Barn door - sizing

Old 09-14-16, 10:34 AM
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Barn door - sizing

I have a small master bath that I am going to remodel. The existing door opens in (as it normally would) and always seems to be in the way.

I want to replace it with a barn type door. I don't want to remove the existing trim around the doorway. The opening is 28x85.

When looking at reasonably priced door options, it seems I can go with a 30x84 or 36x84. Will either of these work? The 30" seems like it might not be wide enough (I think ideally it would cover the trim closed). The trim is around 2" wide on each side of the door. Will the door be too short? I was going to leave 1/4" gap (from the trim) at the top and 3/4" gap at the bottom from the floor.

I think ideally the door would be taller, but then I'd have to go custom it seems.
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You'll probably want the 36 wide, as long as you have the room for it to slide out of the way. You want some overlap to avoid being able to see in at a diagonal. The door has to be spaced away from the trim so it doesn't bang it (less critical if you have a floor guide to hold the bottom in alignment).

I think the height will be ok. You can actually set the top farther down from the top of the trim because when the door is shut, you will be looking up at an angle and the door will shadow the top of the trim. But 3/4 gap at the bottom isn't really a problem in any case.
Old 09-14-16, 03:56 PM
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Barn doors provide zero privacy because of the gap between the door and trim. IMO it is a terrible choice for a bathroom door! I realize it's the master and you might never need to lock it but...
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All of the above, not to mention the barn door rolling hardware is terribly expensive. You'll need a 6' track, two rollers, stop mechanisms, bottom guides, and possibly a pull in lock device, although I would not recommend that type lock on a bathroom merely for security purposes. I have these on my barn (obviously), and they work great, but privacy is non existent since the doors sit away from the wall.
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I have to agree, that would be my last choice for a door for a bathroom.
Why not just buy an out opening prehung door?
Old 10-10-16, 11:22 AM
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The door is 36" wide and the door opening is 28", so there is no gap to see through.

It is true it cannot (easily) be locked. Since it is in the master, that isn't really an issue for me.

I considered changing the existing door to open out. Typically though, you leave a door open when a room isn't in use. That would mean the door in the way in the master. I suppose you could always keep it closed.

A barn door is also more interesting looking than a regular door and more unique.

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