home technology can help you stay organized, add convenience when life gets hectic and give you peace of mind when it helps keep your family safe and healthy.



    When schedules heat up during back-to-school season, you need everyone and everything running like clockwork. Smart home technology can help you stay organized, add convenience when life gets hectic and give you peace of mind when it helps keep your family safe and healthy. That’s why we recommend the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and HomeKit™ for that first day of school and beyond.
    Girl with backpack unlocking Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt.

    No key? No problem.

    Home security might not be at the top of your mind when you’re packing lunches and checking homework. But imagine how much simpler those things would be if you weren’t also wondering if you remembered to lock the door. Imagine the comfort you’d find if you knew that your kids were safely at home even when you’re in the office. With smart locks like the Schlage Sense deadbolt, you don’t have to just imagine anymore.


    Keyless convenience – whether you’re unlocking the door with the touchscreen, checking your lock’s status through your smartphone or controlling your lock with voice commands – is not only simple and convenient. It can also improve your home’s security. When you assign a unique access code to trusted individuals, including your kids, there’s no more hoping they don’t lose their spare key. Then, when they use their code to get in after school, you can receive a notification that they’ve arrived home.


    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt also has a built-in alarm that can alert you via your smartphone, so you know if there’s a disturbance at the door when the kids are home alone. And when you set up the auto-locking feature, gone are the days of wondering if the kids locked up behind them.

    A smart – and secure – way to come home

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is compatible with a variety of smart home devices and systems. Pair it with the Schlage Sense™ WiFi Adapter to control access from anywhere using the Schlage® Home app. Or if you have an Apple TV® or want to use your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® to control your lock, you can opt for the HomeKit option.


    Whichever you choose, you get the same basic functionality in your lock. Control your lock, manage settings like auto-lock and the built-in alarm, and view access history remotely with the Schlage Home app. By pairing your Schlage Sense deadbolt with HomeKit you can also make it work in tandem with other HomeKit-enabled devices and use Siri® to lock and unlock or door.


    Additionally, your Schlage Sense lock with HomeKit can be part of those convenient scenes you create. For example, when you activate your “bedtime” scene that connects a range of HomeKit-compatible devices, you can simultaneously lock the door, dim the lights and turn off the television to get everyone ready for bed so they wake up refreshed for another day at school.


    To set up your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with HomeKit, we recommend an Apple TV 4th generation or an iPad with iOS 10.0 or higher. (Find more details and stay up-to-date with the latest requirements at the Apple website.) If you are using an iPad as your HomeKit hub, it must remain powered on at home and connected to WiFi just as your Apple TV would be. Be sure to also set up your Apple TV or iPad with the same iCloud or iTunes account information as your iPhone.


    How to transform old door locks into something uniquely new.

    August 6, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    Repurposed old door locks | Schlage

    It’s time to teach an old door new tricks. If you’re a fan of upcycling, try this DIY project for repurposing old doors and door locks.



    It’s time to teach an old door new tricks. If you’re a fan of upcycling, try this DIY project for repurposing old doors and door locks. You can tackle the whole project or choose the parts you like best to create a beautifully unique towel or coat rack.

    Create a towel rack

    Think about it. How often do you already hang things on your door knobs? If your old door knobs still look fabulous but fall short of working great – here’s looking at you, vintage homeowners – this is the perfect opportunity to retain the classic style in your house without sacrificing security and convenience.


    Bless’er House takes us through the steps for creating an antique door knob towel rack. In a nutshell, you’re simply going to screw the knobs to some kind of base – wooden planks, picture frames, salvaged wood or even just the wall itself.

    Spruce up the entryway

    You can keep the entryway theme going by using a door as your base like Rustica did. Just refinish it to match the room’s style, turn it on its side and you have a piece that makes a style statement and helps you stay organized.

    Get organized

    And because we can always use more storage and organization, don’t be afraid to try this in other areas of your house. Create an upcycled rack in your entryway, foyer or mudroom to collect jackets and bags when kids get home. Make smaller versions to hold purses, scarves or jewelry in your bedroom or closet. Hang a mirror nearby, maybe add a sconce, and it transforms into a vanity. You’re only limited by your imagination.

    If you replaced all the door hardware in your home and still have knobs left over, or if you’re just looking for a smaller project, here are more ideas for transforming your old door hardware.



    Looking for more ways to transform a door into something unexpected? These seven ways you can repurpose an old door will awe your guests and amaze your neighbors.


    If you’re feeling inspired, follow us on Pinterest and Instagram for more ways to capture your perfect style. Or check out more design tips on the Schlage blog.


    Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt plus Ring Alarm add up for a perfect score.

    August 5, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 5, 2019

    Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt plus Ring Alarm add up for a perfect score.

    It might seem strange to put a smart lock on your back-to-school shopping list, but when you see how it can make the first day back and beyond easier, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner.



    No. 2 pencils, glue, notebooks, smart lock. It might seem strange to put a smart lock on your back-to-school shopping list, but when you see how it can make the first day back and beyond easier, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner. Here’s how you can make the grade with a Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and Ring Alarm.

    Girl with backpack unlocking Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt.

    Keyless convenience at their fingertips

    With the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt, and our other electronic locks, you enjoy new levels of keyless convenience without sacrificing security. That’s because you have the power to create and manage up to 30 unique access codes for trusted family and friends, including your kids, carpool moms and more.


    Don’t want to risk your kids losing a spare? This is your solution. They simply unlock the door at the touchscreen with their access code. And when you use a compatible app with the Schlage Connect lock, you can receive notifications when they use that code, so you always know when they get home from school. They never get locked out, and you don’t have to worry about who found the lost key or leave work early to let them in.


    Ring in the school year

    The Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt works with a variety of other devices in your home to added convenience and peace of mind. And because we have Schlage Connect locks that work with Zigbee and Z-Wave networks, there’s a secure solution for nearly any home.


    One of the newest integrations lets you pair the Z-Wave-certified Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Ring Alarm. You can lock and unlock your door from anywhere, manage access codes and get those alerts we mentioned when a code is entered, all from the Ring App. The app also lets you check your lock’s battery level.


    Because the Schlage Connect lock and Ring Alarm work on a Z-Wave ecosystem, they can become part of a greater strategy to improve the security and safety of your home. The Ring Alarm Base Station is compatible with select carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, flood and freeze censors, and motion and contact censors. Don’t forget about voice control, either. Ring also works with Amazon Alexa, so you can simply ask Alexa if your door is locked and tell her to lock or unlock it for you.


    Easy installation. Simple setup.

    You don’t have to be a genius to upgrade your smart home. All you need to install your Schlage smart lock is a few minutes and a screwdriver. The lock is battery-operated, so there’s no wiring and no need to call a handyman. And synchronizing it with your Ring Alarm is simple as well. Just follow the instructions in the Ring App as it walks you through pairing your devices.


    Learn more about the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt or find out if this is the right lock for your home and family with the interactive Get Help Deciding Tool.


    What to do when your new lock doesn’t fit your door.

    August 2, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 2, 2019

    What to do when your new lock doesn’t fit your door - Schlage

    Use this checklist and our suggestions to get your new lock and door working in perfect harmony.



    You’ve just bought a new lock and for some reason it’s not fitting on your door and locking like it should. One possible reason for this is that your door isn’t properly aligned. Poor alignment can occur because your house has settled or shifted over time, the door frame is old or warped, or the door is sagging on its hinges.


    Luckily, fixing the alignment of your door doesn’t have to be a chore. Use this checklist and our suggestions to get your new lock and door working in perfect harmony.

    Woman installing new lock on door.

    Identify door alignment issues

    Q1: Does your door easily lock during certain times of the year but not others?

    If your door locks easily during some seasons but not others, this may be a sign that changes in temperature or moisture are causing your door to warp, even just temporarily. We recommend waiting until it is not fitting properly and making adjustments at that time.

    Q2: Is your weather stripping causing your door to fit too snugly in its frame?

    Weather stripping is great for minimizing drafts and noise. Just make sure that it is not so thick that it obstructs the bolt or prohibits it from entering the door frame’s bolt pocket. If weather stripping is the culprit behind your lock struggles, try changing to a thinner weather strip or adjusting the strikes.


    When you adjust the strikes - the metal plates that surround the bolt or latch pocket in the door frame – it is important to first determine where the bolt is catching. Slowly lock and unlock the deadbolt several times. The deadbolt is probably hitting or rubbing on just one or two sides of the bolt strike. You will want to know where those points of interference are. This Old House has a great tip: Put some chalk – lipstick also works – on the bolt before locking and unlocking it. You’ll then be able to see a chalk smear on the strike where it rubbed.


    At that point, you’ll know where to remove obstructing material in the bolt hole using a chisel. You can also use these steps from Family Handyman to learn how to raise or lower the strike plates if your alignment is off by a larger margin.

    Q3: Do you have to push, pull or lift your door to lock it?

    This can be caused by different things, and so there are a few possible corrections you can make. First, check to see if moving the bolt strike helps. If your knob or lever also locks, it may help to move the latch strike as well. For example, if you have to lift your door to lock it, that could be a sign that your bolt or latch is hitting the bottom of the strike rather than extending fully into it. Use the steps above to adjust the strike.


    Trouble locking your door can also occur when worn or loose hinges cause your door to sag. Here are two options to correct this problem. You can replace the hinges so that they fit more securely on the door frame. Or you can add shims under the hinges.

    Q4: Is the bolt pocket 1” deep?

    If the bolt pocket is not deep enough or placed correctly, the bolt cannot extend fully, keeping your door from locking properly. This can be corrected by enlarging the bolt pocket or changing the strike plate. To make the bolt pocket deeper, taller or wider, depending on where your bolt is dragging, use a chisel on the bolt hole until it is 1” deep and allows the bolt to fully extend without dragging.


    If enlarging the bolt hole does not fix the problem, check the existing metal strike plate, which could be affecting the bolt pocket’s depth. Remove the strike plate from your door frame and use the deadbolt strike supplied with your Schlage lock instead. The supplied strike is the correct size and shape to allow the bolt to extend and retract as intended without dragging.


    If you continue to experience minor rubbing of the bolt on the top or side of the strike plate, you will need an alternate strike and security plate with additional clearance. This replacement part is available by contacting Schlage customer support.

    We're here to help

    For more help checking your door alignment and prep, be sure to watch our step-by-step installation videos here. You can also find more tutorials and interactive instructions in our How-to-Center and FAQs.


    20 small space décor ideas you can steal from dorm rooms.

    July 31, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 31, 2019

    Small space decor ideas | Schlage

    You may not be eating, sleeping, studying and socializing in one room like a college student, but you can still take a page from their book for your own small space décor.



    They’re the ones going back to school, but you can learn something too if you keep an open mind. Even though you aren’t eating, sleeping, studying and socializing in one room like a college student, still take a page from their book for your own small space décor. Class is in session.

    1. Easy on the wallet and floorplan

    When space is at a premium, more is not always better. If you’re tired of the same old look but don’t have the room to add something new, or can’t afford to, DIY your existing furniture. Lots of dorm room tips suggest temporary wallpaper on dresser drawers for some color and pizzazz. Because you actually own your furniture, don’t be afraid to try a fresh coat of paint, or use Apartment Therapy’s how-to guide to updating drawer pulls.

    2. One thing fits all

    If you purchase new furniture, choose multipurpose pieces. Whatever takes up valuable space better be multitasking. Think about ottomans, the quintessential storage/seating/coffee table/footstool piece. Or, and hang in there with us because it’s not as lame as you think, a daybed. One of these posh options from The Chriselle Factor definitely won’t be found in the average dorm.

    3. On the move

    Especially if a piece is multifunctional, you might need it to move around. Find furniture that’s mobile so you can transport it easily when it’s a bar cart in the kitchen, a nightstand in the bedroom, a makeup tray in the bathroom and a side table in the living room.

    4. Flip-flop furniture

    Rearrange the furniture you do have. Sometimes just shifting the chair from under the window to beside the bookcase and swapping the end table to the other side of the couch can open up space you didn’t even know you had.

    5. Beautiful hues

    College students can’t paint their walls, so they rely on colorful pillows and other accessories. Use that same strategy for brightening up your small space. A few strategically placed eye-catching pieces can make a big difference. And don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns.

    6. Gorgeous coming and going

    There’s a reason so many dorm room ideas on Pinterest suggest using washi tape to decorate the door. Leave the temporary tape alone and try a more sophisticated approach to making your door – something that’s already there and not taking up valuable space – a beautiful focal point of your home. Choose a unique color, add molding for visual detail or opt for a glass insert to allow light to shine through. Check out these tips for making a hollow core door look more expensive.

    7. Light it up

    Make small spaces feel larger by adding light. Even if your home has overhead lighting, add lamps for their function as well as their décor possibilities.

    8. Now you see it

    We often suggest adding mirrors to foyers because they tend to be darker and cramped. Mirrors work for other rooms in your house as well. They reflect light and trick the eye into thinking there’s more space than there is.

    9. Sophisticated splurge

    Avoid your small space feeling like a dorm by choosing high-quality materials. Furniture that will last, lush fabrics or luxurious bedding will give you a sophisticated feel. (No one has ever felt posh eating off paper or plastic plates.) And because your space is small, it can be more cost effective to splurge on the quality goods than if you’re decorating a great room.

    10. Worthy windows

    Do you know who doesn’t put curtains on their windows? Prisons. Add window treatments to soften a room and make it feel like somewhere you actually want to be. They won’t take up much space and the perfect color or pattern can change the mood. If you hang your curtains high, you can also create the illusion that your windows are bigger.

    11. The joy of cleaning

    Clutter is the enemy of small spaces, so organization is vital. A family command center to keep messages and schedules straight, drawer bins to contain all those bathroom baubles or stylish baskets to wrangle school supplies can help keep the room feeling larger.

    12. Unobstructed views

    Move things off the countertops, which can make any space feel overrun with clutter, and hang them on the backs of doors, inside cabinets or even behind drapes. Society 19 uses hooks for hairdryers, but you could do the same with baskets for snacks on the inside of a kitchen cabinet, keys in an entryway or brooms in a narrow garage or utility closet. Use Command hooks if nail holes are a turnoff.

    13. Shining personality

    A key to making any small space not feel sterile – a risk when you try to keep clutter to a minimum – is to intentionally add homey touches. Each accessory or piece of artwork should have personal or significant meaning. Family photos are a can’t-miss in this department.

    14. Go for green

    Plants go a long way toward making a home, whether it’s a dorm or your permanent residence, feel like an actual home. Hanging planters or these living walls bring the green without taking up too much space. And a DIY painted pot can add a personal touch.

    15. Working undercover

    All the area rugs are too big or too tiny for your space, you say? Then customize your look with a collection of smaller ones. Piece together multiple of the same design or layer rugs that contrast for a quirkier look.

    16. Sharing is caring

    Sometimes roommates in an 8x12 dorm need their space, and sometimes you want to separate the bed from the desk. Popular in guest room-office combos, a well-chosen room divider can do wonders. HGTV suggests a cubed bookcase. It provides separation without totally closing off the room and making it feel claustrophobic. It also gives ample opportunities for decoration.

    17. Charming displays

    If you have beautiful things – jewelry, scarves, decorative glass – there’s no rule that says you have to keep them hidden away. China cabinets have glass panels for a reason. Use crates or shadow boxes to display them when they’re not in use.

    18. Up, down and all around

    Not everything needs to be at eye level. Place higher shelving over the toilet, for example. Use that space between the top of the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling. Move a nightstand or shelves over the bed. Or go lower and install storage below the bed. As The Budget Decorator shows us, it doesn’t have to be plastic bins, and thank goodness for that.

    19. Stunning hangout

    Tapestry as wall art doesn’t have to be frat house tie-dye. With Bohemian modern being so stylish now, there’s no shortage of gorgeous patterned textiles you can hang to create a dramatic focal point without taking up much room. We also like these library-themed tapestries. (Maybe there’s some college nostalgia in us after all.)

    20. Good-looking nook

    If your small space is unusually shaped or you have a nook tucked in somewhere, transform it into something uniquely you. It won’t take much to turn an awkward corner into a cozy reading lounge, a workspace, a den for Fido or a spot to showcase your favorite collections.


    Small space décor doesn’t have to be boring and because you’re a grown-up, it definitely shouldn’t look like you’re in a dorm room. For more inspiration for spaces of any size, follow Schlage on Pinterest and Instagram.



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