How to Change a Door Handle

Whether you are remodeling a room or just need to replace a worn out door handle, it's an easy process that you can complete in less than a half hour. Door handles come in numerous varieties and price ranges. Consider upgrading your door with new handles.

  1. Remove the screws on the door handle's cover plate with a Phillips-head screwdriver. You should see two screws, both on the same side of the door.
  2. Slide both door handles away from the door and locate the latch plate on the side of the door. Unfasten the screws that hold the latch to the door, then slide the latch out of its socket.
  3. Locate the striker plate on the door frame. Use a screwdriver to unfasten the striker plate. Install (screw in) the new striker plate that's included in your new door handle's hardware.
  4. Place the new door latch in the side of the door and tap it in with a hammer until it is seated properly. Secure the latch in place by fastening the screws into the side of the door.
  5. Slide the door handle with the latch mechanism through the door latch in the door handle hole so that it lines up in place. Attach the other door handle to the opposite side of the door and center it on the opposite handle's latch mechanism.
  6. Insert the screws through the holes in the door handle's cover plate and thread them through the opposite cover plate. Use a screwdriver to tighten the screws until the handles are completely secured to the door.
  7. Test the door. Close it and verify that the door handle equipment is lined up properly.

Things You Will Need

  • Flat-head screwdriver Phillips-head screwdriver Hammer


  • If the door jamb latch sticks when you try and remove it, slide a screwdriver through the back of the latch in the door handle hole; tap the screwdriver lightly with a hammer to dislodge the latch.

About the Author

Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.