Bob Vila Radio: Pivot Doors

Pivot doors offer a dramatic passage that blurs the line between indoors and out.

By Roseann Foley Henry | Updated May 30, 2014 8:29 PM

With the season of outdoor living upon us, homeowners may be looking for new solutions to patio or backyard access. The old standby—sliding-glass doors—provide lots of sunlight, but only half of the doorway’s width is usable entry space. French doors are an elegant solution but can take up a lot of floor space when they are both open.

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Pivot Doors

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A unique and high-style alternative for wide openings is the pivot door. A pivot door is not hinged at right or left; it rotates on pins in the floor and ceiling like a swinging door, only the pin is not up against the door casing.

Pivot doors can swing from the center or from a point off center, and they allow clean elegant sight lines that are truly beautiful when they open onto a garden, pool, or other outdoor space.

Pivot doors can be made to fit anything from a single, wide doorway to an entire wall, with the latter having the dramatic effect of combining indoor and outdoor spaces into one. The pivot style distributes a door’s weight, allowing you to install a single door in a wide space where a traditional door would be too heavy to hang from a hinge.

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