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Door locksets are designed for specific door hardware functions and have various standard names. There are classroom, storeroom, office, and other types of locksets for different purposes – like the level of security and access needed. An office lockset is also known as an entry lockset, and it is a common choice for homes and offices. The office lockset function includes a small button inside the doorknob or lever for manually locking the door. These designs let you push the button in to keep the door locked from inside the room. This causes the latch bolt to retract depending on which knob you lock. Such a lock function ensures security for various home and office applications.
Office locksets can be operated with a key on the outside cylinder and a push button on the inside cylinder. For this reason, an office lockset is best used in places where unauthorized control of the door is not a concern – like a personal office or a closet. The latch bolt is operable on either side of the door as long as the outside grip is not locked by a key or the inside button is not pushed. If locked from outside, the outer knob will remain locked until a key is used. The inner knob is designed for immediate egress, so you can still unlock the door and exit the room. If locked from inside, however, no one can enter the room without a key because the outer knob will not turn.
This article includes some common office locksets from different brands, designed for both residential and commercial uses.
Schlage office cylindrical lockset is a UL-Listed product for 3-hour fire-rated doors that are built to contain fire and smoke in a room for up to 3 hours – giving people a good head start during emergencies. It can be installed on 1-5/8″ to 2-1/8″ door ranges and has a Vandlguard clutching lever. The mechanical lockset meets the ANSI Grade 1 standard for heavy-duty commercial locks. With a satin chrome finish, it is available in brass, steel, bronze, and zinc materials. You can use it for various applications; the lock can be installed easily for durable, long-term results. This ND-Series has been improved for better installation and product longevity, making it ideal for homes and offices.
Dynasty Hardware office lockset has a chrome finish and helps you lock the door in two ways. You can push and turn the button on the inside lever to lock the outside lever, in which case, a key will be needed to unlock the outer end. You can also just push the inside button to lock the outside lever and unlock the door by either turning the inside lever or using a key for the outer grip. This keeps the inside grip ready for immediate egress whenever you want to leave. The commercial and heavy-duty design meets the ANSI Grade 2 ranking for cylindrical locks, making it an ADA-approved lockset for various exterior doors. Also, the latch is rated at UL 3-hour fire ranking. It is compatible with both right and left-handed doors and has 5-inch handles. The outside handle can be removed for rekeying purposes, and the lockset fits 1-3/8-inch and 1-3/4-inch doors.
HNF entry doorknob is made of stainless steel with brushed finishing, designed for 35-45mm door thicknesses. It is an ideal office lockset for durable use. Featuring an ergonomic grip and a built-in buffer pad, the lock cuts down friction and enables long-term efficiency without needing replacements. The reversible doorknobs are compatible with both right and left-handed doors. They are quite useful for interior doors that require a push button for easy locking – such as offices, hotel rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms. Please note that these “knobs” may not keep code anymore if you are trying to use this in a commercial application depending on what Building Code (IBC) your local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) uses currently. I know that they are not typically allowed in the US anymore.
Arrow office lockset is another mechanical, cylindrical lock for homes and offices. It has a Grade 2 rating, and the satin chrome finish gives it a clean, heavy-duty look. The lockset uses a Schlage SC1 keyway type. It meets the ANSI A156.2 standards and is also ADA-compliant – its fire rating is 3 hours. You can install the lock on both wooden and metal doors of 1-3/8 to 1-3/4-inch thicknesses using the included mounting hardware. The wrought brass knobs make a good commercial lockset for all entrance/office purposes, intended for long-term ease without replacements.
Ultra Security Privacy Lock with Wave Levers, Interior Bathroom, Bedroom and Office Door Lockset, Polished Brass (Polished Brass, 1 Pack)
Ultra Security office door lockset is best used for all types of doors that need to be locked from inside. The interior locking style ensures security and privacy in any room and matches various standard-sized doors that are 1-3/8 or 1-3/4 inches thick. Its durable, polished brass levers are fully reversible for both right and left-handed doors, and the 6-way adjustable latch makes a flexible addition. You can use this lockset for office, bedroom, or bathroom doors. It is Grade-3-certified for smooth operation using wave-styled, polished brass levers that add a bit of elegance to the simple functionality. All the hardware accessories are included in the pack for easy installation.
Putting Your Locksmith Skills to the Test
Door lock functions vary according to the lock type you use – for example, mortise or cylindrical. Office locksets are primarily used for interior locking applications where you prefer to keep the door locked from inside. Both the inner and outer grips can operate the latch as long as the push button is not pressed. Otherwise, a key is needed to unlock the exterior knob. You can browse for specific locksets that suit your home’s or office’s access points, especially the interior rooms. It is important to pick a lock that works best for your commercial requirements by streamlining passage as well as ensuring safety. There are different varieties that offer the same purpose – and deliver the perfect mix of easy functionality and stylish designs.