What are Pivot Doors?
Probably the most commonly used doors in modern homes are the Pivot Doors. It utilizes standard hinges and screws to attach to a doorway or archway. These doors are used so often since the weight of the door does not restrict its support. If larger outside doors are used, for example, made of heavy wood or steel, then larger hinges are used to attach the door to its support source.
More artfully hung Pivot Doors are not limited to hanging from the far left or right edge of the door. When designed appropriately, entry doors, exterior doors and even the main entrance door can be hung to pivot from a more centralized point or a slightly off-center point so that upon opening, the door frees open space on both sides, instead of just one. This is a common feature of many Japanese pivot varieties, being hung slightly to the left or right of center, and to allow a full circle sense of freedom once the door is open.
So Why Timber Pivot Doors?
Pivot doors can take on any style, though, from a serene, Zen-like simplicity to more ornately formed doors made from hammered copper or silver and many different types of wood. They can be used as external or internal doors, in almost any conceivable part of the home, and even as a garage door. When used as external doors, they can be hung with heavy-duty hardware that locks at the top and bottom instead of through the latch and lock of a traditional main door.
Pivot Doors can be used in showers, pantries, and quite effectively in modern structures. They can be used in modern adaptations of barns, or as highly elaborate separations of living space in a mindfully designed home. These doors require special hardware that ‘pivot’, as the name of the door suggests, on a pair of married hinges, one sliding away from the other. They can be used as a series, or as a pair to attach to the top of the doorway and to the door itself, or in more elaborate designs, in several places when more than one door will be utilized. Heavier Pivot Doors require heavier, more robust hardware to ensure a safe and even opening of the door.
When choosing a front door to suit your home, it should reflect a sense of your own personal style. And if you lean toward the unconventional or the newly realized conventions of the historically used door, then this type of door will suit your building designs quite well. When designing your space, though, be sure that the hanging point of your pivot door does not cause any obstruction to the space inside.
This door is versatile, but a slight step off center which makes it an interesting entrance into any space, or departure from it. The pivot door can be made of many different materials and shaped to any custom doorway size, so if you need a very large opening, or a smaller, more subtle one, Pivot Doors can suit either of these needs.