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Why a Barn Door To Bathroom Entrance Was a Smart Idea

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Today I am sharing why a barn door to bathroom entrance was a smart idea in this home renovation project and yes, we would do it again!  A sliding barn bathroom door provides the ability to hide contents in a closet or provide closure to an entrance without a door swing.

Let’s face it, a bathroom door is important but what if a traditional single door creates a traffic jam or opens into a tight space?

There are several bathroom barn door ideas and a sliding door is excellent option if you are tight on space and still need to provide bathroom privacy.

3 panel white sliding barn door on bathroom wall

FAQs Bathroom Barn Doors

When installing a sliding bathroom door, consider purchasing a solid core or solid wood as that will provide more privacy vs a hollow core door. Solid doors are more soundproof with increased stability. Also, consider a door sweep, weather stripping, soundproof foam (between the door and wall), a barn door lock and install a larger door than the opening.

Yes, a barn style door can be used for a bathroom. To ensure privacy, consider a larger solid core door, a door sweep or soundproofing foam.

Sliding Bathroom Door

The biggest consideration when installing a bathroom sliding door is ensuring you have enough room for the door to slide.

This particular master bedroom at a home Jim renovated and built an addition on was very large and while the bathroom had a lot of room, the awkward door swing into the bathroom would have meant a cramped linen closet area.

Barn doors do not need to be “barn style.” Consider hanging the same style doors in the rest of the house. A sliding modern barn door for a bathroom that matches the same door style throughout the house is a great way to create a cohesive modern look.

How To Install a Sliding Barn Door

Step 1 – Install Door Header

First we added a trim (header piece) piece above the door to mount the black sliding barn door track.

mounting barn door track header above bathroom door opening

Step 2 – Install Sliding Track Hardware

Measure with a level where the track will be placed and mark line with a pencil.

measuring for barn door track with a level and pencil on door header

Once the measurements were taken, we drilled holes (this is a great screw gun) for the screws and then fastened the track to the header with the provided hardware.

screw holes for barn door track in door header

The barn door track slides beyond the door opening about 36″ or the width of your door so be sure to ensure you have enough wall space for the door to slide open.

Measure the height of the door from the floor in order to obtain the proper placement of the track.

measuring the height of door for barn door track

Use your level to make sure the track is straight / level before you fasten the bolts tight.

measuring the black door track to ensure it is level

Once the track was mounted, we installed the rollers on the doors and the remaining barn door hardware.

We used this heavy duty black barn door kit and fastened the track to the door header and the rollers to the door.

black barn door roller on white door

Follow the directions provided in your kit to ensure you attach the door hangers in the correct spot.

hanging interior door on sliding barn door track

Tip

*The door doorstop can be adjusted and tightened easily depending on where you want the door to stop.

Bathroom Door Ideas

I personally think any interior door can work for your bathroom entrance and if you want the barn door to the bathroom to match the rest of your house, then simply hang that interior door to keep the door style consistent throughout the house.

Barn doors offer flexibility especially for a laundry room, pantry, closet and of course a small bathroom.

3 white sliding interior doors to bathroom and closet, white oak floors, blue walls

You will notice in the bedroom image above, we also installed closet sliding doors instead of a swing or bifold door.

Where To Buy A Barn Door and Sliding Door Kit

Here are some of my favorite barn doors from Walmart (yes Walmart is like Wayfair now – they sell everything and better prices) and Amazon that we have in our own house and have used on client projects.

We used this barn door kit for the double closet doors. If you are ordering a sliding door kit online, just make sure you order the correct length track for your door opening.

These are 3 panel solid core interior doors (similar to the 2 panel interior doors here that we installed at the split level house) and they look so good hanging on the black sliding door track leading to both the closet and bathroom. For some reason I didn’t get a picture with the door knobs installed but you get the idea!

This door set comes with the hardware which makes like very easy! I personally love the matte black hardware but they also have stainless steel.

Sliding Barn Door For Bathroom Privacy

white 3 panel interior door on black sliding barn door hardware

The white sliding barn door on bathroom wall provides privacy and visual appeal as the black track was modern giving a fresh modern look to an otherwise boring wall.

3 white sliding interior doors to bathroom and closet, white oak floors, blue walls

The barn door kits do not come with a locking mechanism but you could try this one or this one.

Bathroom Barn Door Installation

How a bathroom sliding barn door is a smart idea for tight spaces while still providing privacy
Print Instructions
bathroom sliding barn door

Supply List

  • barn door
  • sliding barn door kit
  • level
  • screw gun
  • drill and bits

Instructions : Step by Step

  • install 2×10 (or fit to size) header above door opening
  • measure height of door from floor to get track placement and mark with pencil
  • Use a level to ensure track is straight
  • install sliding track on header (per instructions)
  • drill holes on door and install barn door hardware on door (per instructions)
  • hang door on track, adjust rollers and install door stop

Tips

Consider purchasing a barn door kit that includes the pre-drilled holes in the door for the hardware.
Author: Jessica Bruno
Cost: cost of door & kit

One of the best features about sliding barn door tracks is you can mount any interior door making this a popular diy project. You do not need to mount a traditional barn style door. The sliding barn door to the bathroom proved to be a perfect choice to suit both function and style. It was a win win!

Meet Jessica

What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.

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