An ingenious way to lock a sliding closet door with a mailbox lock
Photo: Alexandra Bandon
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Goods Under Lock and Key

I often have guests or subletters in my apartment, so I needed a way to store my stuff without having to remove it altogether. I'm lucky enough to have a very large closet in my bedroom, so I decided to put a lock on it.

The only problem is that the door is a single sliding closet door. With the help of my favorite hardware store guys, I devised a solution: I took a mailbox lock, which has an arm that flips down, and filed a notch in the arm. Then I installed a strike plate on the jamb with a recess behind it. When you turn the key on the lock, the arm flips down and the notch catches on the strike plate, locking the door from sliding open.
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