What is A Suicide Door?
Officially known as a rear-hinged door, a suicide door is is hinged at the back rather than the front. They can be installed into the doorframes of your home or business.
Another name for the rear-hinged door is the reverse-hinged door. Their macabre moniker is a result of the design’s tendency to badly injure people as they exit or enter the offside of a vehicle, when that door is hit by a passing vehicle.
Why Choose A Suicide Door?
The National Association of Home Builders in the United States released a recent study that showed the average total square footage of homes sold is dropping. Many homeowners are beginning to prefer less expensive, more low-maintenance options for their housing.
It goes without saying that the lower the square footage of your home, the less clutter in your home. Decluttering is a goal for most homeowners. Objects you don’t really need take up not just physical space but psychological space as well. The more items in your home, the more dusting, cleaning, and organizing you’re obliged to take on. Who needs that?
The cost of heating, air conditioning, and air purifying your space is higher for big homes compared to smaller ones. With an oversized home you are paying for temperature control and air purification in rooms that you seldom use, such as a formal dining room or unused guest room.
From an environmental conservation perspective, choosing a home without extra rooms and using solutions such as pull-out couches and in-kitchen seating is the more green-friendly option. Also, consider the increase in property tax that comes with the added square footage.
Cleaning a large home is also a colossal task. Chores such as vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, glass cleaning, dusting, laundering rugs and curtains, sanitizing extra bathrooms, and garage cleaning can add up to hours of your life wasted on maintaining little-used spaces.
Instead, a simplified, pared-down lifestyle focused on rewarding activities rather than possession-gathering is something many are seeking. It’s beneficial for our well-being to limit all the space and stuff that weighs us down.
Solutions for Smart Use of Space
One solution for maximising the space in a small home is to install enough windows to provide ample, natural light. A well-lit room feels more spacious and inviting, no matter the size. Consider installing as many windows as your local fire codes and other coding regulations allow.
Installing a suicide door is a clever way to improve the use of space in your home. Changing the direction in which your door swings can really help you use every square foot available. For example, a 32-inch door will take up about 13 square feet of floor space as it opens and closes.
By modifying the door swing direction, you can control where it’s best to situate that wasted bit of square footage by determining whether swinging from the left or the right of your doorway is more convenient. Instead of taking up valuable space, the spot where the door used to swing can house a small desk, table, or chest of drawers.
Whichever way you’re leaning, it’s important to consult with an expert to help determine the right materials and the right installation method for you, so that you can begin using your space-saving door with comfort and peace of mind.
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