how to install dummy door knobs

Installing dummy door knobs is a straightforward process that doesn’t involve a latch or locking mechanism because they are purely decorative and don’t turn. They are typically used on closet doors, pantry doors, or double doors where one side doesn’t need to be functional. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to install dummy door knobs:

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Dummy door knob set (includes two knobs and mounting hardware)
  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Optional: Wood putty or filler (for any existing holes)


  1. Remove Existing Hardware (if necessary):
    • If there is existing hardware on the door, such as a regular door knob, remove it by loosening and removing the screws using a screwdriver.
  2. Determine the Height:
    • Measure the height at which you want to install the dummy door knobs. Typically, they are installed at a comfortable hand level, usually around 36 to 42 inches from the bottom of the door.
  3. Mark the Door:
    • Use a pencil to mark the desired height on the door, making sure the marks are level.
  4. Position the Door Knobs:
    • Place one of the dummy knobs on the door, aligning it with the mark you made. The knob should be centered on the door’s edge.
  5. Mark the Screw Holes:
    • While holding the knob in place, mark the locations of the screw holes on the door’s surface. Dummy knobs typically have two screws—one on each side of the knob.
  6. Repeat for the Other Knob:
    • Remove the first knob and repeat the process on the opposite side of the door. Make sure both knobs are at the same height and level with each other.
  7. Drill Pilot Holes (if necessary):
    • Depending on the type of door and knob set, you may need to drill pilot holes for the screws. Check the instructions provided with your dummy knob set for guidance on hole sizes.
  8. Attach the Knobs:
    • Place the knobs back on the door and align them with the screw holes. Use a screwdriver to secure the knobs in place by tightening the screws. Be careful not to overtighten, as it could damage the door or knobs.
  9. Test the Knobs:
    • After attaching both knobs, test them to make sure they function as intended. Since dummy knobs don’t turn, they should simply rotate in place.
  10. Optional: Fill Existing Holes (if applicable):
    • If you removed existing hardware and there are holes in the door, you can fill them with wood putty or filler to create a smooth surface. Allow it to dry, then sand and paint over it to match the door’s finish.
  11. Clean Up:
    • Remove any pencil marks or smudges from the door’s surface.

Dummy door knobs are a decorative addition to doors and are relatively easy to install. They add a finished look to your doors and can enhance the overall aesthetics of your home.

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