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Measurements to Know

When entering the Door Frame Width and Height you will need to consider two principle measurements: frame size and rough opening. See the image below for reference.

Construction details for pivot door with jamb
Casing included for illustration purposes only, not included in purchase price

Door Frame Width and Height

This is the size of the door jamb itself. When determining the frame size you want to put in a number that is at least one half inch less than the rough opening to allow room to square and level the door. The Door Frame Width and Height do not include sidelight or transom dimensions. Note: we build doors by frame size: the actual door size will be less.

Rough Opening

The rough opening is the distance from stud to stud for framing purposes. Generally speaking, the rough opening should be 1/2" wider and 1/2" taller than the frame size you order. We find that this allows for sufficient shimming and adjustments during installation. For example, for a rough opening that is 48" wide, order a Door Frame Width of 47 1/2".

Please contact us if you want a wood type other than what is shown.

images of different wood types

Please contact us if you wish for us to provide a jamb depth different from one of our standard options.

drawing that shows how jamb measurement relates to wall measurement
Determining Jamb Depth

Determining Jamb Depth

The thickness of the project wall will determine your unit's jamb depth. Most walls are studded out with 2x4’s or 2x6’s, and so, our most common jamb depths are 4 5/8" and 6 5/8", respectively. Usually the jamb is flush with the interior and exterior wall covering, with the seam covered by casing.

Handing and Swing

Type When Viewed from Exterior Direction


Handle on left side Swings into building Diagram of left-hand in-swing


Handle on right side Swings into building Diagram of left-hand in-swing


Handle on left side Swings out to exterior Diagram of left-hand in-swing


Handle on right side Swings out to exterior Diagram of left-hand in-swing

The Pivot Placement is the distance from the outside edge of the door frame to the center of the pivot pin. Generally speaking, we suggest a Pivot Placement that is at least one fourth of the Door Frame Width. We find that this presents a solid aesthetic for most door dimensions.

diagram demonstrating how pivot placement relates to the width of the door pass through

Suggested Pivot Placements

Door Frame Width

Pivot Placement

42" - 44"   ........... 4"
45" - 47"   ........... 6"
48" - 53"   ........... 9"
54" - 60"   ........... 12"
61" - 66"   ........... 15"
67" - 70"   ........... 18"
71" - 74"   ........... 21"
75" - 80"   ........... 24"
81" - 86"   ........... 30"

Determining Pivot Placement

If your rough opening is 48” and you choose a 9” pivot placement, the pass through opening will be 37" approximately. You want to ensure you leave at least a 36” opening for most entryways. Please contact us if you have any questions about pivot placement.

photos of black anodized aluminum thresholds
Black (Dark Bronze Anodized)
photos of gray anodized aluminum thresholds
Grey (Mill Finish Aluminum)

Please contact us if you have questions about what threshold type will work best for your project.

sideview drawings showing details for pivot door threshold

If you choose a door style with a window, you have the option to place the window on the handle side or on the pivot side.

diagram to help determine window placement

Please contact us if you want a color, construction, or pattern other than what is shown.

image of available glass colors

illustration of vertical plank on handle-side
Vertical Plank near Handle-side
illustration of vertical plank on pivot-side
Vertical Plank near Pivot-side

single-bore deadbolt illustration
Single-bore Deadbolt
double-bore deadbolt illustration
Double-bore Deadbolt

Single and Double Bore
We will pre-drill the door for a handle with 2 3/8 in. or 2 3/4 in. backset. Standard bore diameter is 2 1/8 in. The term "backset" refers to the distance from the edge of the door to the center of the bore hole. See the diagram below for more details.

We can mortise the door for many entry lock sets. Please contact us directly to configure your specific requirements.

If you wish for us to prep for a handle you purchase from another vendor, you will need to provide us with the specifications for the handle or lockset so we can properly prep. Alternatively, you may decide that you want to wait and have a local carpenter prep the for the door handle. In that case, you do not need to provide us with the hardware specifications.

Free-swing Pivot Hardware

Our standard pivot hardware is a durable, specially engineered free-swing pivot hardware. This pivot hardware works for a wide range of doors, from small to very large. No matter the door size, the free-swing pivot hardware allows for effortless door operation. The hardware incorporates sets of ball-bearings for smooth, long-lasting performance. The door swings freely around the pivot point. There are no springs or tension pulling the door closed.

Closer, Dorma BTS/80

In commercial applications and in rare residential applications, we install a bottom closer. The bottom closer creates constant tension on the door’s swing to pull the door into the closed position. This means one must hold the door in order to keep it open. With a closer the door will not rest in an open position unless the hold-open feature is activated, which holds the door open at a 100° angle.

Production Lead-times

Type Time from Order Confirmaiton to Ship Date*


5-6 weeks


3-4 weeks

*Allow additional time for freight delivery.

Pivot Door Company guarantees ship dates; we do not guarantee delivery times. Delivery times depend on the carrier. That being said, we have come to trust and see great reliability in Fedex Freight.

See map below for approximate transit times to your region.

Map showing delivery times in North America
Fedex Freight Economy
Ship Times from Colorado Springs

Glass Sidelight

In many cases, customers wish to purchase sidelights for their door units. We build sidelights directly into the door unit, so the jamb and sidelights connect seamlessly. All you need to do is tell us what kind of sidelights you want, what size they should be and what kind of glass you want.

Glass Sidelight Placement on Door

You can choose between the following sidelight configurations:

- Right Sidelight

- Left Sidelight

- Transom light

- Double Sidelight

- Left Sidelight with Transom

- Right Sidelight with Transom

- Double Sidelight with Transom

Sidelight placement is specified with reference to the exterior view. If you want a 12" sidelight that is on the right side when viewed from the exterior, click on the dropdown options under "Right Sidelight" and select the option: 12" right sidelight. If you want a double sidelight, simply choose a size under both the the Right Sidelight and Left Sidelight options. Double sidelights can be of different sizes.

Sidelights can be placed on the left or right side of the pivot door.

Sidelight Frame Width

This is the width of the actual Sidelight jamb. When inputting the Sidelight Frame Width you want to put in a number that is at least a half inch less than the rough opening size to allow room to square and level the unit. Example: 48" X 98" door with a 18" X 98" sidelight will get you a door and sidelight combo that measures 66" X 98" (the rough opening size should be somewhere around 66 1/2" X 98 1/2").

To order sidelights, add the net dimension of the sidelight to the net frame dimension of the pivot door; the section will arrive as one unit based on the total measurements.