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    The glamour of Old Hollywood with Schlage and Amy Matthews.

    December 7, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 7, 2018

    Hollywood Regency - Dempsey Lever - Schlage Custom Door Hardware

    The Hollywood Regency trend was born to reflect the shimmer, opulence, flamboyance and glamour of the 1930's Hollywood scene, bringing it from the silver screen into America’s homes.

     

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    In the 1930’s, movie sets had to be designed and styled to be able to accommodate – contain – Golden-Age-of-Hollywood Stars like Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Humphrey Bogart and a veritable constellation of other such luminaries. The personalities were larger than life. The Hollywood scene was larger than life. And the Hollywood Regency trend was born to reflect the shimmer, opulence, flamboyance and glamour of that very special time, bringing it from the silver screen into America’s homes.

     

    Cut to designer-to-the-stars and TV host extraordinaire, Amy Matthews, and her co-stars, Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware and the Dempsey lever. This is the final installment of her four-part series in which she works with Schlage designers to transform rooms around a single piece of Schlage door hardware. For this, she and the Schlage team chose the Dempsey lever for its character, boldness and sumptuous curves. It served as the perfect centerpiece for her big Hollywood ending, a larger-than-life Hollywood Regency blockbuster that showcases the breadth of Schlage’s passion for style.

     

    The Dempsey lever was inspired by the glamour and grace of Old Hollywood. It’s a shining example of the way Schlage door hardware can serve as a focal point for bringing a specific style statement to life. Amy loves the glamour of the lever and the challenge of integrating it into such a space. In fact, of all the rooms she helped design for this special partnership, this turned out to be her favorite.

    Hollywood Regency - Dempsey Lever - Schlage Custom

    The inspiration

    Schlage’s Dempsey lever brings a singular, unmistakable style to settings looking to make a real statement. One look and Amy knew where the design needed to go. She paired the lever with Schlage's Rosewood Trim in a lustrous yet tasteful satin nickel. The combination of the lever's distinctive curves and the scalloped look and finish provided the perfect centerpiece. The final room design featured a luxurious array of bold, contrasting colors, cut glass, lavish fabrics and reflective metals. It was truly a larger-than-life vision worthy of a star like Joan Crawford or Errol Flynn, with the Dempsey lever anchoring the entire concept.

    Hollywood Regency - Mood board - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

    The mood board: Unmistakable style

    Amy started with the Dempsey lever paired perfectly with Schlage’s Rosewood trim. In satin nickel, it complemented the overall design without getting in the way. She then assembled the mood board, splashing it with muted greens and reds that popped along with the glitter and luster of cut glass and exotic textures. For this design, she envisioned a sumptuous bedroom suite with a large bed in greens and natural tones dominating the room. Touches like a zebra rug, a crystal chandelier, a mirrored white vanity, period wallpaper and a distinctive green door completed Amy’s vision with panache and sizzle.

    The look: Inspired and opulent

    Amy’s immersion in the world of “lights, camera, action” really explored the true potential of what’s possible when building an entire room around a single piece of Schlage Door Hardware. Motivated by the style, vision and innovation of designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel, Amy brought a distinctive sexiness to the look, adding sleekness to the design with a black tile floor.

     

    The 1930’s marked the first time that movies began selling themselves based on the styles and fashions that would be worn by the stars that appeared in them. Think of it as early product placement. The lavish styles and fashions depicted were everywhere, selling everything from apparel to furnishings. Amy brought this sensibility to our Hollywood Regency masterpiece, with the Dempsey lever proving itself worthy of the glitz and glamour it inspires.

     

    While Amy generally prefers more simple, clean and organic designs, she really enjoyed stepping out with Schlage’s designers and pushing the envelope with the Dempsey lever and this glorious homage to Old Hollywood glam.

    Premium door locks - Schlage Custom

    The name says it all

    One system. Endless possibilities. Whether replacing outdated or broken locks, remodeling a single room or simply adding new, decorative details, Schlage Custom Door Hardware makes personalizing a single room–or an entire home–as easy as can be. It’s perfect for tailoring door hardware designs to the specific needs of every room.

     

    One screwdriver is all it takes to customize the style, finish and even functionality of Schlage Custom door hardware. A small locking pin lets you tailor the door’s locking function to your needs. And a wide range of designer knobs, levers, complementary trims and long-lasting and lustrous finishes deliver a whole new level of versatility in both style and function.

     

    For more information visit schlage.com. And to see Amy and Allegion Style & Design Chief Ted Roberts in action bringing this concept to life, watch this video. See for yourself. You don’t have to be Amy Matthews to bring a classic yet contemporary look to your home. All it takes is a little imagination and the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    6 simple yet impactful updates for when you're in a holiday hurry.

    December 4, 2018 11:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 5, 2018

    Simple - Holiday Updates - Schlage

    If you hoped to fix up the house before holiday guests arrived this year and haven’t gotten around to it yet, you’re in luck. Focus on these six ares and you'll be ready to host in no time.

     

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    If you hoped to fix up the house before holiday guests arrived this year and haven’t gotten around to it yet, you’re in luck.

     

    In a survey of what it takes to welcome holiday visitors and leave a great first impression, tackling last-minute home improvement projects was among the top 10 ways to make your home guest-ready. Those DIY projects were also on the list of top 10 things that impress guests most.

     

    To help you out, here are six areas of your house, many of which the survey identified as rooms most in need of a pre-holiday remodel, where you can make quick and easy changes that still make a big impact.

    Front porch

    Your entryway is the first thing your visitors will see, so use it to make a good impression immediately. Try updating your house numbers. Not only will they look good, but they’ll also help those guests who don’t typically visit find your home in the first place.

     

    A new Schlage Custom handleset, with a variety of designs and finishes available, can also make your door stand out in the most stylish of ways. With the highest industry ratings for residential security, premium metal construction and easy installation with just a screwdriver, you can also be confident of getting the job done before your guests’ arrival. And as an added bonus, handleset finishes coordinate easily with other home accents like lighting and plumbing fixtures as well as Schlage Custom hardware for interior doors.
     

    Foyer

    Once your guests are inside, you want them to feel welcome. Try some visually interesting coat hooks for some flair and function. If you have a small hallway or foyer, think about hanging a mirror to make the space feel bigger.
     

    Kitchen

    Unless you have the budget and the time for a project like a new backsplash, try focusing on something like your cabinetry. New cabinet pulls are a relatively quick change that can create a new look without a massive overhaul. It’s also the perfect opportunity to mix hardware finishes in a way that makes a big statement with minimal effort. You might choose a cabinet hardware finish that contrasts with a metallic light fixture, or pair a matte finish with a bright and shiny countertop accessory.

     

    Don’t forget inside the cabinets either. Organizers will get the shelves looking tip-top when guests offer to help set the table. These also have the added benefit of you being able to enjoy them long after the holidays. Because no one has ever said, “I wish my cabinets were less organized.”
     

    Living room

    If you have a fireplace, use it to create a beautiful holiday focal point for the room. Replace or decorate the mantel with festive photos, gorgeous greenery and other ornaments that put your holiday spirit on display.

     


    The living room is also a great opportunity for you to repurpose some of your own belongings. Move the furniture around, use pillows from another room on your couch or to create extra seating, or swap out end tables from another area in the house. This is one change that’s both easy in effort and on the wallet.

    Bathroom

    You can flex your DIY muscle by redoing flooring and grout. Or you can make a few cosmetic updates that will get your shower looking and working great for your guests. Change out the shower rod for something a bit more stylish or replace the showerhead. Create a spa-like experience with a relaxing raincan fixture, one with multiple settings or a two-in-one option that also includes a hand shower.
     

    Bedroom

    Aunt Barbara is just hours away. Repainting is out, but you can replace the door hardware. With Schlage Custom door hardware, you choose from a range of knobs and lever styles that instantly elevate any room. You pick the style and finish to match your home décor. And just like our handlesets, these install in minutes with just a screwdriver.

     

    Another easy change is to replace the bedding in a guest room. Something warm and luxuriously soft will always be popular with even the pickiest of guests.

    Find more holiday style inspiration when you follow us on Instagram and Pinterest.
     

    Home security steps you should take during the holidays.

    December 4, 2018 7:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    Holiday - Home Security - Schlage

    With a combination of smart home technology and a little common sense, your holiday season will be as merry as it is worry-free.

     

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    The holidays are here and soon you’ll be traveling to visit family and friends, hosting guests at your home and eagerly anticipating the delivery of your share of the nearly 2 billion packages that are expected to be shipped this holiday season. Take some advice from the pros at Schlage and make sure your home is secure all season long.

     

    With nearly half a million homes burglarized during the holidays and robbery rates rising an average of 20% around this time of year, there’s no time like the present to check home security off your holiday list!

     

    With a combination of smart home technology and a little common sense, your holiday season will be as merry as it is worry-free.

    Install a home security system

    A home security system can decrease your chances of being burglarized by nearly 60%. Options range from 24/7 surveillance by a third party to a DIY setup that you manage and monitor on your own using your smartphone or other connected technologies. Deciding which is best for you depends on your budget and the level of control you wish to have over your system. With most systems going wireless, you can easily install motion and entry detectors around windows and doors and an audible alarm to alert you and your home security provider of a potential breach.

    Install smart home security devices

    You can take home security to the next level by installing smart home devices that allow you to use your smartphone to monitor and control your front door locks from anywhere. Install programmable smart lighting throughout your house in addition to your front porch and garage. Install security cameras that you can watch remotely. You can even connect these to a smart doorbell to see who is coming and going.

    Home Security - Smart locks - Schlage

    Connect a smart lock to your security system

    Connect smart home security devices to any number of Schlage smart locks that integrate seamlessly into today’s most advanced home automation systems. They provide the convenience of keyless keypad entry and allow you to monitor and control access from your phone. Schlage offers a wide range of connected locks that deliver both security and peace of mind.

    Home Security - Exterior lighting - Schlage

    Keep the exterior lights on

    The best way to deter intruders is to keep the exterior of your home well-lit. Motion sensor lighting can both alert others that someone may be nearby and make the intruder turn away. Projected and architectural lighting can provide a holiday lightscape or a simple highlight as well as a bright, visible deterrent. The best part? According to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief for Allegion, lighting is one of the most affordable ways to provide both security and beauty through the holiday season and beyond.

    Home Security - Tips - Schlage

    Make your home look occupied

    There's nothing more enticing to a home intruder than a home that appears to be vacant. Triggers that signal this include mail piled up by the front door or a house that remains dark during all hours of the day. Ask your Post Office to hold your mail until you return or a nearby friend to collect it each day. If you have installed a keyless lock, you can assign a code that allows a trusted friend or neighbor to place your mail inside and check on any plants or pets. Also consider smart lighting that will turn on and off at different times of the day to give the appearance that someone is home. If it is expected to snow while you're away, arrange for someone to clear your sidewalks and driveway.

    Keep valuables away from windows

    Burglars prefer to get in and out of a house as quickly as possible to avoid being caught. Having a clear view of a valuable item will make your home a target. Keep valuables out of sight and install blinds or curtains for even more protection. The same goes for packages you leave in your car. The few extra seconds you spend to secure your packages in the trunk or to cover them on the floor in the back seat will pay big dividends later.

    Home Security - Package delivery - Schlage

    Keep your package deliveries safe

    Most of us worry this time of year about our packages being stolen. Asking neighbors to retrieve them for you, asking your delivery professionals to leave them in an inconspicuous location, redirecting your packages through the USPS, UPS or FedEx websites ¬– these all offer simple, common-sense solutions that can keep your deliveries secure. Another great option is to use a package delivery lockbox. Remember, thieves are looking for a quick and easy score, so even the smallest deterrent can make a big difference.

    Keep your travel plans off social media

    By all means, let your family, close friends and neighbors know you will be gone so they can keep an eye on things. But as excited as you may be to get away, don’t post your holiday travel plans on Facebook or Twitter and don’t broadcast your adventures on Snapchat or Instagram. Trust us, no matter how much fun you’re having, it can all wait until you return!

    Make a holiday security checklist

    Finally, before you set off on your holiday travels, make a short to-do list so you don’t overlook something.
     

    • Notify your neighbors that you’ll be gone.
    • Pause your regular mail, newspaper and any other scheduled deliveries.
    • Arrange for your packages to be delivered securely or re-directed.
    • If you have a product like a Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, make sure you assign custom security codes for any family, friends or neighbors to whom you wish to grant access while you are away.
    • Program your home automation system to make sure your lights and other connected systems go on and off when you want them to.


    With a small investment in the latest technologies and a little know-how, you’ll be all set for the holidays. What extra steps do you take to make sure your home is safe and secure? Give us your best tips by sharing with us on Facebook. And make sure you’re ready for the holidays with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    Ted talks decorating your front porch for a bright, wonderful winter season.

    November 30, 2018 6:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, November 30, 2018

    Ted Talks - Winter Front Porch Decor - Schlage

    From accent lighting to securing your home for the season, Ted outlines some simple, affordable ways to be the envy of the neighborhood throughout the holidays and beyond.

     

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    Ted Talks - Winter Front Porch Decor - Schlage

    The holiday decorating season is in full swing, so make way for some holiday color and cheer. It won’t be long before the stockings are hung, a holiday wreath adorns your front door, the lights are shining bright and the colors of Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa turn front porches coast to coast into holiday showpieces.

     

    It’s another installment of Schlage’s ongoing series of blogs featuring premium design ideas, we provide ways to bring your home designs to life and how to incorporate the premium style of Schlage into those designs. Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, shares some thoughts on creating memorable and inviting winter front porch designs that will make your home stand out. From accent lighting to securing your home for the season, Ted outlines some simple, affordable ways to be the envy of the neighborhood throughout the holidays and beyond.

    Ted Talks - Winter Front Porch - Lighting - Schlage

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    Q: It’s that time of the year. What can we do to make this year’s holiday decorating special?

    A: “One of the joys of holidays and winter decorating is the passion that people put into it, trying to outdo themselves year after year. And it shows. This year, you’ll see the wreaths, bows, tinsel and traditional decorations that mark the season, but I also think you’ll see a lot more imaginative lighting displays.”

    Q: A bright outlook then, for the season?

    A: “It’s just that there are so many options in the winter front porch lighting department. It’s the perfect place to start. I really think projected lighting is going to be big this year. It can be truly dramatic, painting a lightscape across the entire front of your house. And, for the budget conscious, these can be particularly useful because you can customize the graphics or colors and light patterns season to season. Another favorite porch design idea of mine is white string lights. They are a great way to celebrate the season but can also stay up all winter long or even all year long. Another simple, affordable year-round solution is white architectural lighting. Talk about adding a distinctive accent to any outdoor space. Any of these can brighten your front porch project with many options available for less than $100.”

    Q: Where do you go from there, when looking at your seasonal porch designs?

    A: “The front door. It can be the perfect centerpiece of your winter front porch showcase. We like to say that your front door and your front patio or porch make the ultimate first impression. That’s as true when you’re greeting holiday visitors as it is when you’re talking year-round curb appeal. Your front door reflects your personality. Your uniqueness. Your own sense of style. From a simple, inexpensive wreath that can be redecorated from season to season to wrapping your front door in bright and shiny wrapping paper and bows, the sky really is the limit. My only caution is: make sure that any door decorations don’t interfere with the operation of your front door and door lock, because you don’t want to compromise your safety and security, no matter how awesome your holiday door looks.”

    Q: And that’s where Schlage comes in?

    A: “That’s where Schlage comes in. This time of year, particularly through the holidays, you’ve got visitors coming and going, more package deliveries than normal, partygoers, people dropping by, holiday carolers at your doorstep – and that’s only the beginning. You’ve also got about a 1 in 35 chance of being a victim of property crime during the holidays, so you’ll want to make sure everything is safe and secure. Schlage offers a range of front door locks – from mechanical locks and deadbolts to convenient keypad locks to connected smart locks – that are as reflective of your own unique sense of style as they are functional. Good locks are a deterrent. Security cameras are a deterrent. Security systems are a deterrent. Schlage makes smart locks too that work with many of today’s most popular home automation and security systems.

    Ted Talks - Winter Front Porch - Security - Schlage

    Q: Any other security tips?

    A: “Another good rule of thumb: when you change your clocks – when you fall back – it’s a great time to change out your batteries in smoke alarms, home safety monitors, electronic locks and the like. All Schlage electronic locks feature a handy low-battery alert, but checking regularly is still a good habit.

    Q: Final thoughts?

    A: “Enjoy the season. There are so many affordable options for making your front porch shine year-round, but especially in the fall and winter. And don’t forget President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day – all offer opportunities for you to adapt your porch designs to suit the seasons. Flags are another great addition, showing your patriotism, sense of pride, sense of humor and allegiance to your favorite team.

    For more, visit Schlage.com or check out what your friends are doing to brighten their holidays by visiting Pinterest and Instagram. Make your front porch a true showpiece, with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    How Schlage smart locks stand up to Mother Nature.

    November 26, 2018 10:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, November 26, 2018

    Smart locks - Weatherproof - Schlage

    Are smart locks waterproof? What happens when the power goes out? Here’s what you need to know.

     

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    Some of us love winter weather, and others are already counting down the days until spring. When the temperatures drop, and the snow and ice hit your door, you want your lock to be ready, even if you aren’t.

     

    When it comes to holding up to the weather, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, as well as Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt and Schlage Keypad Deadbolt, are designed to exceed, and have been validated to function, beyond industry certification requirements.

     

    We do not recommend our smart locks be used on outdoor gates or on doors in which the lock’s interior housing is completely exposed to the elements. However, we consistently work to bring you quality products so that you know you’re getting the convenient features and peace of mind, no matter what elements your house faces.

    Tried and tested

    Your electronic lock’s exterior components, which are often exposed to the harshest elements, are tested against:

     

    • Extreme temperatures, including icing or freezing conditions (as low as approximately -22 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the lock) and high heat (up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit)
    • High humidity and condensing humidity
    • Rain
    • Coastal environment conditions

    Peace of mind

    Additional features provide an extra layer of confidence for when the worst weather strikes.

     

    • Battery operated: All of Schlage’s keyless locks run on battery power, so if the power goes out, you’re still protected. You won’t be locked out and those who shouldn’t have access to your home won’t gain it just because ice pulled down a power line.
    • Back-lit numbers: Whether the power goes down or the sun has just set early, you’ll never be left fumbling in the dark to unlock your door.
    • Glove-friendly: No need to remove your mittens. Touchscreens and keypads work even if they’re wet from rain and when you’re wearing gloves.

    Protection beyond the weather

    Of course, not all elements are a result of Mother Nature. We know security depends on your lock working in all kinds of conditions. That’s why we also test our smart locks in construction-based environments, such as pressure washing, fluid spills and dust.

     

    Schlage smart locks are backed by a three-year electronics warranty and a limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty. With our successful testing, you can be as confident as we are in your security and style year-round, rain or shine, snow or heat.

    To find out if a Schlage smart lock will work well for your home and climate, reach out to us on Facebook or contact our customer support team for help.
     

    5 ways getting smart can save you and your home energy.

    November 15, 2018 10:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Energy Efficiency - Smart Home - Schlage

    There are several ways you can cash in on smart home technology for energy savings, something that’s on many of our minds as we head into the winter months of high heating bills.

     

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    With smart home automation, you can make your house more energy efficient, saving you money. Home automation can also save you energy, making daily life just a little easier.

     

    There are several ways you can cash in on smart home technology for energy savings, something that’s on many of our minds as we head into the winter months of high heating bills.

    Energy efficiency - Smart Home - Schlage

    Thermostat

    Heating and cooling your house uses more energy than anything else in your home. A programmable or smart thermostat makes it easier to adjust the temperature as the weather changes or based on who’s home. Energy.gov estimates that turning down your thermostat by 7 to 10 degrees for eight hours a day, like when you’re at work, could save you up to 10 percent annually on heating and cooling costs.

     

    Don’t want to come home to a cold house? When you choose a smart thermostat, you can start warming things back up with the push of a smartphone button before you even leave the office. Another option is to program your thermostat to do it automatically.

    Lighting

    Consider taking your energy savings beyond just saying “Alexa, turn off the lamp” or putting your lights on a timer. Try light sensors that turn your lamps on only when someone is in the room. You can also add geo-fencing, which automatically turns lights on and off based on where your smartphone is.

    Kitchen appliances

    Some smart ovens take less time to preheat, allow you to program the cooking process based on what you’re making and can often monitor your dish’s progress using sensors. All of these can translate to less wasted energy.

     

    If you think a refrigerator doesn’t need to be smart, think again. On the most basic level, making sure the door closes properly helps to conserve energy. That means a fridge that notifies you if the door didn’t shut all the way also saves you money. The ability to see inside the refrigerator without opening the door, perfect when trying to decide what to snack on, saves you money. A refrigerator that automatically knows when to reduce its energy consumption during the power grid’s peak hours while still keeping your frozen foods frozen, yes, saves you money.

     

    But what about conserving energy of a different kind? Some smart features or appliances might not reduce your financial expenses quite so obviously, but if they make your life easier, that seems like pretty good savings to us.

    Smart Lock - Zigbee Amazon Lock - Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt

    Smart locks

    Smart locks like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt make daily life more convenient by allowing you to share access codes with family, friends, handymen, dogwalkers and others you may want to grant temporary access. No more keeping track of spare keys. No more rushing home from work to let someone in.

     

    Amazon Prime members in select areas can pair the Schlage Connect lock, Zigbee certified with the Amazon Key app and Amazon Cloud Cam to have packages securely delivered just inside the front door. You control entry from your smartphone, so you don’t have to provide a code to the delivery driver. You can even choose to block access remotely on delivery day if desired.

     

    Looking for even more convenience? Make your smart lock part of a home automation sequence. Try setting up a Welcome Home routine, for example. When you unlock your door, the lights turn on and your thermostat goes up. Or maybe a Goodnight routine that locks the doors and powers down electronics all at once while you relax in bed.

     

    These smart locks also add convenience with peace of mind. You’ll never have to wonder if you locked the door when you can check its status remotely from your smartphone. You can also be confident in the quality of your locks. All our smart deadbolts earned the highest marks from BHMA, so you know your home is safe and that your lock will continue to function correctly throughout its lifespan and stand up to the elements over time without losing its great style.

    Robotic Vacuums

    Make it a clean sweep of convenience with a robotic vacuum. Many can now be scheduled to run using smartphone apps and voice control. There’s even one that will take photos and videos when it senses movement in the room. Consumer Reports cautions that these vacuums don’t have the same suction power as a standard upright vacuum and their effectiveness depends on your type of flooring, but they can definitely help with everyday cleaning maintenance. And that’s an energy saver in our books.

    Adding home automation could be your solution for saving both money and effort. Find more ways Schlage can bring simplicity to your life at Schlage.com or on Twitter and Facebook.
     

    A century-old classic given a new look with Schlage and Amy Matthews.

    November 13, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Vintage door know - Hobson knob - Schlage Custom Door Hardware

    Schlage Custom Door Hardware and the Hobson glass knob are a game changer, according to Amy Matthews, Contractor, Designer and popular TV and YouTube host.

     

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    One of the most budget and design-friendly ways to bring antique fixtures into your home is with door knobs. And to that end, Schlage Custom Door Hardware and the Hobson glass knob are a game changer, according to Amy Matthews, Contractor, Designer and popular TV and YouTube host. From eclectic to transitional, it makes a statement by bringing a traditional look suitable for modern-day applications.

     

    That’s why Amy chose the Hobson knob as her inspiration for creating an entire room look for Schlage designers based around the Hobson knob’s vintage versatility. In this, the third installment of her four-part series in which she works with the Schlage design team to transform rooms around a single piece of Schlage door hardware, Amy embraced Schlage’s unique take on a 100-year-old classic. Together, they explored its application in a more contemporary setting.

     

    The Hobson knob is an ideal statement piece, putting its beveled glass design element inside a sleek, smooth glass exterior that Amy loves. It perfectly complemented the colors, textures and materials she chose for this particular room design.

    Vintage glass knob - Hobson - Schlage Custom

    The inspiration

    Schlage's Hobson knob can bring a touch of bling to a wide assortment of settings, according to Amy. From traditional to even the most modern of styles, it can be paired with a variety of finishes and trims that make the quintessential glass knob the picture of eclectic style. For additional inspiration, Amy looked for photos of various homes and decor from different yet specific eras and then adapted her designs to bring a measure of authenticity to the look she was creating. It's no surprise, then, that one of her favorite fixtures is the glass knob.

    Eclectic, vintage style - Mood board - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

    The mood board: A collection of Amy's favorite looks

    Amy started with the Hobson knob, pairing it with a satin brass finish and modern trim. She wanted to take advantage of the versatility of the Hobson to serve as the foundation for a modern, bohemian vibe that also exuded sumptuousness and warmth.

     

    She wanted the Hobson knob, as specified, to complement the natural wood she’d chosen for the door and some of the furnishings. She also chose the glass and satin brass look to work in contrast to some of the blacks and pops of red and gold accent colors she crafted into the board. Neutral grays and flooring completed the picture, with the overall look reflecting Amy’s preference for clean, modern presentations.

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    The look: Classic yet modern

    Amy and the team brought the room to life with rugs, pillows, throws, artwork and other meticulous touches that picked up the gold in the satin brass finish. She wanted the look to radiate warmth and welcome. Again, the word Amy used for what she was going for was “sumptuous.” The flexibility of Schlage Custom and the warmth and glow of the Hobson knob was the perfect centerpiece for Amy’s very particular design expression.

     

    While some of the furnishings were in natural woods to complement the door and the neutral flooring, she also added touches like black accent tables and other, more colorful accessories to provide a nice contrast throughout. Her overall objective: create a room that transforms an ordinary space into an extraordinary home. She certainly succeeded, building this look around the vintage style and design flexibility of Schlage Custom and the Hobson glass knob.

    Vintage glass knob - Hobson - Schlage Custom

    The name says it all

    One system. Endless possibilities. Whether replacing outdated or broken locks, remodeling a single room or simply adding new, decorative details, Schlage Custom Door Hardware makes personalizing a single room–or an entire home–as easy as can be. It’s perfect for tailoring door hardware designs to the specific needs of every room.

     

    One screwdriver is all it takes to customize the style, finish and even functionality of Schlage Custom door hardware. A small locking pin lets you tailor the door’s locking function to your needs. And a wide range of designer knobs, levers, complementary trims and long-lasting and lustrous finishes deliver a whole new level of versatility in both style and function.

     

    For more information visit schlage.com. And to see Amy and Allegion Style & Design Chief Ted Roberts in action bringing this concept to life, watch this video. See for yourself. You don’t have to be Amy Matthews to bring a classic yet contemporary look to your home. All it takes is a little imagination and the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    Treat your hardware like a coffeemaker – Learn to spot quality door locks.

    October 29, 2018 7:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, October 29, 2018

    Quality Door Locks - Schlage Custom

    When shopping for new home good items, it pays to understand when it’s worth saving and when it’s worth the splurge.

     

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    When shopping for new home good items, it pays to understand when it’s worth saving and when it’s worth the splurge. Take coffeemakers for example. If we use them every day, it might be worth paying a little extra for a model that not only is going to last but also will save you time and money in the long run. If your coffeemaker turns out to be sub-par, you’ll ultimately end up spending more on a replacement or by heading to the coffee shop. So much for savings.

     

    What does this have to do with door hardware?

     

    You won’t want to give up coffee cold turkey because your at-home maker isn’t up to snuff, nor will you stop wanting to lock your doors for the same reason. Do your research and think about the following factors when considering the move up to the next tier of locks and door hardware. They might make you re-think defaulting to the lowest price.

    Quality door locks - Eller Lever - Schlage Custom

    Durability

    You’re going to use your locks every day, and it’s important that they work every time. With Schlage, you can be assured that not only will your locks and door hardware last for years to come - reducing the need for frequent replacements - but they’ll also help protect your home throughout their lifespan.

     

    Nearly all of Schlage’s mechanical hardware and electronic deadbolts, levers and knobs are rated best in security, durability and finish by BHMA. Testing shows that our hardware is resistant to the toughest environmental and weather conditions, and levers hold up under heavy weight, so you know you’re covered when a child hangs on them. Premium metal construction also provides a quality you can actually feel.

     

    Our smart locks also feature the same type of encryption used in online purchases and built-in alarm technology to consistently protect what’s most important to you.

     

    Similar products: Toilet plungers and car tires. You probably won’t find out that they aren’t working until it’s already a problem. And you definitely don’t want that.

    Quality door locks - BHMA grading - Schlage

    Style

    You’re going to look at your door hardware every day. Front-door locks and hardware are some of the first things guests will see, so you might want something visually appealing that also matches the style of your home. Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware features architecturally-inspired designs that reflect your unique taste. With our collection of styles and finishes, the possibilities offer a whole new dimension of personal style to your home.

     

    Smart locks like Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt come in a variety of styles and finishes as well, making it easier than ever to coordinate your hardware from your front door to the back porch and everywhere in between.

     

    Similar products: A good blazer and hair dye. Just like quality door hardware, these are simple ways to elevate your style by changing what people see first and most.

    Simplicity

    Installing your door hardware and locks, not to mention using them on a regular basis, should be easy. Most of our door hardware requires just a screwdriver for installation, and with our patented Snap & Stay technology, there’s no need to juggle components and tools at the same time.

     

    Schlage smart locks are also battery-operated, eliminating the need for hardwiring or calling an electrician during installation.

     

    Using your lock should be easy, too. Storing multiple access codes, locking and unlocking your door remotely from anywhere, and monitoring access through an app are just some of the hallmarks of Schlage simplicity. If ease is a high priority for you, this might be one reason to increase your investment.

     

    Similar product: Home delivery. How often have you paid a little extra for the pizza or groceries to be brought directly to your front door, just for the ease and convenience?

    Support

    When you have a question about your locks or door hardware, you shouldn’t have to go on a wild goose chase for answers. We put solutions at your fingertips with online support ranging from frequently asked questions to installation and user guides, templates and more.

     

    Similar product: Food service. When wait staff is attentive, friendly and knowledgeable, you know you’ll get the dining experience you deserve.

     

    “You get what you pay for” is cliché for a reason. Confidence in getting what you want from your locks and door hardware might be worth the investment to you, particularly when it comes to the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage. For continued help and support in your door lock buying journey, be sure to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook for help.
     

    Schlage Connect™ smart lock features you can take advantage of with Wink.

    October 26, 2018 7:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 26, 2018

    Schlage Connect - Wink

    With easy installation and programming right at your fingertips, this smart lock provides utility out of the box but when paired with a compatible smart home hub, you can unlock even more convenient and advanced security features.

     

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    Smart lock - Wink - Schlage Connect
    Powered by Z-Wave® technology, the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt is a versatile smart lock that works with most smart home and alarm systems, including Wink. With easy installation and programming right at your fingertips, this smart lock provides utility out of the box but when paired with a compatible smart home hub, you can unlock even more convenient and advanced security features. Here are eight features you can expect when you pair your Schlage Connect lock with a Wink smart home hub.

    1. Remote access

    Lock or unlock your door no matter where you are in the world. Because the Schlage Connect is powered by Z-wave, you need to pair it with a smart home hub, like Wink, to extend communication with your home’s wi-fi. This allows you to communicate with your lock via the Wink app when you are remote.

    2. Receive alerts

    Get instant notifications whenever the door is unlocked. Whether it’s peace of mind knowing your kids arrived home on time or keeping tabs on your housekeeper, alerts keep you in-the-know on who’s coming and going from your home throughout the day.

    3. Control built-in alarm

    Enable or disable the Schlage Connect’s built-in alarm when activity is detected at the door . Instead of changing your alarm settings through the lock itself, Wink makes it even easier to have full control of all the features Schlage Connect has to offer.

    4. Easy programming

    Add, delete and name user codes from the Wink app. Instead of manually keeping track of all the codes you’ve activated for your lock, Wink makes it simple to get a glimpse of all programmed access codes and allows you to deactivate or change them as needed.

    5. Set reminders

    Wink can also give you a reminder to remove codes when they are no longer needed . You will still need to go through the steps to delete the access code through the app but reminders give you peace of mind that you won’t forget a code that is no longer needed after a certain period of time making it even easier to manage and maintain multiple codes.

    6. Connect your smart lock with other products

    Smart homes are most convenient when all your products are working together. If you have other devices connected to your Wink hub, you can set up a Robot so that one action triggers a series of others – like unlocking your front door after 6pm turns the light in your entryway on. Just note that for optimal security, you cannot use the Robot to unlock your deadbolt. Follow the Wink blog to stay up-to-date with added features and get inspired for new smart home routines.

    7. Create shortcuts

    Both iOS and Android users can enable Wink widgets on their phone to access smart home scenes through the notification center (iPhone) or home screen (Android). This makes it easy to trigger an automation series you use often, like a Goodnight shortcut to power down all your smart devices and lock your doors.

    8. Pair your Schlage Connect with Amazon Alexa

    Command your Schlage Connect to lock or unlock or check the status of your lock when you pair your Schlage Connect with Amazon Alexa via Wink. Get all the details on what Schlage Connect and Amazon Alexa can do here.

    To make this all work, you’ll just need a Wink Hub or Wink Hub 2, Wi-Fi connection and an iOS or Android smartphone device. Visit wink.com to learn how to pair your smart lock with the Wink smart home hub and be sure to reach out to use on Facebook or Twitter with any questions.
     

    Schlage now offers a smart lock for Zigbee users.

    October 26, 2018 7:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    Schlage Connect - Zigbee Launch

    Schlage has developed a range of smart locks that integrate seamlessly into today's leading home automation systems. Take a look at the exciting new features you can take advantage of.

     

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    Looking for the right smart home system? While the terminology and technology options can seem confusing, finding the best smart lock for your home is simple. Schlage has developed a range of smart locks that integrate seamlessly into today’s leading home automation systems.

     

    The Zigbee-certified version of the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt features one-button enrollment, a fingerprint-resistant touchscreen and stores up to 30 unique access codes.
     

    Smart lock - Zigbee - Schlage Connect

    What is Zigbee?

    Zigbee is a next-generation protocol that supports select home automation mesh networks. Most importantly, Zigbee is the core system upon which the Amazon Key app is run, an important thing to keep in mind if you’re looking to integrate it into your own home automation system.

     

    Don’t need a Zigbee-certified smart lock? Find the right smart lock for your home with Schlage’s Get Help Deciding Tool.

     

    According to Bruce Schaffer, Schlage Product Manager for Residential Electronics: “With so many competing technologies, we’re working to help our customers navigate what works with what. That is the number one question that people getting into home automation have. Our goal then is to provide a range of compatible products and the technical know-how and support people need to ensure that all of these products work together in their homes.”

    Amazon lock - Zigbee - Schlage Connect

    Amazon lock? Amazon Key!

    When paired with the Amazon Key app, you can unlock your door from anywhere, check in anytime via live view, watch clips of who entered and exited your home and opt-in to in-home deliveries. Give family and friends temporary, recurring, or permanent access. Or, provide one-time access for a service professional. You’re in control.

     

    Smart lock - Zigbee - Schlage Connect

    Optional in-home delivery is also available with Amazon Key for Prime members in select areas. Get Amazon packages securely delivered just inside your front door, watch deliveries live or view clips later. No codes shared with the delivery driver and you can choose to block access on delivery day remotely if desired.

    "Alexa, lock the front door."

    Looking for the convenience of voice control? Just say the word. The Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt is designed to connect easily to the Amazon Echo Plus. The Echo Plus combines the benefits of Alexa with a Zigbee smart home hub into a single device. From there, you can easily add additional Echos and compatible smart home devices to create an easy-to-use smart home ecosystem.

    Smart lock - Zigbee - Schlage Connect

    Compatible with SmartThings

    Integrate select Schlage smart locks into your home automation system with hundreds of Samsung SmartThings compatible devices. From lighting and climate control to your home's security system, SmartThings devices are the easy way to put Zigbee-certified technology to work, making your smart home even smarter.

    Smarter homes start with Schlage

    Still curious? View our video to learn more about the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt.

     

    Security continues to be a primary reason why homeowners invest in smart home technology. And that’s why Schlage provides a wide range of smart locks that open a world of possibilities for homeowners looking to make the most of today’s rapidly growing home automation technologies. See for yourself. Join the millions of satisfied homeowners who trust the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage and find your Zigbee-certified Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt at Schlage.com today.
     

    A Mid-Century Modern masterpiece with Schlage and Amy Matthews.

    October 23, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    Mid-century Modern - Eller Lever - Schlage Custom

    After 50 years, the clean, sleek, distinctive look of Mid-Century Modern has been making a comeback. But to Amy Matthews, Contractor, DIY Designer extraordinaire and TV host, it never really went away.

     

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    Mid-century Modern - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

    After 50 years, the clean, sleek, distinctive look of Mid-Century Modern has been making a comeback. But to Amy Matthews, Contractor, DIY Designer extraordinaire and TV host, it never really went away. And there’s a good reason for that. Mid-century modern style is all about simplicity and functionality. At its core, it’s about stripping things down to basic design, bare elements and the inclusion of natural elements and textures offset by touches of bold color and contrast. There’s a timelessness to it which has made it so unique since its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s.
    Mid-century Modern - Door Hardware - Eller Lever - Schlage Custom

    Mid-century modern was the direction Amy chose for creating an entire design around a single piece of Schlage door hardware – the Eller lever. In the second installment of her four-part series in which she creates imaginative mood boards in this fashion, Amy took her inspiration from the soft, simple lines of the Eller lever to design a mid-century modern masterpiece.

     

    The Eller lever features a distinctive silhouette and a decidedly modern style with the brushed nickel finish serving as a contemporary highlight in contrast to the wood, stone and period touches that Amy selected.


    It’s minimalist style to the max. And if you’ve watched Mad Men, you know the look. We think you will love Amy’s take on this iconic era of interior design.

    Mid-century Modern - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

    The inspiration

    Schlage's Eller lever was created to be mainstream enough to work in a variety of contemporary to transitional settings. Its soft, curving Scandinavian design and clean precision make it the ideal starting point for building a range of modernist looks. The Eller also pairs with a number of available trims and finishes which allow for versatility in design. Talk about open possibilities. According to Amy, she really "jives" on this particular look.

    Mid-century Modern - Mood Board - Schlage Custom Eller Lever

    The mood board: authentic, clean and all-natural

    Starting with the Eller lever, Amy embraced the challenge of designing the mood board around the door hardware. She wanted immediate contrast with the rich, natural wood of the door and its ruddy texture. She also wanted to juxtapose the brushed nickel and modernity of the lever with warm hues and patterns. This was reflected by Schlage designers in the furniture stylings, the simplicity of the dark gray, textured tile flooring as well as the warm, inviting colors chosen for room accessories and appointments. The outcome was clean, modern, natural and truly inspired.

    The look: modern and sleek

    Amy’s mood board carefully considered the entire aesthetic of the room. She built the mood board around the Schlage Custom Eller lever and paired it with a rich, natural wooden door. She wanted to really pull out the contrasts afforded by the naturalness of the wood, contrasting colors like pale green and dark gray with the brushed metal finish of the Eller lever (the only metal in the room). Other accent colors like corals and reds were included in the geometric accent patterns in the pillows, rug and other accessories.

    Mid-century Modern - Eller Lever - Schlage Custom

    The name says it all

    One system. Endless possibilities. Whether replacing outdated or broken locks, remodeling a single room or simply adding new, decorative details, Schlage Custom Door Hardware makes personalizing a single room–or an entire home–as simple and easy as can be. It’s perfect for tailoring door hardware designs to the specific needs of every room.

     

    One screwdriver is all it takes to customize the style, finish and even functionality of Schlage Custom door hardware. A small locking pin lets you customize the door’s locking function to your needs. And a wide range of designer knobs, levers, complementary trims and long-lasting and lustrous finishes deliver a whole new level of versatility in both style and function.

     

    For more information visit schlage.com. And to see Amy and Allegion Style & Design Chief Ted Roberts in action bringing this room to life, click here. You, too, can create a room like this. Affordably. And all it takes is a little imagination and the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

    How to afford Schlage door hardware on a $100, $500 or $1000 budget.

    October 17, 2018 3:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Door Hardware - Budget - Schlage

    If you're thinking about a single-room update, or even a whole-home renovation, one of the quickest, easiest and most affordable things you can do is update your door hardware.

     

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    According to a recent Houzz survey, home renovations are on the rise, with 2017 yielding significant growth and 2018 expected to be even bigger. If you’re among those who are thinking about a single-room update, or even some manner of whole-home renovation, one of the quickest, easiest and most affordable things you can do is update your door hardware.

     

    Updating your home’s door hardware is a project that can be easily customized to fit your project’s needs, regardless of your design concept or installation preferences. And best of all, it can be done affordably for any budget! With Schlage door hardware, whether you’re replacing a builder-grade doorknob with custom hardware or a keyed entrance door lock with a keyless smart lock, you can tackle this project in your spare time with just a screwdriver.

     

    Going for a coordinated interior? Looking to blend a number of complementary styles? Are you exploring split finishes, giving each room its own, singular look? Whatever your preference, Schlage offers a wide range of simple, secure, stylish and affordable hardware options to fit your budget. With a little know-how, you’ll be on your way to a door hardware makeover that you can appreciate for years to come.

    Door hardware - $100 Budget - Schlage

    SOLUTIONS IN THE $100 PRICE RANGE

    For nearly a century, Schlage has been perfecting the door lock, offering an assortment of both mechanical and electronic door locks that have set industry standards for performance and style.

    Exterior

    For around $100, you can replace your entry door lock choosing from a wide selection of deadbolts, knobs, levers and complete handlesets. In this price range, you can also upgrade a mechanical deadbolt, replacing it with a stylish, keyless electronic keypad lock or deadbolt to enjoy the industry’s highest residential security rating with the convenience of keyless access.

    Interior

    As for your interior doors, that same $100 or so can replace upwards of 4 interior traditional door knobs or levers, depending upon function and the specific styles and finishes you choose.

     

    When shopping for interior door hardware, it’s important to take things like trim, knob or lever style and finish into consideration. Premium decorative trims and styles could drive up the price of your interior hardware.

     

    Another important consideration when shopping for interior hardware is the warranty. Because you will touch your interior door hardware several times per day, it’s important to look for quality hardware from a company that offers a warranty of some kind. Schlage offers a limited lifetime mechanical & finish warranty and limited 3-year electronics warranty.

    Door hardware - $500 Budget - Schlage

    SOLUTIONS IN THE $500 PRICE RANGE

    For around $500, you can coordinate the door hardware throughout your home, from your front door to your back door and pretty much any door in between.

     

    If you’re really looking to take advantage of the wide range of styles, trims, finishes and value for which Schlage is known, this is the place to start.

    Exterior

    Considering joining the growing number of homeowners investing in smart home living? Schlage smart locks are a great place to start building your smart home and they make an ideal addition to an existing one without breaking the bank. Schlage brings you an assortment of smart lock options from which to choose, including the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. They both set industry standards for keyless entry, as well as remote access management and monitoring from your smartphone. As an added bonus, each deadbolt fits standard door preps, installs with just a screwdriver, and is battery-operated, making them more accessible more than ever!

     

    In the $500 price range, you can easily select and install a smart lock, matching handleset grip and accessories (like house numbers and kickplates).

     

    According to Ted Roberts, Style & Design Chief for Allegion, maker of Schlage locks, “Your front door is not just for wreaths anymore. It’s a space where you can make a statement. Perhaps the easiest and most cost-efficient way to update your look is with new door hardware. And with so many styles available, you can complement everything from traditional to farmhouse to modern decor. Your front door can set the tone of your home, whatever your style. Quickly. Easily. Affordably.”

    Interior

    In this same price range, you can upgrade all of the interior door hardware in your home. Replacing all of the door hardware throughout your home is an easy and affordable project that can tie all of your rooms together, giving them a more custom look.

     

    This price range will allow you to select from the Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware collection, which puts you in control of your hardware’s style. With Schlage Custom™, you can create a door hardware look that’s unique to your home’s style. This collection allows you to easily match your interior door hardware with exterior Schlage Custom handlesets. Coordinate a complete look- inside and out- with a large selection of designer knobs, levers and trim in lustrous, long-lasting finishes. You can also customize the locking function of interior doors quickly and easily; no tools required.

    Door hardware - $1000 Budget - Schlage

    SOLUTIONS IN THE $1000 PRICE RANGE

    For around $1,000, you can expect to give your entire home a door hardware makeover, from the front door to the back door and everything in between!

     

    In this price range, you’ll be able to choose from the full array of styles, trims and finishes available to you, including designer hardware from the Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware collection.

     

    You’ll also be able to incorporate a smart lock or two into your makeover! Gone are the days when smart locks were merely for front doors. Installing one on a back door, home office or a garage door adds an additional layer of security and keyless convenience for the entire family.

     

    Schlage offers a wide range of keyless locks to fit your smart home needs. Each of our locks has different benefits for different users, allowing you to select the smart lock that’s right for you and your home. Do you prefer a Bluetooth or Z-wave enabled lock? Are you an Apple device household? These smart lock comparisons will help you select the right lock for your home and your family’s access needs.

     

    Matching styles throughout. The versatility and style of split finishes. The blending of a variety of styles. At this budget, you’re only limited by your imagination. You might even have enough left over in your budget for a nice dinner out to celebrate!

    THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS

    Whatever your budget, and whether you’re tackling your entire home or just one room at a time, you owe it to yourself to explore the range of possibilities open to you with Schlage door hardware. Also know that your quest may not end with your selection of knobs, levers and appropriate systems, finishes or trims. You can also easily upgrade your hinges to a matching finish to really put an exclamation point on your project.

     

    For more information, visit Schlage.com for the latest on affordable, premium door hardware. How much will it cost? Find purchase information here to see just how far you can make your budget go with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

    Tips to transform your front porch for fall and beyond

    October 15, 2018 12:36 PM by reference-adjustment-service

    Monday, October 15, 2018

    Fall - Front Porch - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    It’s time to spruce-up your front porch to prepare for the holidays. Get our tips for the best fall front porch that will easily transition to winter.

     

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    Summer is out and fall is in. It’s time to give your front porch the spruce-up it’s been waiting for to prepare for the holidays. From simple home improvement to creative home décor, the opportunities to make a welcoming statement with your entryway are endless.

    Fall - Front Porch - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt


    Image from Lark & Linen featuring Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt paired with Century front entry handle in Matte Black

    The first impression

    With temperatures still relatively warm, yet no longer sweltering hot, it’s a great time to take on some outdoor projects. Consider giving your front door a fresh coat of paint. Pick from bright colors to give it an extra punch for the season. Vibrant reds, oranges and blues are among Pantone’s favorite hues for the fall and winter.

     

    While you’re at it, update your door’s style with new accessories, including house numbers and coat hooks. Because when was the last time you hosted a cool-weather get-together and said, “I have too many coat hooks”?

    Cold weather hospitality

    Don’t leave your guests standing out in bad weather, either. By installing a smart lock, you can give each guest a code instead of hiding a key under the mat. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt can be programmed with up to 30 different access codes and work with a variety of smart home systems like Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

    Fall classics

    Showcase your fall creativity with home décor, too. Incorporating pumpkins on your porch is always a winner, regardless of whether you leave them orange for an extra pop of color, paint them to match a monochromatic design or let the family carve them for a touch of fun.

     

    HGTV.com highlights metallic elements as an increasingly popular way to catch the eye of passers-by. A copper jug, either brand new and shiny or with an aged patina, can add a touch of glitter as well as hold your favorite fall foliage. It’s a great way to mix and match textures as well as color.

    Cozy details

    Continue playing with textures by replacing the cushions on your patio furniture or adding an outdoor rug. Think outside the box and hang with some outdoor curtains to create a cozy nook, perfect for a private cup of tea and leaf peeping from the porch.

     

    Of course, the sun is setting earlier, so don’t forget the lights. Set, or create, the mood with a new outdoor lighting system. Houzz suggests flameless candles for creating a safe and relaxing escape, while a strand of twinkle lights will seamlessly carry you into the winter.

    Budget-friendly curb appeal

    If time and budget are concerns, especially with the holidays approaching, consider options that will let you change your porch’s look with minimal investment. Choose a wreath that can switch from Thanksgiving to winter by simply swapping out a few floral elements. Containers with your typical garden plants can go from Halloween to winter wonderland by replacing the pumpkin next to the regular plantings with an artificial snowman. Follow Schlage on Pinterest for plenty of inspiration.

    No matter how you choose to update your curb appeal for fall, remember that it’s also a time to enjoy family, friends and festivity. Trying some of these simple tips will help make it an attractive, and stress-free, season for all.

    Home automation 101 - 5 things you need to know

    September 29, 2018 9:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    Home automation 101 - Schlage smart locks

    Schlage's smart home experts simplify smart home technology and outline 5 home automation tips that help make the process more convenient and easier to understand.

     

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    Home security is a key driver behind home automation and the adoption of smart home technology – says CEPro, based upon trends they identified going into the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. According to a Houzz expose on smart home security, safety and security rank ahead of home entertainment, climate control and automated lighting as the main reason people are looking into smart home upgrades in the first place.

     

    To help homeowners select the smart home systems and products that best meet their needs, Schlage Product Manager for Residential Electronics, Bruce Schaffer, and Devin Love, Director of Technology Alliances, weigh in with 5 home automation tips that help make the process simpler and more convenient as well as easier to understand. No surprise, their insights reflect Schlage’s own market research which shows that 43% of survey respondents ranked security as the most important factor among consumers thinking about smart home products.

    Smart Home - Automation - Schlage

     

    Schlage has established itself as a leading brand in home automation with connected products such as the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. Schlage has joined other smart home technology leaders on the road with Amazon’s Smart Life Roadshow, bringing cutting-edge, smart home technology to you.

    Amazon Alexa - Smart Locks - Schlage

    1. Know what works with what

    “There are so many competing technologies, it can be confusing for consumers who are just beginning to explore home automation,” says Bruce Schaffer. “Our advice, before you look into any system, product, gadget or appliance: think about and define what specific tasks you’re looking for your system to accomplish.”

     

    “For example,” adds Devin Love, “so you want to centrally control or automate a thermostat? Your home’s lighting? Do you want a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt that you can access from anywhere using your smartphone? Simply look at the protocols available and ask yourself the question: ‘what works with what?’ That’s really all you need to know when choosing your system for your home.”

     

    Compatibility information is readily available on product websites as well as on all product packaging. Zigbee or Z-Wave compatibility – and compatibility with hands-free speakers and home assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Home –will be clearly indicated. As long as you choose products that work with each other, you should have very little difficulty building a system that works for you.

    Zigbee-certified systems:

    • Samsung SmartThings - integrate select Schlage smart locks with hundreds of SmartThings compatible devices.

    • Amazon Alexa - say the word and control select Schlage smart locks with the convenience of voice activation.

    • Amazon Echo Plus - the Zigbee hub is built in for easy set up and control of select Schlage smart locks and other devices.

    • Amazon Key – get remote access, smart lock control and web-cam monitoring with the Amazon key and an optional Cloud Cam.

    Z-wave compatible systems:

    • Amazon Alexa - say the word and control select Schlage smart locks with the convenience of voice activation.

    • Samsung SmartThings - integrate select Schlage smart locks with hundreds of SmartThings compatible devices.

    • Iris by Lowe's - select Schlage smart locks integrate with Lowe's proprietary smart hub and compatible devices.

    • Wink - one interface connects to and controls a world of smart-home devices, including Schlage smart locks.

    2. Some platform basics

    Both the Zigbee and Z-Wave protocols that power today’s smart homes are low-power, localized mesh networks. That means the devices running on these networks consume or output very little power. Instead, they rely on other network devices in turn to serve as “transmitters” to the next devices in the chain (thus the term “mesh.”). Says Love, “this allows us to have complete home coverage, even though individual smart devices may not be powerful enough to cover every nook and cranny by themselves.”

     

    Your home Wi-Fi completes the connection between your smart devices and the internet, your smartphone or a hands-free speaker/home assistant.

    3. Know what you already have

    You don’t have to be a systems engineer to familiarize yourself with your current Wi-Fi system, its reach within your home or connecting it to your smartphone or hands-free home assistant. It’s likely you already have everything you need to get started on a home automation system that’s easy to install, secure and affordable.

     

    According to Devin Love, “all manufacturers, including Schlage with our smart locks, provide customers with product choices that allow them to easily integrate with their existing home networks. Homeowners don’t have to build out multiple networks, simply familiarize themselves with the network they already have and choose compatible products accordingly.”

    4. Understand system security

    It’s clearly no coincidence that smart home security systems are among the first that homeowners consider. In fact, nearly a quarter of respondents to Schlage’s smart home research said they have one. Overall security is important to homeowners as well with one-third citing secure encryption as the most important aspect of their home system. To that point, Bruce Schaffer wants to help you better understand what system security really means.

     

    “A lot has been written and reported on with regard to system security, hacking and system vulnerabilities,” says Schaffer. “That you are on a secure, WPA2-protected Wi-Fi network is the first and most important step in locking down your entire system. Manage your network, manage your passwords, limit access and you’ll be well on your way to having a local home network that’s as secure as possible.”

     

    When building out your system, know that while some protocols are a little more secure than others, anyone even attempting to hack into your system still needs to be within 40 or 50 feet of your house. So automate your home with confidence and with whatever products are most compatible with your chosen system.

     

    Schaffer also points out that there is a lot of consolidation among tech companies. Even though Z-Wave, for instance, has been around longer and is the foundation of many home security systems, the company responsible for Zigbee and Bluetooth™ is not only catching up, but has acquired Z-Wave’s parent company for the purposes of melding all the top connected protocols into one effective and secure system.

     

    “In other words,” says Schaffer, “you can’t go wrong as long as you remember tip number one and know ‘what works with what.’ The rest will take care of itself if you trust quality products backed by established, experienced manufacturers.”

     

    That’s the reason Schlage is on the road with companies like Intel, Sonos and Amazon Wireless Services in the Amazon Smart Life Roadshow.

    Home automation 101 - Smart home security - Schlage

    5. Futureproofing

    Planning for system growth from the beginning will pay dividends for years to come. Anticipating the continued growth of voice-activated technologies will be central to that planning. Says Devin Love, “All Schlage smart locks are designed to work now regardless of the system you have. Just as important, they’ll work later, no matter how your system grows. That’s also true of how you interact with it. Futureproofing is part of our responsibility as innovators.”

     

    It’s okay for consumers to say they don’t really have a preference in regards to certain technologies or system protocols as long as it works, but it falls on responsible brands like Schlage to make sure it does work so that homeowners can build out their smart homes with confidence.

     

    “A smarter way in,” says Bruce Schaffer. “That’s our contribution to the home automation space.”

     

    “Making the smart home smarter. That’s the key,” concludes Devin Love.

     

    Today’s smart home starts at the front door. That’s where Schlage comes in, providing a wide selection of smart locks that open a world of possibilities for homeowners looking to make the most of today’s rapidly growing home automation technologies. A smarter way in. That’s what today’s smart home enjoys with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

    Schlage Connect™ lock goes coast to coast with the Amazon Smart Life Roadshow.

    September 28, 2018 9:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 28, 2018

    Amazon Smart Life Roadshow - Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt

    See for yourself just what’s possible with today’s top smart home technologies when the Smart Life Roadshow comes your way.

     

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    Smart life roadshow

    Schlage is partnering with Amazon and other innovative connected brands including Intel, Sonos, Ring, Logitech, ecobee and more in taking to the road for the Smart Life Roadshow. The resource partnership between Schlage and Amazon is a natural, with a host of Schlage smart-lock products integrating with technologies such as Alexa and Amazon Key. See for yourself just what’s possible with today’s top smart home technologies when the Smart Life Roadshow comes your way. It’s a lock. An Amazon lock. And Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt is the key.

    Amazon smart locks - Smart life roadshow - Schlage Connect

    A trailer full of technology

    The cool, specially outfitted Airstream trailer is packed full of connected innovation. The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt. Amazon Alexa hands-free speakers. Ecobee climate control. Sonos wireless smart speakers. Logitech home remotes. That’s just the beginning. The goal: give everyone some hands-on and hands-free experience with the latest smart technologies and the chance to see all of them working seamlessly together.

    Amazon - Smart Life Roadshow - Schlage

    Coast to coast

    The Smart Life Roadshow hit the road in September and will be visiting two dozen locations from Atlanta to San Jose before making its final stop at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January of 2019. Along the way, the Roadshow will be making stops at Amazon Books locations and a number of colleges and universities including Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, Texas, Cal Poly and a host of others.

     

    When it comes to choosing the right smart home technology for your home, the amount of information available can be overwhelming. Research is key, as is staying up to date on current – and future – tech trends. The Smart Life Roadshow, with the help of Amazon and its innovation partners, is a great resource for both.

    Home security drives most home automation decisions. - Schlage

    The road to success

    Integrating smart home technology into your home is easier and more affordable than you may think. You can do it yourself and you can get started for less than $500.

     

    Start with practical considerations. For instance, home security is the number one factor driving most home automation decisions, so connecting to your security system and adding a smart lock are a great place to start. How you wish to control your system (and the platform upon which to build it), is also important.

     

    Most systems are proprietary and require that you base your product choices on a particular system protocol (Z-Wave versus Zigbee, for instance). The products you add to your system, from remote lighting to something as innovative as Amazon Key, should be chosen with particular attention paid to compatibility and how they complement your other home automation technologies.

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    Smart home technology at your fingertips

    Schlage has partnered with Amazon and the Smart Life Roadshow because it’s the perfect expression of Schlage’s century-old commitment to innovation.

     

    Schlage’s first patent in 1909 was actually for a door lock that could turn a home’s lights on and off; a concept that led to the inspiration behind some of the most requested features of home automation technology today: security, home automation and the remote control of key home systems. So it makes sense that Schlage would bring security as well as convenience and access control to the partnership.

     

    Amazon’s vision is to be earth's most customer-centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online. Schlage’s own notion is to make technology accessible enough for everyone to benefit from it. To Schlage, the greatest benefit is when the idea becomes practical.

     

    Explore the possibilities that Schlage opens in home automation security; look for more updates from the road and follow the Amazon Smart Life Roadshow on Facebook and Instagram. The reach and vision of Amazon. The safety, simplicity and style of Schlage. Together, they’re bringing it home.
     

    A fresh take on farmhouse style with Schlage and Amy Matthews.

    September 14, 2018 9:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 14, 2018

    Farmhouse Style - Schlage Custom - Amy Matthews

    Imagine what would happen if you designed an entire room around a single piece of Schlage door hardware? Amy Matthews, DIY Designer extraordinaire and TV host, set out to do just that.

     

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    Designers find inspiration for their work in nature, art, specific time periods, exotic locales and in a truly limitless number of other places. Inspiration fuels imagination. So imagine what would happen if you designed an entire room around a single piece of Schlage door hardware? Amy Matthews, DIY Designer extraordinaire and TV host, set out to do just that. In this, the first of a four-part series on Amy’s adventure, she uses the Schlage Custom Whitney lever as inspiration to bring an authentic touch of traditional style to a rustic farmhouse room design.
    Farmhouse Door Hardware - Whitney Lever - Schlage Custom

    The inspiration

    The Schlage Custom Whitney lever brings an unmistakable old-world, New Orleans/Spanish Colonial style to Amy’s farmhouse look. The goal: bring quintessential elements such as wrought iron together with the rustic colors and textures one would find in an old but stylish farmhouse and then add modern touches.

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    Farmhouse Style - Mood Board - Amy Matthews

    The mood board: a unique pairing of traditional and contemporary

    Amy’s ideas took the character, look and feel of rough-hewn wood and combined them with more modern fixtures, lighting, furnishings and accessories. She contrasted the look of a modern door with a more traditional take on wood flooring. The Whitney lever in matte black served as the inspiration for the entire room design, its look of vintage wrought iron the foundation of a decor that could be both versatile and stylish.

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    The look : timeless and distinctive

    The mood board meticulously reflected Amy’s thinking, from the flooring to furnishings to the smallest accessory, and was used by Schlage designers as a cornerstone for finishing out the above room design. Unique for her, she built the entire vision upon a door lever, the Whitney lever, which she described as both challenging and fun. Amy ultimately deciding to pair the Schlage Custom lever with a white door (a change from the mood board), allowing the dark richness and character of the lever to “pop.” She then layered in other features and touches with similar finishes to bring everything together in one cohesive look.

    Schlage Custom Door Hardware - Whitney Lever - Farmhouse Style

    The name says it all

    One system. Endless possibilities. Whether replacing outdated or broken locks, remodeling a single room or simply adding new, decorative details, Schlage Custom Door Hardware makes personalizing a single room–or an entire home–as simple as can be. Perfect for tailoring door hardware designs to the specific needs of every room.

    Farmhouse Door Hardware - Whitney Lever - Schlage Custom

    One screwdriver is all it takes to customize the style, finish and even functionality of Schlage Custom door hardware. A wide range of designer knobs, levers, complementary trims and long-lasting and lustrous finishes afford a whole new level of versatility in both style and function.

     

    For more information visit schlage.com. And to see Amy and Allegion Style & Design Chief Ted Roberts in action bringing this room to life, check out this video. Explore the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    New Schlage Custom™ Handlesets extend the possibilities of stylish entry design.

    August 27, 2018 6:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 27, 2018

    Schlage Custom - Stylish Entry - Handlesets

    The bold look of our latest ¾ handlesets allow homeowners to create the perfect first impression for their home with exterior locks that set the standard for safety, simplicity and style.

     

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    Personalization and flexibility. These two concepts are turning up time and again in design blogs and articles as people look to elevate the style of their homes. The bold look of our latest ¾ handlesets allow homeowners to create the perfect first impression for their home with exterior locks that set the standard for safety, simplicity and style.

     

    Some color trends (the rose gold thing) are on the way out while others (brown is back) are on the way in. Bright, expressive colors are also popular, with Ultra Violet, of all things, taking center stage as Pantone’s Color of The Year. Styles, colors and character are changing from room to room as people express their own personal style and strive to “embrace natural character and authentic textures in their home” according to Leigh Spicher, design director for a leading home builder.

     

    Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware and the newly introduced ¾ handleset provide a unique opportunity, offering a breadth of products that perfectly suit today’s focus on flexibility, style and functionality.

    Stylish Entry - 3/4 Handlesets - Schlage Custom

    The name says it all

    One system. Endless possibilities. Whether replacing outdated or broken locks, remodeling a single room or simply adding new, decorative details, Schlage Custom Door Hardware makes personalizing a single room–or an entire home–as simple as can be.

     

    A screwdriver and an allen wrench are all it takes to customize the style, finish and even functionality of any door lock. It’s that easy. A wide range of designer-inspired knobs, levers, complementary trims and long-lasting and lustrous finishes help make for the ultimate first impression when Schlage Custom handlesets greet visitors at the front door. And brand new ¾ handleset designs, launching this month, add even more possibilities. The distinctive ¾ trim from the grip to the deadbolt creates a stylish, architectural look that is unmistakable and will literally give your entrance door a makeover.

    Schlage Custom 3/4 Handlesets

    Flexibility in function

    Design flexibility is just the beginning. Inside the home, Schlage Custom Door Hardware works for a hall or closet door as easily as it does on a locking bedroom or bathroom door. If a homeowner wants to add the ability to lock the door, they simply insert the included locking pin. Without any additional tools, and in just a moment, they can add or remove the locking pin to suit the needs of any room at any moment.

    Well suited for style, performance and value

    “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” This has never been more true than with Schlage Custom Door Hardware.

     

    Regardless of function, regardless of style preferences, the sky is the limit whether a homeowner is looking for a coordinated look throughout their home or wants to mix and match styles on different doors. They can even mix and match styles and finishes on both sides of the same door depending upon what they’ve chosen for a specific room’s décor – from traditional to transitional to contemporary and beyond.

     

    The innovative core of Schlage Custom allows for a range of options, allowing for a quick, convenient style update without having to remove the whole lock. And Schlage’s premium design won’t break the bank, delivering a custom designer look that installs in minutes. And at an affordable price.

    Schlage Custom 3/4 Handlesets

    According to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Schlage’s parent-company Allegion, “Today’s home styles call for flexibility, simplicity, premium style and value. It’s no surprise that these have been principles upon which Schlage was founded almost 100 years ago and that we continue to deliver upon, today.”

     

    Schlage Custom Door Hardware was designed with both form and function in mind. Explore the possibilities at Schlage.com and purchase online at amazon.com and build.com and coming soon to homedepot.com and lowes.com. Enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

    A magical front porch that won't make your money disappear.

    August 24, 2018 9:32 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Budget front porch decor - Schlage

    From creative touch-up painting and stylish yet affordable furniture ideas to easy, colorful porch decorations and new door hardware, here are ten ways to turn your front porch into something pretty special.

     

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    Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, is fond of saying that [your front porch] is the “ultimate first impression.” So we’ve scoured Pinterest for DIY ideas that can help make that first impression a great one. We are delighted to present this magical list of 10 simple, DIY tips for transforming your front porch that, all together, would only cost between $500 - $1,000, total. Abracadabra!

     

    From creative touch-up painting and stylish yet affordable furniture ideas to easy, colorful porch decorations and new door hardware, here are ten ways to turn your front porch into something pretty special. For a lot less than you think.

    Budget front porch makeover - Schlage

    1. Think color

    From a quick touchup of trim and little details to repainting your front door or bringing some patterned color to those wooden floors, there’s a lot you can do with a quart or two of indoor/outdoor paint. Around $20 a quart.

    2. Knock Knock

    Replacing your front door hardware with Schlage door hardware opens a world of possibilities, both practically and aesthetically. Enjoy a range of products, styles and finishes that reflect your unique taste. All for $100 - $300!

    Budget curb appeal - Door hardware - Schlage

    3. A Breath of Fresh Air

    An outdoor ceiling fan is a classic fixture that will also help you beat the heat. It can add comfort, style and enhance curb appeal – all for less than $200.

    4. Welcome

    Provide a personal greeting with the quintessential welcome mat. Explore, express your unique sense of style, personalize your space and help make your guests feel at home. Between $10 and $50.

    5. Have A Seat

    Wicker chairs and accent tables. The classic rocking chair. The timeless porch swing. Invite folks to come sit a spell and enjoy some hospitality. Spend a little on seating. Spend a little more time together.

    6. One To Grow On

    Colorful, easy-to-maintain potted plants are a quick and convenient way to transform your front porch in an instant. For around $50, you’re covered for the season in beautiful, fragrant flora.

    Budget-friendly front porches - Schlage

    7. A Flash of Inspiration

    Brighten your porch with hanging fixtures, string lights, lanterns and more. There’s nothing quite like the warm, welcoming glow of a porch light on a summer night. And it can be yours for less than $100.

    8. Simple touches

    Look around, from your pantry and your basement to your closet or your garage, and uncover little touches that can liven up your front porch. A wooden bowl of lemons or a rose floating in a water goblet are free yet priceless.

    9. Details, Details, Details

    When was the last time you replaced your mailbox? Your house numbers? Your door knocker? It’s amazing how many simple style additions you can make. And for less than $50. Presto, change-o!

    10. Something Up Your Sleeve

    Don’t forget those little landscaping touches. Increase your curb appeal with path lighting, easy-to-care-for perennials, simple lawn ornamentation, a bird feeder or bird bath. Small investments can bring a big return.

    Budget front porches - Schlage
    A little imagination, some spare time and some spare cash. When it comes to turning your front porch into a neighborhood showplace, that’ll pretty much do the trick. Your front porch sets the tone for your entire home. Make a statement with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    A big idea? Ted talks tiny houses and how best to secure them.

    August 17, 2018 6:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Ted Talks - Tiny Homes - Schlage

    How can one downsize to what is essential and important, live happily and comfortably on a budget all while serving as a steward of the environment?

     

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    The Tiny House movement can be credibly traced back to Henry David Thoreau, his 1843 Walden Pond experiment (and the book that came of it) as well as the $28 dollars he spent to build what amounted to one of the first true “tiny houses.” It was 150 square feet and featured a fireplace, a table, a desk and three chairs. Its purpose? To see if a person can eschew the trappings of luxury and live happily and comfortably with less. For less.

     

    Today’s tiny house is a little bigger – around 400 square feet on average – and often includes a kitchen and bathroom. But the general concept, re-introduced in 1997 and exploding today, remains the same. How can one downsize to what is essential and important, live happily and comfortably on a budget all while serving as a steward of the environment?

     

    To get a unique perspective on the phenomenon, we asked Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, to share some thoughts on tiny living and how a tiny home and its owner can benefit from the Schlage door hardware products that Ted helps design.

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    Q. Why invest in the latest Schlage door hardware when part of the motivation for building a tiny home is saving money?

    A. “Just because it’s tiny doesn’t make it any less of a house. In fact, these homeowners have downsized to the point that they’re only really keeping their most prized, most valuable possessions.”

     

    “It may be counter-intuitive, but they actually need the better locks. From a security standpoint, there’s less between themselves and the outside world than you’d find in your typical 2,600-square-foot home. In the final analysis, how can someone afford not to have the best locks possible for their tiny house? You’ve got maybe an entrance or two and maybe an interior door, so why not get the best lock you possibly can to secure what’s important to you?”

    Tiny Homes - Schlage

    Q. Would you say that cost, then, is the main driver behind the tiny living phenomenon?

    A.“It’s one of them, for certain. The average cost of a tiny home is only around $20,000. But when you look at the costs and then factor in everything else, it’s really more than just saving money. Tiny living helps to reduce one’s carbon footprint. What’s more, the lifestyle really requires you to take stock of what’s important and make some significant decisions about where and how you want to live. It’s a little house, but it involves some pretty big thinking.”

    Q. Who is buying and building these tiny homes?

    A. “Believe it or not, 2 out of 5 tiny homes is owned by someone over 50 years old. Owners of tiny homes are individualists looking for something different; some fun in their lives. They’re principled, emotionally engaged, they know what they want and they go and get it. There’s a measure of pride and ownership building a home and a lifestyle like this. It’s like joining a club, of sorts, where tiny homeowners find a measure of identity and self-actualization through the investments and the decisions they make to embrace tiny living.”

    “Identifying with folks like this is an important part of who we are and what we do. That hasn’t changed for us since Walter Schlage started the company in 1920. This allows us to design products for a typical home, door hardware specially made for really demanding commercial applications or, in this case, stylish and secure door hardware that fits perfectly with the style and performance needs of the tiny home.”

    Q. As a style influencer, what are some challenges you’d anticipate an owner of a tiny home might face selecting the right door hardware?

    A. “It’s not the hardware that’s the challenge. All of our products are refined for user experience, aesthetics, quality – all without sacrificing security. And that’s regardless of application. For the owner of a tiny home, it really is a matter of finding products that fit the style and character of their house. That’s as true of the appliances they choose as it is of their door locks. These aren’t just boxes. This isn’t camping. These aren’t trailers. I liken them to those quaint motor court cottages that were popular in the 20’s and 30’s and they range in style from rustic to Victorian to ultra-modern. So, it’s important that we provide flexible styles and finishes that complement these homes, just as we would any home. And we do, along with the security and convenience people expect from Schlage.”

    Tiny Home - Security - Schlage

    Q. Anything else a tiny living homeowner needs to prepare for, security-wise?

    A. “There are a lot of important possessions that you would normally keep in a garage or shed at home that you wouldn’t have room for in a typical tiny house. Bicycles. Motorcycles. Utility and recreational vehicles. Your lawnmower. Your grill. Our sister company, Kryptonite, is known for its specialty locks and offers a wide selection of smart, serious security solutions. We have your tiny home secured, inside and out.”

     

    “If you’re thinking about opening your home to guests, carefully weigh the pros and cons. Think it through from every angle. And prepare yourself and your home for the tremendous responsibility you’re taking on, as well as for the tremendous opportunity. Take advantage of the latest smart home technologies to ensure a great experience for you and your guests. And look to Schlage to provide the style, simplicity and security you’ll need, plus the peace of mind that can only come from a brand that’s this experienced and trusted.”

    Q. With tiny homes often available as vacation rentals on Airbnb and similar platforms, are there any special security considerations?

    A. “Home hosting is huge right now and it only makes sense that the tiny house and home hosting phenomenon would intersect at some point. Again, a tiny house is still a house, so security, convenience, affordability and style play just as important a role in determining one’s selection of door hardware. For instance, a Schlage programmable electronic lock or a smart lock would be ideal for the exterior doors. You get the convenience of an easily changeable and assignable code versus having to provide a key for your rental properties. And with smart locks, you’re providing the added benefits of managing home access using your smartphone. That goes for whatever size home you’re renting.”

    Tiny home - Smart lock - Schlage


    Image and quote from Matt and Melina of @ourtinybeachhouse, minimalist DIYers who use Schlage locks.

    Q. Do you see yourself living in a tiny house at some point?

    A. “The simplicity, the style, the reduction of complications in one’s life – these have a real appeal to me. It’s just that by the time I made room for my more than 1,000 books on architecture and architectural design and all my art supplies, it would no longer be a tiny house!”

    Whatever the motivation behind your interest in tiny living, you can look to Schlage to provide the safety, simplicity and style you’ll need plus the peace of mind that can only come from a brand backed by almost 100 years of experience and trust.

    A look at voice-enabled tech

    July 16, 2018 8:12 AM by Rob_Martens

    Monday, July 16, 2018

    Rob Martens - Voice-enabled Tech - Schlage

    From turning down the volume on your stereo to locking your front door, these technologies and their application in the smart home are fast becoming the rule rather than the exception.

     

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    It was little more than two years ago that Amazon’s Echo took the holiday shopping season by storm and Google Home’s voice-activated speaker brought Google Assistant from the phone to the living room. They were taking the baton passed by assistants like Siri and Cortana who, as far back as 2011, began replacing phone apps in the search for everything from good pizza to directions to Mozart’s birthday.

     

    Google Assistant is now available on more than 400 million devices, close to 95% of all Android devices, worldwide. Looking ahead, comScore predicts that half of all searches will be done via voice by 2020 with a sizeable percentage of those on a device like a voice-activated speaker – in other words, on devices without screens. From turning down the volume on your stereo to dimming your lights to locking your front door, these technologies and their application in the smart home are fast becoming the rule rather than the exception.

     

    Rob Martens, President of Allegion Ventures and futurist for Allegion and their lock-manufacturing division, Schlage, looks ahead to where it’s all going. No stranger to innovation and the implementation of emerging tech, Martens has both insight and strong opinions on the rapidly evolving industry. He is responsible for identifying those mega-trends in technology that will best serve Schlage’s customers and then bringing them to life with products such as the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt.

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    Q&A with Rob Martens

    Q. What was your first indication that home integration was somewhere that Schlage had to be?

    A. “My focus, my responsibility, is on anything that could have a meaningful impact on our customers and our business. Anything that can significantly improve our customers’ experience with our products is something we’re going to be interested in. We first started exploring connected door hardware in 2008 and we’ve escalated our own efforts as the technologies have improved and been increasingly accepted. Schlage’s first patent was for a door lock that also turned on your lights. That was in 1909. So, I guess you could say it’s in our DNA.”

    Rob Martens - Smart home - Schlage

    Q. So, the smart home is here to stay?

    A. “I think that the adoption of the technology, and the technology itself, is so significant, I foresee a time in the very near future we’re not even calling it a “smart home” any more – just a “home.” It’s going to go from something new to something we all accept as the way things are. Our job is to make these new technologies accessible and relevant so that we remove any intimidation factor that may exist. Once we do that, you’re looking at an idea whose time has come and, indeed, is here to stay.”

    Q. How has Schlage’s technology addressed this “intimidation factor” and what have you done to make your connected technologies more user friendly, particularly for voice?”

    A. “Believe it or not, the way you make the technology better is by not worrying about the technology but rather what the user wants to accomplish with it. We know things are constantly changing and technology should continue to evolve with the ever-changing needs of our customers. Our focus is on applying these technologies in such a way that our customers, regardless of what system they choose for their home automation, only need one lock that works, is easy to use, is secure, and can evolve with their needs. Ideally, we’d provide one lock you didn’t need to change because of obsolescence. It’s all about our ability to continue to meet their needs whether they’re locking their door with a keypad, their smartphone or with a voice prompt. It shouldn’t matter. We need to give them a good experience, whatever their preferences. It’s not technology for technology’s sake, it has to meet a defined need.”

    Q. You’re in the security business. How do you provide connectivity and convenience as well as security?

    A. “That is the single most important factor we look at – for today and tomorrow – when it comes to all Schlage products. Privacy. Security. Peace of mind. That’s our job. That’s what a lock does. We start with the fact that we are in the life safety business, and we ask ourselves – especially with the integration of new technologies like voice activation – if what’s happening when you ask Alexa to lock your door is exactly what you want to happen. That’s why, for instance, you can’t ask Alexa to unlock your door without providing a security code. So, again, you take the actual technology out of it, you look at who you’re serving and what they need, and you work from there to build the technologies and products that meet those needs. Not the other way around.”

    Q. That’s an interesting point of view, coming from a futurist at a company that prides itself on technological innovation.

    A. “When you get right down to it, our customers don’t really care about the details – about the features and functions and bells and whistles. Does it work? Is it secure? Is it easy to use? Does it add value? We have to start there. If not, then we’re not doing our jobs. We solve for that, and then we can focus on convenience features and – also extremely important to our customers – style. So much of what happens with your home starts at the front door. It’s the ultimate first impression. We work really hard to make it a good one, and to bring our customers the security they demand, the style that reflects who they are and a great user experience.”

    Rob Martens - Voice-enabled tech - Schlage

    Q. What’s next?

    A. “My job is to look at products, services and technologies that are proving disruptive in other industries – the Internet of Things and voice-activated home automation technologies are a good example of that – and then see how we can apply those disruptive elements and what they represent to our products. For us, it’s going to be the evolution of home automation tech, biometrics, face recognition and machine learning that continue to make our products relevant and current without losing sight of what our core mission is. We need to continue to listen to our customers and then safely apply appropriate technologies to our products based on what they’re asking for. We don’t try to do everything on our own. We are working with Apple, Amazon, Google and other emerging tech companies to help identify what’s next and then bring value to their technologies, all in service to our shared customers.”

    According to Martens, that combination of thinking ahead and applying technology responsibly leads to important insights. For example, connecting a garage door opener to a fire alarm in a home automation system.

     

    “The last thing you’d want to happen in a home fire,” says Martens, “ is for your alarm system to automatically open your garage door. While, at first blush, it would seem logical to provide such an escape route, this actually creates a rush of oxygen that can fuel the fire and make it worse. These are the kinds of problems, these unintended consequences, to which Schlage’s expertise in fire and life safety can offer solutions. We need to have the capacity to think through such issues in developing connected technologies.”

     

    Connected technologies provide an opportunity for companies like Schlage to create tailored experiences for their customers. Two-thirds of smart home speaker users conduct local searches for products, services or local business at least once a week. More than half search daily and nearly one-third of them will visit the website of a local business after conducting their search. What’s more, 60 percent of them just started doing so in the last year!

     

    When you factor in the rapid adoption of home automation, it’s clear that these technologies are going to continue to play an increasing role in our daily lives. Companies like Amazon, Apple, Google and Schlage – and influencers like Allegion’s Rob Martens – are going to continue to define what’s next and develop technologies, products and services that definitively answer that question.

     

    Look for more from Schlage, Rob Martens and other key influencers at Schlage.com.

    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt now works with Yonomi

    July 12, 2018 12:46 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt works with Yonomi Smart Home Routines

    The Schlage Sense lock is compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, Homekit, and now, plays seamlessly with Yonomi.

     

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    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is now part of the Plays with Yonomi device family. The Schlage Sense lock joins over 130 connected products, including the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt, Philips Hue, Honeywell, LIFX, Nest, ecobee, and more. Schlage Sense smart locks are compatible with new or existing Routines on your Yonomi account and add new levels of automation to your devices. Bring your home to life with these beautifully crafted designer locks from Schlage.
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    Convenience, security, and a design that makes sense

    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is among the strongest, most intelligent Bluetooth® enabled locks, with the highest industry rating for security and durability. The Schlage Sense lock is compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, Homekit, and now, plays seamlessly with Yonomi. The new integration allows users to control their locks as part of Routines with other smart home products within their connected homes.

     

    With the Schlage Sense deadbolt, you can:
     

    • Create up to 30 unique access codes so trusted friends and family can enter using their code at the lock’s touchscreen
    • Schedule access codes so guests can only enter when you want them to
    • Use the Wi-Fi Adapter to check on the lock’s status from anywhere, so you never have to wonder if the front door was left unlocked
    • View past activity to see which codes have been used and when

    Adding your Schlage Sense smart lock to Yonomi Routines

    Adding your Schlage Sense locks is easy and works by either adding your locks to existing routines or creating brand new ones. Here’s how to connect your lock to a new routine:

     

    1. Launch Yonomi, tap on the Routines tab and select +

    2. Tap Add Event + and select Location, swipe right to select I leave home

    3. Tap Add Action + and select the action you'd like executed first

    4. Customize your action by swiping it to predefined options or tapping the text to edit notifications

    5. Continue to add actions in the sequence you'd like them executed

    6. You can also add conditions if you'd like your Routine to run only under certain circumstances (e.g., time of day)

    7. Once you're complete, tap Save in the upper right-hand corner

     

    Ready to get started? Have Alexa lend you a hand by setting up a Dinner Party Routine.

    Dinner party routines with Yonomi

    Take advantage of Yonomi’s new “Routines within Routines” feature to create the perfect setting for your next dinner party.

     

    1. Create a  “Dinner Party Lights” Routine:

          a. LIFX lights turn warm for all living room lights

          b. Philips Hue outdoor lights turn on patio lighting to bright

          c. Philips Hue turn on garden spotlights

    2. Create a “Dinner Party” Routine:

          a. Lights are adjusted for Dinner Party Lights routine

          b. Nest adjusts the temperature to 72 degrees

          c. Sonos turns on your favorite party playlist

          d. Front door Schlage Sense deadbolt is unlocked

     

    Still chopping vegetables in the kitchen when the first guests arrive? Just tell Alexa or Google Assistant to “turn on Dinner Party” and Yonomi will take care of the rest!

    This post first appeared on yonomi.co on July 12, 2018.

    Ted talks home hosting and tips for making it work

    July 9, 2018 8:12 AM by Ted_Roberts

    Monday, July 9, 2018

    Ted talks - Home Hosting - Schlage

    Managing home security and protecting one’s personal property – and personal space – is an important consideration for a prospective home host.

     

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    Technology has been a big driver behind the 26% year-over-year growth of the home-hosting industry in the US. App-driven technologies from platforms like Airbnb are powering this segment of the gig economy. Smart-home technologies are giving hosts control over home automation, management and security. And projected industry revenue of nearly $170 billion is attracting more potential hosts to the category than ever before. According to the 2017 Global Hotel Trends Report published by Tourico, more new hosting properties have been added than new hotel beds in the last year.

     

    Managing home security and protecting one’s personal property – and personal space – is an important consideration for a prospective home host. Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, shares some insights into the home hosting phenomenon and Schlage’s role in providing door hardware like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. These technologies make security management convenient, affordable and smart.

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    Q. What are the key factors propelling the home-hosting phenomenon?

    A. “Like so much in our changing culture, a lot is built upon rapidly evolving technologies. From a security standpoint, we’re talking an evolution of such things as security cameras, changeable lock codes, programmable security systems – a lot of which can be easily and securely controlled from your smart phone. So much of this simply couldn’t have happened before the technology caught up with the need. All the more important since the category has evolved to be so focused on personal fulfillment and satisfaction.

    Ted Talks - Home Hosting - Smart locks - Schlage
    “We’re not just talking about renting a room. Hosts are sharing their homes and belongings, sharing meals, socializing with their guests and sharing themselves in ways we’ve never seen before. Our new smart lock technologies really assure a high level of control, trust and peace of mind.”
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    Q. What are some general security tips you can provide a prospective host?

    A. “Hosts need to think of their homes both holistically, in terms of overall security, but also in sectors. You’re bringing people into your home. First and foremost is general house access, and a programmable electronic lock or a smart lock are ideal for exterior doors. Think of this simply as providing the convenience of an easily changeable and assignable code versus providing a key. With smart locks, you’re providing the added benefits of managing home access using your smartphone.

     

    For adapting interior doors to your specific needs, there’s Schlage Custom™ which facilitates a custom designer look, while adding the flexibility of switching a non-locking door to one that locks in a matter of seconds.

     

    “You’ll also want to think about access throughout the home. Are there areas that need to be secured – like a home office or utility closet or family area? Many of these rooms are ones you don’t normally think about locking up. In a home-hosting situation, it’s important to really think through how you would like manage your whole-home access.” In cases such as these, a product designed for use on exterior doors, may also have an application inside.

    Q. What about the specific advantages of Schlage door hardware?

    A. “In addition to the benefits I’ve already outlined, something else to think about is aesthetics. With Schlage door hardware, hosts don’t need to sacrifice style for convenience and performance. In much the same way our products add to the curb appeal of a home that’s being sold, the style of Schlage products provides an appealing point of difference for host rental properties as well. We give hosts the opportunity to incorporate door hardware more beautifully, as well as providing security and practicality. What’s going to make your house, your property and the experience you provide stand out? We see that as part of our job.”

    Q. How do I know if hosting is right for me?

    A. “Are you a people person? As a host, you’re not just giving people a place to sleep or renting a room. You’re giving your time, your patience, your hospitality. Prepare to adjust to your guests’ specific needs to provide the best possible experience. How flexible are you? What about your schedule? You’ll want to be prepared for any eventuality, whether it be providing directions, lending your guests a bicycle or your car or something as mundane as having an extra toothbrush or some toothpaste handy. Don’t forget, you’re competing against hotels, so you’ll want to be prepared to truly share of your home and of yourself. If that’s you, then welcome to home hosting.”

    Q. How do I know if my house is right for hosting?

    A. “So much depends on whether you’ll be sharing your home while your guests are there or are planning to be away. But in general, the ideal host home will have extra bedrooms and bathrooms, it’ll either be a private home or a dedicated apartment or condo and it’ll be conveniently located near area attractions, transportation and etc. It’ll have all the amenities a guest would look for in a hotel – from cable to internet to clean towels and bedding. Is there something unique about your residence – is it historic, famous or haunted? Is your home a place you’d want to know about if you were travelling elsewhere? If so, you’ve got yourself a great home hosting prospect.”

    Q. Any other general tips?

    A. “Expect the unexpected. Really try to anticipate those things you may not have thought about. Are there any legal restrictions (Does your mortgage and insurance agreements allow you to host? Do you have the right kind of homeowner’s insurance? Does your HOA or lease allow you to host?) These types of considerations are just the beginning. Are you prepared to have things break, be it appliances or personal items? What if a guest gets ill? Do you have any home safety concerns that could pose a liability? Finally, again, will your guests feel secure in your home? That’s our focus, and it has been for almost 100 years. Make sure your guests know that and give them every reason to come back again or recommend you to friends and family.”

    If you’re thinking about opening your home to guests, carefully weigh the pros and cons. Think it through from every angle. And prepare yourself and your home for the tremendous responsibility you’re taking on, as well as for the tremendous opportunity. Take advantage of the latest smart home technologies to assure a great experience for you and your guests. And look to Schlage to provide the style, simplicity and security you’ll need plus the peace of mind that can only come from a brand that’s this experienced and trusted.

    Make your day with Amazon Alexa

    July 5, 2018 6:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 5, 2018

    Amazon Alexa - Prime Day - Schlage

    Whatever you’re looking to control, Alexa is exploring all that is possible with today’s smart homes, taking home automation voice technology to the next level and boldly going where few have gone before.

     

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    “Alexa, Earl Grey, hot.” While this might not be the most important request you make of your Alexa device today, her answer of “Unable to comply; replicators are off line…” is sure to delight.

     

    From charming pop-culture Easter eggs to advanced home automation functionality, Alexa-enabled devices have become a staple in smart homes around the world. Featuring an ever-evolving list of skills, people have fallen in love with the convenience and charm of Alexa. So, if you’re planning on picking up an Alexa device on Prime Day this year, Schlage would like to remind you of all the great things you can expect.

     

    Managing your thermostat. Controlling your home’s lighting. Locking your front door. Whatever you’re looking to control, Alexa is exploring all that is possible with today’s smart homes, taking home automation voice technology to the next level and boldly going where few have gone before. Better yet, Alexa is not alone. Many of today’s most respected and innovative brands – like Schlage, GE, Phillips, Ring, Nest and others – are supporting smart-home technologies with products that were literally once the stuff of science fiction.

    “Alexa, what can you show me?”

    Alexa-enabled devices are designed to work with a range of brands innovating in the home automation space.

     

    Alexa can control the volume of your Sonos wireless speakers. Phillips Hue lighting can be turned on and off or dimmed, just by asking. Your front door can be locked with your voice thanks to the innovative Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt. In fact, you can monitor many of the safety systems in your home from video doorbells to security cameras. And this is just scratching the surface. If you’ve been considering adding home automation technology into your life, now is the perfect time to get started.

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    “Alexa, lock the front door.”

    It’s no surprise that Schlage is among the leading companies innovating for the smart home of today (and tomorrow). In 1909, Schlage’s founder, Walter Schlage, received his first patent for an electronic door lock that could also turn the lights on and off. Now, nearly 100 years later, the company he founded is expanding its innovation footprint by introducing a whole family of smart locks that can be accessed from your smartphone or from your Amazon Alexa-enabled devices.

     

    With Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, Amazon Echo users can lock their doors with their voice. Convenience. Peace of mind. They’re just a voice command away and represent but a fraction of what voice-activated home automation promises to bring to you and your family.

    “Alexa, play Holst Jupiter on Spotify”

    There are a wide range of Amazon Alexa-enabled devices for you to consider, each sporting its own particular set of features tailored to your preferences and the specifics of your home automation system. From the Echo Plus smart speaker, to the compact Echo Dot, to the video-enabled Echo Show, there are plenty of options to match your needs. Pick your favorite and then sit back and enjoy, as a whole world of possibilities in home automation open up for you.

    “Alexa, what’s the date?”

    With all home automation devices, a little research and preparation can go a long way in making sure all of the products you pair with your system are compatible and will work properly. You’ll be well on your way to making yours one of the more than 5 million smart homes in America today.

     

    By 2020, it is estimated that there will be more than 50 billion connected devices, including more than half of all cars on the road! Since you can get started exploring the Internet of Things for as little as $500, when you consider the convenience, safety, security–and fun–connected technologies can bring you, it’s certainly worth looking into.

     

    And there's no better time to start than right now.

    5 reasons a locksmith is worth the investment

    June 29, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 29, 2018

    Hiring a Locksmith - Schlage

    The decision to hire a professional locksmith can pay for itself in time, convenience and peace of mind when it comes to something as important as helping to secure your home.

     

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    Like most things, the decision to hire a professional in lieu of employing a DIY solution has its trade-offs. But the decision to hire a professional locksmith can pay for itself in time, convenience and peace of mind when it comes to something as important as helping to secure your home.

     

    Schlage has many products that are easy to install with nothing but a screwdriver and some handy know-how. But we’ll also be the first to recommend a licensed, registered locksmith if you’re looking to rekey your locks or undertaking a big task like replacing all the door hardware in your home. And if you’ve ever locked yourself out and locked your keys in, then you already know how valuable it is to have a relationship with a local locksmith or at least know where to find one. Allegion’s (maker of Schlage Locks) online locksmith locator tool gives you quick, easy access to a registered professional.

     

    Here are the 5 top reasons to think about letting a locksmith do it:

    1. Convenience

    A licensed, registered locksmith will have the tools and the expertise to handle most any challenge. And that’s 24/7, 365 days a year. You’ll save time, get professional service on your own schedule (even in an emergency), and help is rarely more than a click or phone call away.

    2. Knowledge and Experience

    Did you just move into a new home and are looking to rekey your exterior doors, providing single key convenience for all your locks? This is just one example of service requiring a level of expertise even the most intrepid DIY enthusiast probably doesn’t possess. No worries when you leave it to a qualified ALOA (Associated Lock Smiths of America) professional and to locks you can trust.

     

    According to Jared Gehle, Schlage Channel Sales Manager: “You should look to a locksmith anytime you’re not sure what you need or have any doubts about how to upgrade or install or upgrade your door hardware.”

    3. Quality you can trust

    Schlage doesn’t make locks that are easy to rekey since they generally don’t meet our strength and integrity standards. We recommend the job be left to professionals and to the guarantee of quality service they’ll provide.

     

    Says Gehle: “Fitting new hardware to existing door openings or undertaking something potentially complicated like rekeying or replacing a number of locks throughout your home can be a lot of work. A locksmith allows you to prepare for any eventuality, saving you time, money and aggravation.”

    4. Peace of mind

    In more than a third of the two-million-plus burglaries that occur each year, the perpetrators come in through the front door. Don’t trust your home security to just anyone. Or any old lock. The Schlage brand is trusted by professionals and home owners alike with a heritage built on nearly 100 years of innovation, strength, quality and style.

    5. Value

    You get what you pay for. Getting the job done right, right from the start, will pay for itself many times over. If you have a non-standard door, if you’re replacing locks and the door measurements don’t conform to Schlage specifications (if you’re replacing a mortise lock, for instance), these kinds of adjustments are many times beyond the skill level – and patience – of a DIY project.

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    Gehle concludes: “Even if you think you know what you’re doing, don’t hesitate to contact a locksmith for advice, a specific product recommendation or for helpful tips. There’s no substitute for expertise and experience. They’ve got all the right tools. And a locksmith will be there for you at every turn.”

     

    Considering hiring a locksmith to rekey your locks or install new ones? Define what is important to you, choose a licensed lock professional you trust and visit Schlage.com for more information and a wide range of innovative, stylish, top-grade door hardware possibilities.

    Steal these ideas: top outdoor trends of 2018

    June 27, 2018 7:15 AM by Ted_Roberts

    Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    Ted talks - Outdoor Trends - Schlage

    Selecting outdoor décor is fun because it’s so easy to switch things up season to season without spending a fortune. Here are the top trends we're watching this year.

     

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    Selecting outdoor décor is fun because it’s so easy to switch things up season to season without spending a fortune. You’ve already seen a few of our easy DIY tips for increasing your home’s curb appeal this summer. Here are a few more great ideas to steal: the top outdoor trends of 2018 courtesy of Style and Design Chief Ted Roberts.

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    Q. What are some of the top outdoor trends you’re seeing pop up this year?

    A. We have been seeing a closer association between the outdoors and indoors, both this year and in 2017. This is reflected not only in the popularity of natural materials, textures and floral-inspired motifs throughout the home, but also in the items we see adorning porches, patios, decks, and yards. Products for exterior cooking, entertainment, decorative fireplaces, porch ceiling fans, and comfortable outside furniture all enable the extension of the living space to the outdoors. As the backyard becomes more of a destination, the door between the inside and outside commands new importance. Many of the technological features of the front door are now equally important to back and side doors.

    Ted Talks - Front Door - Schlage

    Q. What are the trending styles, colors and types of door hardware for exterior doors?

    A. Exterior doors are getting larger and making more use of windows. On the front door, it’s common to see one large window, either frosted or textured, to allow light in without offering those outside a clear view into the home. The back door may have a clear window to further blend interior space with the exterior porch, patio, or deck. We’ve even seen windows covering almost the entire door, further supporting the idea of bringing the outdoors inside. We are also seeing a trend towards rich, saturated color used selectively throughout the home as a statement and combined with muted warm tones. This is especially true on front doors where yellow, purple, red, emerald green, cobalt blue all can be used to make a statement. Stained wood doors also remain popular, with stains trending darker and richer. For hardware, matte black stands out as the perfect color to coordinate with every choice of door color. We are even seeing door frames in black.

    Q. What sort of technology trends are you seeing in the outdoor space?

    A. Smart locks continue to gain popularity because they can add so much convenience to daily life. The idea of being able to secure the house, yet securely allow access to the homeowner without a key is appealing regardless of the door used. Keeping track of the kids as they come and go, and having control over the door lock from wherever you are can offer major peace of mind. As these features become standard at the front door, the expectation for other doors to adopt the technology increases. These locks strive to enhance and simplify life through technology. As always, it’s best to look for a reputable company (like Schlage) that understands door hardware and home security just as well as they understand smart technology.

    Q. Which of these trends do you see living long enough to lead us into 2019?

    A. The merging of the indoor and outdoor space is a trend that is here to stay. We see growing interest in simplifying and calming, and this is evident in the natural materials and organic style that continues to grow in popularity. Technology is also shifting towards simpler, more intuitive solutions. Going forward technology will continue to expand into appliances of all types with a growing focus on refining and humanizing the experience.

    What are your favorite 2018 outdoor trends? Share them with us on Facebook and Twitter.

    DIY dutch doors on a budget

    June 26, 2018 9:32 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, June 26, 2018

    DIY dutch doors

    We want to help you achieve the dutch door look for less! Here are some of our favorite DIY projects.

     

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    It's no surprise that dutch doors are a popular design choice for traditional and modern styles alike. They offer a charming way to add a little more character to your home while maintaining utility and providing lots of value. You can read more about the benefits of dutch door styles here. If you want to add a dutch door to your home but are strapped for cash, we want to help you achieve the look for less! Here are some of our favorite dutch door DIYs and a few tips for getting the look just right.

    DIY dutch door

    Taking an existing interior door and adding a little DIY sweat and skill is a great way to save several hundred dollars on this interior upgrade. HGTV put together a thorough tutorial to help you get the look and functionality for way less.

    Exterior dutch door

    Just like with interior doors, you can take an existing front door and give it new life as a dutch door. Would you believe this project from This Old House only cost $63 to complete?! By adding a few details where the door is halved, you can keep this project from looking like you just...you know...sliced a door in half.

    DIY dutch barn door

    Feeling like putting your carpentry skills to use? Check out this DIY from Remodelaholic and get all the steps you need to create your own rustic, dutch barn door.

    Add a shelf

    Don't forget the charming shelf on the lower half of your dutch door. Get all the tips and tricks from Skaie of HomeJelly. If this is a project you'd rather not DIY, she has wonderful advice for working with a professional (and still saving a little dough!).

    INSTALL a screen

    If the fear of bugs and other unwanted pests are keeping you from your dutch door dreams. consider adding a retractable screen. They are often secured by magnets and can retract from top to bottom or side-to-side for taller doors. When not in use, they are obscure enough to not detract from the look of your dutch door, unlike most bulky screen doors.

    Get creative with paint

    Don't be afraid to get a little creative with your paint choice for your dutch doors. Consider painting the exterior a different color to add an interesting pop when the door swings inward. This can be a great way to create a cohesive look between two spaces as you consider a shade that complements both.

    DIY Summer

    Follow along with us on Facebook for plenty of DIY tips and tricks to make the most of your summer to-do list!

    5 steps for moving in and getting settled in your new home

    June 15, 2018 8:22 AM by reference-adjustment-service

    Friday, June 15, 2018

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    In this, the second of our two-part post on preparing your current home for sale and moving into your new one, we've outlined 5 steps to make the most of your move with a number of easy, DIY solutions.

     

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    You’ve worked for this moment and have earned all the opportunity and rewards coming your way in your new home. The possibilities are virtually limitless now that you’re starting to settle in. In this, the second of our two-part post on preparing your current home for sale and moving into your new one, your friends at Schlage have outlined 5 steps to make the most of your move with a number of easy, DIY solutions.

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    Step 1: Secure

    There are a number of things you should do, first thing, to make your new home as secure as possible.
     

    • Make sure your insurance coverages and information are up to date. If you need new home, property or flood insurance, now’s the time to find out.

    • Create a new, easily accessible emergency contact list, especially if you’ve moved some distance from your old home.

    • Replace the batteries (if applicable) in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure all of these systems are in good working order.

    • Replace fire extinguishers, making sure you have enough strategically placed so you can access them easily from all corners of the house.

    • Activate the home security system if there is one installed or install a new one (a home without a security system is more than three-times more likely to be broken into.)

    • Change all the locks in your home, as there’s no telling how many sets of old keys are floating around out there. Options range from re-keying current locks to replacing your exterior locks with the latest keyless electronic locks. Some of these can even be controlled from your smartphone from anywhere.

    Step 2: Assess

    Did everything arrive – and arrive intact? Is your new home clean and ready for you to move in? Is everything working as it should be?
     

    • Check all appliances, boxes and furniture for moving damage and don’t hesitate to file a claim with your mover if anything is amiss.

    • Clean before you unpack. This is the perfect time to deep clean, including getting vents and ductwork professionally cleaned.

    • Plan out where you want all your furnishings to go before you start moving things around.

    • Organize drawers, closets and storage now, before you actually start packing them full.

    • Check all home systems – from HVAC to electric service to utilities – to make sure everything has been hooked up, set up and is operating to your liking.

    Step 3: Settle In

    It’s time to unpack, unwind and start enjoying the fruits of your efforts. The end is in sight. According to our friends at The Spruce, organization is the key.
     

    • Determine your color scheme and decorating needs before you settle in and do as much of your painting and staining as possible before moving day.

    • Develop a plan for unpacking and decide where you want things to go before you open that first box.

    • Apply that same thinking to setting your furnishings, populating your shelves and decorating.

    • Unpack one room at a time, starting with the kitchen before moving on to bedrooms, bathrooms and larger, multi-use rooms (in that order).

    • Make sure you’re getting your mail! This isn’t something you want to discover was overlooked a week into your new home.

    Step 4: Connect

    Do friends and family know where to find you (well, the ones you want to find you, anyway)? Do you know who to call should you need anything? Make a list!
     

    • Don’t hesitate to ask your realtor for their list of contacts. He or she is a great resource for everything from plumbers and painters to local take out.

    • Update your own contact lists, from family and friends to those all-important emergency numbers to local services.

    • Get the lay of the land. Where is the nearest good pizza? How about the nearest pharmacy? Your nearest Lowe’s or The Home Depot? Scope it out.

    • Reach out to your immediate neighbors and introduce yourself if they haven’t already taken the initiative.
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    Step 5: Celebrate

    It’s time to celebrate by giving yourself a well-deserved house warming party. Here’s how, from Better Homes and Gardens.

    Welcome home

    For people selling their home, very often the best investment is to just switch out their entryway door hardware incorporating the convenience, security and curb appeal it affords. For new home owners, however, an investment in all new door hardware, indoors and out, will continue to pay returns right up to and including when you’re in the market for your next new home.

     

    From all of us at Schlage, congratulations. We’re here to help you make your new home as secure as can be with our innovative, high performance and stylish mechanical and electronic door hardware.

     

    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt are perfect for home automation and making your home smarter. These are but a few of the products Schlage offers to open possibilities for you and your new home. Share with friends and family who are looking to make a move and help open possibilities for them, too.

    Make it happen - 5 tips to make your outdoor DIY dreams come true

    June 13, 2018 9:32 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    5 tips to make your outdoor DIY dreams come true

    With this easy DIY list, any homeowner can up the ante on their home’s curb appeal and get the summer started right!

     

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    Summertime is for fun in the sun, enjoying the great outdoors and getting active! There’s no better way to do all three than cracking open the shed and getting down to business making sure your home’s exterior is primed and ready for cook-outs, pool parties, or whatever else you have planned. With this easy DIY list, any homeowner can up the ante on their home’s curb appeal and get the summer started right!

    1. Get cooking

    Why just grill when you can grill in style? And we don’t mean breaking the bank by creating the ultimate backyard oasis – there are lots of simple ways to make your grilling area stand out. Add some sparkle with decorative LED lights; hang them on a trellis above the grill so they do double-duty as task lighting. Just make sure they’re hung high enough to avoid excessive heat exposure!

     

    Even if you like to keep the formal eating area separate, make sure you have some kind of seating near the grill – especially during parties. Similar to having a breakfast bar in the kitchen spread with snacks, this lets you keep chatting with your guests and being the life of the party while you’re preparing them an epic meal. And snacks. Always have snacks.

     

    You can also pick a theme like nautical or surf style to give your outdoor grilling area a memorable personality. You don’t need to buy expensive outdoor furniture – a few small but well-placed decorative touches can be enough to make a statement.
     

    2. Make the cut

    Never underestimate the power of landscaping. A well-groomed yard is non-negotiable when it comes to upping your curb appeal. There’s no need to become a master grower and design intricate gardens. Make an impact with just a few solid standbys: regularly trim the grass and bushes, and make merciless war on weeds. Your neighbors will thank you for it!
     

    3. Touch it up

    It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. You can go the whole nine yards and choose a fresh new palette, or simply refresh what you already have to add polish. Easy DIY painting projects that can freshen up your exterior include shutters, trim, doors, and porch enclosures. Annual touch ups are also a great way to prevent damage that can happen when paint is allowed to weather and flake off. Check out this article from Houzz to learn the right way to do outdoor paint touch ups.
     

    4. Beautify

    Thanks to the latest innovations in paint, even the saddest and sorriest looking outdoor furniture can be revived. Make sure the furniture is still structurally sound. If it isn’t and it’s plastic or metal, it may be time to go shopping for something new. If it’s wood and can be repaired, you can easily brighten up the look of it. The latest spray paints can adhere to just about any surface, and weather the elements like a champ for a long-lasting finish. This is an easy outdoor project than can be completed in the space of a weekend to add a bright, summery touch to your outdoor space.
     

    5. Modernize

    Every parent knows that summertime is the time when the kids run rampant! Keep better track of their comings and goings – and add a little flash to your front door – with a smart lock. This is an easy 10-minute update, and you can pair it with an elegant handleset grip in the perfect finish to add curb appeal – our adjustable throughbolt helps ensure you won’t have trouble fitting your new Schlage handleset grip onto your door. But your favorite thing about a connected lock is bound to be the convenience.

     

    With a Z-Wave enabled lock like the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, you can connect it to your existing smart home or alarm system so it works with your other smart devices and allows you to check in remotely and make sure the door is locked, or unlock it for a guest when you’re running late. Set up a smart home automation scene so your entry hall lights come on as soon you unlock the door at night. There are many possibilities, and exact features offered vary depending on the smart home system. Most will let you use your lock with Amazon Alexa voice control services, so the next time you need to lock the door behind you but your hands are full, you can easily do it just by asking Alexa.


    A Bluetooth enabled smart lock, like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, doesn’t require an existing smart home system – you can use it with your smartphone right out of the box. Add a Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter so you can pair the lock with your home WiFi network and lock/unlock remotely, as well as customize notifications so you always know when the kids get home. The Schlage Sense lock also offers voice control integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant.
     

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    Celebrating a Design Master: Happy Birthday to Frank Lloyd Wright

    June 8, 2018 8:12 AM by Ted_Roberts

    Friday, June 8, 2018

    Ted talks - Frank Lloyd Wright - Schlage

    We sat down with Ted Roberts, our Style and Design Chief, to tell us a little more about Wright and how he has influenced home and interior design today.

     

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    Today is the birthday of an absolutely iconic American architect: Frank Lloyd Wright. Born on June 8, 1867, Wright was more than just an architect – he also dabbled in interior design, writing, and teaching, and you can easily see his influence still alive today in some of the most well-known design trends.

     

    We sat down with Ted Roberts, our Style and Design Chief, to tell us a little more about Wright and how he has influenced home and interior design today.

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    Q. What kind of designs was Frank Lloyd Wright known for?

    A. “What’s interesting about Frank’s work is that it spans a pretty long period of time, so he worked in several different styles. The style of his early work is Prairie, where the colors and materials are somewhat similar to Arts & Crafts, but more focused on the social aspect of the space. There was a lot of focus on combining the interior and exterior of the home – bringing outside materials inside and blending the two. These styles tend to be lower to the ground, with a lot of horizontal lines and built-in oak woodwork, stone, with colors of ocher, brown and green. One of his strategies for merging the interior and exterior of the home was to create ‘walls of windows’ – large stretches of glass that opened the home up to the outside environment.

    His next period is known as Textile Brick, which took place in the 1920s and 30s during the Art Deco period. This was his version of Art Deco in fact, which featured a combination of smooth surfaces and highly ornamental stone and block patterns.
    Usonian was his last major style, which began in the late 30s until his death. This style was very organic, incorporating curves and straight lines but with a more asymmetrical aesthetic that featured a lot of odd angles.”

    Q. What was Wright’s overall philosophy toward architecture?

    A. “Over his entire lifespan, you can see that his work evolved so as not to become outdated, but his primary philosophy always stayed the same – it was only the strategies he used to carry out that philosophy that changed. Wright always believed that architecture was at its best when it was honest to its environment, incorporating local materials and a design that is harmonious with its natural surroundings. Falling Water is the perfect example of this philosophy – it’s a beautiful home built with local materials from the ground up that melds with its surroundings in a way that feels totally natural.

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    Wright also believed that the needs and character of the owner were important to the design, as well. While community and having shared space was important to him, Wright was loyal to the American ideal of individualism. With the industrial revolution and standardized, repeatable designs becoming the norm, he was always striving for a unique style different from the Victorian and Edwardian homes that were popular when he first began his career.”

    Q. What is Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy today? Where do you see his influence?

    A. “Wright’s philosophy of personal independence and blending into nature can still be seen in both architecture and interior design today. But his most important contribution has been the emphasis on open spaces. The Edwardian and Victorian architecture that was popular during his early days featured a lot of very closed off, formalized spaces. Wright opted for an open floor plan that is very popular today because it allows families to interact even when they are in different sections of the house. No one is siloed – there are the standard private areas, bedroom and bathroom, but there is also more opportunity for connection and socializing in an open floor plan.

     

    Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Wright though is simply his notoriety. I think most people, at least in America, would name him as the one architect they’re aware of – even though there are so many others with comparable talent. His impact and recognition level is very impressive and just go to show how iconic his designs could be – especially when you think about how many of his designs have become museums.”

    Have a favorite Frank Lloyd Wright design? Help up celebrate Wright’s birthday by sharing it with us on Facebook or Instagram!

    What really makes a lock secure?

    June 7, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, June 7, 2018

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    When it comes to exterior door hardware, quality matters for both security and aesthetics.

     

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    When it comes to exterior door hardware, quality matters for both security and aesthetics. You need to choose a lock you can trust to keep your belongings and loved ones safe and secure. A great bonus is if it happens to enhance the curb appeal of your home too! Here's what you need to know to choose the most secure, and stylish deadbolt and locks for each entry point of your home.
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    Door hardware grades

    The first step to finding the most secure exterior door hardware for your home is to look for hardware that has been tested against the highest industry standards, like the BHMA residential grading system. BHMA is a group of industry experts who grade residential door hardware performance in the categories of Security, Durability and Finish. A grade of ‘C’ is good, ‘B’ is better, and ‘A’ is best. A grade of AAA is the best grade possible in all three categories.

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    Now that you understand how to find the best possible grade (AAA) for deadbolts and locks, here are a few additional features to look for when choosing the most secure lock for your home:

    Anti-pick shield

    Many Schlage locks come with an integrated anti-pick shield to provide added security. The shield doesn’t impact the look of the lock, but it does strengthen it against lock pick attacks.

    1-inch bolt with spinning pin

    Schlage locks come with a solid zinc 1-inch bolt for added kick-in resistance. This is larger than many bolts on the market, and it does make a difference in security. Because of this larger, sturdier bolt, Schlage locks require a larger bore hole than those required by competitors. Widening the bore hole may take an extra few minutes if you’re switching from another brand to Schlage, but the added security is well worth it.

     

    Schlage bolts also include a hardened steel pin inside that spins in response to sawing attacks, so it can’t be cut through. Plus, a half inch of the bolt remains in the housing when locked for even more kick-in resistance.

    Longer screws

    Schlage offers a strike reinforcement plate with 3-inch screws that also add more kick-in resistance. Be advised though, if you have a sidelight (a window that runs parallel to your door on the side that latches), the 3-inch screws may be too long to use. This is one of many reasons that sidelights should be avoided as they are a security liability.

    Sleek profile

    A low profile face on a deadbolt makes it just about impossible to grab with a wrench or pull off.

    Take your lock strength and security a step further with a keyless, electronic lock. Here are a couple more attractive security features that are specific to electronic locks only:

    Completely keyless

    Some locks, like the Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Lock, don’t come with a key cylinder. Many homeowners feel comfortable having a backup key option, but the truth is that once you adopt an electronic lock, it is highly unlikely you’ll ever need a key again. Most electronic lock users stop using keys completely, given how easy it is to share access electronically or with an access code. With a low battery indicator and up to 1-year battery life standard across our electronic locks, you don’t have to worry about getting locked out and needing that key (just don’t ignore the indicator!)

     

    But it’s not just easy – it’s more secure. With no cylinder on the lock, there’s no opportunity to pick the lock or create a fake ‘bump’ key to bypass it.

     

    Even if you don’t go completely keyless, electronic locks make it possible to completely eliminate the need for spare keys that can easily fall into the wrong hands. Just use access codes that can be easily created and deleted as needed. Plus, with no spare keys floating around, there’s no need to ever rekey the lock.

    Encryption

    All Schlage electronic locks come with encryption for a secure connection. Schlage is committed to offering electronic options that add convenience without sacrificing security, and that’s why we always design our products with data privacy and encryption needs top of mind.

     

    When choosing products that are meant to protect our homes and families, it’s important to look for the best. Keep an eye out for these features next time you’re shopping around – or save some time and just grab a Schlage lock, where all of these features and more come standard.

    Have more questions about door hardware security? Be sure to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook.

    Easy and affordable DIY tips for staging your home to sell

    June 4, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, June 4, 2018

    DIY Tips - Home Staging - Schlage

    Adding even a few smart home products is the single easiest way to boost your home’s value. Here's what you need to know before you buy or sell a home with smart home tech.

     

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    Every dollar you invest in properly preparing and staging your home for sale adds about $2 to the selling price on average. There are a few simple and affordable DIY projects you can do to add even more value, giving you a better chance to get your asking price – or more. The best part? Most of these will cost you little more than some spare time.

     

    With some prior planning and a little DIY know-how and ingenuity, your home sale can be a pleasant and rewarding experience.

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    Here are five simple rules when staging your home to sell. Other handy links throughout, like this one to Realtor Mag, will take you to even more in-depth explorations.

    1. Depersonalize:

    Potential buyers want to see themselves in your home. Removing photographs and other personal items that reflect specifically on you, your family and your interests allow for buyers to fill in the blanks with imaginings from their own lives. Removing such items, packing them up and investing in a small self-storage unit will pay huge dividends for a relatively small investment.

     

    At the same time, set the dining room table as if you were expecting friends over for dinner, set up your front porch for entertaining and clean off the back patio or deck and stage it for a barbeque or garden party. You want your guests to see themselves living there. And loving it.

    DIY Tips - Home Staging - Schlage

    2. Maximize:

    You’ll want to make your home feel as expansive and livable as possible. Start by decluttering – a self-storage unit can help with this, too. From cleaning out closets, cabinets and drawers (buyers will snoop), to removing throw rugs from your bathroom, living room and kitchen, there are lots of little things you can do to make your space seem larger than life.

     

    Open up the curtains and let the sun shine in. Replace old, worn window treatments with inexpensive yet stylish new shades, curtains or shutters. Get things up and off the floor and out to storage. Remove excess furniture. Add mirrors for style and openness. Make every room big, bright, open and inviting.

    3. Sanitize:

    Your home can’t be clean enough. A spotlessly clean home tells a bigger story about just how much you cared for and maintained your home. Perception is reality. Scour the bathrooms and the kitchen, using water and bleach to remove mold and mildew. Really work to clean every nook and cranny. Scrub and polish floors, vacuum and shampoo carpets and any rugs you decide to leave about. Wash your windows. Clean and polish appliances (inside and out). Dust and wax furniture and bookcases. We’re talking a deep clean here.

     

    You might consider a bonded and insured professional cleaning service that is experienced in cleaning for home sellers. This is where your realtor can come in, so don’t hesitate to use him or her as a resource for finding anything you might need. Here are some additional suggestions from Angie’s list.

    4. Neutralize:

    In the continuing effort to let the buyer envision themselves living in your home, think neutral when styling and staging. Repaint key rooms in neutral colors. Decorate with monochromatic hues (for instance, using fresh, white towels in the bathroom instead of bright colors and replacing window treatments with clean, white curtains and shades). Declutter bookcases and replace half of your books with strategically placed pieces of art, vases or other simple, unobtrusive touches. These all serve to invite potential buyers to imagine your home as theirs.

     

    Keeping things simple and clean – and reducing clutter – are among the easiest and least expensive ways to prepare your home for sale.

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    5. Modernize:

    Projects you invest in to modernize your home will more than pay for themselves when you sell it. Don’t be afraid to replace old kitchen appliances. Re-paint or stain old kitchen cabinets. Replace outdated cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures. Replace that old vanity in the bathroom with a new pedestal sink. These kinds of simple upgrades – many of them weekend DIY projects or a short jaunt to Lowe’s away – will work wonders.

     

    Another simple update that pays big dividends is replacing your old front door lock with a keyless electronic lock. Instead of having a realtor’s lockbox or spare housekeys floating around out there, you can program up to 30 individual security codes depending up on the lock type you select. Codes can be activated, de-activated and replaced as often as you see fit. And with some of today’s locks, you can program them from anywhere, using your smartphone.

     

    A new lock with a stylish new handleset is the perfect finishing touch to that front-porch refurbishing project. It adds curb appeal, convenience and next-level security – and affordably. It also makes a great first impression when prospective buyers come calling.

    Schlage electronic locks

    Schlage offers a wide selection of keyless options from which to choose. The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt allow easier home access using your smartphone. These are all reflective of a heritage of innovation and style that traces back to 1909 when company founder Walter Schlage first patented a door lock that also turned on a home’s lights!

     

    Schlage electronic locks are the ideal DIY project. They are easy to install, requiring only a screwdriver and a little free time. They’re available in a wide selection of styles and finishes. And they add peace of mind that’s very welcome among the stresses and anxiety that come with selling a home and planning a move.

     

    Is your home ready to sell? Think depersonalize, maximize, sanitize, neutralize and modernize and you’ll be well on your way.

    Types of deadbolt locks for your front door

    May 30, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    Front door - Deadbolt locks - Schlage

    Whether you’re replacing locks on a new home or looking to add a little more security to your current home, the lock aisle can be overwhelming when it comes to finding the right deadbolt lock.

     

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    Whether you’re replacing locks on a new home or looking to add a little more security to your current home, the lock aisle can be overwhelming when it comes to finding the right deadbolt lock. With so many options available, it pays to understand the different functions in order to choose the right deadbolt. Check out our deadbolt lock breakdown below.
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    Single Cylinder

    This is the most common type of deadbolt used. Single cylinder deadbolts have an exterior keyhole which throws or retracts the deadbolt using a key on the outside. On the inside, you can lock and unlock the deadbolt with the thumbturn.

     

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    Double cylinder

    Double cylinder deadbolts are used when homeowners want a little extra security. They are often chosen for doors that feature windows and glass so the lock is not easily unlocked by a potential intruder. It features a keyhole on both the interior and exterior side of the door so the only way you can lock/unlock is with a mechanical key. However, this type of lock should be used with caution and is not recommended for any door that is used for egress in times of emergency.

     

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    Electronic locks

    Electronic deadbolts often leverage the same security and durability of single cylinder deadbolts with the added convenience of a keypad or touchscreen. By programming a unique access code, electronic locks provide peace of mind so you never have to worry about losing a key again.

     

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    Smart locks

    Like electronic locks, smart deadbolt locks are just as durable as a single cylinder deadbolt. You can connect your smart lock to a compatible smart home hub or sometimes directly to your phone for easy programming and access. Smart locks also provide the option to integrate your smart lock with other smart home products to create routines and schedules that fit your lifestyle. Arrive at the office and realize you forgot to lock the door? No problem. As long as you have a smart home hub or adapter, you can access your lock remotely to check its status and command it to lock or unlock.

     

    SHOP SMART LOCKS

    Now that you know the different functions of the most popular deadbolt types, be sure to reference our door hardware shopper’s guide to help you complete your purchase for your front door. This guide will walk you through how to choose locks based on your door’s configuration. For even more help in your search, be sure to reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter.

    How to get the most out of your Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

    May 30, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 31, 2018

    Smart Lock - Schlage Sense - Integrations

    Did you know you can pair your Schlage Sense smart lock with additional accessories to get even more convenient features?

     

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    You may wonder how a residential door hardware company would ever think to begin using electronics in their products. We’d encourage you to check out our Company History page, but the bottom line is that Schlage offers electronic locks because they can add an array of conveniences to your day-to-day life.
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    Assign each of the kids their own unique access code so you can track when they get home. Set a schedule for the dog walker’s access code so they can only get in when you want them to. Customize settings like built-in alarm and auto-locking to add extra security – no more worrying about the kids forgetting to lock the door behind them. These are all standard features of our Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt, but did you know you can pair your Schlage Sense lock with additional accessories to get even more convenient features?
     

    With all the new technology coming out from major companies like Google, Amazon and Apple, there are a lot of exciting smart home integrations happening with the deadbolt that allow you to customize your experience to your daily needs. We don’t all have kids, and we don’t all need a dog walker. The reason we offer integrations like these with our Schlage Sense lock is so we can offer features that can be customized to your specific lifestyle, whatever that looks like.
     

    Navigating all the different options can be tricky. The technology involved isn’t really important…what’s important is how it can be useful to you. What other items in your home will it work with, and what are the possible benefits?
     

    We’ve broken down for you below all the integration possibilities for the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. You can navigate the headings below quickly by answering one simple question: does your household use iOS devices only, a mix of iOS and Android smartphones, or Android only?

    Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter

    The Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter lets you lock and unlock your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt from anywhere with your Android smartphone or your iPhone®. This means any time you can’t remember whether you locked the door behind you, or would like to let a friend in because you’re running late on the way home, you can use the app to check the lock status and lock and unlock with just a tap.

     

    The adapter is easy to use and takes up minimal space – if you plug it into the bottom outlet, you’ll still have a plug available on top. Just plug the adapter in and use the Schlage Sense app to pair it with your deadbolt and connect it to your home WiFi network for anywhere access. The adapter can support up to two Schlage Sense locks at a time, and does not work with Apple HomeKit or Siri voice control.

     

    In order for anywhere access to stay connected, the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter must stay plugged into power at home, connected to Wi-Fi and in Bluetooth® range (about 40 feet) from the lock.

    Amazon Alexa

    If you pair your Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter with your Schlage Sense lock, you’ll be able to use hands-free voice control with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices like Amazon Echo and Dot. Learn more about Alexa features here.

    Google Assistant

    Similar to Alexa, if you pair your Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter with your Schlage Sense lock, you’ll be able to use hands-free voice control with Google Assistant-enabled devices like Google Home. Learn more about Google Assistant features here.

    Apple TV / HomePod / iPad

    If you love Apple products and your entire household uses iPhone rather than Android, you can program your lock to work with Apple HomeKit. This option won’t allow for any Android compatibility, but it will allow you to pair your lock with other HomeKit-enabled devices to customize your Apple-centric smart home experience. You can also use the lock with the Home app that comes built into the latest iOS.

     

    If you have an Apple TV or a HomePod, pairing with your Schlage Sense lock will allow you to connect to your lock from anywhere to make sure the door is locked or let a guest in while you’re running late. You can even use an iPad with the latest iOS as a smart home ‘hub’ that pairs with your lock to offer anywhere access, provided the iPad stays plugged in at home where it can connect to your lock through Bluetooth.

    Have more questions about the Schlage Sense lock? Be sure to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook.

    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt now works with Google Assistant

    May 29, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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    On the heels of new Amazon Alexa capabilities, at Schlage we’re proving that we aren’t done innovating! In fact, today we’re announcing that the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt now works with Google Assistant. With the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter, you can connect your Schlage Sense smart lock with your Google Assistant-enabled devices. This allows you to ask Google Assistant to check the status of your lock and command it to lock hands-free using just your voice. Here’s everything you need to know before you get started.
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    1. Will current Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt models be compatible with Google Assistant?

    Yes. All current Schlage Sense lock models will be compatible with Google Assistant-enabled devices through the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter.

    2. How do I connect my Schlage Sense lock with Google Assistant?

    In order to use the Schlage Sense lock with Google Assistant-enabled devices, users must connect the deadbolt to the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter, sold separately. Follow the setup steps within the app to link your Schlage account with your Google Assistant account, then add the Schlage action. Once connected, users will be able to access their lock using voice activation.

    3. Which Google Assistant voice activation commands work with the Schlage Sense lock?

    Google Assistant users can lock and check the status of their Schlage lock. This offers consumers the peace of mind and convenience of knowing their homes are always locked and protected by one of the strongest, most convenient locks on the market.

    4. Which Google Assistant voice activation commands will not work with the Schlage Sense locks?

    Schlage is committed to providing consumers with a suite of keyless electronic products developed to address their need for convenient and secure locks. With this in mind, Google Assistant voice control commands are not enabled to unlock or create/maintain secured codes because a second authentication step is not available for Google Assistant. Offering an additional authentication step for any actions that can impact the security of the home is part of Schlage’s commitment to offering solutions that are both convenient and secure.

    5. Why can’t I unlock my Schlage Sense lock with Google Assistant using voice control?

    Schlage has a legacy in producing the strongest locks in the industry that offer easy ways to add another layer of security, and even make it smarter. This legacy and commitment remains true with Google Assistant-enabled devices. With this in mind, Google Assistant voice control commands are not enabled to unlock or create/maintain secured codes because a second authentication step is not available for Google Assistant. Offering an additional authentication step for any actions that can impact the security of the home is part of Schlage’s commitment to offering solutions that are both convenient and secure. Schlage’s focus continues to be ensuring that the power of unlocking a home remains in consumers' hands directly.

    6. Why can’t I add or delete user codes on my Schlage Sense lock with Google Assistant?

    Already trusted in over 40 million homes, Schlage always aim to create carefully designed products that bring the possibilities and potential of every door in your home to life – keeping you safe and making life easier and more connected. We are unwilling to compromise that, especially when it comes to smart home integrations. Therefore, we always want to ensure something like adding and delete user codes remain in the users’ hands directly, rather than relying on third-party components.

    For more information about the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and its capabilities, visit schlage.com/sense.

    A look at more than 95 years of innovation

    May 18, 2018 8:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 18, 2018

    Schlage History

    From early lock innovations to today’s smart lock technology, Schlage has been at the forefront of the industry and is a global leader continuing to grow its reputation for innovation, performance and style.

     

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    Walter Schlage’s first patent was issued in 1909. The company that would bear his name was incorporated in 1920. From early lock innovations to today’s smart lock technology, Schlage has been at the forefront of the industry and is a global leader continuing to grow its reputation for innovation, performance and style. Click through this historical timeline and see history in the making.
     

    A look through Schlage's history.

    From its original patents to the latest smart lock technology, Schlage's history consists of more than 95 years of innovation.

    The first smart home device.

    1909

    The first smart home device.

    Ahead of today’s smart home by more than 100 years, Walter Schlage patented a door lock that also turned the home’s lights on and off.

    Schlage Lock Company is Born.

    1920

    Schlage Lock Company is born.

    Walter Schlage opens his own lock shop, developing tools to manufacture the first push-button locking mechanism.

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    1921

    The cylindrical pin-tumbler lock.

    As an alternative to the mortise lock, the standard of the day, Walter Schlage advances the new cylindrical pin-tumbler lock by adding his push-button.

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    1923

    Push-button lock revolutionizes industry.

    The Schlage Lock Company goes into full-scale production of the new push-button lock from its brand-new production facility.

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    1940

    Modern pioneer honored.

    Walter Schlage is honored with the Modern Pioneer Award for outstanding American inventors by the National Association of Manufacturers.

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    1946

    Mr. Schlage passes.

    Walter Schlage, “the Lock Wizard,” dies at the age of 64, securing a timeless legacy that endures to this day.

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    1950

    Expansion.

    The Schlage Lock Company begins more than a half-century of growth with an acquisition strategy that continues to bring innovative, new products into the fold.

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    1958

    Lovely locks...The jewels of the home.

    This Schlage ad appeared in magazines in 1958.

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    1961

    Beauty where it shows, quality where it counts.

    Schlage's ad campaigns in the early 60s featured entryways designed by architects. The one featured in this ad was designed by Anshen & Allen.

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    1974

    Acquisition.

    Schlage is acquired by Ingersoll Rand and becomes part of the Ingersoll Rand Door Hardware Group.

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    1975

    Going global.

    Schlage, still part of Ingersoll Rand, acquires lock manufacturing facilities in New Zealand, and a global brand is born.

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    1976

    Rocky Mountain High.

    Schlage continues its domestic growth with the opening of a new production facility in Security, Colorado manufacturing standard locksets and handcrafted hardware.

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    1997

    Bold move.

    Schlage relocates its administrative offices to Colorado Springs, Colorado, as part of aggressive growth initiatives which continue to this day.

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    2002

    Kryptonite.

    Schlage acquires Kryptonite, the renowned bicycle lock manufacturer, to further diversify its product offerings.

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    2004

    It's electric.

    Schlage releases the King Kobra Digital Lock, a manually programmable electronic access control lock.

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    2008

    Connected.

    Schlage announces its first connected door lock, a wireless battery-powered lock that works with Z-Wave smart home systems.

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    2010

    Team effort.

    Schlage joins Home Depot to provide entry and indoor locks for 24 Habitat for Humanity homes in Colorado Springs.

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    2010

    Brand awareness.

    Remodeling Magazine brand use study reveals Schlage as the most recognized brand among remodelers from among brands in 46 product categories.

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    2011

    First built in alarm.

    Schlage launches the first residential door lock with a built-in, instant-on alarm, that provides an additional layer of security.

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    2012

    On guard.

    Schlage spearheads a national neighborhood safety initiative in conjunction with National Neighborhood Watch and the USAonWatch crime prevention program.

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    2013

    Go keyless.

    The new Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt Lock puts keyless entry and built-in alarm technology at users’ fingertips.

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    2013

    Welcome to Allegion.

    Schlage’s global stature is reinforced through its acquisition by Allegion, North America’s #1 manufacturer of security and safety products and systems.

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    2014

    Keyless takes off.

    Keyless takes off. Schlage ushers in “The Keyless Era” with the launch of its newest electronic lock, the Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Lock.

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    Schlage style and innovation.

    Schlage door hardware becomes known as much for its premium style as for its innovation and quality.

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    Smart ideas.

    Schlage introduces the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, designed to work with Apple HomeKit technology to provide next-gen keyless convenience.

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    Always colorful.

    ELEVATE Design Collective unveils a revitalized urban Soho loft designed in partnership with Jennifer Schmidt during New York Design Week. The event showcases Single Malt, a new signature color developed by the Collective at the Pantone Color Institute.

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    Innovation.

    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is now compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit and Android.

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    Setting the standard.

    Schlage is one of the first lock manufacturers to adopt the new BHMA residential lock-grading performance standards.

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    2018

    And more innovation.

    Schlage unveils its newest product, Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware, which offers advanced flexibility in functionality and premium designer style at the affordable Schlage price.

     
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    Expansion.

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    Beauty where it shows, quality where it counts.

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    Going global.

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    Great design is in the details – a look back at the ELEVATE Design Collective

    May 17, 2018 8:12 AM by pooja.katkar

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Interior Design - Jennifer Wagner Schmidt

    To celebrate the two-year anniversary of the ELEVATE Design Collective NYC loft unveiling, we're catching up with designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt to reflect on the impact the project has made in the world of interior design.

     

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    Two years ago, six home brands came together to show how the smallest details can work together to truly complete your space. Schlage®, Delta®, Formica®, Hunter®, JELD-WEN®, and KitchenAid® formed the ELEVATE Design Collective and set out on a mission to inspire and expand the possibilities of interior design. To show their products in action, they teamed up with interior designers Jennifer Wagner Schmidt and Mary Jo Peterson to complete a breathtaking New York City loft makeover. To celebrate the two-year anniversary of the unveiling, we’re catching up with Jennifer Wagner Schmidt of JWS Interiors to reflect on the impact the ELEVATE Design Collective has made in the world of interior design.
    Interior Design - ELEVATE Design Collective - Jennifer Wagner Schmidt

    Q&A with Jennifer Wagner Schmidt

    Q: What have you been up to since we last worked together? Any fun projects you care to share?

    A. "So much has happened in 2 years! The Elevate project was such a great experience and project to work on with everyone. JWS Interiors garnered new clients as a result of the project, which has been great!

    We recently completed a whole house project here in the DC area. A unique, modern take on farmhouse style, the Piet Boon designed home was one of my favorite projects to work on. JWS Interiors was tasked with the design of the entire home. We were thrilled when Elle Decor featured it as a whole house tour this past March."

    Q: Looking back, how did the Elevate project change your view on door hardware? Have you found yourself recommending it to clients?

    A. "Working with Schlage was great for me a designer. I learned so much about hardware in general; the project also made me focus more attention on this important detail when designing!"

    Q: Since Elevate, Schlage has launched the Schlage Custom Door Hardware line – what do you think? What is your favorite, style and finish?

    A. "This was a really smart idea-it allows the homeowner or designer to really tailor the hardware to the project/home. I'm always partial to clean, modern lines, so the Custom Latitude Lever with Upland Trim was a clear winner in my book! The Matte Black finish looks amazing!"

    Q: What features of Custom do you see being most useful in consumers’ homes?

    A. "Anytime you have the option to customize your look--whether that relates to fabric, finishes, or in this case, the style of hardware & finish-- without spending a lot of money--is a win-win. The customer gets exactly what they want - no compromise when it comes to style or function."

    Q: Lastly, a fun question, what Single Malt product did you secretly want to take home after the Elevate Design Collective loft unveil?

    A. "The Hunter Ceiling Fan was really different and modern. I loved the wire caged industrial feel!"

    At Schlage, we’re not done impacting the world of interior design. Check out our latest stylish and innovative line of door hardware – Schlage Custom – and choose from a wide range of high-end designer styles and finishes.

    6 budget-friendly, high impact French door makeovers

    May 14, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    French Door Makeovers

    We’ve teamed up with a few bloggers and designers and gathered a few of our favorite French door style tips to help you plan a makeover that is easy on your time and budget.

     

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    French doors are a popular choice in homes that want to separate two interior spaces but still allow the rooms to feel connected while adding a charming touch. They can also be used as exterior patio doors allowing homeowners to seamlessly extend their personal style into the great outdoors. While French doors often speak for themselves in adding a bit of character to a home, they can quickly feel outdated if the details are neglected. We’ve teamed up with a few bloggers and designers below and gathered our favorite style tips to help you plan a French door makeover that is easy on your time and budget.

    Designer Trapped

    There’s no reason to be overwhelmed at the thought of updating the hardware in your home. With a few thoughtful updates at a time, you can make an impact quickly and affordably, like Tasha from Designer Trapped. The French doors that separated her office from the rest of her home were plain and uninteresting. With a new coat of paint and Matte Black Latitude Levers, her French doors became the style statement her office needed.

    Black French Doors - Matte Black Latitude Lever - Schlage

    Two Twenty One

    While Chelsea of Two Twenty One already had a gorgeous entryway full of craftsmen details and the perfect, full pane French doors, she knew there was one final touch missing – a door knob upgrade. Swapping the original, boring builder-grade hardware to Schlage’s new Custom Hobson glass knobs was the perfect finishing touch her entryway needed to truly make an impact.

    French Doors - Glass knobs - Schlage Custom

    Bless’er House

    This home owned by Lauren of Bless’er House is definitely a French door paradise! With so many doors leading to exterior and interior spaces, we’re happy she’s sharing her best hack for stress-free French door painting. We find the contrast she created by painting all of her doors absolutely swoon-worthy!

    Black french doors - Paint hack - Makeover

    Little House of Four

    While it seems many homeowners are choosing to go lighter and more neutral with their walls, doors are quickly becoming a popular option for adding contrast and a pop of color in smaller doses. We love how Katie chose to paint all of her interior doors, including the French doors found in her basement, a dark, charcoal grey. It adds uniformity and interest throughout the home.

    French doors - Dark grey

    Honeybear Lane

    When Heidi of Honeybear Lane added beautiful, white board and batten to her home’s entryway, she needed to find a place to add a little contrast. Her French doors leading into the craft room proved to be the perfect place. After painting the doors a dark charcoal grey and polishing them off with new Bright Brass knobs and hinges, her entryway quickly became a style haven. Get all the details on this project including another great hack for removing paint from French door window panes.

    French doors - Bright brass door knobs - Schlage

    Polkadot chair

    We’ve shared this home office refresh many times before but we’re still in love with the unique way Melissa refreshed her space. Painting the ceiling was a bold but genius move and the hardware she added to her French doors is the icing on the cake. From the outside looking in, this space has instant wow-factor.

    French doors - Accent lever with Camelot trim - Schlage
    Feeling inspired to make an update? Don’t forget to check out our guide to French door locks here. When you’re ready, we’d love to see photos of your makeover! Share them with us on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to be featured.

    Treat Mom to the ultimate in Mother’s Day luxury: 5 unique gift ideas

    May 10, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 10, 2018

    Mother's Day - Gift ideas - Schlage

    This is the perfect year to pamper your mom to the max for Mother’s Day! This list of unique, luxurious gift ideas will help you show proper appreciation for all Mom does.

     

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    This is the perfect year to pamper your mom to the max for Mother’s Day! We’ve curated a list of the most luxurious ways to avoid the old flowers-and-card standby and show proper appreciation for all Mom does – check it out below:
    Mother's Day - Gift ideas - Schlage

    Jewelry for her home

    Treat her to an interior design upgrade – if you choose door hardware as your focus, it won’t be as expensive or time-consuming as it sounds. Next time she’s out of the house for a few hours, consider updating door hardware and hinges to coordinate finishes between other interior accents like kitchen plumbing and cabinet hardware – it only takes a few minutes with a screwdriver to replace a door knob or lever. Step up to premium door hardware (like Schlage Custom locks) and add a fresh coat of paint for a door makeover that will bring every room in the home to life. You can even add an electronic lock to the front or garage door, allowing her to track when the kids come and go and even ‘accidentally’ delete the in-laws’ access codes when she needs some quiet time.

    Get personalized

    Jewelry and perfume are fairly traditional gifts, but these days it’s easy to add a much more personalized touch. Whether it’s a necklace with an engraved pendant or an artisanal scent customized to her unique body chemistry, look for a gift that no one else can have. If a special perfume sounds perfect for her, you can get some city-based recommendations here – we love New Orleans’ Bourbon French Perfumes because they do a body chemistry analysis, but there are options on both coasts and in the Midwest.

    Classic luxury

    Is there anything softer or more luxurious than silk? Think pillowcases, robes, slippers, eye masks – you can even find silk-infused shampoo, conditioner and body lotion for the ultimate in softness.

    A relaxing bath kit

    This time, skip the quick and convenient supermarket buy and put a little more time into crafting your own version. Keeping in mind her favorite scents and flavors, put together a bathtub relaxation kit: a bathtub caddy to keep items dry, a well-made journal where she can record her thoughts and reminisce over memories, a good bottle of wine, a yummy scented candle, and a skin-softening bath bomb.

    Peaceful getaways

    Take the bath kit a step further and let the professionals handle it – send Mom on a spa getaway! For the ultimate in luxury, a trip to Amangiri is one she’ll never forget – it was recently featured in a Forbes’ Top 10 luxury gift list as one of the most private and peaceful locations in the world. If she’s the more active type, send her on an adventure tour for a taste of the traveling life – there are lots of options available, ranging from wine tours to wildlife viewings and meditation retreats.

    How are you showering your mom for Mother’s Day? We’d love to hear your gift ideas over on Twitter or Facebook.

    Smart home tech is changing how homes are sold

    May 8, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    Smart home tech - Real Estate - Schlage

    Adding even a few smart home products is the single easiest way to boost your home’s value. Here's what you need to know before you buy or sell a home with smart home tech.

     

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    As home automation technologies become even smarter and more popular, their impact on home purchases has become even more evident. Adding even a few smart home products is the single easiest way to boost your home’s value, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and their 2018 Home Buyer And Generational Trend Report. It can increase your home’s value as much as 5%, the Consumer Electronics Association and the National Association of Home Builders found. And that’s just the beginning.
    Smart home tech - Real estate - Schlage

    Smart is in

    Smart home technologies are becoming more mainstream by the day. In fact, nearly 45% of all home owners expect to either buy or invest in smart home technology. And more than half of prospective home sellers said they were planning to purchase home automation products specifically to sell their homes faster and for more money.

    Smart home tech - Millennial - Schlage

    Do the math

    Three out of four millennial homeowners said they’d be happy to pay between $1,500 and $4,000 to make their homes smarter. A $4,000 investment could increase your home’s asking price by 5% – not to mention turning your house into a smart home. And there are so many connected technologies you can employ that cost much less.

    The smart lock: A smart, affordable solution

    The NAR trend report revealed that home security was either somewhat or very important to more than 85% of those surveyed. It’s no wonder smart locks are the number one purchase consideration, followed by automated lighting and smart thermostats. Smart locks make your home attractive to prospective buyers, and they also provide peace of mind as realtors and others are going in and out of your home.

    Smart security at work

    Installing a smart lock on your front door is a simple and affordable first step toward making your home “smart.” Now, instead of leaving your door unlocked or hiding a key under a planter or in a fake rock, you can install a smart lock to keep your house secure. You can even use your smart phone to allow convenient access to those you trust. The Schlage Sense app allows you to program new access codes into the lock, even setting schedules for when those codes can be used. And because you’re notified when codes are used, you can keep a better eye on who is in your house and when they were there.

    The best is yet to come

    With millennial home buyers now representing the largest potential audience – with two-thirds of them being new home buyers – you can’t ignore the attraction of smart home technologies in appealing to this significant market. In total, the smart home market is expected to reach close to $120 billion by 2020. As this wave crests, it’s sure to continue to sweep through the real estate industry, impacting home prices and influencing home buyers.

    Schlage smart locks

    When it comes to choosing the smartest smart lock, you can count on Schlage. One of the drawbacks of early electronic locks was that they were bulky and not particularly stylish. Schlage smart locks prove that strength, smarts and style are no longer mutually exclusive. In fact, the premium style of Schlage smart locks will actually add curb appeal to your home. They are also easy to install, requiring just a screwdriver and a little free time to get the job done.

    Smart home tech - Resale value - Schlage
    Schlage offers a variety of smart locks from which to choose. The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt is designed to work with popular home automation hubs. Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt allows easier home access using your smartphone. These are all reflective of a heritage of style and innovation that traces back to 1909 when company founder Walter Schlage first patented a door lock that also turned on a home’s lights! Talk about innovation. Talk about smart!
    Is your home ready to sell? Have you thought about increasing the value of your new home by adding the latest smart home technologies? Visit Schlage for more helpful tips on ways to secure, beautify and make your home smarter with stylish, innovative door hardware that opens up a world of possibilities.

    Schlage smart locks gain Amazon Alexa voice unlocking

    May 8, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Amazon Alexa - Unlock feature - Schlage Smart Locks

    Schlage and Amazon Alexa announce unlock capabilities. Here's what you need to know first.

     

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    Amazon Alexa users can now use the Alexa app to enable or disable new voice unlock functionality for their Schlage smart locks. This new functionality is an enhancement to Schlage and Amazon Alexa’s current features, which include verbally locking or checking the status of the front door via Alexa-enabled devices. Here's what you need to know before getting started.
    Amazon Alexa - Unlock - Schlage Smart Locks

    1. Which Schlage smart locks are compatible with Amazon Alexa?

    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt are compatible with Amazon Alexa. To connect your Schlage Sense lock, you will need the Schlage Sense Wi-fi Adapter. To connect with Schlage Connect or the Connected Keypad locks, you will need a Wink or Samsung SmartThings hub.

    2. How does the new voice unlock feature for Amazon Alexa work?

    The unlocking feature is disabled by default. Users must use the Amazon Alexa app to log in and enter their password to enable the feature first. Then they will be required to set a 4-digit PIN which must be spoken before Alexa will unlock the door. When the user says “Alexa, unlock the front door,” Alexa will ask for the PIN. If the PIN is correct, Alexa will unlock the door. After 3 attempts to unlock the door with an incorrect PIN, Alexa will disable the unlock feature and the door will remain locked. Users can re-enable the feature by logging into the Amazon Alexa app and repeating the process.

    3. You said you were not including voice unlock functionality because of your commitment to security. What has changed?

    At the time of the initial integration, Amazon Alexa had no method in place of authenticating the user’s identity when using a voice unlock command. Now that Alexa requires users to enter their password to enable the unlocking function initially within the app, as well as speak a 4-digit PIN before Alexa will unlock the door, it is possible to offer the voice unlock function with proper security in place.

    4. What should I do if my spoken PIN is compromised?

    Log into the Amazon Alexa app to change your PIN as needed. We recommend changing your PIN at regular intervals just as you would a computer password.

    5. What technology do I need to connect my lock with Amazon Alexa and allow for the new voice unlock feature?

    Samsung SmartThings and Wink will enable this functionality with the Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt. The Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter will enable this functionality for the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt.

    6. Can the unlock feature be used with Amazon Alexa smart home routines?

    Currently, there is no plan to support routines for operations that affect the security of your home (unlock, disarm, open.)

    7. In which countries will the Amazon Alexa voice unlock feature be enabled?

    This functionality is currently launching in the United States only.

    Ready to outfit your home with one of Schlage's smartest locks yet? Visit schlage.com to learn more and where to buy. If you have any questions as you set up your new smart home tech, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter for help.

    How to choose door locks for French doors

    May 3, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 3, 2018

    Locks for French Doors

    How do you purchase the right door hardware for French doors? Here’s what you need to know before you head out to the hardware store.

     

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    French Doors - Door locks - Schlage

    French doors offer a great way to create an open, bright space in your home while still maintaining the option for privacy. They often feature glass from top to bottom and are an easy way to add a little charm and character. But how do you purchase the right door hardware for French doors? Here’s what you need to know before you head out to the hardware store.

    Pre-shopping checklist

    Before you choose your hardware, there are a few things you will need to note about your door. First, notice how it has been prepped. Are the bore holes already drilled into the door or is the panel where the hardware will be placed solid? This will help you choose the function of your hardware. For doors that do have bore holes, check out this door prep checklist to ensure your door has been prepped to standard measurements.

     

    If you are planning to purchase a lever with a curve, you’ll want to note the handing of your doors. Since you will have both a left and right-handed door, be sure to choose both a left-handed lever and a right-handed lever.

    Interior french doors – no bore holes

    French Doors - Non-turning Accent Lever - Schlage


    Interior French doors are often used to separate an office or den from the rest of the home when privacy or noise control are needed, while still giving the space an open feeling. You can also find them as a formal entrance to a master suite or even in large closets. They are sometimes referred to as double doors and can be solid or feature head-to-toe glass.

     

    For double doors that do not have bore holes, you can choose to use non-turning or dummy function hardware. These are often used as decorative door pulls when the ability to latch or lock the door is not needed. For shallow closets, you can get by with installing door hardware only on the exterior side of the door. For larger rooms you can actually walk into, make sure to purchase enough non-turning door knobs or levers for the interior side.

    French Doors - Non-turning Door Hardware - Schlage
    If you decide to order hardware online, be careful to note how many knobs or levers are included in your purchase. Often times, non-turning hardware is sold as a single lever or knob but in some cases, you can purchase in pairs. Our non-turning Schlage Custom hardware will always come in pairs. This also means that you do not need to choose handing for curved levers because you will receive both versions.

    Interior french doors – with bore holes

    French Doors - Georgian knob - Schlage



    For rooms you would like to be able to lock or just prefer to have a working knob or lever that latches, you will want to purchase French doors that are already drilled with a cross bore hole on one side and a latch bore on the other. Let’s say the cross bore hole is on the right handed door. If you want to have the option to lock the door, choose a Bed & Bath / Privacy function for your knob or lever. If locking is not necessary but you would like the door to latch, choose a Hall & Closet / Passage function. You can then choose a non-locking/dummy lock for the left-handed door.

    French Doors - Passage and Privacy Door Hardware - Schlage

    Exterior Patio French Doors - with bore holes

    French Patio Doors - Accent lever - Schlage



    Exterior French doors are most commonly used to access outdoor living spaces, like a sunroom or patio. They offer a stylish way to make the transition from one space to another seamless. You can also choose double doors for the front of your home as an elegant entryway.


    You can choose an exterior set of doors that is prepped similarly to the interior doors with bore holes on one side, but if you want to add a little extra security, make sure you have a second bore hole to house a deadbolt. A single cylinder mechanical deadbolt will do. Some homeowners prefer to install a double cylinder deadbolt for even more security with glass doors. Beneath the deadbolt, you can choose a keyed knob or lever.

    Exterior double doors - Deadbolt - Schlage

    Exterior Double Doors - with 3 bore holes

    Exterior Double Doors - Handleset - Schlage



    For a more formal look, choose a handleset. For the inactive side of the door, you can choose to install nothing at all but if you want to complete the look, install the non-turning/dummy function of the same lock combo you chose for the active side.

    Exterior double doors - Handleset - Schlage

    Exterior Double Doors - with Electronic Locks

    Exterior double door - Electronic lock - Schlage

    What about electronic and smart locks? All of our electronic and smart locks are compatible with any standard door so that means you can install them on your French or double entry doors just the same as you would a mechanical deadbolt. The double entry door above features a Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt paired with the Camelot style front entry handle. If you only have two bore holes, you can add a passage knob or lever below your smart or electronic lock.

    Exterior double doors - Electronic lock - Schlage
    We’d love to help you in your search for the perfect French door hardware. Reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter to get our personalized recommendations or complete our Product Selector tool to start browsing the right hardware now.

    Ted talks front porches: how history and style repeat themselves

    April 27, 2018 8:12 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 27, 2018

    Ted talks front porches: how history and style repeat themselves

    A passionate architectural historian, Ted talks about the evolution of the front porch in America, its up and down history and its recent renaissance.

     

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    Ted Talks - Front Porches - Schlage

    Last April, we explored some budget-friendly tips for getting your front porch in tip-top shape each Spring. Creating first impressions. Making your porch a living space. Simply dressing up your front door. There’s no end to the simple, affordable and stylish ways to welcome the season–and the world–to your home.

     

    Where did it all begin? And what can we look forward to as front porches make a major comeback as both a functional and fashionable statement?

     

    For some insight, we turned to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion. A passionate architectural historian, Ted talks about the evolution of the front porch in America, its up and down history and its recent renaissance. He also shares his vision for the future of front porches and their role in creating a sense of community.

    Ted Talks - Front Porches - Outdoor Living - Schlage

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    Q: What can you tell us about the historical significance of the front porch?

    A. “Homes, throughout history, have always reflected our cultural and practical needs. In colonial times, there weren’t many porches. It wasn’t until after The Revolutionary War that they began to appear in the South, driven by the need to escape the heat. The porch served a function. It was a comfortable part of the house because of its cooling breezes and protection from the sun. But it was also a meeting place, a comfortable place to socialize. And the nation was growing.”

    Q: That was the beginning, what happened next?

    A. “Over time, the porch evolved, getting more expansive and becoming an even more functional meeting space. This continued into the 1920s. As our cities and towns grew, porches became a social phenomenon because homes were being constructed so close together.”

    Q: And then the popularity started to decline?

    A. “Yes. The 1920s into the 30s saw a drop-off, mostly due to new technologies. With the automobile, people simply weren’t at home as much. Also, the dirt and noise from the roads made porches less inviting. On into the 1950s, you had the advent of radio and TV which tended to keep people in the house. And then came air conditioning! Now you didn’t even have to go outside to catch a cool breeze.”

    Q: When did the front porch start to make a comeback?

    A. “While there was a slight comeback in front porches for a time between 1970 and about 2000, we saw many home designs dominated by garage doors. Technology had again forced a design shift that put the front porch on the back burner and two-car garages at the forefront.

    Two things are leading today’s comeback. We’re becoming more social, number one. And number two: home delivery. We once had the milkman making deliveries, but that faded as communities grew and small local grocers became big chain supermarkets. Now it has come full circle with technology allowing for everything from meal services to package deliveries. The result: a functional need to have a protected place for such things. This simple need has contributed to the morphing of the front porch into a useful and social showplace for the home.

    Q: Where is the porch going?

    A. “Based on what we’re seeing, it’s not going anywhere. The porch has become a unique space and a showcase for one’s fashion sense and is important to the curb appeal of a home. While it’s not your living room, people are bringing the same design sense to the space. Plants, furniture, ceiling fans, outdoor televisions, the traditional porch swing, occasional tables, built-ins – these are all now part of the front porch landscape. And will continue to be.”

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    Q: How has this impacted the front door, itself?

    A. “Your front door is not just for wreaths anymore. It’s a space where you can make a statement. A reflection on “who owns this house.” You can dress up your door with things like pictures frames and family crests. You can refinish an old door or transform it entirely with large-pane glass or fancy cut glass with black muntin separating the panes – a huge trend right now.

    “Perhaps the easiest and most cost-efficient way to update your look is with new door hardware. And with so many styles available, you can complement everything from traditional to farmhouse to modern decor. Your front door can set the tone of your home, whatever your style. Quickly. Easily. Affordably.”

    Ted Talks - Front Door - Schlage

    Q: What does this mean for Schlage?

    A. “We’ve built our business by keeping pace with the needs of our homeowners. For instance, as front doors have become larger, we’ve included an assortment of oversized handlesets in our Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware line that will come out later this year. We also offer a broad assortment of knobs, levers and electronic locks that can be paired with a range of Schlage products depending on the style or door application.”

    The front porch is back, big time, and Schlage continues to be bring innovation and style to this important space, just as it has for more than 95 years. For more on how Schlage can open up a world of possibilities for your front porch, visit Schlage.com.

    Ted Talks: A century of Schlage – celebrating the spirit of innovation

    April 23, 2018 11:30 AM by Ted_Roberts

    Monday, April 23, 2018

    Schlage History - Walter Schlage - Founder

    Ted reflects upon the many technological and stylistic advancements that have made Schlage what it is today – and the man who started it all.

     

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    Schlage didn’t invent the lock. But founder, innovator and visionary Walter Schlage certainly perfected it in ways no one could have imagined when he founded the company in 1920. From his first patent in 1909 – a door lock that could also turn the lights on and off – through the decades of innovation that followed, Schlage literally reinvented the door lock as well as the category of door hardware.

     

    One of the first things a visitor notices when entering parent-company Allegion’s headquarters is a wall with 826 patent certificates proudly displayed. It stands as a testament to the lasting commitment to problem solving, customer security and satisfaction, and a spirit of innovation that has stood the test of time.

     

    Who better than Ted Roberts, Allegion’s Style and Design Chief, to speak to this spirit? Ted reflects upon the many technological and stylistic advancements that have made Schlage what it is today – and the man who started it all.

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    Q. Where did Schlage begin and where is the company now?

    A. “The company has been around for a long time and has quite the history. It all started with Walter Schlage, an immigrant lock maker, who brought some very original ideas with him to America which then became patents and the foundation of Schlage. Dynamic, interesting and creative, Walter was what you’d call a “tinkerer.” His very simple goal, when you boil it all down, was to solve problems.

    “That’s really our goal today. Whether we’re talking engineering challenges, keeping up with the latest style trends or making our door hardware easy to install and use, everything we do is designed to afford our homeowners the best possible experience. It’s no surprise, with this kind of heritage, that people expect a lot from us. We want to exceed those expectations.”

    Ted Talks - Walter Schlage - Schlage History

    Q. Where do you see things going?

    A. “I don’t see our mission changing in the future, this perfect harmony of style and function. I see us continuing the melding of aesthetics, innovative product features, reliability and performance that continues to delight our customers. We have some big shoes to fill. We take that responsibility – to our heritage and to our customers – very seriously.”

    Q. What are some of the specific innovations Walter – and Schlage – are known for?

    A. “With over 800 North American patents alone, there are a lot of them. Walter was really the grandfather of the smart lock. His first patent was for a lock that turned on your house lights when you entered. It’s so ironic how that very first innovation was the precursor to the entire generation of smart locks we’re introducing as we speak.

    “Another that’s relevant today is Walter’s process of attaching glass to metal to create a glass door knob. They’re popular again today and are prominently featured in some of our newest collections. Taking something old and making it new again while remaining faithful to its origins – that’s a great example of true timelessness. And that goes for the products we make as well as our company as a whole.”

    “Walter also improved the cylindrical lock by adding his push-button innovation. which is still in use today. Again, we started with Walter’s desire to make life easier for people and that continues today with the products we make.”

    Ted Talks - Walter Schlage - Smart Lock

    Q. What has changed the most with the company over the years?

    A. “In a word, scope. The more we’ve looked at keeping the promises we’ve made to our homeowners over the years, the more new designs, styles, products and technologies have been explored.

    “We’ve grown so much as a company and as innovators. Mechanical and electronic locks. Exit devices. Card readers. Biometric interfaces. Door hardware. I don’t even think Walter Schlage could have envisioned what his homegrown company would one day become.”

    Q. What do you think Walter Schlage would say if he saw you now?

    A. “On one hand, I imagine he would be in awe of the size of the company, today’s technology and, like I said, the sheer scope of the products the brands create. I also think he would still want to tinker with everything – see what’s going on inside and what makes today’s products tick.

    “But he’d find a lot of familiar ground too, just in the way we approach our jobs and our commitment to security, safety and product performance. He’d also recognize in us a certain familiar entrepreneurial spirit and our company-wide desire to always look for and achieve the next best thing.”

    Q. In your role as Style and Design Chief, how does this sense of history impact you, personally, in your day-to-day duties?

    A. “I think I can speak for all of us when I say we feel like torch-bearers in a sense. Technologies change. Needs change. Styles certainly change–and then change back. We have to be in tune with that, just as Walter was in assessing his own customers’ needs way back when.

    “That’s really our goal today. Whether we’re talking engineering challenges, keeping up with the latest style trends or making our door hardware easy to install and use, everything we do is designed to afford our homeowners the best possible experience. It’s no surprise, with this kind of heritage, that people expect a lot from us. We want to exceed those expectations.”

    Ted Talks - Schlage History

    “As a designer following in his footsteps, I’m constantly aware that design is more than appearance – it’s a harmony of function as well as style, with each enhancing the other. Walter’s example guides us, as a company, to continue to look at what we do, holistically focusing on our customer and his or her positive experience with our products.

     

    “For me, personally, I want us to continue our mission of keeping people safe and secure where they live, work and visit. We’re designing products that people rely on, so we need to get it right. If Walter saw us today, I would want him to recognize and appreciate that and feel as much pride as we do in making it happen. And, maybe a little selfishly, I’d like him to be impressed with our passion for design.”

    From humble beginnings and the singular vision of a “tinkerer” to a global company and brand, Schlage has been and continues to be a testament to innovation and style. For more on how Schlage’s century-old heritage contributes to opening up a world of possibilities, visit Schlage.com.

    10 things the Schlage Connect™ lock can do with a Samsung SmartThings hub

    April 9, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, April 9, 2018

    10 things the Schlage Connect™ lock can do with a Samsung SmartThings hub

    Whether you're shopping for the right smart home system or want to choose the best lock for your Samsung SmartThings setup, here are 10 smart lock features you could take advantage of.

     

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    The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt with alarm combines advanced features and compatibility with your home automation system — allowing you to control your lock from anywhere and freeing you from the hassles of lost keys, getting locked out, or hiding a spare for trusted friends and family. Because it is open-platform, the Schlage Connect lock works with most Z-Wave® smart home hubs, including Samsung SmartThings.

     

    Here are ten features you can expect to unlock when you pair your new Schlage smart lock with a Samsung SmartThings hub.

    Z-wave smart lock - Schlage Connect - Samsung SmartThings

    1. Remote accessibility

    Gone are the days of worrying whether or not you left your door unlocked when you left home. Simply check the status of your lock through the SmartThings app. If the lock is unlocked, you can command it to lock within the app no matter where you are, eliminating the need to turn around and go home.

    2. Smart home routines

    SmartThings allows you to create routines that are triggered by a certain action – like a goodnight routine that locks the doors, closes the garage and turns off all electronics. Setting up automation with other smart devices is fast and easy since you can do everything straight from your smartphone.

    3. Create unique access codes

    Quickly create a code for a family member or trusted friend and disable it when it is no longer needed through the SmartThings app instead of the lock’s touchscreen. You can also receive alerts from SmartThings when your Schlage Connect is unlocked using one of the access codes, so you always know who is coming and going.

    4. Easily share access codes with visitors via SMS

    Once you’ve assigned a new access code to a visitor in the SmartThings app, you can conveniently share that code via SMS. No need for you to leave the app and no need for temporary users to download anything new to gain access.

    5. One convenient place to check the status of all your locks

    Have more than one smart lock installed? Whether on your home property, vacation home or AirBnB, SmartThings allows you to check the status of each lock in one, convenient place.

    6. Lock all smart locks in one click

    Did you leave all your doors unlocked? You don’t have to command your Schlage Connect deadbolt to lock one at a time. SmartThings allows you to lock them all with a single tap.

    7. Rename or delete an access code

    No need to pull out your programming guide to delete an access code through the touchscreen of the lock. SmartThings allows you to edit and delete access codes all through the app.

    8. Check access codes added across all the locks in one place

    Keeping track of all active access codes across multiple locks is easy. Easily view which family members and friends have access to which locks.

    9. Receive updates on lock activity

    SmartThings offers a little more peace of mind with your Schlage Connect lock by letting you know precisely when your lock was manually locked, manually unlocked, unlocked using code, updated or deleted.

    10. Pair your smart lock with Amazon Alexa

    Add even more convenience to your home automation set-up by pairing an Alexa-enabled device with Samsung SmartThings. Easily check the status of your lock or command it to lock by asking Alexa

    Once you’ve installed your Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt on your door, pairing with the SmartThings hub is quick and easy. Get their full instructions on how to connect here. If you have any questions along the way, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter so we can help.

    How to make a smart door hardware purchase

    April 6, 2018 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 6, 2018

    How to make a smart door hardware purchase

    When you need a new door lever or door knob, you’ll find that there are a lot of options to choose from. Get our tips for making this process as simple as possible.

     

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    When you need a new door lever or door knob, you’ll find that there are a lot of options to choose from. There are keyed entry locks for exterior doors, locking, non-locking, and non-turning interior knobs and levers, not to mention deadbolts and handlesets. Take into consideration the multiple styles and finishes available, and it may be difficult to know where to start.

    Let Schlage be your guide

    First, check out our door hardware shopper’s guide. The shopper’s guide breaks the options down into simplest terms, giving you the inside scoop on important door hardware lingo and making it easy to figure out exactly what you need.

     

    But beyond just features and functions, how do you know that you’re making a smart door hardware purchase? How do you find solutions that are simple and offer long term value? It’s tempting to grab the cheapest lock in the aisle that sort of looks like what you used to have, but the truth is that door hardware for the home is a little bit like accessorizing your outfit. Just like a pair of shiny new shoes or your favorite necklace, door hardware can be the perfect detail that elevates everything around it to the next level. In other words, it’s worth putting time into – but not too much time.

    Keep it simple

    Which brings us to our most sound advice: look for brands that offer simplicity. Door hardware is usually categorized into a variety of functions depending on which door in the house it will go on. Schlage Custom Combined Interior Door Hardware makes things a little easier by allowing you to switch between two settings: locking and non-locking. The locking option is perfect for bedroom and bathroom doors where you may like some privacy, while the non-locking option is ideal for hallway and closet doors.

     

    Most interior doors fall into these two categories, so instead of tallying up how many of each you need, you can get a Schlage Custom Combined Interior lock that will work with both. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to install and all you’ll need at home is a screwdriver. You can’t get easier than that.

    Consider the benefits

    Two functions in one lock also offers long term benefits. If you have young children in the home, you may opt for the non-locking function for safety. Later in life, as your family moves up and out, you may want to turn that bedroom into a home office with a lock on the door. Whatever life sends your way, a Schlage Custom Combined Interior lock can adapt to fit your evolving needs year after year.

    So next time you want to give your home a style lift without investing a lot of time and money, consider how easy it would be to add new knobs or levers. With the premium style and design of Schlage Custom door hardware, as well as the innovative Combined Interior function, you’ll be getting the most bang for your buck!
    Have questions about your door hardware purchase? Be sure to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook.

    5 ways to turn a hollow core door into more

    April 3, 2018 9:32 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018

    5 ways to turn a hollow core door into more

    Want to give those hollow core doors a much-needed upgraded? Check out these DIY tips and tricks to personalize your doors and match your style.

     

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    Want to give those hollow core doors a much-needed upgraded? Check out these DIY tips and tricks to personalize your doors and match your style. The best part? Each of these door makeovers look like they cost a fortune, even though you’ll know better. Opportunity is knocking! Do more with that door.

    1. 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 1/3 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 with this quick and affordable tutorial from Lowe’s. The raised panels add dimension and elegance to plain, flat doors. With just a few supplies and a short amount of time, you can create a classic look you'll enjoy for years to come.
     
    This rejuvenation of an old, synthetic closet door is a little more involved, but you can’t deny the beautiful, rustic look achieved by adding veneer and authentic details. To learn how to make it happen, here’s Cassity from Remodelaholic.
     

    3. PANEL MOLDING

    If you’re comfortable with more advanced tools and techniques, This Old House put together a detailed tutorial on adding panel molding to dress up a hollow core door. We’re talking a transformation from slab door to grand entranceway.
     

    4. BARN DOOR

    In her ongoing adventures of creating a home one project at a time, Christina from Christina’s adventures 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.
     

    5. OPEN POSSIBILITIES

    The finishing touch of any door makeover is choosing the right hardware. Schlage door hardware is easy to install and offers a wide selection of styles, trim and finishes that give your door a whole new look.
     

    For more hollow core door inspiration, check out "How to make your hollow core doors look expensive when you’re on a budget". Don't forget to show us your hollow core door upgrades on Facebook and Instagram.

    Shopper’s guide to door hardware

    March 29, 2018 9:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    Shopper’s guide to door hardware | Schlage

    You’ve arrived in the aisle and…whoa! There are a lot of choices. This guide will help you navigate and choose the best hardware for your doors.

     

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    So, your old door knob broke. Or maybe you finally noticed you’ve got bright brass on your doors and satin nickel hardware everywhere else in the house. The point is, you’ve arrived in the aisle and…whoa! There are a lot of choices.
     

    You may be surprised to learn there are actually a lot of different types of door hardware designed for different types of doors in the home. There’s hardware for closet and hall doors that don’t need to lock, locking hardware for bedrooms and bathrooms, non-turning pulls for doors that don’t latch, keyed entry and deadbolts for exterior doors – and that’s just to name a few! So how do you know where to start?
     

    Don’t worry – Schlage is here to decode your door hardware needs. We’ve put together a few handy decision trees to guide you through grabbing the right door hardware the first time. The first question you’ll want to ask yourself is really simple – how many holes are in your door?
     

    We refer to the round holes where the door lock is installed as “bore holes” (brush up on your door hardware terminology here.) You’ll either have one, two, or three. If the door has no bore holes, you can install a non-turning or “dummy” knob or lever that serves as a decorative door pull.

    Single bore hole

    Does your door have only one bore hole? Refer to the decision tree graphic below to guide you through. Hint: the function colors in the decision tree correspond to the function color in the aisle, so you can match them up to easily find what you need.

    1 bore hole - Door hardware - Schlage


    ELECTRONIC OR MECHANICAL?
     

    Mechanical door hardware - Schlage
    Mechanical door hardware - Door lever - Schlage
    Door hardware - Door levers - Schlage
    Mechanical door hardware - Door knob - Schlage
    Door hardware - Door knobs - Schlage
    Electronic - Door hardware - Schlage
    Keyless electronic lock - No cylinder
    1 Bore Hole - Schlage Touch Keyless Touchscreen Lever
    Electronic lock - Back-up key
    1 Bore hole - Electronic lock - Schlage Keypad lever

    The first question to ask yourself is whether you want an electronic or mechanical lock for this door. If it’s an interior door, you’ll really only want an electronic lock if you want to be able to closely control access – perfect for wine cellars or home offices. Electronic locks also add a lot of convenience to interior areas because you don’t have to keep track of a key to get in. Just set an access code that you can easily change or delete if needed.
     

    If you choose electronics, you’ll just have to decide whether you want a back-up key or not. The Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Lever has no cylinder and therefore no key. If you prefer the option of a backup key, we recommend a Schlage Keypad Lever.

     

    If there’s no need to closely control access and you’d rather go with a simple mechanical lock, your first decision to make is whether you want a knob or a lever. Knobs offer a classic look, while levers can be easier to operate, especially when your hands are full. From there, you can drill down to the functionality the knob or lever will need: is it an exterior door where you want extra security? If so, choose a keyed lock. Otherwise you’ll need either a bed & bath lock with push-button locking or a hall & closet knob or lever that simply turns to let you in. Consider Schlage Custom™ Combined Interior Door Hardware, which allows you to switch between locking and non-locking functionality. That way, when the extra bedroom becomes a nursery, you can just switch from locking to non-locking instead of replacing the whole lock.

     

    From there is the fun part – choosing the perfect style and finish for your home!

     

    Double bore hole

    Does your door have two bore holes? Two bore holes means it must be an exterior door. The ideal setup is a deadbolt at the top with a knob or lever below it. Refer to the decision tree graphic below to guide you through. Hint: the function colors in the decision tree correspond to the function color in the aisle, so you can match them up to easily find what you need.

    Door hardware - 2 Bore Holes - Schlage
     


    ELECTRONIC OR MECHANICAL DEADBOLT?
     

    Door hardware - 2 bore holes - door lever - Schlage
    Exterior door hardware - Door lever - Schlage
    Door hardware - 2 bore holes - door knob - Schlage
    Exterior door hardware - Door knob - Schlage
    Electronic - Door hardware - Schlage

    Electronic - Door hardware - Schlage

    Your first decision is whether you want a mechanical or electronic deadbolt. They both offer the same level of security and durability, but electronic deadbolts have a lot of possibilities to offer in terms of keyless convenience. You can forget about losing your keys or keeping track of copies and use access codes instead, and you can sometimes pair the lock with your smartphone for even easier setup and control. Scroll to the last decision tree graphic to find the right electronic option for you.

     

    Once you decide which kind of deadbolt you prefer, you can choose whether you’d like a knob or a lever below it. Some folks prefer to use a keyed entry lock below the deadbolt. If you prefer this option and pair it with a mechanical deadbolt, it’s best to buy them in a paired package so they’ll be keyed alike and you won’t have to carry two separate keys. You can also take your locks to your local hardware store to have them keyed alike if the combo you prefer does not come as a set. If you chose an electronic deadbolt and place a keyed lock below it, you’ll still have to carry a key and will eliminate the benefit of going keyless. Our recommendation is an electronic deadbolt with a non-locking knob or lever beneath.

     

    Triple bore hole

    If your door has two main bore holes with a third smaller hole further down, you’ll need a deadbolt at the top and a front entry handle below it. Refer to the decision tree graphic below to guide you through.

    Door hardware - 3 Bore Holes - Schlage
     


    ELECTRONIC OR MECHANICAL DEADBOLT?
     

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    3 bore holes - Mechanical deadbolt - Schlage
    Door Hardware - Electronic - Schlage
    3 bore holes - Electronic deadbolt - Handleset - Schlage

    Just like with two bore holes, your first decision is whether you want a mechanical or electronic deadbolt. They both offer the same level of security and durability, but electronic deadbolts have a lot of possibilities to offer in terms of keyless convenience. You can forget about losing your keys or keeping track of copies and use access codes instead, and you can sometimes pair the lock with your smartphone for even easier setup and control. Scroll to the last decision tree graphic to find the right electronic option for you.

     

    Once you decide which kind of deadbolt you prefer, you’ll want to choose a front entry handle in a style and finish to match.

     

    Choosing an electronic deadbolt

     

    You know you want the security and convenience of an electronic deadbolt, but which deadbolt is right for you? Refer to the decision tree graphic below to guide you through.

    Electronic locks - Smart locks - How to choose
     


    CONNECT TO SMARTPHONE OR HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEM?
     

    Non-connected - Electronic locks - Schlage
    Keyless electronic lock - No cylinder
    Electronic locks - Schlage Touch Keyless Deadbolt
    Electronic lock - Back-up key
    Electronic locks - Schlage Keypad Deadbolt
    Connected locks - Smart locks - Schlage
    Connected locks - Wi-fi - Bluetooth- Schlage
    Connected smart lock - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
    Connected locks - Z-wave - Schlage
    Connected lock - Schlage Connect

    Do you want to pair your lock with a home automation or security system?
     

    If not, the options are simple. You can choose a Schlage Touch Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt if you want to go completely keyless. If you like the idea of having a backup key, the Schlage Keypad Deadbolt is better for you.
     

    If you do want to pair your lock with your smartphone and open up third-party smart home/security integration options, you can choose between the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt or the Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt.

     

    The primary difference between these two options is that the Schlage Connect lock uses a communications protocol called Z-Wave, so if you already have a Z-Wave enabled system like SmartThings, that lock will be your best option. Features vary across platform provider, but remote access is a common feature.

     

    Alternatively, the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt uses Bluetooth to pair with your smartphone so you can enjoy easy setup and control through the app. The lock works with HomeKit and HomePod if you only plan on using iOS devices with your lock. Or you can pair the Schlage Sense lock with the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter, a simple wall plug-in that connects to your home Wi-Fi signal to allow you to access your lock from anywhere using your internet-connected smartphone – both iOS and Android. With the Wi-Fi Adapter, options to integrate with third-party systems like Amazon Alexa become available, with new integrations coming out all the time. 

     

    We hope this guide helps you navigate the wide world of door hardware. Have more questions? Reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.

    Introducing the first-ever smart lock for dogs

    March 28, 2018 6:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    Introducing the first-ever smart lock for dogs

    Thanks to Schlage, you can say goodbye to getting up in the middle of the night to let Spike out.

     

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    Smart lock - Dogs - Schlage - April Fool's

    Dogs bring a lot of joy into our lives. They also bring a lot of work.

     

    Thanks to Schlage, you can say goodbye to getting up in the middle of the night to let Spike out. Forget the dread of whether you let Spot in out of the rain. Forever retire the leash and give your furry friends the freedom they deserve.

     

    Introducing the Schlage Pet Sense Smart Dog Door. This revolutionary smart dog product features a paw pad touch screen and is perfect for all dog lovers out there. This dog-first design has left the Corg-Keys behind and dog independence is no longer a far-fetched idea.

     

    Never worry again about making your dog wait to go to the bathroom. Delete your dog-walker’s code, Fido can now walk himself. After hours of Lab testing, the first-ever smart lock for dogs encourages a whole species to retrieve their long-forgotten independence.

     

    Just like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, the smart lock for dogs works with the Sense app so you can see when your dog uses the door. You can also set hours for the deadbolt, so your dog can’t get outside just as the mailman is walking up.

     

    Because the lock is specifically for dogs, you don’t have to worry about anyone being able to break in to your house or your teenagers trying to sneak out as it only works with dog paws.

     

    Coming soon: Schlage Pet Sense for Cats (We just haven’t figured out how to convince the cats to not lock out the humans. Pre-order right meow.)

     

    Happy April Fool's Day! :)

    How to install a Schlage Custom™ Combined Interior lock

    March 21, 2018 7:32 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    How to install a Schlage Custom™ Combined Interior lock

    Here are all the steps you need to follow to properly install your new hardware in just a few minutes.

     

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    With a wide range of architecurally-inspired styles featuring a premium designer look and feel with concealed screws and low profile trim, Schlage Custom Door Hardware is out top-of-the-line offering that allows you to create the perfect customized look to elevate your home's style.

     

    Schlage Custom combined interior door hardware offers both hall/closet and bed/bath functionality in one lock. From nursery to bedroom to home office, you can adapt to the ever-changing life of a room by switching from one function to another. Simply insert the locking pin on the interior side of the lock to enable locking for bedrooms and bathrooms.

     

    Installation is easy and Schlage Custom hardware is guaranteed to fit on standard doors. You'll only need two tools to complete the job - a tape measure and a screwdriver. Before we get started, be sure your door is properly drilled and aligned with this door prep checklist.

    Door hardware parts checklist

    Once you've gathered your tools, you're ready to get started installing your Schlage Custom lock. The first step you want to take is to ensure you have all parts and pieces you will need. Here's a checklist to help you be sure:
    Door hardware - Installation - Schlage Custom
    Allen wrench: You will use this to tighten the knob or lever.
     Latch: A spring operated bolt with a beveled face to permit a latching action when the door closes.
     Round corner faceplate: This is the decorative faceplate attached to the latch.
     Backplate: The backplate is used to secure the round corner faceplate to the latch.
     Drive-in faceplate: This is an optional faceplate that may replace the round corner faceplate if your door calls for it.
     Strike: The strike plate is the metal plate that will be affixed to the door frame. The strike is used to increase security by holding the latch in place.
     Latch/strike screws: These will be used to secure the latch and strike with the door.
     Chassis screws: These will be used to secure the interior chassis to the exterior chassis.
      Interior chassis: This chassis will be installed on the interior side of the door and will be secured in to place with the chassis screws.
      Exterior chassis: The chassis with two posts and a privacy pin hole.
      Trim: A circular or decorative trim plate attached to the door under the knob or lever.
     Door knobs or levers
      Privacy pin: You will need this tool to change the function of your lock from locking to non-locking.

     Emergency unlock tool: This tool can be used if your lock is set to privacy and is ever accidentally locked. Be sure to keep this tool some place handy.

    Installation instructions

    1You'll begin by first installing the strike. Secure the strike to the door frame using the two short screws.

    Door hardware - Installation - Schlage Custom

    2If your door has a backset of 2 3/8", you will not need to make any further adjustments. If your backset measures 2 3/4", the latch is easily adjusted to make it longer by turning the bottom half and extending it out.
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    3Next, you'll need to determine if you'll be using the round corner faceplate or the drive-in faceplate.
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    If using the round corner faceplate, put the silver backplate on the latch so the tabs on the latch are aligned with the notches on the backplate. Install the decorative, round corner faceplate over the silver backplate.
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    If you need to use the drive-in faceplate, you'll need to add a hammer and block of wood to your tool set. Simply install the drive-in faceplate over the latch until you hear it snap.
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    4If you're using the round corner faceplate, be sure that the angled beveled side is facing the door frame and slide the latch into place and secure with the two remaining short screws.

     

    Door hardware - Installation - Schlage Custom

    For the drive-in faceplate, slide into place and gently tap in to place flush with the door edge using a block of wood to protect the latch.
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    5Now that the latch is installed, it's time to put the chassis in place. With the privacy pin hole at the bottom, put the exterior chassis into the hole of the door while aligning the chassis posts with the holes in the latch.
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    6Place the interior chassis on the other side of the door and secure with the long chassis screws, being careful not to overtighten them.

     

    Schlage Custom - Door knob and lever - Installation

    7Now you are ready to install the trim. Notice the small indents on the chassis that lign up with indents on the interior side of the trim.
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    Make sure the privacy pin hole on the trim also lines up with the privacy pin hole on the chassis.
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    Line the trim hooks up and slide and click in to place. Repeat on the other side of the door.
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    8If you want to be able to lock the door, you'll want to use the privacy function. Insert the privacy pin on the pin hole on the interior side. Make sure the wings are horizontal then push until you hear a click.
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    Rotate the privacy pin one quarter turn to the right, then push it to engage the lock.
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    9Now it's time to attach the knobs or levers. Levers should face away from the door frame. If your lever is pointing the wrong way, watch this video on changing the handing here. Push your knob or lever into place with the correct orientation then tighten with the allen wrench.
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    Testing the lock

    Now that the installation is complete, it's important to test the lock to make sure everything is in proper, working order.
    1If you chose to use the privacy pin, push the pin to lock the door.
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    2To disengage the lock, simply turn the lever on the interior side to unlock.

     

    Your installation is now complete. You can also reference the printed installation instructions here or the video here. For more installation tips and product resources, check out our Schlage Custom FAQ page.

    How to make a vintage door look like new again

    March 16, 2018 7:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 16, 2018

    How to make a vintage door look like new again

    Before you replace your vintage door with a fresh new one, consider the possibility of rejuvenating that old door instead.

     

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    Before you replace your vintage door with a fresh new one, consider the possibility of rejuvenating that old door instead. With a little DIY knowledge, you can restyle, refinish or repurpose that old door into something special – without breaking your budget. Take a look at the ideas below.

    1. RESTYLE

    Updating your door hardware is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to restyle your door. Schlage door hardware comes in a wide variety of styles and finishes so you can personalize and complement your look. Style is in the details, and this small, inexpensive upgrade is sure to make a big impact.

     

    If your door needs a little more TLC, you can still keep it simple and affordable with a little paint or stain as experts and DIY enthusiasts on The Home Depot Community discuss. When one customer couldn’t decide whether to paint or stain his exterior doors, he turned to the experts to find the techniques – and the tools – he needed to do the job right.

     

    Another unique option? Milk paint. It’s a water-based paint that creates an antique, distressed look. With a variety of colors and techniques available, you can transform your furniture and take shabby chic to a whole new level.
     

    2. Refinish

    Who better than our friends at This Old House to offer up a few professional secrets for bringing a beautiful, vintage exterior door back to life? Check out their step-by-step guide that covers removing door hardware, sanding and scraping tips, hanging and finishing, and re-installing the original door hardware.

    Sometimes, it’s just nice to sit back and look at all the possibilities and get some inspiration. For that, you can always count on Houzz to provide a whole house full of DIY tips and success stories. Interested in adding a salvaged barn door? Enamored by the original doors from a 19th Century row home? Or is shabby chic your style? The sky’s the limit.

    3. Repurpose

    If you do decide to replace that old door, there are lots of ways you can repurpose it. Turn it into a bookshelf, a knickknack shelf, a strikingly unique picture frame or a host of other imaginative and useful items. Don’t just think of it as an old door when you can think of it as so much more.

    Show us your vintage door upgrades on Facebook and Instagram.

    Life moments you’ll need the flexibility of customizable door hardware

    March 12, 2018 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 12, 2018

    Life moments when you’ll need customizable door locks

    At Schlage, we appreciate that every room has a life of its own. That’s why we set out to create a door hardware solution that would support your needs and adapt to the changing life of any room.

     

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    Life is ever changing. At Schlage, we appreciate that every room has a life of its own, evolving over time to reflect your unique preferences. That’s why we set out to create a door hardware solution that would support your needs and adapt to the changing life of any room.

     

    Designed as a flexible system, Schlage Custom hardware provides customers with a customizable lock solution. With the 2:1 functionality, you can change a non-locking door to lockable - without having to remove the inner core of the lock. This means you can switch the functionality of your door hardware without buying a new lock. Simply insert or remove the pin tool provided with the lock to change from one function to another.

     

    Below are five life moments you likely haven’t considered yet that makes Schlage Custom Door Hardware the perfect choice for families.

    First-time parents

    Congratulations! You just found out you’re expecting. Once that nesting phase hits, do you know where your child will be sleeping? It may be time to change that office or guest bedroom to a nursery. That might mean you’ll want a non-locking function on the nursery door to ensure you can always get to the baby quickly, and easily.

    Families with toddlers

    Once your child becomes mobile, consider the doors that may lead to dangerous areas they should be kept away from. Think, basement stairs and rooms that have not been baby-proofed like a home office, hobby room or even a closet storing items that are not safe for a baby or toddler to play with. Easily change your door knob or lever to a locking function without ever removing the hardware from the door.

    Families with young kids

    So what if your child accidentally locks herself in a room? There’s no need to break the knob – or door. All Schlage Custom locks come with an emergency unlock tool so you can quickly and easily free your child from accidental captivity. You may even want to consider switching a child-proof room, like their bedroom or playroom, from locking to non-locking (Hall & Closet function).

    Families with teenagers

    As your child grows and gains some independence, easily switch their hardware from non-locking to locking to grant a little more privacy. You may even want to add a little extra security to other areas of the home, like your closet if your kids are prone to stealing your clothes.

    Empty-nesters

    And just like that, you blink and your kids are all grown up, living in homes of their own. You may decide to change their old bedrooms into something with more utility for your stage of life. Perhaps a hobby room or guest bedroom.

    No matter where life takes you or your family, you can count on the quality and flexibility of Schlage Custom Door Hardware to support your needs along the way. Visit Schlage.com/custom to browse the multiple styles and finishes.

    “Alexa, lock the front door.” 5 tips to get the most out of Amazon Alexa

    March 8, 2018 8:35 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    5 tips to get the most out of Amazon Alexa

    Adding a device like Amazon Alexa is a popular way to incorporate smart home technology into your life. But getting the most out of this technology can seem overwhelming.

     

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    Amazon Alexa - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
    Adding a device like Amazon Alexa is a popular way to incorporate smart home technology into your life. But getting the most out of this technology can seem overwhelming. We are here to help with simple tips and innovative products like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt.

    1. The Internet of Things

    With more than 25,000 skills just a shout away, Alexa is always ready to help. From playing your favorite music, to ordering your favorite products from Amazon, families are welcoming Alexa into their homes in record numbers. But did you know you can also request a ride to the airport by connecting to your Uber account? Or control your thermostat and lighting? Just don’t tell Alexa to laugh. More products and services are connecting each day, but the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is still our favorite.

    2. Secure Connections

    To utilize your Alexa-powered device to lock your door, you will need the Schlage Sense™ Wi-Fi Adapter in addition to your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. The adapter also allows you to control your lock from your smartphone when you’re away from home. The Schlage Sense app simplifies the process of connecting your phone to the Wi-Fi adapter and lock, utilizing industry-leading security to protect communication between your Apple or Android smartphone and your lock.

    3. Which Alexa-powered device is right for you?

    It really depends on your specific needs. There are a variety of Echo devices available, and all of them are compatible with the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. The second-generation Amazon Echo is ideal for most homes. The Echo Dot is designed to connect to a home audio system. The Echo Tap lets you make Alexa portable. And the latest options like the Echo Show, Echo Spot and Echo Look are video enabled. Choose the options that work for you and your smart home needs.

    4. Peace of mind

    Worried about how someone might use Alexa to gain access to your home? Rest easy. At Schlage, we understand that the digital age brings new security concerns, which is why, at this this point in time, we only allow Alexa to lock your door and check the status of your lock. Only an authorized user can use the Schlage Sense app to unlock the door for visitors.

     


    *Update May 9, 2018: Schlage announces new Amazon Alexa voice unlocking capabilities. Get the details here.

     

    5. Seamless style

    Like the Amazon Echo, the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is offered in a variety of styles and finishes to complement any décor. And the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter is designed to discreetly blend into its surroundings. So, whether you prefer a modern or traditional look for your front door, it’s easier than ever to make your home smarter and more stylish.

    For more information on Alexa and other home automation integrations, visit Schlage.com/Sense.

    Never skimp on these 7 home products

    March 7, 2018 5:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 7, 2018

    Never skimp on these 7 home products

    While there are many low-cost alternatives for most household items, there are some key items that you should never penny-pinch on.

     

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    Everyone wants to save money when it comes to purchases for their home. After all, there is so much that goes into a home and the costs can start to get a little overwhelming. While there are many low-cost alternatives for most household items, there are some key items that you should never penny-pinch on. Here is a list of items that are worth the extra investment.
    Home Products - Kitchenware

    Kitchenware (knives and pots and pans)

    Knives, pots and pans are items you likely use every day. These are products that need to stand up to daily wear and tear. By spending more money on them up front, you will save yourself time and money in the long run. It’s also much safer to work with sharp knives, as they are more likely to cut your food instead of your fingers.
    Home products - Mattress

    Mattress

    Your bed is another item that gets daily use. And it has a major impact on your quality of life. If you wake up each day with a sore back, your whole day is thrown off. And while a good mattress can be expensive, it’s also going to last you for years. Do your research and find the best option for your home. Saving a little money isn’t worth years of restless sleep and back issues.
    Home products - Large appliances

    Large appliances

    Similar to your mattress, large appliances like refrigerators and washing machines are going to last you for years, so it isn’t an item that you want to skimp on and later regret. Newer appliances are typically more energy efficient than older models, so some of the initial cost will be offset each month by lower utility bills.
    Home products - Paint

    Paint

    Painting is a quick and easy way to change up the look of a room, but making changes to your house can get very expensive, pretty quickly. It’s easy to look for the cheapest gallon of paint you can find. But that’s not going to save you money in the long term. Better paints have fewer solvents than low-quality paints, so it takes fewer coats to cover old paint. And the color tends to be richer and truer when you opt for higher quality.
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    High-traffic furniture

    While every family has different needs, there are some pieces of furniture that are subject to a lot of wear and tear. In most cases, your couch and kitchen table need to stand up to daily use. Invest in sturdier pieces that are designed to last. Two cheap couches are usually more expensive than one that’s well made. So save money in the long run and go for a quality product.
    Home Products - Vacuum

    Vacuum

    If you’re putting a lot of thought and work into your home, you want to be able to keep it looking nice. If you have kids or pets, you are definitely going to be cleaning up messes on a regular basis, so you want a vacuum that is up to the task. While smart vacuums may be more expensive, they save you a lot of time and the technology has come a long way. In addition to Roomba’s Traditional line of smart vacuums, they now offer wet-mop options. Investing in a quality vacuum is also an important consideration if anyone in your family has allergies. Lower-end vacuums often emit more dust and allergens than the high-end options.
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    Home security

    Your home is your sanctuary. Give your entire family the peace of mind that comes with a home security system. There are a lot of options available, so choose the right system for your area.

    The foundation of any secure home is the lock on your front door. Schlage offers a wide variety of stylish door hardware with the highest safety ratings available. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt offers additional features like a built-in alarm that goes off if someone attempts to tamper or force the lock. The integrated touchscreen also eliminates the need to hide a key under the welcome mat.

    Ready to start updating your home? For more tips and ideas on home security and style, check out our Pinterest page.

    Five problems. One Solution. Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware

    March 5, 2018 9:35 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 5, 2018

    Five problems. One Solution. Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware

    The mark of a true innovator is solving problems before you even know you have them. This is certainly the case when it comes to creating perfect door hardware for your home.

     

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    The mark of a true innovator is solving problems before you even know you have them. This is certainly the case when it comes to creating perfect door hardware for your home. There are so many factors to consider – from how a door functions to how it looks to how easy it is to install to what it costs. At Schlage, we continue to develop innovative products that eliminate problems and add simplicity, safety and style to your home.

    1. We have to hand it to you

    Is your door right handed or left handed? That’s something many people don’t think about when they’re shopping for door hardware. With a left-handed door, from the outside the door hinges are on your left. With a right-handed door, they’re on your right. Schlage Custom Door Hardware makes shopping easy. You don’t need to choose a left or right-handed lock ahead of time because the core can be customized to work either way.

    2. It’s your turn

    It’s a good idea going in to decide if you prefer knobs or levers for your door hardware. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the number of options available once you get to the home-improvement store. Schlage Custom Door Hardware offers 12 knob and lever designs from which to choose. So what impression are you looking to make? What rooms will they open? Think function as well as fashion.

    3. You’ve got the look

    Whether shopping online or visiting your local home improvement retailer, Schlage Custom Door Hardware makes it easier to find the perfect look. From Traditional and Transitional to Contemporary, we offer trim options with subtle, yet unique details meant to make a lasting impression. Hidden screws. Low-profile designs. It’s the little things that make a big difference and add value.

    4. From start to finish

    It’s exciting to have a wide selection of design options available to you. Do you prefer the understated style of Satin Brass? The timelessness and flexibility of Satin Nickel? The rustic character of Aged Bronze? The contemporary elegance of Matte Black? Schlage Custom Door Hardware is available in a range of customizable options to suit.

    5. To lock or not to lock?

    That is the question. Are you looking for a non-locking interior door for a hallway or closet? Or do you want an added measure of privacy and security for a locking bedroom, bathroom or home office? With Schlage Custom Door Hardware you don’t have to choose one or the other. The innovative system includes a locking pin that easily allows you to switch back and forth. One system. Endless possibilities.

    Be in the know. Change your mind–and pretty much anything else your heart desires–without having to change your lock. For more information, visit schlage.com/custom.

    5 steps to a style update: Schlage interior door hardware installation

    February 28, 2018 1:15 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    5 steps to a style update: Schlage interior door hardware installation

    You might be surprised by how easy it actually is to install new levers or knobs. For most, installation requires no more than 5 minutes.

     

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    You’ve probably heard us say it before, and we’ll say it again: a door hardware upgrade is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to add an instant style lift to your home’s interior.

     

    It’s true, those of us at Schlage are total door hardware nerds – we love switching up styles and playing with finishes, so of course we think new hardware is a great idea! But you might be surprised by how easy it actually is to install new levers or knobs. All of our hardware is guaranteed to fit on standard door preps, so for most, it’s a 5-minute job that requires nothing more than a screwdriver.

     

    Take a look below at a step-by-step breakdown of the installation process to see just how easy the steps are.

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    1 As mentioned above, Schlage door hardware is guaranteed to fit on standard door preps. If you’re unsure whether your door is prepped correctly, double check these measurements:
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    If your measurements are different, you can call customer service at 888-805-9837. You may be able to get a different install kit for your non-standard door.
    Most doors won’t require any adjustments to the latch, however, you are given some extra options, just in case. If your door doesn’t have a rectangular cut-out around the latch hole, you’ll want to use the round drive-in faceplate. You can use a flathead screwdriver to pop the rectangular faceplate off, then attach the round drive-in faceplate by sliding it over the top of the bolt and snapping it into place.
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    3Installing the latch is easy; for the standard rectangular faceplate, simply slide the latch into the hole until the faceplate is flush with the door, and secure it to the door with the two included screws. Make sure the beveled side of the bolt is facing the door jamb. The round drive-in faceplate is even easier: slide the latch into the hole, then cover the bolt with a block of wood to protect it from damage and use a hammer to gently tap it into place.
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    4Now you’re ready to add your knob or lever. The posts attached to the levers will slide through the latch, then you can secure them in place with the two screws. The final step is to attach the strike plate to the door jamb with the screws provided.
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    5Once you’ve gotten your new hardware on the door, you may find that your lever looks funny because it’s upside down. Don’t worry, this is easy to fix! Use the small pin included in the box to remove each lever. Switch each lever to the other side of the door so that the curved tip points downward, and snap it back into place.
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    As you can see, in just a few easy steps you can change the style and finish of your hardware and give any room in your home an aesthetic lift! As always, let us know if you have questions by reaching out on Twitter or Facebook.

    Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware: Flexibility, innovation & style

    February 26, 2018 6:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 26, 2018

    Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware: Flexibility, innovation & style

    Today, it’s your sanctuary, be it a craft room or den, media room or man cave. It’s the embodiment of who you are right now, a perfect reflection of your style and lifestyle. But what about tomorrow?

     

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    Today, it’s your sanctuary, be it a craft room or den, media room or man cave. It’s the embodiment of who you are right now, a perfect reflection of your style and lifestyle.
     

    But what about tomorrow? Let’s say you start that home business and you want the privacy and order of a home office. Or maybe you turn it into a workout room. Or a guest room. Or a nursery. The possibilities are endless.
     

    To unleash the potential of any room, we suggest innovative new door hardware that grows with you and adapts effortlessly to your changing needs. Introducing Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware, a revolutionary system that elevates the design and flexibility of your home.

    Custom Look. Premium Style.

    Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware features concealed screws and low-profile trim for a premium designer look. There are 12 knob and lever designs from which to choose and seven trim styles in six finishes, so the options are virtually limitless. Whether you’re simply replacing outdated locks, remodeling, or just want to add a fresh decorative touch, personalizing your room – or your entire home – has never been easier.

    Bedroom door lock - Schlage Custom Door Hardware - Privacy Pin

    One system. Endless possibilities.

    The innovative Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware system works on any interior door. Simply choose the perfect combination of trim, finish and knob or lever. Installation is simple and defaults to a non-locking mode. If you want to add privacy, simply install the included locking pin to the interior side of the door. In a matter of seconds, you can convert a locking home office into a non-locking nursery, or a non-locking craft room into a lockable guest room.

    Premium door hardware - Schlage Custom

    Style. Innovation. And Value.

    Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware offers premium style at an unbelievable value. Especially when you consider the range of styles and hardware available as well as its innovative design. It’s never been easier or more affordable to give each room in your house a designer look.

    Schlage is an Allegion brand and has been providing innovation, style, security and value in door hardware for nearly 100 years. Allegion is a global pioneer in the field of safety and security with more than 25 brands sold in 130 countries.

    Homeowner’s guide to door hardware terminology

    February 22, 2018 9:28 AM by pooja.katkar

    Saturday, February 24, 2018

    Homeowner’s guide to door hardware terminology | Schlage

    When shopping for door hardware that meets your specs for security, performance and style, it helps to be able to talk the talk.

     

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    Whether exploring the world of door hardware online at websites like schlage.com or visiting your local home improvement store to purchase door hardware that meets your specs for security, performance and style, it helps to be able to talk the talk.

     

    From backset to bore, strike plate to spindle, we’d like to help you understand some of the more common terminology and help unlock the sometimes mysterious and occasionally confusing world of door hardware. It’s actually easier than it sounds once you get the hang of it, and at the very least, we’ll be able to help you impress your friends with your newly realized knowledge as well as provide some practical understanding of the various door lock and security options available to you.

    BHMA:

    This stands for the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association. This organization ensures the quality and performance of builder’s hardware through a grading system that evaluates the hardware’s endurance under laboratory conditions to simulate real-world usage. The grading system is expressed alphabetically (A, B and C) and looks at three different categories: Security, Durability and Finish.

    Chassis and Trim - Door Hardware - Glossary - Schlage

    Chassis:

    Like your car, this is the body of the lock, without any trim which can be chosen specifically to fit the uniqueness of your home’s look and style. Visit schlage.com to see a variety of mechanical and electronic options including the latest smart locks.

    Trim:

    A trim plate attached to the door under the knob or lever. Depending upon the type and style of lock you choose, there will be a number of available trim styles and finishes to meet your specific preferences.

    Bore holes:

    Bore holes are the holes in the door that allow door hardware to be installed. The cross bore is the main hole drilled into the face of the door where the body of the lock (chassis) is installed. The edge bore is the hole drilled from the side of the door to the cross bore to allow the latch of the lock to be installed.

    Bore holes:

    Bore holes are the holes in the door that allow door hardware to be installed. The cross bore is the main hole drilled into the face of the door where the body of the lock (chassis) is installed. The edge bore is the hole drilled from the side of the door to the cross bore to allow the latch of the lock to be installed.

    Deadbolt:

    One of the strongest methods of securing a door, deadbolts are operated only using a key from the exterior or thumbturn from the interior. The deadbolt is typically installed above a knob, lever or grip for a handleset.

    Backset:

    The distance from the edge of the door to the center line of the prepared hole drilled to install most locks. With all installations, there are minimum and maximum measures for your lock to be compatible.

    Escutcheon - Door Hardware - Glossary - Schlage

    Escutcheon:

    This refers to any plate that surrounds a keyhole or lock, including trim and handleset plates. It protects the lock cylinder from being drilled out and protects the surrounding area from being scratched by the end of a key.

    Faceplate:

    The metal plate on the edge of the door that protects the lock from wear and tear.

    Handing:

    Handing is a term used to indicate how a door swings. This is important to know when choosing a compatible lock for your use. A left-handed lever has the door hinges located on the left side as you look at the door’s exterior. A right-handed lever has the door hinges located on the right side of the door as you look at it from the outside. For more information, check out our blog post on understanding lever and door handing.

    Latch bolt:

    Sometimes abbreviated as latch, this is the type of lock that has a beveled, spring- operated bolt that engages when you close the door. If you’ve ever accidentally locked yourself out of your house or a hotel room, you know this type well.

    Latch bore:

    Also known as an edge bore, this is the hole drilled from the side of the door into the cross bore and accommodates the sliding of the deadbolt. The diameter of this hole is generally 1” to accommodate most bolts from either mechanical or electronic locksets.

    Spindle:

    The spindle is the bar that connects knobs or levers through the door and operates the lock mechanism.

    Strike plate::

    Similar to a faceplate, the strike plate is a metal plate that is affixed to the doorjamb and has a hole (or holes) that accommodate the lock bolt. It is not only decorative. The strike plate protects the doorjamb and adds security to the opening.

    For more information on door terminology or installation help, visit Schlage’s How-to center.

    3 hardware details to turn your home into a winter retreat

    February 19, 2018 12:31 PM by pooja.katkar

    Monday, February 19, 2018

    3 hardware details to turn your home into a winter retreat

    Don't let the frigid temps or gloomy weather keep you from adding a little cheer and personality to your home.

     

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    Once the hustle of the holiday season ends and winter drags on, it's easy to find yourself in a home decor rut. Don't let the frigid temps or gloomy weather keep you from adding a little cheer and personality to your home. Here are three simple details that are easy to complete and will make your home a winter retreat you won't mind being trapped in a little while longer.
    Winter home decor - Glass door knobs - Schlage

    1. Install glamorous lighting

    The days may be short but that shouldn't stop you from bringing a little brightness indoors. Consider changing any overhead lighting that may be dull and inadequate for a statement piece that will instantly brighten your home - and maybe even your mood! Installing a pendant or chandelier is an easy project any skill level can take on but be sure to follow all the manufacturer's warnings and instructions. If you're wiring brand new lighting for the first time, it may be best to seek out a professional first.

    2. Swap boring, outdated hardware for glass door knobs

    It's no secret that we find upgrading your door hardware to be an easy way to complete the design of your home. We're loving the thought of adding some glass door knobs - like our new Alexandria or Hobson knobs - to add a bit of sparkle and shine to a season that is often overtaken by gloom. If glass door knobs are not your style, simply choosing a finish that better reflects your home's decor can be the perfect upgrade you're looking for. Let our style selector tool help you find your perfect match.

    3. Don't be afraid to mix a few finishes

    Upgrading your lighting or door hardware doesn't have to result in a domino effect of changing all hardware to a matching finish. Embrace mixed finishes and add a little drama or interest to your decor. Here are our tried and true tips for mix 500 /libs/cq/Page/Page.jsp

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