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Keeping the doors open

William Becker

I built a shallow flat screen tv cabinet and hung it on the wall of the customers patio. It is not directly exposed to the weather but it being in South Fla. I used marine grade 3/4 okoume ply. I hinged the slab doors with 1 1/2" stainless piano hinges. Obviously the doors swing back towards the wall. They stop bout 4 or 5 inches from touching. I need to come up with an unobtrusive way to hold them open when watching tv, as the slightest breeze will blow them shut. The home owner likes the clean look of no knobs or handles so, a bungie is kind of out of the solution. The doors measure approx. 26" w x 43" h. I appreciate any suggestions and ideas.

9/22/18       #2: Keeping the doors open ...
Leo G Member


9/23/18       #3: Keeping the doors open ...
William Becker

Thanks Leo, wouldn't work cause the doors at full open are about 4 to 5 inches from the wall the cab is hung on. They swing to about 210 degree opening. I was thinking of some kind of lid stay that could adapt to a vertical application and accommodate that degree of opening. Also would be mounted on the inside so it would only be seen when doors are open

9/24/18       #4: Keeping the doors open ...
David R Sochar  Member

I have done several of these, and the doors staying open - and closed - was critical to the success of the job.

My solution was simple - mount the unit so the bottom is out into the room 1/2". This will allow the doors to swing closed and flat, or open and against the wall. The 1/2" can easily be disguised, so is not evident.

9/25/18       #5: Keeping the doors open ...

David means ignore the coveted rule... always install door hinges dead vertical. Install them enough out of plumb that by gravity alone they stay open or shut. Those are your two options. There is no partially open.

9/25/18       #6: Keeping the doors open ...
MarkB Member

Maybe you could get away with a free sliding lid stay at the top or perhaps a really light duty gas strut installed so that it holds the doors fully open or fully closed.

9/27/18       #7: Keeping the doors open ...
Jim Herron

Cargo trailer door stays/holders mounted inside the case?

10/1/18       #8: Keeping the doors open ...
Tyler Member

Attach small chains to wall with small hooks on them, drill a small 1/8" or so hole at the top of the door. When you open the door, drop the hook in the hole and you're done

10/10/18       #9: Keeping the doors open ...
Bryan "doc" Henderson  Member

Send pics if you have them. I think a combo of the above ideas might work. I have used magnets to hold butcher knives in scabbards. Drill a recess on the interior prior to assembly. You could make a decorative chain (manual) or a post (automatic). If they want it "monkey proof" make it so it grabs when the door is opened. If it is outside and a wind kicks up you do not want it to lacerate a child's face blowing around. If the posts were high on the wall, not too noticeable. If it were a chain, everyone has to know how to use it. Best of luck.

2/5/19       #10: Keeping the doors open ...
Eric Member


I had an issue like this once and ended up using a small chain hooking system that was hardly noticed and just to a second to hook and unhook, the small chains just hunk on the side of the cabinet when not in use.

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