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# Efficiency Door

One door, two frames...
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Two frames side by side, door with a large 180? hinge. In one state, 2 rooms are closed off from the rest of the area. Close it the other way and one room is shut off from the rest of the area. Leave it at a center state and nothing is shut off from anything.
 — sartep, May 16 2005

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Would the hinge be a central pivot similar to a revolving door?
 — justaguy, May 16 2005

No. This is a revolving, folding pocket door. There's no center post to break up the two frames. Something like this exists called a "operable wall".
 — reensure, May 16 2005

How would it revolve without a central pivot?
 — justaguy, May 16 2005

It just needs a pivot.
 — reensure, May 16 2005

 I can't quite see how all of those states can be achieved with only two door frames on the same plane ("side by side").

 Maybe I don't get how the rooms are arranged.

 Maybe I'm a complete moron. <= (place your bets here, folks).

Is it a double width pocket door with a hinge halfway across the width of the door? But, where would the door fold to if the frames are side by side? Are they at 90 degrees to one another? I think I need a drawing, my head feels funny trying to figure this out.
 — half, May 16 2005

[half] Agreed.
 — justaguy, May 16 2005

It would need an extension off of the hinge allowing for the door to be 6 inches away from the wall when in the center position. The wall would be a normal wall.
 — sartep, May 16 2005

 Nope, sorry. Doesn't help. Makes it worse, I'm afraid. 6 inches away from the wall?

 Is this, essentially, one wide door with a vertical, hinged joint in the center?

 Is there a wall, at 90 degrees to the door frame(s) which comes a door's (half door, whatever) width short, at the door end, of dividing the two rooms?

If none of this is true then I give. I'll just have to wait for the movie to come out.
 — half, May 16 2005

[half] Agreed. This idea lost me somewhere between "How would it revolve without a central pivot?" and "It just needs a pivot."
 — justaguy, May 16 2005

I get it. There are a total of 3 rooms here, 2 (rooms A and B) of which are connected in parallel to the third, larger room C. Imagine the door as a Double-throw toggle switch with a dead middle. It can either close off room A or room B, but not both, or it can be open to both. Right?
 — RayfordSteele, May 16 2005

Ah! Well described, [rs]. I got lost up there.
 — contracts, May 16 2005

Hmm... Not digging this whole "but not both" concept.
 — daseva, May 16 2005

 Hmm...what's the 180 degree hinge doing?...I think it's beginning to dawn on me now what sartep was visualizing.

 It's nit-picky, but if I'm understanding now, what he calls "2 rooms closed off from the rest of the area", I'd have called "one room closed off from the other two". Hey, it makes sense to me.

I think I've got it. Now, what do I do with it?
 — half, May 16 2005

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