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Old 04-16-2010, 01:02 PM   #1
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See attached drawing. Turns out that in the design for my bathroom, the door may hit the side of the vanity. It's a 24" solid pine door. I assume I cannot go smaller? Is there any type of specialty hinge that would prevent the door from swinging so far into the room? Thanks.


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Help us out. By how much will it hit? And exactly where?

And why is the commode off-center of the space it occupies?

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are you looking for something as simple as this?
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Some more details. The door that the wall is on is actually 2" too close to the vanity. My original plan was to move that wall back 2" so the door would have clearance to open all the way. On second thought, I'd rather not move that wall because the hallway behind it is tight as it is. I have about 23" between the door wall and the vanity if I don't move the wall.

My other option is to swing the door out, which would be odd but I could live with it.

The toilet will be in the center of that space, forgot to fix that in the diagram.
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There is, so far as I know, no rule that says a bathroom door has to open IN.

Many exterior doors in Europe open OUT

I have seen home Exterior doors in the US open OUT

Why not have your bathroom door open OUT
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Does the wall in the hallway extend far enough West (to the left in your drawing) that you could install a pocket door?

You would need about 28" in order to have room for a 24" door, a couple studs at the end of the pocket and the rubber bumper.

Just a suggestion.
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Why not have your bathroom door open OUT
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That is the most likely solution. I'd just prefer it to open in if I can.
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Or something like these mounted either on the floor or on the side of the vanity?
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What is next door? Where the 5'- 3/4" dimension is? Can you do a pocket door there? I've have a 24" pocket door for years now, and love it.

Might want to consider putting the light switch in the position closest to the door, rather than the floor heater control.
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Does the wall in the hallway extend far enough West (to the left in your drawing) that you could install a pocket door?
Nope The wall ends right there, the door is on a corner.
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You do realize that the wall does not have to be a full 4-1/2" thick? Most mobile homes have very thin walls... and this is not a large wall that it would be noticed much.
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That's a good point. It's not a load bearing wall. How thin can a wall be?

Is there any code requirement that says a door has to be able to open a full 90 degrees?
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That's a good point. It's not a load bearing wall. How thin can a wall be?

Is there any code requirement that says a door has to be able to open a full 90 degrees?
As thin as it will remain structurally sound. (Means: use good, solid material.) You'd be surprised how much extra hinges on a door will stiffen up that part of the wall.

Check locally, of course, but there are seldom many codes on interior doors, if any.
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There is, so far as I know, no rule that says a bathroom door has to open IN.

Many exterior doors in Europe open OUT

I have seen home Exterior doors in the US open OUT

Why not have your bathroom door open OUT
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I believe the general rule for doors to open IN to a room is so that you can avoid accidently openning the door on someone who might be passing by. When you open a door IN, you can easily see what is behind you. But when you open a door out, you can't see what is on the other side.

Rather than changing the door, what if you changed the vanity?

I assume that based on your problem and room dimensions, the current plan calls for a 36" vanity. But I believe they come in 6" increments, and therefore you should be able to get a 30" vanity, allow the door to open ALL the way, and still have a few inches to spare. Another option would be a pedestal sink, but of course you loose some storage space. But you could always add storage over the toilet if you didn't already have plans for that.
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I already bought the sink and vanity, and they are not returnable. I would much prefer the door opening out than losing storage. The bottom-right corner of the shower used to be a closet, so that space has already been lost. I may add storage over the toilet, i decided i'd do that if and when I need the room.

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