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Bales Catches

Ironmongery Bales Catches

Bales catches and ball catches for doors and cupboards. A bales catch is sometimes referred to as a ball catch and serves to hold a door or cupboard door closed. The simple sprung loaded ball sits in the cylinder part of the catch. This is mounted into the door edge and a catch plate is recessed into the door or cupboard frame. The ball is pushed back into the cylinder as the door is pulled open and springs back locking into the catch when it is closed.


Ironmongery Brackets

Angle brackets, straight brackets and "T" shaped brackets for all manner of repairs and fixing. Brackets made from steel as well as brass and other metals are available for repairing items as well as to provide connections and fixing. Simple metal plate brackets are usually pre drilled and may also be slotted. They are often used to fasten corners of timber frames as well as to allow fixing of items to walls. A common example would be where kitchen units require securing to a wall and a small metal bracket is screwed to the carcass, then plugged and screwed to the wall


Ironmongery Castors

Wheels and castors for furniture plus castor cups used to prevent accidental movement. Castors are mounted in the base of furniture and large objects to allow them to be easily moved. The small wheel is usually fixed to a metal pin which then fits into a ferrule set in the base of the object. Other castors may be fitted to a flat metal plate which is then screwed to the bottom of the furniture. Castor cups can be sat under the wheel to stop the item being moved.


Ironmongery Catches

Ball catches and roller catches as well as magnetic sprung and touch latch catches. Catches provide a means of fastening cupboard doors - a simple roller catch has a roller mounted and sprung loaded in a cylinder which is set in the door edge. The roller catches in the recess of the strike plate fixed in the door frame. Alternatives include magnetic catches where a magnetic piece fastened to one surface grips against the metal plate mounted on the other. Sprung roller catches have a clip which is held between two rollers.

Chains Hooks Shackles and Rope

Ironmongery Chains Hooks Shackles and Rope

Metal chains and fixings including shackles and hooks. This section also includes rope. Metal chains can be used for fastening items by means of shackles fitted to one end and clipped to a hook mounted on another surface. Shackles are "U" shaped pieces of metal with a pin fixed across the opening or a sprung loaded quick release pin.

Commercial Door Furniture

Ironmongery Commercial Door Furniture

Door furniture including closers and handles for commercial and industrial applications. This door furniture is designed to withstand heavier duty applications. Door closers may be simple side mounted spring operated versions or more substantial overhead piston types. Commercial door furniture includes handles, knobs, latches finger and kick plates.

Curtain Fittings

Ironmongery Curtain Fittings

Range of curtain fittings including curtain poles and curtain tracks as well as fixings, hold backs, curtain rings and brackets. Curtain poles and tracks are fitted above openings for hanging curtains by means of hooks or rings. These tracks may be made from metal, plastic or wood. The curtains may be dressed over the rail and held open by means of decorative "holdbacks" fixed to the wall. Rails may be extendable and require centre brackets in addition to the end mounting brackets

Door Bolts

Ironmongery Door Bolts

Brass, chrome and steel door bolts in a range of styles. Door bolts may be straight or "necked" where the bolt is stepped allowing it to fasten into an offset plate. Door bolts are screwed to the face of the door and the bolt slides into a recess in a metal plate mounted on the frame. Finishes include brushed and stainless steel and bolts may be in various styles to suit the decor of the room and other door furniture

Door Furniture

Ironmongery Door Furniture

Door furniture including lever handles and door pulls. Door handles are used to operate the latch mechanism mounted in the edge of the door and to enable opening and closing of the door. They come in a wide range of materials from brass and chrome to aluminium and brushed stainless steel. Many styles are available including traditional Victorian and Georgian patterns as well as contemporary designs.

Door Gear

Ironmongery Door Gear

Tracks rollers and sliding mechanisms for sliding and folding door systems. Doors may be mounted on tracks by means of rollers which run along the track allowing them to slide open. Bi fold systems are also available where two door sections are hinged and may be folded back against one side of the opening. Many sliding door systems require no bottom track thereby leaving the floor clear.

Door Knockers

Ironmongery Door Knockers

Brass, stainless steel, cast iron and aluminium door knockers. Door knockers have one section which is bolted to the face of a front door and a hinged section which is lifted and tapped against the base plate to make a noise to notify the householder of a visitors arrival. They are mostly used as decorative door furniture and come in a wide range of traditional and contemporary designs

Door Numerals

Ironmongery Door Numerals

Chrome, stainless steel, aluminium and brass door numbers. Available as individual numerals these numbers are usually fixed by means of small screws to the door or gate. Many styles and designs are available from traditional to modern and contemporary

Door Stops

Ironmongery Door Stops

Door holders, door stops and wedges made from a range of materials. Door stops include simple rubber wedges which are kicked between the bottom of the door and the floor as well as spring operated stops which are mounted on the door and have a foot pedal used to lock the stop against the floor and hold the door in position. This section also includes stops which are fixed to the floor or wall to prevent the door opening beyond a certain point of hitting the wall behind

Draught Excluders

Ironmongery Draught Excluders

Rain deflectors and draught excluders for external doors. Draught excluders are available to suit inward and outward opening doors and are designed to seal the gap between the door and floor or frame so as to eliminate draughts. Rain deflectors and weather strips are fixed at the bottom of the face of the door so that rain water is thrown clear.

Fire Safety

Ironmongery Fire Safety

Ironmongery including hinges specifically rated for fire safety. Hinges in a range of finishes designed for use where compliance with fire safety standards is required. May include intumescent strips which swell in the event of a fire. This reduces the supply of oxygen and therefore the spread of fire

Gate Fittings

Ironmongery Gate Fittings

Ring latches, gate catches and gate hook and eye fixings. A range of handles and latches for gates including auto gate latches. These are designed to secure the gate closed - as the gate swings shut, a pin latches into the keep and automatically locks in position. A simple thumb push is used to release the gate. Hook and eye mechanisms may be used to hold a gate in the open position. The hook is secured to the wall and latches into a hook eye mounted on the face of the gate


Ironmongery Hinges

Chrome, brass, stainless steel and aluminium hinges. Hinges are used to secure a door to a frame allowing it to be swung open or closed. Hinges come in different sizes according to the weight of the door to be hung and are generally used in pairs or threes. Standard butt hinges are recessed into the edge of the door and into the frame so they sit flush with the surface and are secured with matching screws.

Hinges Brass

Ironmongery Hinges Brass

Brass hinges and antique effect brass hinges. Brass hinges are usually brass plated or electro plated. Brass hinges are used for decorative effect where the appearance of the hinge needs to suit the style. Brass hinges should be fixed using matching brass screws. More durable steel screws are sometimes used first to create the fixing then replaced with the brass ones after - this reduces the chance of the screw heads becoming damaged or marked.

Hinges Flush

Ironmongery Hinges Flush

Steel, zinc plated and brass flush hinges. Flush hinges are constructed in such a way that the two plates sit flush with one another when the hinge is closed. The outer plate has a recess cut into it and the inner plate site within this. These flush hinges do not need to be recessed into the door edge or the frame and, for lighter weight doors, provide a quicker and easier method for hanging the door

Hinges Friction

Ironmongery Hinges Friction

Friction hinges for cabinets and kitchen units. These hinges have a friction mechanism which allows the door to be held in any position. They are commonly used on kitchen cabinets with top hung doors. When the door is opened it will stay put until it is pushed closed. This section also includes simple flap stays which can be used in conjunction with standard hinges enabling cupboard doors to be held open

Hinges Steel

Ironmongery Hinges Steel

Standard steel hinges and steel butts for hinging doors. Made from steel these hinges are reasonably cheap and cost effective where the hinge is not serving a decorative purpose. The two steel plates are joined by means of a pin. This type of hinge requires morticing or rebating into the door edge and frame. Various sizes are available and are generally used in pairs or threes according to the weight of the door.

Hinges Tee

Ironmongery Hinges Tee

Steel, zinc plated and black powder coated Tee hinges. These large hinges comprise a long metal strap hinged via a pin to a shorter standard hinge plate. The long part of the "Tee" is screwed to the face of the door or gate and a shorter section fixed to the frame. These Tee hinges offer additional vertical support and are quick to fit. May be used for decorative effect.


Ironmongery Hooks

All manner of hooks used in DIY from hat and coat hooks to hooks for retaining gates doors and windows as well as ladder hooks and storage hooks. Hooks are made from a wide variety of materials including steel and brass and may be functional or decorative. Hooks are commonly fastened in position by means of screws fixed through holes in the base plate.

Knobs and Handles

Ironmongery Knobs and Handles

Door and cupboard knobs and handles are usually made from a hard metal such as steel and plated in a decorative finish such as chrome or brass. Knobs are round and are used to open doors with a turning action whereas handles rely on a lever action to turn the latch mechanism. A huge range of styles is available from antique and period, to modern and contemporary.


Ironmongery Latches

Latches or mortice latches are used to retain doors in the closed position. A cylindrical mechanism is mounted in the leading edge of the door and contains a shaped metal retaining piece at the outer edge. This may be retracted by turning the door handle to rotate a spindle mounted through the latch body, allowing the door to be released. A spring returns the latch.

Letter Boxes

Ironmongery Letter Boxes

Letter boxes or letter plates are mounted on a door to give a decorative and functional finish to the opening for post delivery. Commonly finished in brass, aluminium or chrome, the letter plate comprises a frame for the opening together with a spring hinged flap to cover the opening. The inside face of the door often has another flap or plate which reduces draughts.

PVCu Fittings

Ironmongery PVCu Fittings

PVCu fittings comprise a range of handles and fitting for use with PVCu windows and doors. The plastic finish makes them durable and easy to keep clean. PVCu handles and fittings are usually pre fitted to doors and windows at the manufacturing stage but replacements are available so that defective items may be replaced.

Rails and Fittings

Ironmongery Rails and Fittings

Usually finished in brass, chrome or white, tubes or rails for hanging clothes and the like inside wardrobes and cupboards. The rails are mounted on end and mid point brackets. The number of brackets and the diameter of the rail will determine how much load can be carried. Rails can be readily cut to length and the brackets are simply screwed in position as required.

Shelving Systems

Ironmongery Shelving Systems

A number of shelving systems is available including the popular spur shelving. The idea with these systems is to provide an adaptable and easy solution for adjustable shelving. Usually, vertical supports are mounted on the wall and special brackets clipped on at predefined positions. Shelves are simply screwed to the brackets once in position.


Ironmongery Specialist

Ironmongery for specialist applications includes any custom made ironmongery for non standard applications. Examples include specialist kitchen hinges with mechanisms for mounting kitchen cabinet doors which allow the door to be simply unclipped, or long thin hinges known as piano hinge. Specialist ironmongery includes items produced to allow specific function.

Window Furniture

Ironmongery Window Furniture

Ironmongery used on windows is termed window furniture. This category includes all manner of window fastening and security ironmongery from window stays and latches to opening restrictors. Items are available in a range of finishes including brass, chrome and aluminium and in both period and contemporary styles.