Archive for February 19, 2014

A Pocket Door is a Neat, Stylish, Sliding Door Solution

doors-cat-bannerPocket doors will not only provide a superb space saving door opening but will add an architectural detail to your interiors. You can use Pocket Doors in both traditional and contemporary interiors. Double or French pocket doors have been used in grand homes for hundreds of years to give an elegant transition between room; classic colonial styles were a favourite. A pocket door is an ideal solution for kitchens and bathrooms when floor space simply isn’t there to accommodate a full swinging door, particularly for en-suite bathrooms.
Pocket door

So, what is a pocket door? A pocket door has a top sliding mechanism, which runs within the cavity between two faces of a wall. This is generally an internal wall but can be created on exterior walls (usually in warmer climates and where security is not an issue). Ideally you need to plan for installation of a Pocket Door, as the cavity in the wall needs to be constructed prior to installation. So if creating a new build or renovating your home it is worth consideration at the design planning stage. Having said that internal walls can be easily adapted by constructing a second skin leaving a cavity for the door.

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The Pocket Door system is not only useful when there is limited floor area they can provide easier opening for disabled access. In addition Pocket Doors give a streamlined appearance when furniture or fitments need to be near the door opening.
Pocket doors also give the opportunity to use interesting hardware, which is often the adornment of the door and of the home. Resist using a basic pull handle
, as there are some very stylish options available that will enhance the look of this special door!

 

pocket Doors

pocket Doorse are some very stylish options available that will enhance the look of this special door!

Pocket Doors

Pocket Doors  

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Murphy Larkin Doors

doors-cat-bannerAt Murphy Larkin Doors we are asked a variety of questions related to buying and fitting new timber doors and one that comes up fairly often is which way a door should be hung. This is an interesting question and there is some debate, in some situations, over the most appropriate way of hanging a door. First of all it is worth pointing out that there are in fact four different options for the direction of swing.


Firstly there are two sides to the door. When fitting an External Door and you are standing outside your door facing it, you can have the hinge on the left or the right hand side and this determines whether you have a left handed door (hinges on the left) or a right handed door (hinges on the right). In addition, many external timber doors have raised panels and/or beading on one face, which is meant to be facing the exterior as this beading is there for practical reasons along with aesthetics. Generally an external door should push into the property away from you.
Note: hinges should be fitted on the inner side of the door (not seen from outside) for security.

For Internal doors the general rule is to open into the room, as you can imagine in a hallway with numerous doors it could be impractical if doors extended into the hall. Of course in certain situations it may be necessary to have the door pull towards you. If the door pushes inside away from you this is called a regular swing, if the door pulls towards you this is known as a reverse swing door.

There isn’t a definitive guide on what is right or wrong for domestic properties, though some building regulations and listed building advice may need to be adhered to, so it is really up to the homeowner on which side the hinges are positioned and which direction the door will swing. However there are a couple of things that you may wish to consider in choosing which side to hang your door. You may wish to think about, will the door cover the light switch? Will the position of the furniture get in the way? Similarly, you will want to avoid two doors being too close when both are opened. If you are short of opening space due to fitments or furniture, particularly in workrooms or under stairs cupboards then it is worth considering internal Bi-Fold Doors, some styles are available to match regular Internal Doors. Ideally you will aim to be consistent within your home with all doors swinging the same way to avoid confusion.

Should a Door Swing In or Out? – Guidance for hanging a Timber Door

doors-cat-bannerAt Murphy Larkin  we are asked a variety of questions related to buying and fitting new timber doors and one that comes up fairly often is which way a door should be hung. This is an interesting question and there is some debate, in some situations, over the most appropriate way of hanging a door. First of all it is worth pointing out that there are in fact four different options for the direction of swing.

Firstly there are two sides to the door. When fitting an External Door and you are standing outside your door facing it, you can have the hinge on the left or the right hand side and this determines whether you have a left handed door (hinges on the left) or a right handed door (hinges on the right). In addition, many external timber doors have raised panels and/or beading on one face, which is meant to be facing the exterior as this beading is there for practical reasons along with aesthetics. Generally an external door should push into the property away from you.
Note: hinges should be fitted on the inner side of the door (not seen from outside) for security.

For Internal doors the general rule is to open into the room, as you can imagine in a hallway with numerous doors it could be impractical if doors extended into the hall. Of course in certain situations it may be necessary to have the door pull towards you. If the door pushes inside away from you this is called a regular swing, if the door pulls towards you this is known as a reverse swing door.

There isn’t a definitive guide on what is right or wrong for domestic properties, though some building regulations and listed building advice may need to be adhered to, so it is really up to the homeowner on which side the hinges are positioned and which direction the door will swing. However there are a couple of things that you may wish to consider in choosing which side to hang your door. You may wish to think about, will the door cover the light switch? Will the position of the furniture get in the way? Similarly, you will want to avoid two doors being too close when both are opened. If you are short of opening space due to fitments or furniture, particularly in workrooms or under stairs cupboards then it is worth considering internal Bi-Fold Doors, some styles are available to match regular Internal Doors. Ideally you will aim to be consistent within your home with all doors swinging the same way to avoid confusion.

If you would like further information or you have any other questions about choosing or fitting doors please call our customer services team on 051 391821 052 6121536
www.murphylarkin.com

Door Swing Types

Door Swing Types