Try This: Sliding Bathroom Door

No room for swingers. Increase the space in your bathroom with a sliding door.

| September/October 2005

Increase your bathroom's square footage without adding on an inch. A swinging door requires almost 9 square-feet of space to operate. A sliding door needs just a 2-inch wide slice. With bathrooms taking on so many functions—laundry space, storage area, water closet— too many doors eat up too much space. Simple hardware made for sliding barn doors allows you to create sliders without the complicated carpentry required to install a pocket door. Added bonus: the door doesn’t have to fit perfectly into the door opening. This is a great way to recycle and reuse those cool old doors you can find by the dozens at architectural salvage and building surplus yards.


Every installation will vary slightly depending on the configuration of the bathroom. This overview should help you design an installation perfect for your setting.

Mounting a sliding barn door requires:

• A DOOR YOU LOVE: It needs to be wide enough to cover the opening in your wall with 2 inches to spare. The height should cover the wall opening. It’s fine if it’s taller, just adjust how high you hang the rail.

• BOX RAIL: This is the track that the door slides in. Cut it long enough to span the wall opening plus the width of the door so it can slide all the way out of the way. Keep in mind that nothing can be flush against the wall where the box rail is hung because the door will slide along the entire length (that includes light fixtures).

• BOX RAIL BRACKETS are simple brackets that mount flush on the wall and hold the box rail for your door to slide in. You need about one bracket every 24 inches to support the rail and the weight of the door. The brackets attach using one wood bolt.

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