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    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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    Door hardware - Schlage
    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?
     

    Door hardware - Mechanical - Schlage
    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.

    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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    DIY tips - Vintage door makeover - Schlage
    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.

    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.
    Home products - Latitude lever - Schlage Custom

    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.
    Home security - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    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.

    5 ways to maximize your mini bathroom

    February 12, 2018 6:15 AM by pooja.katkar

    Friday, February 9, 2018

    5 ways to maximize your mini bathroom

    As we always say at Schlage, the details make the design, so missing out on styling a smaller rooms is a major misstep in our book.

     

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    You’d think the smaller a room gets, the easier it would be to decorate. Not so – small spaces like half baths and storage closets often get the short end of the design stick while larger spaces like the living area and kitchen are paid special attention. As we always say at Schlage, the details make the design, so missing out on styling these smaller rooms is a major misstep in our book. Follow these five tips below, and the next time a guest enters your downstairs half-bath, they’ll emerge full of compliments about the stylish surprises they found.
     

    1. Get decadent

    Don’t be afraid to go for rich textures or wild prints. The small space will prevent them from overwhelming the design. Because you won’t need large reams of wallpaper or gigantic furniture to fill the space, you can also afford to spend a little more on the few items you’ll need. Think marble, damask, crystal and gold – the sky’s the limit!

    2. Be smart about storage

    If you make sure there’s plenty of storage space included in the design from the very beginning, you’ll avoid having to make changes later to keep the space livable. Choose sink cabinets with plenty of storage. Some cabinets have a lot of vertical space, but it’s wasted because there are no shelves to allow you to take advantage of it. Choose a cabinet that includes shelving or add your own afterward. If going for standalone shelving, scour the internet for pieces that add to the aesthetic but ensure you always have a place for towels and the like. Pieces that merge form and function are key.

    3. Indulge your dark side

    Unless you’re going for a very striking or unique design, dark wall colors are usually advised against – especially if you aren’t a professional designer. But did you know this is a rule best broken when it comes to very small rooms? Not only can you get away with painting a small bathroom or closet in the darkest color you can find, it’s actually a great way to add some variety to the styling of your home. And it looks amazing when paired with brighter accessories and furniture that pop against the dark background.

    4. Fake it

    Glass and mirrored surfaces are extremely popular in design right now, but they also have an excellent practical use: they create the illusion of more space. A glass enclosure around the shower, for example, is an excellent way to make your bathroom appear larger because you avoid breaking the space up into sections. Plus, it allows you to show off shower design features like custom tile designs, which are a great way to add a touch of your own unique personality.

    5. Think small

    Opt for smaller fixtures, especially lighting. An oversized crystal chandelier may look fabulous in the master bath but come across as overwhelming in a smaller guest bathroom. Consider small plumbing fixtures as well – the delicate look blends well with the intimacy of a small space. Consider Schlage Custom Door Hardware, which is a new line of premium designer hardware that offers a smaller, low profile trim and streamlined knobs and levers that fit in perfectly with smaller spaces. Schlage Custom locks are a great way to add a touch of bling and come in all kinds of architecturally-inspired styles perfect for your unique taste.

    Have you used a small room to make a big design statement? Have any tips to share with fellow DIY’ers? Be sure to share them with us on Facebook or Instagram – and don’t forget pictures!

    7 ways you can repurpose an old door

    February 8, 2018 2:13 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, February 8, 2018

    7 ways you can repurpose an old door

    Restoring salvaged items has been popular for a long time, but how do you know what to do with a piece once you’ve found it?

     

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    Old doors - DIY - Schlage

    Restoring salvaged items has been popular for a long time, but how do you know what to do with a piece once you’ve found it? Maybe you found a really cool door at a salvage yard or you bought a new door for your house but don’t want to throw the old one away. What do you do with it other than propping it up against a wall?

     

    Check out all the ways you can repurpose a door, proving doors can do more than just hang on hinges in a door frame.

    Bookshelf

    Renee over at Bulb to Blossom went the extra mile on this bookshelf and added a light to the top of it. We love the fabric she chose for the door to help tie it in with the rest of her décor.
     

    CORNER SHELF

    Corners are almost always some of the most wasted spaces in a home. An old door converted into a shelf makes perfect use of this awkward space. Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous painted her corner door shelf bright turquoise to add a pop of color to the room.
     

    PHOTO DOOR

    If you’re lucky enough to find a door full of windows, it’s a great opportunity to showcase some of your favorite photographs. Julie, of Redhead Can Decorate, had the perfect door for this project and used it to display photos of her children. She also used rope lighting to backlight the door and really make it stand out from its surroundings.
     

    SLIDING STORAGE DOOR

    We love this project from Design Sponge that repurposes an old stall door into a sliding storage space. Sliding doors are a great option when you want to save space but still have privacy. You could do the same project with most doors, but the open top half of the stall door allows you to showcase what you want and hide what you don’t want seen.
     

    COUCH

    If you want to do something different with an old door, check out this project also from Design Sponge. Instead of using the door as decoration, they turned it into a couch frame. Using the cushions from an old, broken-down couch and a reclaimed hardwood door, they created a one-of-a-kind couch with a handcrafted look.
     

    CHAIR

    Love the idea of the couch but don’t have the indoor space? This project from Dumped and Discovered might be right up your alley. With a reclaimed door and some extra wood for the seat, they created an outdoor bench that’s perfect for any garden.
     

    ENTRY BENCH

    Have some extra space in your front entryway but don’t know what to do with it? Check out this entry bench – also known as a hall tree – that Hillary at The Friendly Home created. This project used two doors, but since it serves as both a coat rack and storage bench, we think it was probably worth it.
     

    Do you have extra doors you’ve been saving for the perfect project? Have you done reclaimed door DIY? Share your project with us on Facebook.

    The best time of year to buy items for your home

    January 23, 2018 10:20 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    The best time of year to buy items for your home | Schlage

    Since various sales happen on different home goods throughout the year, it’s smart to plan ahead and buy what you need when the prices are lowest.

     

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    For a lot of people, a new year means a new list of things to do. Along with your other resolutions, you’ve probably got at least one project in your home that you want to work on this year. Since various sales happen on different home goods throughout the year, it’s smart to plan ahead and buy what you need when the prices are lowest. We compiled a list of changes you can make to your home based around when these products go on sale. If you want more information on home-related sales, check out this article at Consumer Reports.
    Home goods savings calendar - Schlage

    January

    Storage items

    The holiday season just ended so not only is there a lot of decor on sale, there are a lot of storage items on sale as well. Take advantage of these sales and buy storage bins to clean up your garage, attic, closets or anywhere else that needs some organization.

    Linens

    “White sales” also occur in January. Many stores have big discounts on linens including sheet sets, comforters, towels, etc. If you are planning on updating any of your bedrooms or bathrooms this year, now would be a great time to save.

    February

    Furniture

    New furniture lines come out in March, so many retailers put their current lines on sale in February. This is a great time to get rid of that old couch with the sagging cushions or get a new dresser with fully-functioning drawers. Bonus: The extra storage gives you the perfect excuse to go shopping later.

    March

    Plants

    March is still too early to start planting outdoors in many areas, but there are a lot of sales going on at nurseries. Even if you can’t plant outside yet, March is the perfect time to get vegetable seedlings and start them indoors. When it is time to transfer them in late April, you will have healthy plants going that will fruit earlier than ever.

    April

    Lawn Mowers

    It is officially Spring and that means it’s time for yard work. Even if it’s a little early for the first official lawn mowing of the season, look into buying a new mower now and save money.

    Gas grills

    As the temperatures start to rise, you can finally break out your grill. Gas grills go on sale in April as well, so if you are looking to replace your grill or upgrade from a charcoal grill, April is the best time to save.

    May

    Paint

    May is a good time to pick up paint for your home projects. Maybe you got new bedding in January and now you need to paint your guest room to match, or you have some old furniture that you replaced in February that you want to sand down and paint. May is a great time of year to paint.

    June

    Power tools

    June means Father’s Day, and Father’s Day means power tools. Even if you aren’t buying them for dad, it’s a great time to replace any tools that are barely hanging on. It’s also a great time to buy tools you haven’t been able to justify in the past. Take your projects to the next level with that pocket hole jig or paint sprayer you’ve always wanted. Chances are good that you will find them on sale in June.

    July

    Decking

    Get more out of summer celebrations by adding or upgrading a deck to your back yard. Whether you’re looking for something small for intimate gatherings, or a massive showstopping deck to host the entire neighborhood, July is the best time to buy the decking. And maybe you can install it with some of the new tools you bought in June.

    Wood

    While you’re working on installing your new deck, you’ll probably need wood stain. Conveniently, July is also the best time to buy it.

    August

    Linens (again)

    It’s time for kids to head off to college, so a lot of stores put linens on sale again. And while you’re probably not making plans to move into a new dorm, there’s no reason not to make use of the sale and update another bathroom or another bedroom you didn’t update in January.

    Outdoor furniture

    You brought your outdoor furniture out months ago, and the weather has taken its toll. Or maybe you didn’t have any furniture because you just put your deck in last month. Either way, August is the time to buy outdoor furniture before it all gets put away for winter.

    Flooring

    If you’ve decided it’s too hot for outdoor projects, we don’t blame you. Fortunately, while the temperatures are rising, the price of flooring tends to drop in August. If you’ve been looking to rip up your old, stained carpets and put in hardwood floors, this is your time.

    September

    Gardening supplies

    While you may have picked your last tomato of the year, it’s never too early to start planning for next year. As stores make room for holiday décor, gardening supplies go on sale before they go away for the season. Now is the perfect time to stock up on supplies for next year’s garden.

    Home accessories

    September is also a great time to save on the finishing touches like lamps and rugs. If you just re-floored in August, it’s possible you need some new accessories for your room. And if you didn’t re-floor in August, you could probably use a new rug.

    October

    Small home appliances

    October is the start of the holiday season and for many of us that means it’s time to start cooking and baking. October is a great time to pick up new, small kitchen appliances like microwaves, toaster ovens, etc.

    November

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday

    Tis the season to save. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, deals can be had on anything and everything. Consumer electronics, including smart home devices, are bound to be big hits in 2018. One or two smart home purchases can be all the updates your home needs to become connected and up-to-date.

    December

    Major appliances

    December is the time to buy major appliances like a new refrigerator, oven or dishwasher. Maybe you need more room in your fridge after Thanksgiving or you just want a glass top stove because you are tired of scrubbing burners. December is a great time to update your kitchen appliances.

    Thinking about doing any of these projects? Let us know of any big deals you score and we’ll keep you updated with Schlage promotions on our Facebook page! 

    Our top 10 home decor and DIY blog posts of 2017

    December 28, 2017 6:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, December 28, 2017

    Our top 10 home decor and DIY blog posts of 2017 | Schlage

    Curb appeal, door hardware installation tips and style trends were hot topics in 2017. Take a look at our top 10 DIY and design blog posts of the year.

     

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    Curb appeal, door hardware installation tips and style trends were hot topics in 2017. Take a look at our top 10 DIY and design blog posts of the year.
    Home Decor - Bowery Knob - Century Trim - Schlage

    1. How to properly install door knobs and levers

    Installing door hardware is a simple project you can easily complete with a few minutes and minimal tools. Here are all the steps you need to follow to properly install a Schlage door knob or door lever in just a few minutes.

    2. How to understand lever and door handing

    Installed your door lever and it doesn't look quite right? Here’s a quick guide that will show you how to determine the handing of your door to ensure you choose the right door hardware and lock for your home.

    3. Get a jump-start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh

    Refresh your bathroom the easy way and get a jump-start on spring cleaning with these five bathroom projects you can complete quickly and affordably.

    4. How to understand BHMA lock security grades

    Learn how to tell which lock is best for you by understanding its BHMA grade based on security, durability and finish testing.

    5. 9 most popular home styles and door hardware to match

    Take a look at popular home styles from farmhouse to mid-century modern, Victorian and even Craftsman and view our recommendations for door hardware.

    6. What type of door hardware is best for each room in your home?

    This quick guide to door hardware functions will help you navigate the lock aisle and find just the right knob or lever for each room in your home.

    7. The best hardware pairing for your front door color

    A front door makeover is a quick way to give your curb appeal an affordable upgrade. Check out which finish you should pair with your front door color.

    8. How to choose replacement hinges

    Installing door hinges is an easy project for any skill level to take on as long as you choose the correct hinges first. Here’s what you need to know.

    9. The best door hardware for transitional style homes

    From finish to knob and lever style, take a look at the perfect door hardware pairings you should consider for your transitional home.

    10. 7 reasons to consider dutch doors for your home

    Dating back to the 17th century, dutch doors are certainly not new but homeowners that value casual style are embracing this trend all over again.

    What DIY and style content do you enjoy most and want to see more of in 2018? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

    4 steps to the best holiday curb appeal

    December 1, 2017 9:29 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    4 steps to the best holiday curb appeal

    It’s the holiday season and that often means you will have guests at your house pretty regularly. How do you make sure the outside of your house looks welcoming?

     

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    Holiday - Curb Appeal - Schlage
    It’s the holiday season and that often means you will have guests at your house pretty regularly. How do you make sure the outside of your house looks welcoming? Below are some tips to boost your curb appeal for the holiday season.

    Greenery

    Even in the middle of winter, there are a few plants like boxwood and spruce trees that can add a pop of color to your entryway. If you are looking for winter-friendly plants, check out HGTV’s post. If you want to do something a little simpler, garland is a great go-to. Hang it around your front door or windows to add color. While you’re getting the greenery, consider also getting pinecones to add to the pots or the garland for a crisp, fresh smell.

    Lights

    There is a limited amount of time you can have lights up on your house during the year. Take advantage of the long winter nights where you can show them off. Adding lights to your roofline and windows can highlight your home’s architecture. Check out the dos and don’ts of outdoor lighting from Hallmark.

    Holiday curb appeal - Outdoor lighting - Schlage

    Front door décor

    Every guest that comes to your home is going to see your front door, so it’s important to make sure it is welcoming. Wreaths are a popular choice for door hangings and come in all styles, from traditional green branches and berries to bright colored ribbon. If you’re looking for something a little different, this DIY holiday door frame from Modern Masters can add a fun, festive touch to your entry.

     

    Door mats are another great touch you can add to bring your decor together. There are all kinds of options:, phrases, reindeer, snowmen and more. There is sure to be a doormat that will fit perfectly with your home and delight your guests before they even enter the house.

    Holiday curb appeal - Front door decor - Schlage

    Smart lock

    Spending time with family and friends is one of the best parts of the holiday season, but hosting for the holidays can quickly become stressful. Make it easier on yourself and your guests by installing a smart lock so you can give each guest a code instead of hiding a key under a rock. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt holds up to 30 access codes, so everyone that needs access can have it.

    Holiday curb appeal - Smart lock - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
    For more holiday decoration ideas, check out our Pinterest! In the meantime, be sure to enter the 25 Days of Holiday Giveaways for your chance to win a daily prize!
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