5 Cafe Doors You Can Install in 30 Minutes Each

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    Cafe Doors: Defining Space, Easy Installation

    Saloon Doors vs. Modern Cafe Doors
    Saloon Doors vs. Modern Cafe Doors. Left: Public Domain; City of Yuma, AZ; Right: SwingingCafeDoors.com

    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. I can't think of any door that is easier 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 come to door styles, while the saloon name may be gone, you'll still find a preponderance of oaky, spindley, beveled doors that shout, "Giddy up!" But even if Western ain't your style, you'll find plenty of options to fit your decor. 

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    Basic Wood Cafe Door

    Spindle Top Wood Cafe Door
    Spindle Top Wood Cafe Door. Via Pricegrabber

    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.

    If that's not your style, try louvered cafe doors...

    Compare Prices - Pinecroft Cafe Doors

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    White Louvered Cafe Doors

    White Louvered Cafe Doors
    White Louvered Cafe Doors. Via PriceGrabber

    Want to get away from the Western look? Louvered cafe doors are just your thing. These pre-painted Pinecroft doors in a clean, neutral white. You can keep them that way or easily paint over them.

    Compare Prices - Pinecroft Cafe Doors

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    Cafe Doors for Wide Doorways

    Wide Cafe Doors
    Wide Cafe Doors. &copy Swinging Cafe Doors

    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.

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    Reclaimed Cafe Doors

    Reclaimed Wood Cafe Doors
    Reclaimed Wood Cafe Doors. © Cafe Doors Emporium
    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.

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    Full-Length Cafe Doors

    Full Length Cafe Doors
    Full Length Cafe Doors. © SwingingCafeDoors.com

    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.

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    Eyebrow Cafe Doors

    Eyebrow-style doors have a curved profile that lends a retro flair.  

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    Logo Style Doors

     These Logo doors offer a bold twist on the traditional eyebrow design. 

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    Cafe Doors with Glass Inserts

     All sorts of door types have options with glass...why not cafe doors? 

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    Pub-Style Cafe Doors

    The pub doors are what saloon doors might look like when viewed through a martini glass. 

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    Old South Cafe Doors

    Like the Big Easy itself, these Royal New Orleans cafe doors are a little bit traditional and a little bit something else.