What saloon door hinge should I choose?
There are two main types of double action hinges- Gravity Hinges and Spring Hinges. Both hinge styles offer the double action feature but they operate differently. Let's discuss the best hinges for your saloon doors.
**All custom doors will come fully prepped for hardware application. We determine the door size based on the hardware that you chose. We will ensure the doors and hardware fit the opening information you provided with your order.
Here are the most popular saloon door hinges: Standard Gravity Hardware, Premium Grade Gravity Hardware, Commercial Grade Spring Hinges (non-mortised), Commercial Grade Gravity Hinges (Bommer) and Commercial Grade Horizontal Spring Pivots. All of these hardware hinges are double action and will automatically return the door to center.
The first option is standard gravity hardware. This hinge is our “standard” hardware and is available in four finishes- brass, satin chrome, oil rubbed bronze and black. This hinge requires the most clearance; spacing between the door jamb and each door. These hinges are referred to as gravity hinges which means they use gravity to bring the doors to a closed position. When the doors are opened they are pushed up a ramp, when released they ride back down the ramp. At the bottom of the ramp the doors are in the center (closed) position. These hinges offer a “hold open” feature, however they require rotation to 125 degrees to hold open. These hinges mount to the top and bottom of the doors. These hinges do require a gap between the top pivot bracket and top pivot assembly as this allows the doors to rotate up the ramp on the bottom hinge assembly.
Premium Grade Gravity Hardware- Available in Brass finish only
The premium grade hardware is available in a brass finish only. The premium grade gravity hardware can hold heavier doors. Again, these hinges use gravity to bring the doors back to a center closed position. When the doors are opened they are pushed up a ramp, when released they ride back down the ramp. At the bottom of the ramp the doors are in the center (closed) position. These hinges offer a “hold open” feature at 90 degrees. These hinges mount to the top and bottom of the doors. These hinges do require a gap between the top jamb bracket and top door pivot assembly to allow the door(s) to operate properly, allowing the hinges to rotate to the hold open position.
Commercial Grade Hardware
These are our strongest hinges. Great hinges for either commercial or residential settings. We always recommend commercial grade hinges in commercial settings.
Commercial grade spring hinges are available in brass, satin chrome, oil rubbed bronze or black finish. These hinges use spring tension to pull the doors back to center. You can adjust the tension on the spring for a faster or slower return on the doors. The spring hinges are Non-Hold Open. These hinges mount between the door and door frame and they will allow for maximum height doors. Spring hinges make more noise during operation than gravity hinges due to the strong springs and metal to metal contact. These hinges are perfect for restaurants that need to have the doors always closed to comply with local or state code.
The commercial grade spring hinges will allow for almost full height doors, the hinge requires 1/4" of clearance, so almost full height can be achieved with these hinges.
Commercial grade gravity hinges are an American made Bommer pivot hinge. They are available in brass, satin chrome, oil rubbed bronze and black finish. These hinges have a hold open feature at 90 degrees. The hinge uses gravity to pull the doors back to center. The bottom pivot is enclosed so that neither dirt nor grime can interfere with the operation of the hinge. This hinge allows for the widest doors possible due to the limited clearance it requires between the door and the door frame. These hinges mount to the top and bottom of the doors. This is a high quality hinge built to last. The bottom pivot assembly can be recessed into the doors (shown below). We cut a 2-1/4" wide x 2-3/4" tall notch and the hinge will sit flush with the bottom of the doors. Recessing the bottom pivot assembly allows for taller doors, there is an additional cost to notch the hinges (+$65). These hinges do require a gap between the top pivot bracket and top pivot assembly, this allows the doors to rotate up the ramp on the bottom hinge assembly.
Photo shows the doors notched with the Commercial Grade Gravity Hinges:
Commercial grade gravity hinges mount to the top and bottom of the doors and require a combined 5-1/2” height beyond the door height. We can recess the bottom for a small additional cost around $65. Contact us for this option. If the hinge was recessed you would only need 3” of clearance at the top of the doors (for the top pivot hinge and rise of the door during operation). For example, if your doorway height is 80” tall then your max door height is 74-1/2" with commercial grade gravity hinges or 77" with commercial grade gravity hinges included the bottom recess options.
Commercial Grade Horizontal Spring Pivot Hinge
These hinges have a hold open position in either direction between 75-95 degrees. The hinges are available in a variety of finishes. There is a wide variety of hinge options.
Full Height Saloon Doors
For full height saloon doors 70”-95” tall doors it is important to keep in mind the spacing needed for the door and hinges you have chosen.
Commercial grade spring hinges mount between the door and door frame and require a height clearance of ¼” of an inch to ensure a good fit. Again, spring hinges are Non-Hold open, but allows for maximum coverage of the opening. These hinges mounts on the side of the doors, so minimal gaps are required.
We also offer the commercial grade horizontal spring pivot hinges, Bommer 7818 and Bommer 7811, 7812 for full length saloon doors. The Bommer 7811 allows for the tallest door possible by minimizing gaps and clearances that also allows for a hold open option.
Please Note: Not every hardware type is available on every door style or size. The website will determine what hardware is a fit for your chosen door design and sizing.