Which thumblatch should I choose for my door?
The key parameter in choosing a thumb latch for your door is to consider how thick the door is. If it is a ledged and braced or plank door then determine the latch position to see if it will be passing through a single or double plank.
Our thumb latches come in a range of sizes suitable for different door thicknesses up to 60mm, as well as different size handles to match the proportions of your door.
Next decide on the style of latch you would like. We supply hand crafted bean end, fleur de lys or arrow head latches straight from our blacksmith’s anvil to give a unique rustic feel to your door. It’s a great idea to match the latch end style to your hinges if you can for a unified look.
What are the different parts of the latch?
Handle/Thumb Bar – The thumb bar is the section that goes through the door. Pressing your thumb on one side raises the latch from the keep on the other side allowing the door to open.
Latch Bar – This is the horizontal section of the latch which bars the door when shut.
Latch Staple – This is the part which is fixed vertically to the door frame over the horizontal latch, keeping it flush with the door.
Latch Keep – The keep is fixed to the door frame and is the part which the latch itself rests on when the door is shut.
We also supply spares for many latch parts if you are refurbishing an existing period latch.