My house, built in 1959, has a sliding door with no internal latch or lock mechanism or space for one. I'd like to replace the current "handle" (a bolt with nuts). Are there handles designed for a door like this? The simplest solution I have so far is to take two handles with identical mounting holes and put them on either side of the door, fastened with bolts and nuts. But a handle, and especially a handle with a lock, designed for this type of door would be great.

Door pictures


You could try to find the original equipment manufacturer's (OEM) latching handle, or adapt a similar one to fit the door.

A loop lock could also serve as a handle, and should be simple to install.

Sliding door loop lock

If you don't mind a separate locking mechanism, cabinet or drawer pulls might suffice. The latches on glass doors are usually flimsy, and can be defeated by lifting the door in the frame, so a separate lock is often used, anyway, such as one that clamps to the rail.

Sliding door rail lock

N.B. Be very careful drilling holes for the latch -- it is easy to crack the glass next to the hole!


You could do a computer search for "sliding door foot locks" which I have on my sliding doors or try "sliding patio door security locks".

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