Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I measure my door opening?

Measure the finished opening (where you are going to install your swinging cafe doors) from inside edge to inside edge.  You want to measure your opening in at least two or three different places to make sure the opening is not larger in one location compared to another.  Enter the smallest number into the field "Door Opening Size Inches".

Where do I enter my door opening size? 

Use the drop down menu to select your door opening width.

How Do I order custom doors?

See video tutorial:

When will my doors ship?

All orders are custom made to the exact opening size.  We ship 7-14 days after we receive your order.

Can I get my doors faster than 7-14 days?

Yes, give us a call to ask about our expedited shipping services, which are available at an additional cost.

What material is the best selection for my doors?

Since most custom options are hardwood and 1 3/8" in thickness, the answer will depend upon the finish you are planning for your doors.  If you are painting the doors, poplar is an excellent choice.  If you are staining the door, there are several options available: oak, sapele, pine, or ash.  We currently only offer our Professional Finishing on Oak.  If you are in need of Professional Staining on sapele or ash, please contact us.

What’s the best material for saloon doors? 

The best way to answer this question is how you want the door to be finished. If you are painting the doors, we recommend soft maple. Soft Maple is easier to cover than Poplar and will show less grain when painted. If you are staining the doors, we would recommend Red Oak, Sapele, or Rustic Alder. These woods have grain that shows thru when stained.

At what height should I install my doors?

For our standard height doors (38"), we recommend that you install them so that the bottom of the doors will be about 20" off the floor.

What size do I order for saloon doors?

At Swinging Café Doors we make custom saloon doors for your door opening size. All our doors are listed for finished door opening sizes. You need to measure your current finished opening in a few locations; top, middle, and bottom. Give us the smallest of the measurement to the nearest 1/16" to ensure the doors will fit. We made it easy, we will send you doors and hardware to fit the door opening size listed on your order confirmation. Again, no calculations are required, just measure your door opening size and select the hardware.

What is the best hardware?

The most popular durable hardware is the commercial grade gravity pivot hinge. These hinges will allow the doors to hold open and are available with most doors. This is the short answer, we offer additional information about all hardware options here

Will a 30" Door Opening Size Fit my 29-1/2" Door Opening?

A stock 30" Door opening size will NOT fit your 29-1/2" door opening. Swinging Café Doors offer a few stock door options. Again, these doors are built for the finished door opening size. So for a 30” Arch Top Farmhouse Saloon Doors, both doors and hardware will fit into a 30” door opening. If the door opening is smaller than 30”, the doors will not fit.

Will spring hinges hold open?

Commercial grade spring hinges do not hold open. These hinges can adjust the tension but will not hold open. These hinges will be slightly noisy, and the swing is stronger than a gravity hinge. These hinges are great for a restaurant that never wants the hinges to be held open.

How long to build my custom doors?

Lead time can vary slightly. Lead time is always listed on the product below the pricing.  You will see review, SKU, and availability.

Does the price include one or two doors?

Directly above the add to cart button, you will see quantity as well as a disclaimer that states how many doors are included. If you see two doors in the photo then two doors will be included.  If one door is shown then you will only get one door.

I would like something custom that I don't see offered on the website.  What should I do?  

Call us at 1-855-34-DOORS (36677) or Contact us. We will gladly quote you for a custom door design, swinging, sliding, or traditional door design.

Will my purchase include one or two doors?

If two doors are shown in the photo you will receive two doors.

What are the differences between the hinges offered?

Standard Hinges-Use gravity to center the doors and can be locked open in either direction.  30lbs load rating.  Finish choices include Brass, Satin Chrome, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Matte Black. 
Premium Gravity Hinges-Heavy duty design with no plastic mounting brackets. The included Delrin Top Pivot Bearing & Bottom Pivot Cams ensure quiet operation & long service life since there is no metal-to-metal contact, providing ample in and out lateral adjustment for a perfect door alignment.  50 lbs load rating.  Brass Finish only
Commercial Grade Spring Hinges-More robust hinge with springs to control the rate at which the doors close. The springs have adjustable tension.  We recommend these for high traffic areas.  They cannot be locked open, due to the spring.  Brass, Satin Chrome, Black, and Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish available.
Commercial Grade Gravity Hinges-Use gravity to center the doors with ramps built inside the hardware.  The doors can also be locked open in either direction.  Compared to the other gravity hinges, this design allows for more of the opening to be concealed by the doors.  This hardware takes minimal space, allowing for more of your opening to be covered.  The ramp is concealed and lubricated to provide long lasting service. 50 lbs load rating. Brass, Satin Chrome, Black, and Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish available.

How much is shipping?

Free Shipping within the continental US. We can also ship to Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico. Please add the item to your cart and complete the Country, City, and Zip Code. Then click checkout to see all the total costs for shipping.  

To calculate shipping outside the US:

We do ship to Canada. Add door to cart, then Click "View or edit your card." Then click "Estimate Shipping & Tax" and add country, state, and zip code/postal code to calculate shipping costs.

Still have questions:

Reach us via email at, or by phone at 1-855-34-DOORS (36677), or contact us through the website - by clicking Contact Us. Once we have received your message, we will get back to you within 24 hours, often within an hour or less.

How hard is installation? 

Installation instructions are sent with the doors you purchase.  If applicable the doors will be prepped for the hardware.  One of the hardest parts of installation is the alignment of the doors to each other. 

These are the most commonly answered questions when purchasing from Swinging Cafe Doors, if you have an additional question please call us at 1-855-343-6677 or email us at  We will be happy to answer any additional questions.