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Offset door hinges

7/21/12       
Roman

Hello all,

I had a closet installed a few days ago. The decision to go all the way to the ceiling was a last minute call that we told the installer over the phone, so I'm not entirely blaming him for this issue...

Besides moving the sprinkler head or make it flush with the ceiling, and besides cutting the height of all the doors all the way around so this one and the one next to it can open, are there any other suggestions?

Is therE another type of hinge that will allow the door to hang lower once opened, but bring it up to the cabinet height as you close it?

Thanks for the help.

Picture - Fire sprinkler in the way

7/21/12       #2: Offset door hinges ...
mastercabman

Is therE another type of hinge that will allow the door to hang lower once opened, but bring it up to the cabinet height as you close it?

Now,that's what i call "magic hinges"!

OK Really,i don't think you will find anything like it.
Maybe you could cut the door off just to clear the sprinkler head and then attach the fall off back on the cabinet?
So when it is close,you will see a full door.

7/22/12       #3: Offset door hinges ...
Bobbie

It looks like the interior of the cabinet matches the doors so could that section just be open without the door?

7/22/12       #4: Offset door hinges ...
Dennis Bean  Member

Website: http://www.saliceamerica.com

One possible solution could be to "bifold" the doors thereby missing the sprinkler head. Cutting the door would probably be the easiest solution. Consider cutting all of the doors the same. This would create a continuous line along the top.

See Concertina illustration below.


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7/22/12       #5: Offset door hinges ...
D Brown

Roman , one solution and the one I would most likely choose would be to lower the cabinets enough for the doors to clear , then use a piece of crown type molding on top to cover the gap if that bothers you .

7/22/12       #6: Offset door hinges ...
Roman

I like Mastercabman's idea... Wondering if I'll need to do this on all the doors to make it look good or only on the four doors near the head will still look good.

The option to just remove these four doors entirely is also pretty good.

image of closet

7/23/12       #7: Offset door hinges ...
Mark B

This may look awkward, but it appears that if the left door was a couple inches narrower, that it would clear. Could the left be narrower and the right door wider?

7/23/12       #8: Offset door hinges ...
JeffD

Not sure how difficult it would be to drop the cabinets, but that's my first thought. Judging by the pic if you dropped them just 3/4" of an inch you would clear the sprinkler head. Then all you have to do is add a piece of flat 3/4" at the top flush to the face of the doors for a nice clean look.

FWIW I have to deal with sprinkler heads all the time, and can tell you if it's a commercial building moving it is going to be the most expensive solution you could come up with. Probably cost you more to do that than to rebuild the closets;>)

good luck,
JeffD

7/31/12       #9: Offset door hinges ...
Bruce H

Gee Roman, "The decision to go all the way to the ceiling was a last minute call that we told the installer over the phone, so I'm not entirely blaming him for this issue... "

Why that is quite nice of you? It is entirely your fault, you changed the design.

This is a professional site you need to ask your question somewhere else. Try a woodworking site for homeowners.

7/31/12       #10: Offset door hinges ...
Roman

Bruce,

I don't agree with that. He came out, measured the entire closet, and then went back and did a design. We said "no, lets go all the way up". He redesigned it. He added cost to it. I approved final design.

If he was unsure of the clearances, he should have taken another look at it.

In any case, there were plenty of good ideas by the members of this forum and I decided to have him lower the cabinets so the door will clear.

7/31/12       #11: Offset door hinges ...
mastercabman

"This is a professional site you need to ask your question somewhere else. Try a woodworking site for homeowners."

Bruce,
How do you know that he's not pro?

7/31/12       #12: Offset door hinges ...
Bruce H

mastercabman?

read the opening statement and then the question. then read the site rules, this should not have been posted. there are sites for this sort of question, just not here.

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