French Door Locks & Handles

Want to buy a French door lock or handle? Want to know what locks & handles are suitable for your French doors? Our guide gives you the facts & information you want to know.

If you want to make a distinctive statement or improve the beauty of a home’s exterior appearance then French doors would be the popular way to go. Some people decide to install French doors in the interior of their home and use them to provide access to a dining or living room. French doors installed for exterior access usually overlook a garden or yard/deck area. In home and garden magazines, it’s common to see French doors overlooking a colorful garden populated by wildflowers, exotic plants and garden furniture.

The importance of buying good quality locks and handles for your French doors cannot be underestimated. While French doors can be a charming addition to any interior living room, kitchen, patio or even bedroom, the fact that French door panels are made predominantly of glass makes them more vulnerable to breakage than ordinary wooden or metal doors. For this reason it is imperative, that in addition to buying French doors made from sturdy shatter proof glass, you invest in good locks & handles for your doors. In many cases, insurance companies will raise their annual premium on a house that has French doors and the only way of mitigating these costs at least slightly is to invest in a good set of locks for your French doors. Otherwise you will be leaving yourself open to a refusal to compensate on the part of your insurance policy providers in the case of a break in through the French doors.


Generally, there are no hard and fast rules as to what constitutes an acceptable color for you French door handle, and provided you are happy with the color that should be the only thing that matters. Different suppliers of French door locks and handles provide different colors although industry standards provide usually provide a choice of three colors: White, gold or silver.

One of the most important specifications you should consider when choosing your door locks are the thickness and length of the throw bars. Because French doors are primarily made from glass, and the throw bar mechanism cannot protrude into the glass there is a slight limitation with regards to the length of throw bar that can be applied on the lock of a French door. Nevertheless, there are French doors with extra wide skirting which can allow for the maximum length of throw bar on the French door lock.

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