Rolling barn style doors are super popular now, and for good reason… they’re charming, aren’t they? I sure am a fan. But when is a rolling barn style door the right choice? Set aside all their industrial styling charm, because regardless of how awesome they look, are there really times when they are the best choice for a door treatment?!? Case in point: the master bathroom in our 100 year old house…
This link will take you to see what we did with the original bathroom doorway that we closed off in the hallway and how we repurposed that doorway. That was the only doorway to the upstairs bathroom. In the renovation of our 100 year old house, we turned that bathroom into our private master bathroom. (we also transformed a 4th bedroom into a 2nd upstairs bathroom… I’ll show you that in a different post)
From inside the bathroom, the wall that the old vanity was on is the shared wall between the master bedroom and the bathroom. So obviously, that was the only wall a private door between the two could be placed.
From inside the bathroom, right where those old pipes are sticking out, is where the new doorway would be placed. The toilet room, (you can see a glimpse of that space below) is now on the far window wall, and the vanity now runs along the wall where there is currently a doorway in this picture.
Jump forward in time…
How nice for you, the mess is over, the plumbing and rewiring is completed, the wall is repaired and trimmed out to match the old original trim in the house, and this is what that wall/new doorway looks like now from the bedroom looking into the bathroom:
This is now the new doorway between the master bedroom and master bathroom, the stained glass interior window and curtained door are the separate toilet room and the new vanity is on the left, inside the bathroom, so this was the only placement for a door between the bedroom and bathroom.
But that placement left little room, actually no room, for a door swing. Any way it went it’d be banging into something, or awkwardly swing backwards into the bedroom.
So this really was the perfect spot for a sliding door. Even a pocket door wouldn’t have worked because of the electric outlets and switches that had to be placed in the wall between the bathroom and bedroom over the vanity…
Listen, truth be told, you wouldn’t have had to talk too long to convince me to use a barn style sliding door here… I wanted to before I realized it was the perfect choice anyway! 😉 (I’m a sucker for charming industrial styling!)
Did you know you can find the hardware and even the door kits at Home Depot? If you have a cool door and just need the hardware to make it a rolling style door, here it is! OR if you want the whole kit, here is a great option for that!
We used a door for our rolling barn style door that used to be the door that closed off the 2nd level from the attic, but since we opened that up for living space, a door in the hallway for it was just cumbersome and not needed. (the door with the curtain in the toilet area was another hallway door, it was used to close off the back stairway from the 2nd level) It was wonderful to be able to reuse the original doors from our 100 year old house in new rooms from their original intention, but still in the same house. (I love it when I can ‘shop’ in my own house!)
I love the industrial style exposed hardware of the rolling mechanism.
For the door handle, I found these large gate handles, here are some similar ones I see are now available at The Home Depot.
We open and close this rolling barn style door every day… it really does work great… and looks great.
So, have I piqued your interest? Is there someplace in your house that a rolling barn style door would be the perfect door style?
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