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Jul 12 2013

WWYD? – Folding Partition Closet

Category: Sliding and Folding Doors,WWYD?Lori @ 12:10 am Comments (3)

I have specified hardware for this application several times in the past, but when it came up again today I thought it would be a good opportunity to get some feedback from all of you and come up with the best way to handle this type of opening.  It’s a storage closet for a large folding partition to divide a room.  When the folding partition is stored in the closet, both leaves of the door are in the same plane to fill the opening.  When the folding partition is out of storage and dividing the room, it still extends into the closet so the small leaf of the pair folds back against the larger leaf, to leave space for the folding partition.

Here is a partial plan and a detail:

Partial Plan




a) The hinge in the drawing for the larger leaf does not exist as far as I know.  What type of hanging mechanism would you use for the larger leaf, that can be concealed when the door is closed and allow the door to open 180 degrees?

b) I would typically use a full mortise continuous hinge to hang the small leaf on the larger one.  Would you do something different?

c) How would you hold the large leaf in the closed position when the folding partition is out of the closet?

d) How would you hold the small leaf in position when the folding partition is stored in the closet?

e) Is there anything other hardware you would specify for this opening?

If anyone has access to a folding partition closet and could send me some photos, that would help pull this all together.  Thanks in advance for your help!  It’s so great to be able to offer this resource to the industry!

3 Responses to “WWYD? – Folding Partition Closet”

  1. Ken Grayling says:

    a) Soss hinge?
    b) same as you
    c) flush bolt(s)
    d) a deadbolt
    e) flush ring pull to operate deadbolt (d) (tennis court handle)

  2. Eric Rieckers says:

    a) I can’t imagine a product being specified that doesn’t exist (sarcasm). Knee-jerk response would be Soss invisible hinges but not in a CMU wall. Center hung pivot, similar to a Rixson 128-3/4?

    b) No.

    c) A cane bolt, or other surface bolt, and floor strike.

    d) Same thing as c). Instead of a continuous hinge, use a reverse spring hinge?

  3. Brendan Daley says:

    A) What about hanging the large leaf on pivots center hung 127 or 128 I suspect you have some type of header above large leaf but not above small. In case no header say Rixson 680
    B) Hang the small leaf to the large leaf on SOSS hinges
    C) Lever extension FB bottom only
    D) Mortise dead bolt or if not locking or you want seemless use an Ives 260 on the bottom

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