How to master specifying ironmongery remotely

How to master specifying ironmongery remotely

In response to some of the challenges we’re facing with working remotely, we’ve compiled a few tips to help you with specifying ironmongery remotely. It is a reminder of all the key processes we have fine-tuned over decades, highlighting the need for greater accuracy.  Here is a checklist of the documents we need and why.

General Arrangements

When sharing the layout within the building, include detailed dimensions and levels. Be sure to apply the correct symbols with a number or letter for door schedule specification; this will help save time and avoid issues at the installation stage. What’s more, you can help us visualise the likely size of the facility by adding abstract objects like a piece of furniture to your floor plan.

If you already have an idea of the style of hardware you wish to use, you can access our Online Product Builder tool. With this tool, you can test various products against individual backgrounds and discover the right information to include in your schedule.


Door Schedule

To help ensure accurate installation and minimise disruption to the project, please complete all the necessary detail. Adding door elevation documents is incredibly helpful showing on which side the hinges are, for example, is a common challenge; getting this right helps avoid unnecessary delays. Here is your schedule checklist:

  • Reference number
  • Name
  • Quantity Required
  • Size (width, height & thickness)
  • Weight
  • Material
  • Composition
  • Colour and finish
  • Style of hardware
  • Hinges, Locks (specify all requirements)
  • Fire rating
  • Acoustic rating
  • Door elevations
  • Other

Fire Strategy

Document fire safety measures that are included in the design and highlight all other related requirements. A skilled ironmonger will be able to help identify all the relevant aspects of fire safety you need to consider. By engaging an ironmonger earlier in the process, it can help avoid issues later in the project that might compromise on the design.

Access Control

Outline the detail of the access controls required for the building, clearly state if specific access points need to be controlled by staff, monitored or need to work autonomously. You may wish to future-proof the building by incorporating smart electronic door control systems that count people entering or exiting a building.

Once we have an idea regarding your requirements, we can share suitable solutions. HAF International have several useful case studies that we can discuss to inspire you.

Virtual Site Visits

Moving a project to completion requires a multitude of inspections, site visits and construction observations. Where you need to observe social distancing rules, include images of the space showing people. It is an effective way to help us gauge the scale of the building. Do also show materials you are planning to use in the area. If you need ironmongery for existing doors, please provide photos from different angles in a good light.

If there is video footage of the building do share, arrange virtual consultations and live stream video of the facility. We are accessible via phone, email or Microsoft teams.


In addition to specifying exact material requirements do support your brief with images and video references. We can mail as well as share reference images online to help with your final selection.

HAF International’s office in Hoddesdon remains closed whilst we work from home. We’re continually monitoring the situation based on government advice updating our website as and when the status changes. In the meantime, we trust you find this guide useful. If you have any questions or wish to discuss any parts of your brief, please get in touch.