Do you have multiple ugly, cheap-looking metal doorknobs? The good news. Swapping these out only takes about 10 minutes and a Phillips head screwdriver. So, even if you’re not cursed with ugly rental knobs, and just want to switch things up in your home. Here’s how to easily swap out doorknobs for a new look:

  • Luckily, as doorknobs go, many are a standard size so can easily be swapped, but it’s always good to make sure. Once you know what size knob you’ll need, pick your new one.
  • If your knob doesn’t have visible screws, it likely has a hidden latch holding it in place. Look for a small groove at the base of the knob, and press into it with the tip of a pen or tweezers. This should remove the knob and reveal a screw. Unscrew and remove knobs.
  • Unscrew the faceplate (the little metal piece on the edge of the door itself, which the latch or bolt sticks through). Once this is off, you should be able to gently pull the latch (and any interior mechanism) through the hole.
  • Now, in addition to your knob, there is a metal plate on the door frame where the latch hits—that’s called the strike plate. It will be held in place with screws. Remove that as well.
  • Now, to install the new knob, you’re essentially going to work in reverse. So, begin with your last step on the old knob. Lay the faceplate over the latch and interior mechanism, thread it through the existing hole in the door, and screw it into place.
  • Install front of new knob, install back of the new knob, Voilà—brand new door.

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