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Position of handle on bi fold door

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weakestlink Tue 11-Dec-12 14:00:26

Bifold door into utility room needs to open both ways...

Where on earth do we put the handles / knobs?!

MandaHugNKiss Tue 11-Dec-12 18:06:47

I'm scratching my head at 'open both ways' - unless you mean 80s-tastic swinging western saloon doors that my aunt had between the living room and kitchen but you can't as they do not need handles.


weakestlink Tue 11-Dec-12 18:13:39

Sorry - not being very clear am I!

What I mean is - these doors are being used for an actual room not just a cupboard / wardrobe so you need one handle on each side so you can get in and back out again!

GrumpyOldWomanToo Tue 11-Dec-12 18:26:22

You don't need a handle both sides to open a bifold... from the "outside", use the handle; from the "inside", push the centre of the bifold (at the hinges).

To close a bifold door from the "inside" you might need to put a handle near the hinges.

MandaHugNKiss Tue 11-Dec-12 18:32:57

Ahhh, I see.

Except, I don't. I mean I know what you want to achieve... just not quite sure how it would work other than if from one side you push to open and the other you pull/vice versa.

I was going to need a bifold for the bathroom as the full size door risked pushing anyone passing on the landing down the stairs, but plumped for a pocket door in the end. WOuld that be an option for you?

MandaHugNKiss Tue 11-Dec-12 18:34:20

x post with grumpy after I got distracted on the phone by a blinds/shutter saleswoman. At this time! Outrageous.

craftynclothy Tue 11-Dec-12 18:36:23

We have one on our bathroom. Handles are in the normal place for a door. Plenty of people have got trapped in though because it folds into the bathroom (i.e. can't press the middle to get out)

weakestlink Wed 12-Dec-12 07:28:20

It's already on so we have to have it!

I think I've made a terrible mistake. I've put a handle in the normal door place on the push side which doesn't really need a handle and no handle on the inside so people get trapped. It opens into the room as well crafty....

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