How to Size a Push Bar

We’ve all heard the adage “measure twice, cut once”. This definitely applies when prepping doors for hardware. And, how to order certain door hardware for doors, like push bars.

We have several helpful documents on our website and How to Size a Push Bar is one of them. This document can be found under the Related Files tab on all our push bar product web pages.

Here are a few tips –

For a Flush Door

To determine the size of a bent end bar with bracket take the door width minus 5″ and that will equal the correct push bar length.

To determine the size of a bent end bar take the door width minus 5″ and that will equal the correct push bar length.

 

 

 

To determine the size of a square end bar with a post take the door width minus 5″ and that will equal the push bar length.

As an example: take a 36″ wide door and subtract 5″. The CTC push bar length is 31″.

 

For Stile & Rail Doors or Doors with Lites

To size a push bar for a door with stiles an rails or lites subtract the width of one stile from the door width and that equals the push bar width.

A stile & rail door example – a 36″ aluminum glass storefront door with a 6″ stile: 36″ door width minus 6″ stile = 30″ CTC push bar length.

 

A few cautionary notes to consider:

  • Always confirm bars will not interfere with the jamb or cause a pinching hazard.
  • On narrow stile doors, be sure the push bar base fits on the stile and the bar does not interfere with the door stop.

We recommend the bar mounting location be 42″ above the finished floor.

For a PDF version of this helpful guide click here. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our customer service or technical departments by calling our main number 800-255-3590.