Author Topic: Help! I need an unusual type of door latch.  (Read 500 times)

Dicey

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Help! I need an unusual type of door latch.
« on: July 03, 2019, 11:35:13 PM »
We're almost at the end of a long flip project and we've hit a snag. We have an under the stairs closet (a la Harry Potter) that opens into a narrow hallway. We'd like to figure out way not to need a standard door handle, as it would protrude into the ha,lway, which is the main entryway into the kitchen. It has a standard frame and is only 70" tall. Can anyone think of some kind of pressure/spring lock device? I'm thinking of something that would allow you to push on the door and have it spring open so no handle is needed. Does such a thing exist? Google isn't much help, but that's probably because I'm not using the right keywords. Thanks!

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Re: Help! I need an unusual type of door latch.
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2019, 01:21:52 AM »
Do you mean a touch release catch, like on kitchen cabinets?  They are made in heavier gauges:

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/570057265305123528/
https://www.amazon.com/slp/hidden-door-lock/bd5d8rjaptaa5wc
https://www.finehomebuilding.com/2013/01/18/hidden-doors-secret-rooms-and-the-hardware-that-makes-it-possible

The other thing to do would be to put a cut-out in the door so that you put your hand through to lift up a latch that's on the other side.

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Re: Help! I need an unusual type of door latch.
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2019, 04:05:33 AM »
An alternative to the touch release latch, would be a flush door latch

Something like this:

https://www.etrailer.com/static/images/pics/n/3/n3980_3_1000.jpg

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Re: Help! I need an unusual type of door latch.
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2019, 11:30:51 AM »
Thanks for the assists, @former player and @Friar! The Saint Louis Designs option was sweet, but $150. Great for a Lear Jet, but too rich for this project. The Amazon link led to something that will work for $13.50. Boom! Ordered. Thank you for steering me in the right direction! I love this community!