Rim locks are amongst the oldest type of interior door lock and common in period properties and traditional homes. A rim lock is a surface mounted box containing a latch and a lock or just a lock. A great option for giving authentic period detail to your home.
But how to choose the right one for your door?
Classic Rim Lock
The classic rim lock has a simple latch and a deadbolt lock, operated with a key. It is designed to be fitted to the side of the door that opens towards you. With this type of rim lock, the door can be locked and unlocked with the key from both sides, which may an important consideration.
Bathroom Rim Lock
The bathroom rim lock also has a simple latch and deadbolt, however the lock is operated by a snib. As with the classic rim lock, the bathroom rim lock is designed to be fitted to the side of the door opening towards you. Ideally suited for bathroom doors, it can also be used in any rooms requiring privacy without the need for a keyhole and key.
Please note: The locking snib can only be operated on the rim lock itself, and not from the other side of the door. This is an important factor when deciding upon the hanging of your door and if this type of rim lock is suitable.
Deadbolt Rim Lock
The deadbolt rim lock is a lock only and does not have a latch. It is designed as additional security for a room, or a cupboard, where perhaps a mortice lock cannot be fitted. As with the other two types of rim lock, it needs to be fitted on the side of the door opening towards you. This lock is operated with a key and can be locked and unlocked from both sides of the door.