H ow to hang a door perfectly was one of the first things I learned to do when I started my carpentry apprenticeship. The first door I hung took me all day to finish! Better to get it right even if slow, you can build up speed as you gain experience hanging doors.
Have you ever watched a cowboy movie where the lead actor boldly storms into a bar through swinging double doors and the doors swing back and forth before finally closing? Well, you can create a similar effect for your doors. The dramatic effect of these swinging doors is amazing and will wow your guests.
A pocket door is a great way to pick up usable floor and wall space that normally would be occupied by a door's swing. There is one catch, though: You'll have to tear out a portion of the wall to make room for the split studs that replace the wooden ones and for the track on which the new door hangs. The demolition can be a bit messy, but it's straightforward. First, check that there's enough room in the wall -- you need a rough opening that's just over twice the width of the door.
Shojis are paper-covered screens, and when the Japanese use them for doors, they usually put them on tracks so that they slide. There's no rule that says you can't hang these lightweight, attractive screens on the wall and use them as swinging doors, however, and they may be just what you need for an odd-sized door opening. They are light enough to hang from cabinet hinges, but you need to screw the hinges into wall studs.
First, let's get the discussion about the name out of the way. These are no longer called saloon doors. Suburban homes of the s and 70s often had "saloon doors" between kitchen and dining areas.
On this project I was tasked with installing a swinging butler door. It is a floor mounted hinge with spring tension that allows a door to swing in or out of a room and return to the closed position when let go. The door, shown above and below, separates the kitchen from the formal dining room.
A passage way between a kitchen and dining area is often open to allow you to move between these rooms without opening and closing a door, which can become challenging when your arms are full with dinner or dirty dishes. When you decide to install a door to close off the kitchen from the rest of your home, consider hanging a swinging door. You can turn any slab door into a swinging door using a pivot hinge, allowing you to match the door to the existing interior doors in your home. Round off the edges of the door to accommodate the swing of the door.
Have you considered swinging the doors to the outside rather than into the house? Out-swing doors could offer a solution to your traffic flow concerns, especially if you want to use the interior wall space adjacent to the doors. Also, an out-swing door assembly must include a way to secure at least one hinge pin on each door, so intruders cannot remove the hinge pins to gain entrance.
A swinging door helps you go from room to room with your arms loaded. It helps a family member with a disability to open either way to allow passage of a wheelchair or walker. If you need the door to reclose after you, a swinging door is the answer. Installing a swinging door hinge requires careful alignment to ensure proper clearance and operation of the door swinging mechanism.