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How to Use Sliding Doors as Room Dividers

How to Use Sliding Doors as Room Dividers

Sliding doors as room dividers

An easy way to turn one room into multiple

Room dividers can help break up a large room or provide instant privacy in smaller spaces, like studio apartments or bedrooms.

But how do you go about creating attractive room dividers? What do they look like? Are they difficult to install?

Don’t worry. All your questions and more will be answered, and hopefully by the end of this article, you’ll think twice about just throwing out your old doors when it comes time for that home remodel. From Japanese sliding doors to French doors to sliding barn doors to connecting old doors, there are countless ways to use doors to add some style — and privacy — as room dividers.

Sliding doors as room dividers

Uses for door room dividers

The best part about using doors for room dividers is the unique versatility they provide to your particular space. What may work for you may be completely different to what and where it might work for someone else. It’s all relative to your room’s style and dimensions.

Doors can be installed to separate a dining room from a living room, or to separate a kitchen from a living room. If two people are using a home office space, doors make fashionable and functional room dividers when you may want a little extra focus on the tasks or company at-hand.

Perfect for small, shared spaces like dorm rooms, door room dividers can help save space and afford occupants a little more privacy. Doors as room dividers can also help you make the most of a large space — like a studio apartment or open-concept home. You can use room dividers to create different zones and “rooms within rooms.”

Old door room dividers

Whether you’re ditching your old doors for newer remodels or you’re following the theme of “one person’s trash is another’s treasure,” old doors make great room dividers. And the best part is that they don’t have to match. In fact, that’s part of the perfection – the imperfection provides more aesthetic interest.

By touring a salvage yard, garage sale or flea market, you can find some old doors that just need a little sanding and staining (or painting) TLC. When you get your doors into the finished shape you want, all you need to do for the simple installation is connect them via the hinges and ta-da! You’ve got a finished DIY project that you and your guests will love.

Japanese sliding doors

Japanese design is known for its minimalism and efficiency of architecture. It presents a lot of unique style with very little effort. One of the most popular examples of this classic meets contemporary design can be seen in Japanese interior sliding doors room dividers, which can serve as a door, window or room divider.

Sometimes called “shoji screens,” Japanese sliding doors use simple materials like wooden framing or bamboo lattice filled with translucent paper, as well as a railing system. These doors are fairly inexpensive and time-friendly to install. The finished product will provide a dynamic layout to your home instantly giving you more light, openness and floor space to enjoy.

French doors

Used primarily as exterior patio doors, or for this article’s purpose – interior room dividers – French doors create elegant entryways that can allow privacy and a see-through visual connection between two spaces — primarily a dining room and kitchen or living room.

French doors may not automatically fall into the category of sliding glass door room dividers, but their elegant use of glass within a sturdy frame can can separate a room while still allowing light to flow between spaces. And if you ever want additional privacy, curtains or blinds can easily be installed.

French doors as room dividers

Sliding barn doors

One of the most popular room divider sliding door track options over the last few years, sliding barn doors beautifully combine rustic chic with contemporary style. Easy to install and even easier to love, sliding barn doors are perfect room dividing options if you’re looking to save space in narrow hallways or create interest in bigger entrance ways. With so many styles, stains and sliding systems to choose from, your sliding barn door can either blend in to your current home décor or be the focal point for your guests’ “oohs” and “ahhs.”

Sliding barn doors as room dividers

Whichever sliding door room divider style you choose to implement in your own home, rest assured that you’ll love the look and feeling it adds to the layout of your house. From something as simple as upcycling a few old doors or as intricate as constructing Japanese sliding door dividers, your house will ‘wow!’

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Rustica Lock Measuring Guide

Measuring Distance

This is the measurement from the top of your door to where you'd like the lock handle. This measurement allows you the flexibility to place the locking mechanism where it will not interfere with any existing handles or fixtures pre-mounted to the door. You'll need at least 2-1/8" clearance below. See Picture

Hole Placement

Introducing an easy solution to little ones slamming your barn door! Our new Closure soft-stop system slows you door down before it makes contact with the track stop. This ensures a smooth stop every time. The Closure system has been specially designed to be universal with all Rustica Hardware flat track systems, no matter the length of track this product will work with your flat track system. Product comes with (2) Closure mechanisms (one for each side of the track system) to protect your system whether it’s being opened or closed.

Placement is measured from bottom of the door to the door bore hole.

Placement is measured from bottom of the door to the door bore hole.

Standard is 5'-1/2" above door knob boring.

Our designer corbels are sold in pairs. Each pair of mantel corbels is made of solid alder wood and designed for use with our floating mantel shelves. Corbels are easy to install and add a substantial design feature to your mantel space. Corbels will come finished to match the color and texture of your selected mantel.

All of our solid wood doors are made from the finest grade knotty alder or poplar. The species of wood that a door is made from is based on the finish that is selected for that door. Knotty Alder is more rustic and full of knots that are prevalent in the finished look. Poplar is a cleaner wood in that it has less knots for a more seamless look.

Please use the below guide if you're interested knowing what species of wood your door will be made from and the type of look you should be expecting:

This is the width, height and thickness of the door itself. If you are replacing a slab (door without the jamb), fill in the exact measurements of the existing slab.

To measure rough opening height, measure the distance from the stud above the door opening to the floorboard at the bottom of the door opening.

To measure rough opening width, measure the distance from the stud on one side of the door opening to the stud on the opposite side of the opening.

Measure the existing slab, that you're wanting to replace, from the top of the door to the top of each hinge. You will format your entry in this format: Hinge 1- 10" from top of door. Hinge 2- 22.

We Recommend:

3-1/2" hinges for 1-3/8" doors, 4" hinges for 1-3/4" doors and 4-1/2" hinges for 2-1/4" doors.

Select which side of the door you'd like your pull/handle to be located when facing the front side of the door (the side of the opening in which you can see your track/rolling system). The back side handle will be placed on the same side of the door as your front side handle.

NOTE: The current lead time for Brushed Steel and Brushed Stainless Steel on the Box system type is 7 weeks.

Hinge Placement Instruction

To identify hinge positions, measure from the TOP of the door to the top of each hinge.

Door Accessories

Spice Rack

The spice rack is great for holding an assortment of items.

Stories Told Bookshelf

Four shelfs total, our biggest bookshelf.

Steam Engine Bookshelf

Two shelfs, with a beautiful design.

Coat Hanger

The perfect coat hanger for any office or home entry.

Modern Industrial Floating Shelf Dark

Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

Modern Industrial Floating Shelf Clear

Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

Modern Industrial Floating Shelf Grey

Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

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