Rob and I have been throwing around the idea of installing our bathroom door on a barn door track, but I have so many questions.
I e-mailed Celeste of Cottage Dreamers, who has a barn door in her bedroom. I'd actually been in contact with her about six months ago, as well, because I was thinking about installing a corrugated metal shower surround, and she happens to have one.
Celeste was full of insight on the barn door issue. I'm still not sure if Rob and I are going to pursue this for our bathroom, but it's great to hear about someone else's experience with it.
Celeste said she and her husband bought the hardware at Lowe's, and it wasn't a part of a kit. It's been a while, she said, but she thinks they spent between $100 and $150 on it. That would make it much more reasonable than a couple thousand dollars per door, as a comment on this Apartment Therapy article suggests.
“The separate parts required are the track, brackets and roller, but there are other things you can buy that we didn't, like stops at the end of the track to keep the door from rolling off the track,” Celeste told me. The track in her bedroom runs the entire length of the room and they use it for the closet, as well.
Their door doesn't have a latch, although it's possible to include one, she said, and their door is actually bigger than the doorway. They haven't yet installed trim but plan to.
“It's private, but if you were to press your head up to the door and peek through the small gap between the door and the wall (just under 1/4-inch) you can see into the room, but only down the length of the wall,” Celeste said. Adding trim won't get rid of that gap, she said.
She said you also have to consider door height when installing a barn door track.
“If the door opening and the door are both standard size there might be a slightly larger gap at the top unless you get a taller door and raise it,” Celeste said.
“My husband really wanted to use a track door in our bathroom too, but for the sake of privacy (sight, sound, smell...) I said no,” Celeste said. “If the bathroom were really tucked away from all the living spaces I might consider it, and I would want a latch, but I don't know how you'd get around there being a slight gap all the way around the door.”
That's exactly the information I was looking for, as the idea of a gap concerns me, especially because the bathroom isn't far from the dining room in my house.
I'm not sure if it's something we'll pursue further, as I worry about that gap and privacy, as well, but I do still love the idea.
Photo is from Celeste's blog, and used with her permission.