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dinosaur1 01-08-2012 11:37 PM

Idea to block off space
 
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This space is 57 1/2' wide x 80' high. Sort of an odd opening which the previous owner made.

This area is located in a separate room of our basement's rec room and it serves as a play area for our son, his friends and other small children who come over. I need to close this off so nobody goes back to our storage area which also has our water heater, furnace etc....I would love to be able to lock it so nobody can get past it, but if not closing it off at least would be fine.

I do not have any carpentry skills so a Pro might have to do this. Not sure yet.

titanoman 01-09-2012 12:03 AM

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Originally Posted by dinosaur1
This space is 57 1/2' wide x 80' high. Sort of an odd opening which the previous owner made.

This area is located in a separate room of our basement's rec room and it serves as a play area for our son, his friends and other small children who come over. I need to close this off so nobody goes back to our storage area which also has our water heater, furnace etc....I would love to be able to lock it so nobody can get past it, but if not closing it off at least would be fine.

I do not have any carpentry skills so a Pro might have to do this. Not sure yet.

57 1/2 feet by 80 feet?

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mae-ling 01-09-2012 12:28 AM

Are you wanting this to look nice?
Is it temporary?
Any reason for the opening to be this size, what has to go through it?

if wanting to do low cost I am thinking a door in the center with panels on both sides. May need to cut the door down a little.

For it to look 'proper' need to build a wall with a door opening, drywall, baseboard, which you may be able to take from the unfinished area on the other side of it.

abracaboom 01-09-2012 05:15 AM

Probably the easiest, fastest, and cheapest solution would be sliding closet doors with a way to lock them.

Maintenance 6 01-09-2012 07:59 AM

A pair of flush french doors would be the quickest fix. Then you can open them to the full width if you need to for access.

mae-ling 01-09-2012 05:59 PM

Abracaboom has a good idea. could use 2-30" doors which would give you a 27&1/2" opening.

Maintenance 6 01-10-2012 12:41 PM

And a pair of hinged 28" doors will give you a 56" opening........... and be easier to lock.

coupe 01-10-2012 12:56 PM

I'm assuming that's 57 1/2 inches wide and 80 inches high?

if so? just raise the header to 81 inches, place two studs centered at 38 inches between, get a 36 inch knock down metal door frame, hang 3 foot door and lock set. drywall and finish inside rec room, who cares what storage room looks like? if something over 36 inces but less than 38 inces needs to pass through? simply remove knock down jamb and replace when done

concretemasonry 01-10-2012 01:02 PM

Make sure your solution leaves a 36" wide opening for equipment access and movement, since water heaters and furnaces eventually need removal and replacement.

Just use a slide bolt and passage lockset well above the floor to prevent kids from exploring the dark spaces, but still permit adult access.

Dick

NancyNGA 01-10-2012 02:26 PM

How about a pair of bi-fold doors.

http://www.shelving-ideas.com/wp-con...loset-Door.jpg

dinosaur1 01-10-2012 06:43 PM

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Originally Posted by NancyNGA

Good idea but I cannot find an exact size without it leaving an opening.

dinosaur1 01-10-2012 06:44 PM

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Originally Posted by coupe
I'm assuming that's 57 1/2 inches wide and 80 inches high?

if so? just raise the header to 81 inches, place two studs centered at 38 inches between, get a 36 inch knock down metal door frame, hang 3 foot door and lock set. drywall and finish inside rec room, who cares what storage room looks like? if something over 36 inces but less than 38 inces needs to pass through? simply remove knock down jamb and replace when done

I'm not comfortble enough to get that sort of work done.

dinosaur1 01-10-2012 06:46 PM

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Originally Posted by mae-ling
Are you wanting this to look nice?
Is it temporary?
Any reason for the opening to be this size, what has to go through it?

if wanting to do low cost I am thinking a door in the center with panels on both sides. May need to cut the door down a little.

For it to look 'proper' need to build a wall with a door opening, drywall, baseboard, which you may be able to take from the unfinished area on the other side of it.

I want to make it so kids can't go back there. The room this picture is in is a kids room downstairs.

dinosaur1 01-10-2012 06:47 PM

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Originally Posted by titanoman

57 1/2 feet by 80 feet?

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Inches

titanoman 01-10-2012 06:48 PM

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Originally Posted by dinosaur1

Inches

I was just kidding. What are you comfortable doing?

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