Asked on Dec 04, 2017

What can be done to privatize bedroom doorway?

by Lilly
Have an unusual shaped bedroom doorway. There is no way to install a regular door in the opening (see pictures). Could sure use some ideas on some alternatives. Most of the time it is just my husband and I so a door really isn't required. However, we do have family overnight occasionally and it is then that we need more privacy for our bedroom. Thoughts and ideas are welcome
Looking out of the bedroom.  Note the extra wide doorway frame.
Looking into the bedroom.  Note there is absolutely no way to add a door that would not be blocking the entrance.
  17 answers
  • Syl Syl on Dec 04, 2017

    Lilly I rent and have the same prob!! So I will b chking for answers with u!!! Syl

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 04, 2017

    It will not be much for soundproofing, but put up a tension rod and find a sheet or outer shower curtain, or even a curtain that you like and hang it on the tension rod. We put a bathroom into our basement in the house we had in the eighties in a huge bedroom. Rather than put in an expensive door, we used a tension rod and part of a sheet as a door. We didn't put the shower in (all the drainage pipes, etc. were already in the floor), so we put a closet in that space and also used tension rods and the rest of the sheet instead of closet doors. It worked really well and was easy to care for, just slip them off and wash.

  • How thick are the walls? Maybe a pocket door? I have one in my master bathroom. If not I would at least put up a tension rod in the door frame and make a curtain for it from a pretty flat sheet or length of fabric that coordinates with your decor.

  • Brenda Brandt Deason Brenda Brandt Deason on Dec 04, 2017

    It's hard to tell if you have space for a sliding barn door on the inside of the bedroom, but they are often a beautiful feature for doors that don't need to be closed often.

    • Lilly Lilly on Dec 04, 2017

      Thank you for your response. I love the sliding door idea! The doorway is 30 inches and the inner bedroom wall is 31 inches. It would work, however the light switch would be behind the door along with the wall mirror. Should we consider doing the sliding door, we would have to look at moving the light switch, but that would be a stretch.

  • Alisa Howard Alisa Howard on Dec 04, 2017

    Sliding barn door or pocket door. The barn door would take less time, work and expense probably.

  • Anne E Bunner Anne E Bunner on Dec 04, 2017

    A pocket door would be ideal, but would be more pricey to install than a curtain rod. You might also consider saloon doors if the curtain idea doesn't appeal to you. Also consider accordion doors.

  • Sharon Sharon on Dec 04, 2017

    I would first see if I could put a real door on there, using a left hand set of hinges. Buy a door the same width as the doorway, or cut down a larger door to fit in the opening (this would require a solid door)

    You could also create double doors for the opening using closet bifold doors and redoing the hinges. You can even get ones that look like interior doors....

    If that won't work, I guess the only thing is one of these old time accordian doors....

    Very odd it passed inspection without a door on the bedroom, acts as a fire there an old door in the attic or basement?

    • Lilly Lilly on Dec 04, 2017

      Thanks for the info. on accordion doors. I noticed there is even different colors to choose from. That is a good option too.

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Dec 04, 2017

    A sliding door. Louvered doors that open in the center.

  • Brenda Brandt Deason Brenda Brandt Deason on Dec 04, 2017

    Maybe you could have a custom door done with little doors in it where the lights switch and mirror are, so you could access them when the door is open, but when you close it, you could cover those holes.

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Dec 04, 2017

    Make a screen with some pretty fabric on it. You would only need two frames, hinged in the middle. That way you could just fold it up when you don't have company, and still have your open door.

  • Lilly Lilly on Dec 04, 2017

    Thanks for the response. I thought about that too. Not sure I want to go that route though. I'm liking all these different ideas!

    • Syl Syl on Jan 05, 2018

      I'm also looking at all ideas too Lily🤔🤔😃Syl

  • Lilly Lilly on Dec 04, 2017

    Hello! Thanks for this great idea! This could be a very easy solution. Will definitely consider this option!

  • Dmholt4391 Dmholt4391 on Dec 05, 2017

    I'v seen nice heavy bi-folding doors. Sharon of Florence OR hand the best ideas, I think. Good luck.

  • Amp7385598 Amp7385598 on Dec 06, 2017

    Why not try fitting a door that opens inwards to your bedroom

  • Liz Liz on Dec 06, 2017

    If you like an idea that conflicts with your light switch, they make remote switches. You screw an adaptor into the bulb socket, and place the switch where ever you want.

  • Patricia Young Patricia Young on Dec 06, 2017

    You can buy a bifold door. In plastic, or wood.. Bifold door is on 6 inches... In won't be in the way....

  • Gloria Wilson Gloria Wilson on Dec 07, 2017

    I used rods and sheets when we bought a new house for all the windows in the house, until we were able to afford blinds. Guests would ask who my decorator was! It works great! I used a rod and pretty fabric for a while in the house I'm living in now, until my son was able to put a bedroom door up. Necessity is the mother of invention!