How wide are your bathroom and bedroom doors?

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  1. Dave-Morris

    Dave-Morris New Seed

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    As we speak, Kurt the Contractor is dismantling the bathroom. I've had to revert to "Plan B," with hints of "Plan C," but the bathroom will morph into something brighter, drier, and more user-friendly.
    He just removed the huge 1955 built-in cabinet "thing" and discovered that, yes, we can put in a new and wider door.
    The current door into the bathroom is 28-inches wide. There are two bedroom doors in the same area of the hallway. They are each 30 inches wide and they can not be replaced.
    Should I replace the bathroom door so it matches the other two 30-inch wide doors? Should I live dangerously and go for 32-inches...or 34...on the bathroom door?
    The bathroom is only 7x9 ft. It can not be made "handicapped accessible," but the doorway can be wider than 28."
    What would you do?
     
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  3. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I hadn't even noticed before that our bathroom door is considerable narrower than the bedroom doors. Bathroom is 24", bedrooms are 32". I'm thinking that if we have lived here 22 years and I never noticed the difference until you brought up the subject that it really doesn't matter what size...go with whatever you want.
    But just remember that in a bathroom that size a wider door is going to take up a lot more wall space when it is fully opened and have an impact on the depth of the cabinets and their placement.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    All the doors in our cottage are 30" wide - I just measured them!! Like Toni I'd never thought of what size they were until I read your post.
    I think I'd be inclined to make the bathroom door 30" the same as the other two. :-D
     
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    My take on it D-M is to leave the door as it is. Put the money you would have spent on the labor and materials of replacing it towards some extra luxuries in your bathroom.

    I am in agreement with toni and the bigger the door the less room you have to play with in the bathroom it self.
     



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  6. Bianca Miller

    Bianca Miller New Seed

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    Door Width for Bathroom

    Hi Dave,

    Probably by now you might have solved the problem with the bathroom door issue, but just in case here are some comments in it.

    To beging with, I have noticed that you mentioned handicap accesible door. It is not clearly mentioned whether you need to keep this into consideration for a member of the family or you are just thinking about it for the sake of it.

    If that is the case there are few details you have to follow in accordance with ADA.

    1. For all handicap accesible spaces the door width must be 3ft. Therefore, here in your case a door of 28" would be too small.

    2. You need 18" clearance space on the opening side of the door for easy access.

    3. ADA requires 36"x48" clearance space in front of sink, and shower/toilet.

    With all these in mind your minimum bathroom space size should be 7'x10'.

    Now, if you do not need to make all these changes in order to be handicape accesible, then your bathroom door should be minimum 2'-6", so 30". The 28" is a bit tight. If your budget allows you to make the change, then go ahead and do it.

    Usually, bedroom doors are 2'-6" to 3'. 3' is a comfortable size, but that does not mean that you have replace your bathroom door just so as it matches the other doors. If you make the replacement is not because of visual symmetry, but because the bathroom door is fairly too small.

    Good luck with remodeling.

    Bianca
     
  7. olinda12

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    hai

    My newly remodeled master bedroom will have a 30" door. My new master bathroom will have a 30" door also. I have a second bathroom (my son's bathroom down the hall, which won't be remodeled until some later date), which has only a 24" door. Even that smaller size isn't too bad. So, if your existing door is 28" and you don't want to replace it, I would think it'll be fine. I doubt anyone will be able to notice the difference between the 30" bedroom doors and the 28" bathroom door unless they whip out a tape measure and measure and compare. However, if you do decide to replace the bathroom door, I wouldn't go larger than 30". This is a good size for a bathroom door. I am not even sure if 32" or 34" is a standard size? If that's not standard and it's what you wanted, you'd have to go custom (more expensive). But I don't think larger than 30" is necessary for a bathroom, I think it might seem too big. Let us know what you decide to do.
     
  8. kate

    kate In Flower

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    76 cms for the kitchen
    68 cms in the bathroom

    I think lol pretty standard on this complex, its a bungalow.
     
  9. SanDiegoLarry

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    Bedroom 30 inches.

    Bathroom 23.5 inches.

    The bedroom door has always seemed perfect, the bathroom is a little small.
     
  10. KrysDesign

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    I think you should go with 28''. Nothing bigger is required for bathroom, big doors are usually useful for large rooms like the bedroom or living room where you have to carry in big furniture :)
     
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    it's the smallest door in the house.

    bathroom 24"
    bedroom 35"
    living room 45"
     

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