Necessity is the mother of invention but time to perfect and test every invention is vital before launching any product. There are several attributes of the Angle-Shoe pivot design that not only ensure they are quality architectural hardware products but they also have multiple applications. They are also affordable and easily understandable for traditional tradesfolk adopting new skills. The original aluminium Angle-Shoe pivots had a steel rivet running in self-lubricating nylon bushes. The latest Nylon Version has now eliminated the aluminium. A new headless bronze rivet design simplifies installation.
These pivots can be used for all internal doors in houses, apartments and built-to-rent flats. The facility to eliminate both traditional door frames and architraves provides substantial savings for builders. There are also significant savings in the painting trade. They are ideal for doors to bedrooms, bathrooms, wardrobes and closets and the like. The ‘Flat-Strap’ pivots are fully concealed and the ‘Angle-Shoe’ pivots are semi-concealed. They are the perfect solution for interior designers chasing crisp architectural details without the crisp architectural detailing costs.
There are many situations where hinged traditional doors with exposed knuckles, secured by a latch and handle, are not the best option. Doors to small toilet rooms need to open both in and out to assist and/or rescue disabled and vulnerable frail aged folk in retirement villages. Most available rescue hardware used in aged care facilities and hospitals is both expensive to buy and costly to install.
Pivots are attached to the top and bottom of doors with the axial load carried on the floor of the door opening. Both the top and bottom pivots are the same and are non-handed. They are simple centre-line pivots designed for the most commonly available 35mm (1 3/8”) thick domestic doors to 35kg (70 lbs). Magical rare earth magnets can replace the function of traditional latch bolts and door handles. It’s a low cost silent way to close and hold doors in the closed position.
The original pivot design emerged searching for tidy economical hardware to service hatches for pipes tubes and wires in big buildings where door frames and architraves just seemed a waste of time and materials. Plaster trade accessories make ‘square setting’ easy to the perimeter of the door opening and has the same aesthetic appeal as flush skirtings and square set cornice details in crisp contemporary architecture.
At Angle-Shoe Pivots, all pivot door hardware, previously manufactured from aluminium, is now produced using Polyamide + Molybdenum (MolyPoly), a nylon material with outstanding properties to cope with the wear and tear that door hinges are expected to endure. Extremely tough and with great impact strength, MolyPoly is also remarkably wear resistant with self-lubricating properties that keeps friction to an absolute minimum.
In addition to the range of pivot hinges, Angle-Shoe Pivots also has a selection of Angle-Shoe and Flat-Strap pivots for louvres. These can accommodate simple, vertical wooden louvres with a weight of up to 40 kg (80 lbs). The louvre pivots offer the same excellent characteristics as the door pivots. With no special skills required to install, and durable, louvres can be a simple yet effective solution for keeping the sun or prying eyes from your windows.
Based in Canberra, Angle-Shoe Pivots is proud to say that the original concept, design and production of these products is 100% Australian and still under the ownership of the original inventor, Howard Styles. With a growing demand for pivot doors and with stock available at affordable prices from Angle-Shoe Pivots, orders are coming in from around the world.
At Angle-Shoe Pivots, we understand your needs and appreciate that sometimes you need something radically different. As such, we have designed one of the most specialised innovative ranges of pivot hinges. Unlike most pivot hinges, Angle-Shoe pivots are for light interior doors. Rigorous life cycle testing has been undertaken on test doors to 35kg and to 500,000 cycles. Product development work has been tweaked to ensure that they are the best and most affordable products on the market. All of our pivot door hardware has multiple applications and often provide a simple easy solution to aesthetic design problems.
There are several designs, fully concealed, semi-concealed and an easy-fix option complete with a tiny transom. All pivots can be double-acting, opening both in and out. The top and bottom pivot hinges are similar and non-handed and simple geometry makes installation easy, unlike most other pivot hardware. They are manufactured from the best engineered high-quality durable materials. They are ideal for all light internal domestic and apartment interior doors to bedrooms, bathrooms, and the like. They also provide an economic solution for all wardrobe and closet enclosure doors where nib-studs and posts between double doors can be eliminated. The original design concept provided an easy and cost-effective way to hang doors in square-set plaster door openings for professional trades people. The square-set door opening can be prepared by the plaster trade. Angle-Shoe pivots are also suitable for those into DIY work. Crisp architectural details are a bonus. There are big savings in the painting trade with square set plaster work.
The plates and angle parts are made of injection moulded, self-lubricating Nylon with a unique head-less bronze rivets. All pivot hinges need to be robust to withstand normal day-to-day use. Our top and bottom door hinges can easily be fitted into existing door openings. Our team members have extensive ironmongery knowledge and will be able to offer you any advice and assistance required with sourcing associated hardware products and plaster accessories for square-set work.
Angle-Shoe pivot door hinges, the brainchild of Howard Styles, offer a simple, effective and affordable alternative to traditional door hinges and are also available for use with external vertical louvres. There are two designs, the ‘Angle-Shoe’ and the ‘Flat-Strap’ these top and bottom pivot hinges provide several benefits compared with more traditional door hardware. The Angle-Shoe pivot is the easier design of the two to fit, whilst the Flat-Strap design is completely concealed from view when the doors or louvres are closed.
Affordably manufactured from an extremely durable, self-lubricating compound of polyamide plus molybdenum disulphide (Moly-Poly), these double acting pivots are remarkably simple to fit, requiring no specialist skill, experience or tools and are suitable for a wide range of applications creating ‘invisible’ doors eliminating the need for a traditional door frame, architraves and traditional door handles. They are ideal for two-way doors, opening both in and out, and can be used as rescue doors in aged care facilities. The doors can also be single acting with the addition of tiny stop beads.
This pivot door hardware offers simple flexibility unmatched by knuckle hinges. Once installed painting, decorating and maintenance of your flush fitting doors becomes both faster and cheaper, without architraves around the door frame which requires experienced trade skills to paint properly. They are also ideal for all internal doors in apartment projects for bedrooms, bathrooms, wardrobes and closets.
The ultra-simple pivot design is non-handed and universal for all door geometry configurations. Furthermore, these pivot sets are suitable for use on standard 35mm wooden doors to 35kg, whether interior or exterior, as they are able to comfortably withstand extremes of temperature and climate, hence their use on external vertical louvres able to carry a central axial load of up to 40 kg.
Born out of a long search for a simple elegant way to install discrete access doors to service enclosures for pipes and wiring in large buildings, the amazing Angle-Shoe pivot hinge is now widely used in a variety of different applications. The ultra-simple design is primarily for internal doors (up to 35kg). The latest version of the pivot hinge is affordable hardware for flush doors which can be installed in plasterboard walls without the costly traditional timber joinery trim around the door opening providing a subtle alternative to time consuming expert trade work. The installed pivot doors can be secured in the closed position with subtle locks, where required, or they can also be secured with a pair of rare earth magnets for ready access to fire extinguishers and similar emergency equipment. In the residential setting they are also ideal for wardrobes and other built-in closets. Traditional door handles can be eliminated too. All that is required is a small flush or recessed finger pull.
Sometimes referred to as secret doors, these types of doors come with other significant benefits too. The non-handed, universal nature of Angle-Shoe pivots facilitates the opening of the door in both directions (in and out) and has proven to be extremely useful where there is a need to rescue vulnerable people from small toilet enclosures in aged care, hospital and early learning centres.
The Angle-Shoe Top Rail Pivot in the informative video can be fitted to a prepared door literally in a few minutes and without the need for specialist knowledge or tools. it is a task the average handyman with a basic toolbox would have little trouble completing. Once installed, the pivot hinges will give a lifetime of trouble-free service – no maintenance is required and the pivots sets have been tested to 500,000 cycles with no compromise in performance.
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