Finding the appropriate type of ironmongery can be easier said than done. Once you're faced with a catalogue of of different handles, hinges, fasteners and furniture, all in unique finishes, it can feel a little overwhelming.

To kick off our customer guides series, TBKS are giving you our most essential steps that everyone should check off before buying ironmongery around your home.

#1. Figure Out Your Budget

Establishing how much you're willing to spend will give you a better idea of the scope of your project. The huge array of finishes will immediately feel a little less vast and infinitely more manageable when you finally get round to considering the next steps in this guide.

Although setting a cap on your budget is essential, avoid going for the cheapest and most cost effective options available. Ironmongery by its nature is built to last - it shouldn't need to be replaced regularly - so don't put yourself through the hassle and choose quality over convenience. The layout of your home and where your ironmongery will be fitted will also help determine where you can afford to cut costs or spend a little more.

#2. Find Your Design

The most important design question to ask yourself is - will the ironmongery finish match the theme and style of my home or office?

Whether you go for a chrome, satin, stainless steel or brass finish, you need to keep the finish consistent with your other ironmongery as well as the overriding theme of the space you're working in. For example, rustic black iron looks brilliant in a very traditional country home, whereas sleek and shimmering chrome finish would suit and ultra modern apartment.

#3. The Practicality Test

Form over function or function over form?

It really depends on who will be using the space and what purpose it will serve. Ornate and elaborately designed ironmongery will suit a period setting home or garden, but those ostentatious edges and shapes will improve completely impractical and even dangerous in a child's bedroom and completely redundant in most modern workplace settings. Also consider the size and shape of the ironmongery - long handles will not be suitable for narrow corridors and hallways where there are many adjacent doors, so consider opting for door knobs to improve the way you use a more confined space.

Ironmongery should always follow an aesthetic uniformity but this shouldn't compromise the overall usability of the space you're trying to redesign - keep these three points in mind and you will find the perfect balance economy, visual appeal and  efficiency.