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Question DetailsAsked on 10/2/2015

Need recommendation and installation of closet doors in 10ft-wide bedroom closet.

Closet is a reach-in. Prefer doors without bottom track to not disturb hardwood floor. preference is modern.

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Talk to A Doors contractor - preferably one with showroom plus installation services. Also, box stores carrying doors and bedroom furnishing, and places like Bed Bath and Beyond carry things like this.


You can also google a search phrase like this for ideas - images for wide modern closet doors


I would expect rail-mounted sliding mirrored or metal panel or inset-panel metal frame bypass doors (all of which can hang from the top without bottom track, though some sort of guide is a good idea to limit undesireable inward and outward swing) might do the job for you, because with bypass doors you lose no closet access width, and if you have adequate space inside a wall on one side, you can have the full closet width open at one time. Lacking door parking space at at least one side, then dual hanging bypass doors provide access to basically half the width as a given time, or if you use three you can have direct access to almost 2/3 of the width at a time depending on how you slide the doors from side to side.


Another alternative giving wide access without large (5 foot wide) panel doors (which would probably look more Bavarian Baronial or California Mission in overall appearance due to their mass) is curtains, including modern vertical drape blinds or metallic drapes, or even folding dressing screen type opening closures like Bellacor and many others make.


Another alternative is a wide open front opening, with individual storage units inside each with their own doors - cupboard type, bifold, even roatating circular sstorage units, so when all are closed there is a coherent appearance and clothing are concealed even though there is no "closet door" as such. More like you would normally see in a wealk-in closert, for example - though it does take up a bit of the available depth.


One other alternative is to "hide" the closet, using bifold or sliding bypass doors with curio display shelving, artwork, white board, fabric covering, etc on the front of them so it does not look like a closet at all when they are closed.


On bypass doors - with creative design, a bottom track or wooden guides could be built which would be rigidly fastened only at the sides of the opening, not to the floor (with felt contact with the floor to prevent sticking and dirt accumulation under it), so as to not damage it - although the guides would result in differential fading of the flooring under them over time. Another way to limit out-of-plane swing on bypass doors is to make the doors higher than the opening - so there are guide rub rails (felted usually) located perhaps 6-8 inches below the top track behind and in front of the door that limit swing when being opened/closed. There are also rigid-mount track designs (higher-end) that use one-dimensional motion hangers that slide on more like concealed rails rather than on tracks and allow only sliding, not swaying, though they have to be VERY rigidly mounted to prevent tearing the track off, so take up 6 inches or so of the opening height.


If for a very high-end place and money is no object, an Interior Decorator or Architect could give you endless ideas as well as sketches, but I would start with the above-mentioned "images" search, which will give you more sample pictures and sources than you can even look at.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD




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