Cynthia Larsen - Sonoma County Real Estate Broker

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Widen a doorway with Swing Away Hinges

Swing Away Door HingeHave you ever tried to fit something through a doorway, just to find that the door itself was in the way? Just ask anyone who has ever been confined to a wheelchair at some point in time, they will tell you that most doorways are too narrow to begin with.

One solution is to remove the door altogether, but in modern homes today, the only rooms that have a door are bedrooms and bathrooms. A little privacy please?

A great solution to this problem are Swing Away Hinges (also called Offset Hinges). These hinges swing the door completely out and away from the opening, adding almost 2" of clearance.

The last time I checked, a pair of Swing-Away Hinges were selling for around $20 on Amazon.com. Now isn't that cheaper than a reciprocating saw?

 

 

Cynthia Larsen is the owner and broker of record for Safe Haven Realty and has worked and lived in Sonoma County for over 25 years. For more information about Sonoma County, check out Bodega Bay - Cotati - Penngrove - Petaluma - Rohnert Park - Santa Rosa - Sonoma Valley - Windsor.

 

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 Cynthia Larsen
Broker/Owner - Safe Haven Realty

Sonoma County, California, USA
(707) 332-2560

www.cynthialarsen.com


28 commentsCynthia Larsen • February 23 2012 12:45PM

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Very helpful information! I can not tell you how many time I have seen this problem! I have never heard of the swing-away-hinges! I will definitely let my clients know about this! Thanks!

Posted by Donna Bosze, Ask Me Why I'm Different! (Realty Executives Top Producers) over 2 years ago

Thanks for stopping by, Donna. I was amazed the first time I saw these in action ...  they certainly make a difference.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Sonoma County Real Estate Broker (Safe Haven Realty) over 2 years ago

Hi Cynthia ...Wow !!   What a great item .... Very helpful hint ....

There are some really great items ...to make our lives easier and better !

 

Thanks for the information

Posted by San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale (www.sanantoniotexasnewhomesforsale.com) over 2 years ago

I am really enjoying this series, Cynthia... so great of you to share.  And, offset hinges... who knew?!

Posted by Peggy Hughes, SF NYC LA (PHA/Peggy Hughes Associates - Professional Moving Organizer) over 2 years ago

Robert - the swing away hinges certainly make it easier for folks with walkers, wheelchairs, oxygen tanks etc.

Peggy - thanks ... I love this stuff!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Sonoma County Real Estate Broker (Safe Haven Realty) over 2 years ago

Hi Cynthia.....great information.... I never saw that type of hinge....with all of the adult communities, I should know this stuff.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 2 years ago

Barbara - so many cool things are being invented to help seniors stay in their homes for as long as possible. It's hard to keep up!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Sonoma County Real Estate Broker (Safe Haven Realty) over 2 years ago

Wow, I had no idea that they even had these specialty hinges.  Good to know!

 

Thanks for stopping by my blog about my profile picture.  I guess I should change the old one out soon. :)

Posted by Jennifer Chiongbian, Real Estate Broker - NYC (Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses) over 2 years ago

In some areas a 'Pocket' door makes for a great space saver also.

Posted by Randi Brammer, Accountant & Tax Preparer (Randi Brammer, Acctg.) over 2 years ago

Never heard of them.  I like them a lot.  I like pocket doors... mom used one in her house and I'm thinking I'll use them where I can in my next house too.

Posted by Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668) (Lane Realty) over 2 years ago

Jennifer - thank YOU for stopping by, nice to meet you!

Randi - yes, pocket doors are nice, but they are definitely limited to available space and design.

Tammy - I want to see the plans to your next house ... sounds like you are thinking about all possibilities.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Sonoma County Real Estate Broker (Safe Haven Realty) over 2 years ago

The males in my family will be impressed when I suggest a swing away hinge the next time they encounter a tight doorway.  I can see the looks from my three sons now--priceless.

Posted by Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Norma - what's priceless is your comment. Too funny!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Sonoma County Real Estate Broker (Safe Haven Realty) over 2 years ago

Swing away hinges do sound preferable to battering a door down out of frustration. In this day and age, we really should be making our homes and businesses more friendly for people with disabilities Cynthia, and while these hinges are really such a small thing, they could make a huge difference to someone in a wheelchair.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 2 years ago

Malcolm - these hinges are probably the biggest bang for the buck when it comes to widening doorways.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Sonoma County Real Estate Broker (Safe Haven Realty) over 2 years ago

I've seen these hinges in use and they are amazing.  Hopefully they will become easier to find.

Posted by Iris Stuart (none) over 2 years ago

Iris - Amazon.com actually has quite a selection of them. I haven't looked in a hardware store yet, I plan to do that today.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Sonoma County Real Estate Broker (Safe Haven Realty) over 2 years ago

I have pocket doors in my house.  It's like having a door and not having a door.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 2 years ago

That is such a simple great idea Cynthia . I have had several applications where this would have been perfect... 

Posted by Paul Henderson, I always put my clients first in any transaction! (RE/MAX Professionals.) over 2 years ago

Charita - pocket doors can be great, I've had them too.

Paul - I've taken a door off more than once ... these hinges could have made my job easier.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Sonoma County Real Estate Broker (Safe Haven Realty) over 2 years ago

Cynthia those hinges can be useful when wheel chair access is minimal too.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 2 years ago

Charles - precisely the point ... the hardware stores will be selling these like candy when us boomers get old.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Sonoma County Real Estate Broker (Safe Haven Realty) over 2 years ago

I have never heard of these.  But it sounds like a pretty good solution to me.  Thanks! -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles - Jon Gosche Real Estate, Boise, Meridian, Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, Boise ID) over 2 years ago

We are familiar with all the 55+ communities here and we have never seen these before...great information!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 2 years ago

What a great idea.  I have one door that is way too narrow.  Love it.

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene (Power Brokers Int'l) over 2 years ago

What a great idea and bringing beds or couches in I've certainly had my fare share of knuckle rubs. I think I'm going to go buy some of these for our bedroom at the least. 

 

Posted by Todd Clark, Broker - Beaverton, Oregon Real Estate Expert - (503) 524-9494 (Keller Williams Realty) over 2 years ago

Excellent idea Cynthia for more than one reason! We were thinking about furniture just like Todd Clark!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500 (RE/MAX Realty Services Inc.) over 2 years ago

Kasey - and affordable too!

Larry & Sheila - these will come in handy even in 55+ communities where doors are usually wider than in older homes.

Jane - for your "to do" list when you get back from India :)

Todd - I hear ya with the knuckles ... ouch!

Al & Peggy - whoever invented the door wasn't thinking about furniture!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Sonoma County Real Estate Broker (Safe Haven Realty) over 2 years ago

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