How to frame a temporary door in a basement apartment?

by Alane

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the awesome and inspiring suggestions, videos, and photos of how to make a temporary wall in a basement. We ended up using 4 bookcases angled together and connected with slats (?) and screws to make them secure. It looks AWESOME!!

Now trying to find out how to add a door for some privacy (rather that just a curtain on a tension rod).

I know "stuff" like this is done in NYC but I live in Iowa. ;o) And my budget is low, but I am creative and determined!

The opening is of course non-standard (smaller than usual maybe 25"), so some "crafting" would have to be done, but the door / frame would connect to a pole on one side and a wall on the other.

We are allowed to use nails but I haven't asked about screwing into the drywall on the wall side.

I watched some videos online about framing and some kind of "pressure fitting" with shims to put walls in - do you all think it could be done with a door / frame as well?

There is a large daylight window (maybe 80" wide and 24" high at - not below - ground level) so it wouldn't be a fire hazard to add a door.

I will send pictures of the wall sometime (I don't really know how to use this site) and would be happy to share any hints and tips with fellow readers!



  3 answers
  • Polly Fuller Polly Fuller on Sep 10, 2018

    you can buy a 24 inch panel like they use for bi fold doors.

    maybe you could just screw hinges to the book cases.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Sep 10, 2018

    Another door solution is an accordion door. You can also find cheap doors that can be trimmed down if needed at places like the Habitat for Humanity Restore shop. People donate lots of stuff and they sell it cheap so the money can go into building homes.

  • Heje Heje on Sep 11, 2018

    Big Box stores have doors that are slightly damaged with the frames attached. They could be fastened quickly to the book cases that were used.