Published at Thursday, 25 July 2019. Cabinet Knob. By Adalie Hahn.
In the case of double glazed bifold doors the solution to integrate the blind between the glass panels is even better because then, the blinds remain fully enclosed and never need cleaning. A magnetic system permits opening or closing of the blinds by the simple expedient of sliding an unobtrusive lever. There is no need for cord or rods. The look is much improved when blinds are sandwiched between the glass panels. From the health perspective too, enclosed blind prevent accumulation of bacteria and dirt, which is another reason to consider this type of blinds for doors and windows.
One interesting quality about having a sidelight frame is that it can be symmetrical or asymmetrical, depending on what you prefer. Both styles give their own characteristics to a wall and accentuate the room with a little extra decoration. Sometimes a person wants to have a large door but doesn’t necessarily want to use the entire space for the door. This often happens with sliding doors that have transparent glass panels which lead to a common room. The sidelight allows the homeowner to have the maximum amount of light without occupying all the wall space with sliding doors.
Door knockers are more popular in England than in any other country and can be found everywhere, even in the most remote locations. However, the history of door knockers begins several thousand years ago in Ancient Greece. Although intricate door knockers are popular these days, the origins of that knocker may be something far more regal than it simply ’looking nice’ on the door. Greeks were a bit picky about unannounced visits to their dwellings. It was considered a breach of etiquette to enter a dwelling without warning. Where Spartans would simply shout their arrival, the more sophisticated Athenians preferred to use a door knocker. Doors had replaced flexible hangings to provide better safety and privacy. Upper class Greeks had slaves whose sole purpose was to answer the door. It’s a bit like having a butler, but one that was chained to the door to prevent them wandering off. If they didn’t die of boredom, they’d fall asleep, and so to wake them up, visitors rapped on the door with a short bar of iron attached to a chain. It soon occurred to all that the iron bar could be utilized as a weapon. In order to prevent unwanted attacks, they soon learned to attach the bar to the door by a hinge. Thus evolved the modern door knocker.
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