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msrenea
Replacing bedroom door with a sliding door with metal bars
msrenea

I looked at a magazine issue from around fall 2014. It talked about using a barn door to make sliding doors in a hallway over a kitchen or bedroom. Instead of making a barn type door, I would like to use the existing bedroom door that I already have. I would like to know if my existing bedroom door would be ok to use as a sliding door which would slide from outside of the bedroom. I would attach the bars at the top as indicated in the magazine, in the hallway over my bedroom entry and have the door slide open and close on the top metal bar. I also would like to know if the door could be locked from the inside once is it installed as a sliding door. Thanks.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Replacing bedroom door with a sliding door with metal bars
Mastercarpentry

Any door can be made into a slider, but locking and latching poses a problem unless you like hasps and padlocks, and they work from only one side. You can use pocket-door latches and a stile at the end for them to work with but it looks kind of odd. Have you considered just using a pocket door instead? It might be a better option.

Phil

A. Spruce
Re: Replacing bedroom door with a sliding door with metal bars
A. Spruce

To directly answer your question, no, you can't just use the existing door because when you switch to a track mount, the door then needs to be several inches larger than the opening. The good news is that a new door slab will cost you less than $60, so replacing the existing door isn't really a big deal.

The bad news, as was pointed out by Mastercarpentry, will be one of security/privacy. If you live alone, no problem, if you've got kids or nosy guests, then you've got a big problem.

Ultimately, it is your home, you can do what you will with it, however, while YOU think this would be a great idea, 98% of home buyers will not, which means you will harm the selling price of your home because of this modification, or you will reduce the pool from which you will find a buyer for your home.

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