Replacing accordion bedroom doors in cottage

Hi, I would really appreciate your help and ideas. Last year, we threw out our original sticky,(gross) vinyl accordion bedroom doors, thinking they would be easy to replace. At the time we couldn't find any. Since I didn't like them, I am not keen on using them again, eventhough there are other retailers that now carry accordion doors. Right now we are just using regular curtains. There is no room for regular doors, since we use every inch of space in the rooms. We thought of DIY sliding barn doors or pocket doors--not enough room in 1 bedroom. We thought of bi-fold doors, but they are noisy and impede the opening which is narrow, and probably wouldn't hold up long term. We thought of a French type door (split regular door), but that impedes the flow in the hall/rooms. We thought of making a slab MDF door, but were told that hinges wouldn't stay put...Any other suggestions please?
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  • Tegma Tegma on Apr 28, 2015
    What about wall doors? Doors that slide into the wall.... do you have room for those in your sidewalls?

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    • B. Enne B. Enne on Jan 01, 2017
      Hi Terrie thanks for your input. As I responded to Tegma and mentioned in my post , there is unfortunately no room for pocket doors or swing doors, unless we split them in 2. We may have to go that route but it still blocks some of the room. There is also one room where that won't work at all. The other option may be to bring in a blind company, and have them make thin, custom bi-fold plantantion-type shutters.

  • Tegma Tegma on Apr 28, 2015
    If wall doors won't work, I think your only alternative is a new accordion door. They do sell them at Lowes and other big box stores. You could do sonething clever with them.....paint to match the walls so that they blend with the room, add fabric to match or co-ordinate with your bedding, paint a design or scene on them.... whatever! Otherwise, curtains to match your decor really aren't that bad!

    • B. Enne B. Enne on Apr 28, 2015
      @ @tegma Thanks Patricia. The curtain looks nice, it just doesn't block noise from the common areas. I just can't bring myself to hang another accordion door, since it doesn't go with our decor at all...however your pimped up versions sound nice :)

  • Tammie Housley Tammie Housley on Apr 28, 2015
    Have you thought about a swingin door? What I always think of as the saloon type doors? If you are DIYers you might even be able to make some from long shutters? Or it might even be worth the effort to enlarge the door opening. Just a couple inches would make a difference. Someone with minimal construction skills should be able to help you. Check at Home Depot and see what the smallest door size is. I think it would just be a matter of cutting it down then adding a stud on each side to nail the door frame to. Hope you find a good solution and let us know how you work it out.

  • Tegma Tegma on Apr 28, 2015
    Have you seen the sliding panels they sell for patio doors? They are made out of the same vinyl as louvres, I believe, only made in one piece. They hang on a small bar, in much the same way as a barn door would. Since they are very light and thin, perhaps they would work for you even tho' a barn door wouldn't. They come fabric covered, and in various patterns and colors, as well as plain. (See J C Penneys) if your hubby is a handyman, you might even make something similar out of quarter inch plywood. They could be hung on drapery rods, rather than heavy piping like barn doors. Even with outlets etc., I think these panels, or something similar, would work. Look and see....

    • B. Enne B. Enne on Apr 28, 2015
      @ @tegma Would they be similar to the Ikea room divider panels that run on a track? Sounds intriguing...I'll have to look into that, thanks again :)

  • Tegma Tegma on Apr 28, 2015
    Yes, that's what I'm talking about. I believe JCPenney's sells them, too.

    • B. Enne B. Enne on Apr 28, 2015
      @ @tegma A friend bought some for her patio door and found that the extreme temperatures (cottage) affected them. They unfortunately wouldn't help more than curtains for noise. I really appreciate all the effort you went through to assist me. All your ideas are great, I just have an odd problem. Thanks!

  • Kristen Bishop Kristen Bishop on Dec 28, 2016
    I believe Hunter Douglas and several of the other shade companies make a shade that slides from one side to another and attaches to the wall on the other side with a strong magnet. I had one years ago for a sliding glass door that faced the ocean and wanted it open most of the time but closed at night for some privacy. They are pricy but should solve your problem

    • B. Enne B. Enne on Dec 28, 2016
      Thanks for your input. Do you think they would block the sound coming from the common rooms...talking, tv etc.? The curtains we have are good for visual privacy, but not noise.

  • Kristen Bishop Kristen Bishop on Dec 29, 2016
    Probably not.

  • Marty Grimson Marty Grimson on Dec 31, 2016
    Sears still sells accordion doors. Google!

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Dec 31, 2016
    Thanks Marty many places still do carry accordion doors. I was looking for alternatives, since I do not think they look nice. I couldn't find any other ideas online that suit our needs.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jan 01, 2017
    Happy New Year and thanks to everyone for your advice!  Since this is for my cottage, and I'm trying to maximize every inch, conventional methods do not work very well. I may have to bring in a blind company, and have them make thin, custom bi-fold plantantion-type shutters if I want the doors to match. Thanks again!