the stingy hinge

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a deal. Sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution, and if it saves me time and money I’m even more for it. That’s why I fell in love with this little beauty for home modification – it’s an expandable door hinge!

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Did you know that the average household door frame is only 24″? We were kind of surprised by that fact, so we looked around our home and found the door widths vary greatly! Our front door is 36″, our garage door is 32″, our bathroom is 28″, and our bedroom doors are 30″. For a home to be ADA approved, the doorways need to be a standard 32″ throughout the home.

We live in a house built in 1999, so I can only imagine that older homes have even narrower doorways. It would be pretty costly to retrofit all the doorways in a home, not to mention the hassle of contractors and construction.

An expandable door hinge gives an extra 2″ of width to a doorway simply by offsetting the thickness of the door itself. The entire door is moved outside of the doorframe, so you have the entire width to get through. Pretty neat trick, MacGyver! The best part is a hinge only costs $14.95-$18.95. Now that’s a deal!

Expandable door hinges are available in many finishes and colors (satin, nickel, black, etc) click here to see the different styles on Amazon.com. The least expensive model we found was $14.95 for the brass hinge, on ActiveForever.com, click here.

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