What is a lockset? How do I know which type to purchase?
If you’re replacing or updating the locks on your door, start by brushing up on your vocabulary. Locksets are the locks connected to doorknobs and door handles that are used to close and lock your doors.
Entry locksets are usually for doors leading outside and provide security. They can be locked and unlocked with a key from the outside and by turning a thumbturn from the inside.
Interior locksets are usually for doors that do not lead outside. There are two common types.
- Privacy locksets are typically used on bathroom and bedroom doors. These lock and unlock from the inside using a thumbturn or pushbutton, and are also capable of being unlocked from the outside with a simple pin-like tool if need be.
- Passage locksets don’t lock. They latch your door closed and are generally used on closet or pantry doors where locking is not required.
When it comes time to choose a product, make sure the locksets you select have the BHMA® Certified Secure Home™ label. Hardware that has been certified by BHMA has been rigorously tested and meets high performance standards for security, durability and finish.