With the downstairs bedroom trim work all hammered out its time to move on to the sliding door. If you didn’t catch where I learned how to do trim work, check out the training here for more details. One of the things I’ve known for awhile is that I didn’t want the doors leading into the bathroom and bedroom to be skinny 18″ type doors you find on galleys in boats and in some tiny houses. I wanted almost full openings that you could easily walk through.
I was left with a couple of options, sliding doors or accordion doors. Accordion doors have a pretty unfinished/temporary look to them so I opted for sliding doors. When it comes to sliding doors there once again several options. There is the very nice pocket doors (they slide back into a wall), or barn door type (very fancy looking with solid wood doors), and then the cheapo hollow core doors you’d have in a closet sliding/bi-fold door.
Since I knew I wanted a doorway that was wider than the doors would be it meant I’d need 2 sliding doors per doorway and a “wall” of sorts that they’d slide against when open. I opted to not go with the pocket doors since this would be fairly complex with two doors sliding into a hidden wall. I also opted to not go with the barn door style for now as I don’t need an overly fancy set of doors. I went with the el cheapo hollow core doors.
These types of doors can be bought for about $50 for a set of 2 doors (once they are taken apart). They go by several names but if you search for “hollow core bi-fold flush door” on lowes you’d find the below:
Next up you’d need 2 Bi-Pass Sliding Closet Door Track Kits. The 48″ kit goes for about $12 each and looks like:
I won’t go into attaching the hardware to the doors as that is pretty basic stuff and written in the directions on the kit but will cover a couple of things you’d need to make this a win in a Tiny House. First, you’ll probably need to trim the door track. You can do this with a grinder but I did it with a pair of heavy duty snips with no issues. Second, you’ll also need to remove the hardware connecting the two bifold doors as they are being repurposed into sliding doors. Lastly, you might need to cut your doors to the appropriate height. This sounds daunting but is very easy once you find the right tutorial….and this is the one I followed.
The only other piece you’ll need is a wall of sorts to slide these doors up against. With the doors at 15″ each and a wall of 15″. You’ll end up with only 15″ of space taken up, but it’ll be able to open to cover a doorway of up to 29″ (14.5″ per door with a 1/2″ overlap). Now that its clear as mud here is a video and some pix for you to see more detail. Enjoy!