Printed from the blog of Lori Greene, AHC/CDC, CCPR, FDAI
Email:, Blog: or

Jul 25 2010

Glass Door Hardware

Category: Doors Gone Wrong,Glass,Panic HardwareLori @ 12:11 am Comments (2)

Horizontal PullI spend a lot of time with architects, and sometimes I’m put in the awkward position of having to talk them out of trying to do something with doors that hasn’t been successfully done before.  Many times this involves glass doors, which are becoming more common, yet still have very few options for hardware.  It’s tough to make a glass door do anything innovative, when all of the locking hardware is paired with a fixed pull handle.

Today I saw a couple of glass door applications at Regis College.  The application on the entrance doors happens to be something I was just talking about with an architect earlier this week.  The architect was trying to decide which pull handle to use – vertical, horizontal, or L-shaped.  My advice was that when you use anything other than a vertical pull, people get confused about whether to push or pull.  Most people will automatically push on a horizontal bar, even though it’s on the outside of an outswinging door.

These photos support that theory.  They’re also evidence of something I’ve been telling architects for years…the facilities department or building occupants will do what they have to do to “fix” what the architect designs, if it doesn’t make sense from a functional standpoint.  No kick plates?  No problem!  We’ve got some kick plates in the storeroom we can install!  Confusing glass doors?!  Just add some signage!  The duct-tape signage isn’t visible enough?  We’ll just print out some bigger ones!

Push Pull

The second application is actually pretty cool.  It’s a curved bank of glass doors hung on center pivots that are centered in the door width.  The doors can be pivoted 90 degrees to allow free passage into the space.  They swing freely and are very easy to move.  The only problem is that there’s nothing to hold them in the open position.  In fact, they can swing 360 degrees so the etched logos are backward from the outside.  Because they swing so freely, I’m sure that when they’re open they’re constantly in varying positions – probably not what the architect had in mind.  What I typically do for this application is to specify floor strikes for the locking hardware to engage in the open position as well as the closed/locked position.

Bank of Glass Doors Center Pivots

BTW…if you’re searching for Blumcraft glass door hardware, the product line is now owned by CR Laurence (here’s the press release).

2 Responses to “Glass Door Hardware”

  1. Laura Beth MacDonald says:

    Choosing the right glass door hardware can really make a huge difference, as well as cause many potential problems. If you interested in getting some more information on the subject, I would suggest checking out McGraw Hill’s Sweet directory. They offer a really useful listing of the products and manufacturers that are out there, as well as some great CAD details that are available for download. All of this can make getting information or planning this kind of project much easier. While I have recently begun to work for them, I can honestly say I have always found their directory to be not only useful, but also the most comprehensive one available. I would definitely use them again on my next project.

  2. Nguyet Tran says:

    Well i’m an architect and I currently have a crazy idea in my design for glass door.

    The door that I want look like the door in the picture with the pivot at the center of the door but it must be an automatic swing door.

    I’ve search so many websites about auto door but still had no solution for this.

    So if yo have any idea about this. Please contact me.

    Thank you,

    Best regards.

Leave a Reply