Asked on May 01, 2018

How to change a double door to a single door?

Hi guys! We've never done any kind of major renovation before but my husband know how to do basic Reno. I'm currently 20 weeks pregnant and we are converting an office into the new babies room. Only problem is that it has a double door entrance and we want to change it to a single door. There's no need for the double door. My husband has an idea of how to extend the wall out and whatnot. We won't be using the room right away after baby is born except for clothes and such, she will sleep in a bassinet in our room for a couple months, so we'll have plenty of time to change it out. How would you guys go about it and would we need to rip the tile up where the new wall will be to make it more stablized?
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  • Eddy Radar Eddy Radar on May 02, 2018

    That would be a lot of cost and work for whatever convenience you think you would gain. I would simply lock the one side shut (there should be a bolt that slides up into the horizontal header above the door) and leave it at that. Then, experiment with masking it visually: Paint the door and trim the same color as the wall, so it doesn't "read" as a door. Or, put a bookshelf in front of it.

  • Sharon Sharon on May 03, 2018

    Here's a video with principles and measurements for a door opening.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEv0-mtiI8Y

    First pry off your trim to reuse, score on edge with a box knife and use a mini 7" pry bar. Pull the nails through the trim with pliers to keep from splitting the trim.

    Remove old door. Then decide where the door is to go, left side? swing in?

    So using the measurements from your video, frame in the extra space with 2x4s to the rough opening dimension, then add drywall to extra space.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fdy9uRvpI-E

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpb9bxjHxL0 add your trim back on, and get an extra piece of baseboard to add to new closed in section.