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Topic: PIC OF FINISHED VIEW - Ideas please - too many doors, too little space  (Read 7323 times)
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« on: November 29, 2010 04:59:10 PM »

We have a bathroom that we're thinking of re-do'ing (if we can agree on what the finished room will look like Tongue ) The big sticking point is that the room has THREE doors that all open into the same space -

("After" pic is on page 2)

The door on the right is to the bedroom. We like this door, but if we had to, we could get rid of it and close up the doorway.

The door in the middle is to the hallway. We kinda need to keep this one Smiley

The door on the left is to the closet. We need to keep the closet - that and the vanity (there's a corner of it on the bottom left of the pic) are the only storage space in the room. There's no shelves or medicine cabinet. (we haven't decided if we're putting in a medicine cabinet or not.)

Depending on the door, a partly open door blocks one or both from being opened. A fully open door blocks one from opening, but the third door might be ok to open/close. There's stoppers on the doors so a fully opened door won't hit a closed door, but partly opened doors can (and do) hit each other.

The closet door is probably the easiest door to get rid of, but we need something to cover the inside of the closet. DH hates folding doors so those are out. We both vetoed beaded curtains (too disco-y) and fabric door-curtains (dh says it'll look like we forgot to put up a door, and I'm not too crazy about having that much fabric in the bathroom)

If it helps, here's a rough floor plan of the room - -

The blue rectangle on the left is the tub, the circle is the toilet, the brown rectangle in the center is the vanity, the green rectangle is the closet, and the red lines are the doors. There's no windows, and the wall across from the vanity has a towel rack.

Any ideas are most welcome!!

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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2010 05:58:26 PM »

Have you thought about turning the closet door into cabinet doors?  Maybe build a frame so you can put 2 on the top half and 2 on the bottom.  The other thought might be to push to  bedroom door further into the bedroom ... if that would work.  Usually you can't move the toilet, tub and sink too much because of plumbing ... so trying to work with the rest of the space can be a challenge. 

I gave up all my storage in my main bath and I totally regret it ... so I understand what you are facing there. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2010 07:19:52 PM »

Any chance you could make the hall door a pocket door that slides down next to the closet?  Or could the bedroom door become a pocket door?

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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2010 08:18:01 PM »

I concur ... Looks like from your drawing that the bedroom door could become a pocket door that slides into the long wall. Leave the Hall door as is. I would then consider a bi-fold door for the closet. it would stay stationary, and only open a few inches into the room when open. - Tammy
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2010 08:06:35 AM »

A pocket door? I hadn't thought of that! The  bedroom door (on the right) maybe could be changed - I don't know if there's enough space in the wall, I don't know anything about how they're made. Definitely something that I'll need to see if it's do-able.

I really like the idea of changing the closet door to cabinet doors, especially if they can be lined up with the shelves inside. It'll make the bathroom look more 'pulled together' with matching closet & vanity doors.

The bedroom's big enough to move the wall back to make the bathroom bigger,  if we do that, we'll lose a floor heating vent in the bedroom and it may impact the bedroom door (not the one in the picture, but the door from the hall into the bedroom). So it may not be a do-able change. Something to think about though if we end up changing the heating duct work though.

Thanks for the ideas! Any other ideas still welcome  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2010 07:20:04 PM »

Remove the cabinet door and replace it with 2 mirror sliding door instead.  It serves as a full length mirror and it can make the room look larger.  The bedroom door can be replaced with a stained glass frame door.  It can serve as a night light for the bedroom.  Turn on the light in the bathroom and close the bedroom door.  The light from the bathroom will reflect on the stained glass.  The effect will be nice.  The hallway door should stay, I guess.     

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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2011 11:04:15 AM »

I am in love with pocket doors right now, so I vote for that! We have a pantry that I'd love to do that to, but hubby isn't too sure it'd be a worthy investment (hasn't he learned yet that a happy wife = happy house?!)  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2011 12:11:18 PM »

The bathroom re-do is starting this week! For these doors, the one on the right (to the bedroom) is being changed to a pocket door, and the closet is being totally ripped out  Shocked and replaced with a tall cabinet with french-door style doors. The hall door is staying as is Smiley  The vanity/toilet/tub are all being replaced, and so is the floor & walls. And I'll have a new medicine cabinet too.
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« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2011 08:46:54 AM »

We need pics!! Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2011 04:19:53 PM »

BlushingBlueGrass - here's what it looks like today-

This is the same view as the top picture in the first post.(I know I needed to declutter the bathroom, but I didn't think the WALLS would be decluttered too! Seems like a rather extreme way to take off the wallpaper though Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy)

yes, I do have another bathroom in the house Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2011 07:16:21 PM »

Already looks a hundred times better and bigger!

Also, I have stripped wallpaper before ( I swear it was put on with SuperGlue....). Doesn't seem extreme at all  Tongue

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« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2011 07:46:58 PM »

Thanks! It's amazing how much bigger the room is once they cleared out a few things. Little things like the tub, the vanity, the closet, the walls.... Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy

« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2011 08:23:50 PM »

I just realized I forgot to post a finished view  Grin  Grin

The beige door on the right is now a pocket door (that needs to be painted white)
The center door is the original door to the hallway
The wooden cabinet replaced the linen closet

The vanity counter is the white line about 1/2 down the wooden cabinet on the left. The vanity matches the cabinet.

The walls are now a white textured tile. It's amazing how much BRIGHTER the bathroom is with white walls and a light fixture that doesn't reflect back as gold. We'd been talking about putting in a window to let in natural light since it was so poorly lit, but that's not a problem any more!  Grin   Grin
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« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2011 10:39:24 AM »

wow, great solution to the 3 doors!!

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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2012 08:45:12 AM »

Your door dilemma reminds me of my own house. However, when we moved in the junkies before us removed all the doors and painted on them and displayed the paintings outside in the yard. Hanging from a tree.

SO w ejust decided to leave the doors off, remove the hinges, sand and repaint everything and then install tension rods and put curtains up instead.

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« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2012 02:48:22 PM »

SO w ejust decided to leave the doors off, remove the hinges, sand and repaint everything and then install tension rods and put curtains up instead.

That's what I did for 2 closet doors! Smiley

« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2012 10:15:22 PM »

You've to change the plywood and replace it with new waterproof one. Or get plastic door done.

« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2013 08:09:29 AM »

I believe you have to eliminate two dors the right and left one and make arches instead. you can cover these arches with curtains of beautiful textile. And in the middle you need to chage the door for something like a silver one that will make an illusion of more light and space, i.e. milanodoors white laminate model.
« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2013 05:32:45 PM »

Are you able to rehang the door to the hall to swing out? I was going to suggest tearing out the closet. I like the wadrobe. Consider putting up a  wood shelf(s)on the wall  to the bedroom with either an under hung bar or some hooks for towels and / or robes / p.j.s. You could also add a good size mirror to that wall.
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2013 10:20:31 AM »

no, the hallway's not wide enough for the door to swing into the hall & still have enough clearance to walk by comfortably

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