To Absolutely HATE Door Handles
ShortStory · 19/12/2019 20:38
Violent buggers always seem to catch my hip, arm, clothes, or the bundle of laundry I'm carting to the washing machine.
DS2 (12) has dyspraxia and autism and spends most of his time ricocheting off walls, doors, door handles, and radiators.
We're making some changes to our home, including the internal doors.
What's the most gentle option? Can we get door knobs instead of handles?
Is there some miraculous alternative to door handles?
Booberella9 · 19/12/2019 21:06
Seriously though how do you cope with handley handles. They are evil. I also detest knobs or handles on kitchen cabinets. I chose full width slimline bars which never catch any part of my anatomy as don't protrude enough to catch me.
Door knobs are dead cheap and easy to fix. Just need a drill and some screws. B and Q will do you a pair of knobs for £6, nice shiny silver ones.
CakeAndGin · 19/12/2019 21:26
I’m considering it for our house because the bathroom door handle hates me. I get my wedding ring caught on it all the time, end up flinging myself in the shelves of toilet roll, towels and toiletries. I end up on the floor covered in crap with my finger stuck to the bloody handle. This has happened at least 3 times 🤦♀️
Boulshired · 19/12/2019 21:39
My front door, patio door and downstairs doors and bathroom are all controlled by a fob that you wear on your wrist. Once within 10cm of the door they open automatically. Look absolutely disgusting with the wiring but I love having no need to touch handles, especially as my disabled sons hands are never the cleanest.
ShinyGiratina · 19/12/2019 21:48
I had one of my regular grabbed by an uncouth door handle moments in the last day or two. They favour going up my sleeve. Bastards.
A knob would be more rounded, but would the grip and twist be ok with dyspraxia? My hands are small (and I suspect dyspraxia for a multitude of reasons, there is a fair bit if it in my family including DS) and I find them awkward to grab and feel the twist.
Care homes tend to have chunky, rounded lever style handles to balance the need for grip and safety. Not very attractive though.
BustPipes · 19/12/2019 22:43
Would echo PP re being careful about placement of knobs - I regularly catch my knuckles with some of ours.
Better than handles though - those bastards keep on dragging me back into the room I'm trying to leave, either strangling me or ripping my top in the process. Swines.
DontCallMeShitley · 20/12/2019 09:06
I was going to say knobs but on reflection I spent a lot of time trying to extricate my sleeves from the ones on the kitchen cupboards, they also grab the pockets of my dressing gown and when I walk away the doors open and go with me. It is even worse when I get caught on the drawers as they also open.
Larger knobs on normal doors are better but they do crush your fingers against walls if you misjudge.
SilverHawk · 20/12/2019 10:27
Our handles are described as Victorian bow handles (suits the house).
The roller mechanism is a dark metal, possibly brass, just over an inch long.
You do need to pull the handle to shut a door but they are obviously just pushed open. Both hands full, no problem! You can reverse in too or kick the door! nudge with a foot. Useful for laundry baskets etc.
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