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Cafe Doors: Defining Space, Easy Installation
First, let's get the discussion about the name out of the way. These are no longer called saloon doors. Suburban homes of the 1960s and 70s often had "saloon doors" between kitchen and dining areas. Then, it seemed the sun had set on swinging portals, but cafe doors are book, for a few good reasons:
- They visually define space. It's amazing how little material is needed to define a barrier between rooms. Even half-length doors do the trick.
- They're simple to Install. Cafe doors are even easier than bi-fold doors.
- The keep out some pets. Cats won't be deterred by cafe doors; they'll just go right under. But larger dogs who are unable to pass below the doors usually will not like cafe doors with spring-loaded hinges. It all depends on how aggressive your dog is.
When it comes to door styles, while the saloon name may be gone, you'll still find a preponderance of oaky, spindley, beveled doors. But even if Western isn't your style, you'll find plenty of options to fit your decor.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Basic Wood Cafe Door
Cafe doors don't get any less expensive and simple than this Pinecroft Royal Orleans set. With its spindle top and natural wood finish, it could almost be called Western-style.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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White Louvered Cafe Doors
Want to get away from the Western look? Louvered cafe doors are just your thing. These pre-painted Pinecroft doors come in a clean, neutral white. You can keep them that way or easily paint over them.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Cafe Doors for Wide Doorways
The average doorway is about 32 inches wide. The solid white doors pictured here, from Swinging Cafe Doors, are the very widest that they offer: 54 inches.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Reclaimed Cafe Doors
Looking for something off-beat? So many homeowners are looking for reclaimed wood (especially reclaimed wood flooring!) that it's natural cafe doors will play a part, too.
Cafe Doors Emporium is a great source for cafe doors that go beyond the usual. Pictured are quarter-sawn tiger oak doors that "started life as architectural millwork," as the site puts it.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Full-Length Cafe Doors
If you want cafe doors that cover as much of the doorway as possible, look for full-length doors, like these from Swinging Cafe Doors.
At 70" tall, with only a few inches clearance at top and bottom, these doors provide maximum privacy and even some sound absorption. These come in natural popular and should be painted or stained.