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msaeger 03-18-2011 09:57 PM

Bedroom door sizes
I need to decide what width doors to use on my bedrooms and would like opinions / advice.

This is for an second floor so I shouldn't have to worry about wheel chairs fitting through. The bedrooms are going to be fairly small too so I am thinking 32".

I also need decide what doors to use on the bathroom and bedroom closets.

The closets are going to be reach in and 12 feet wide which is the width of the bedroom. I am thinking I should use two 36" bi-fold doors on each closet.

Any advice would be great.

gregzoll 03-18-2011 10:36 PM

32" standard but the wheels will touch the frames, 36" if you want some extra room.

Jackofall1 03-19-2011 11:21 AM

Every bedroom door I have happened upon has been 30" door, as you said wheel chair access is not a consideration.

To provide more room to the bath, 28" door is accepable.

Have you considered sliders for the closts? I say that, cuz I really dislike bifolds, they are a PIA.


msaeger 03-19-2011 12:35 PM

Thanks for the advice.

I'm not sure which kind of closet doors I want for sure. I can't say I like sliders or bi-folds too much :) not much else you can do for a reach in closet. I guess there are those corrugated things :) I have never had bi-folds I had sliders in an apartment.

Either way what size opening should I have for a 12' wide closet ?

Or maybe I shouldn't make the closet the width of the room ?

Jackofall1 03-19-2011 12:40 PM

What I have seen, you would make the closets (2) x 60 inches, with 24 inches inbetween, this would be finished on the room side, but open on the closet side.

Then use 4 x 30" bifold doors on the (2) opennings.


msaeger 03-19-2011 09:07 PM

I like that idea thanks. What don't you like about bi fold doors?

Jackofall1 03-19-2011 09:53 PM


Originally Posted by msaeger (Post 612872)
I like that idea thanks. What don't you like about bi fold doors?

Well they are just a pain to install, once they are on they are a good solution to access a closet without the need to consider door swing.


msaeger 04-04-2011 08:23 PM

Back to my closet doors ready to start framing. I am thinking two openings like Mark said would be the best. I think for each opening I should use 2x 24 x 80 doors the whole closet will the width of the room which is 144". then I can have some space in the middle and at the ends.

I need to figure out what size to frame the opening. The door makers say make the finished opening 1/2" wider and 1 1/2" taller than the door. I am thinking I should be wrapping the inside of the opening with wood. Should I be planning for drywall and wood on top of it or just not drywall the inside (jambs) of the openings ?

If I put 1/2" drywall and 3/4" wood on the inside I get framed opening of 51 x 82 3/4.

Then that leaves the decision of what to do with the rest of the 42" left over. Should I divide by three and have 14 on each end and 14 in the middle. Would it look better to have a bigger space in the middle than on the ends?

I haven't been able to find and pics of a closet with four bi-folds.

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