Pros and Cons of Installing Kitchen Swinging Doors

  • 2-6 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 250-1,000

Swinging doors in the home can add style, grace and opulence but can also be a hassle. Swinging doors are a useful part of the home but can also add complications. The most common place in the home to add swinging doors is in the kitchen. You may sometimes find these being called restaurant doors. This is due to the fact that restaurant doors swing both in and out of the room. There are pluses and negatives to having swinging doors in the kitchen and the following article will share those with you.

Expense of Swinging Doors

If you must have a door leading from the kitchen to another room then swinging doors may not be the right choice for you if money is a concern. Swinging doors are heavier than normal doors as well as more decorative. This is because the doors are for internal use and are often a focal point in a well-traveled area of the home. Swinging door definitely add something to the home if you are willing to pay for it.

Clearance Problems

Having a door that opens one way is hard enough to figure out the clearance for and this is twice as difficult with swinging doors. When you install swinging doors you need to check the clearance for the door from both sides that it opens from. It needs to be able to clear the counters in the kitchen as well as the wall and other furniture in the other room.

Added Value

One major good point to having swinging doors is that they add a talking point to your home. Talking points tend to add value to the home. Swinging doors are often associated with the rich and famous that has large mansions and servants. The swinging doors separate the guests from the staff and break up an open floor plan. Swinging doors will not add thousands on top of thousands to the home but will add something more valuable: a talking point.

Unavoidable Accidents

This is an obvious negative that many people simply do not consider when they install swinging doors. When you are leaving the kitchen and someone is trying to enter you will hit a swinging door that is not swinging. If you are carrying anything in your hands you will most likely drop it causing a huge mess. This is the least of your worries though as someone can easily be physically harmed by this type of door. If you leave the kitchen and someone is behind you the door can easily smack them in the face causing all sorts of damage.

Decoration Envy

Swinging doors can easily go with your design elements in the home and match the décor of any home. This alone can make purchasing swinging doors a viable option. This is assuming that you can paint and stain the door the way you want it and can also install it yourself. Just because a door is functional does not mean that it also cannot be part of your overall décor or feel of the home.