[caption id="attachment_3080" align="alignleft" width="225"] Saloon door image © Valerie Everett[/caption]
This Blog is about a particular kind of door, which we all associate with a specific type of film. Before writing this I would not have believed there was a particular door that would automatically make people think of one genre of film, however this is certainly the case for this style of door.
The saloon door is a swinging door that is a key feature in many Western films. There are a number of famous scenes in Western films where a key character boldly pushes his way through the swinging saloon doors to enter a bar and confront a group of drinkers inside. Alternatively he will push his way out of the bar to respond to the call of an enemy outside the saloon.
Many of the saloon doors in these films stretch from knee height up to chest height with a distinctive appearance and these are known as "batwing doors". They are fixed to the wall on double action hinges, which means the doors can be opened either way and they always spring back to the closed position. I can only imagine that there must have been many collisions as people push the doors open from both ends.
This style of door would not be the most secure design as I'm not sure how you could secure the property. However many of the saloons in the American West were open twenty four hours a day so maybe keeping people out was never a concern for the owner.
At Doorsan we have a wide range of internal and external doors however we do not have a range of saloon style doors. We occasionally get enquiries for doors with a Double Hinge Swing Package when supplying doors for restaurant kitchens. We do not sell these hinges as standard, however, we will willingly source them if you need them when purchasing our doors.You could try Intastop.