Some while back, browsing at the library, I saw an ad in Fine Woodworking
for bi-fold door hardware that allows the door to swing OUT of the opening
when in the open position. In other words, the door folds back against one
of the adjacent walls instead of hogging room within the opening.
Can't find the article, don't know which issue. Tried Google. Does anybody
have a lead on this item?
I think I've seen them (rarely) where the pivots are in the middle of
the sections. Then when opened half the door goes out, half goes in.
The "half goes in" is what I would guess limits adoption. Often bi-
folds are on closets and this would typically require a deeper
closet. No free lunch; the space not hogged out of the room by
opening the doors is hogged out of the room permanently. For the
center pivot, the hinges could still be on the inside faces of the
Okay, I guess I'm not describing this well enough. The typical bi-folds
that I have seen (closets mainly) are on a track and stack up against one
side of the opening thereby reducing the entry space.
The ad I saw in the magazine looked like the bi-folds would collapse (fold)
in half, as expected, and then swing out of the opening and onto the
adjacent wall of the main room.
In my case I have a small office with a 26 inch door. I have removed the
ordinary door years ago due to lack of swing space. However, I would like
to have privacy while, for example, my wife has company and I would like to
work on the computer. The solution I am trying to describe above would
allow me (when open) to fold the entire assembly flat against the living
room wall instead of it folded within the 26 inch entry space.
This is advertised as a newly developed item. If I remember correctly, the
assembly was a hinge thingy with a swing arm that allowed the unit to be
swung into the adjacent room and sit flat (but folded) against the wall.
I don't recall seeing such an ad but it sounds more like something that
would have been in Fine Homebuilding rather than FWW (I take both and
don't recall it there, either; just seems like more appropriate venue).
If you have no clue about general time frame of the issue and you're
convinced it's actually in one, best I could do would be to use the
search engine for articles on closet storage and similar; it seems to me
they tend to have such specialized ads in conjunction w/ articles on
related or similar topics. Does the online index include the "new
products" reviews sections if it was in there by any chance?
Woodworkers Hardware might be a place to start for the search itself...
No other good ideas/leads, sorry...
So you want the doors to fold against a wall in the same plane as the
opening, right? To do that, you have to move the door *out* of the opening
so that it can swing 180 degrees.
You'd have to build sort of a casing around the opening and mount the doors
to it. You could use either the track and pivot hinges or just butt hinges.
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