Bypass Doors, Anyone?

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Has anyone installed bypass doors? My new space has several sliding doors in various rooms and they are old and metal circa 1972 and all in need of replacement ... I stayed in a hotel that had bypass doors at closet and bathroom and I really liked them. The ones in the hotel were lightweight although I really like the heavier barn door style. For any guests' privacy, I don't think I'd use them at the downstairs bathroom.

I don't think I'd use them throughout, but there is one huge close right in the dining room that closes off the water heater access in a recess and a closet area that could be a coat closet to the side. It's a big space so I'd either want to make it a focal point or have it disappear. 

I can't find any pictures I can freely share so here is a link   Appreciate any input. 

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We also installed one to when we remodeled a room in our B&B. It was a large suite that was two separate rooms, but only french doors separating them. There wasn't enough separation to rent each room separately so we put a large barn door on the opposite side from the french doors. We use foam blocks between the doors for sound absorption. We now have two rooms at better prices that rent much more frequently than the big room.

As far as the gap, since it slides over the carpet, it's almost negligible. You can get thresholds for them but ours are mounted so that there is a little a gap as a regular door.

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Same issues here.  I never found a way to easily lock the pocket door I have between a studio/manager's unit and the laundry room/check-in place.  So I replaced the studio wall paneling panel with more or less discrete re useable screws.  I use the foam in between also.

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I had them take away the closet doors and have been looking at the space in the dining room. Thinking it might make a nice little spot for a seat and coat hooks and a hidden door to the water tank access. 

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  I like the pocket doors the best and then the barn doors.  Folding doors tend to fall off their tracks and look tacky in my opinion.  How about two small doors to take the place of one door.  The first door latch in to the trim above the door and the second door latch into the first door.  Depending on the doorway these doors take up little space when open.

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We have a barn door between the living room and the bedroom in our new cottages and guests love them. There is a gap, but that allows good air flow and still some privacy. Maybe it's a Southern thing, but we get compliments on them all the time.

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We have one suite where the only option to provide a door between the bedroom and living room was a barn door/bypass door. (Is there a difference?)

It works fine, but you're right, the sound-muffling between the rooms is almost nonexistent. 

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There is ALWAYS a gap with these doors... noise. HATE IT.

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There is no space for pocket doors. Bifold yes. Some of them are bifold, hideous green metal bifold doors. And sliding doors. The bypass doors may be a fad, but I like the look and would like to try in that one space on the first floor. I think I could have stoppers installed to prevent them going off the track so that's a good point. The water heater can't be moved, but maybe I'll have the carpenters seal up the second half of that closet area. It's so big and prominent in the space. Thanks. 

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seashanty wrote:

There is no space for pocket doors. 

Just an idle thought, pocket doors and barn doors both slide to one or both sides of the opening, one within the wall and the other on the surface of the wall, however the barn door may limit the placing of furniture or pictures on said wall. If the pocket door happens to be more to your liking have you considered creating a pocket on the surface of the existing wall? Yes you would be making the wall thicker, but probably not a lot different from the barn door and hardware and then you still have a wall that is useable for pictures or furniture.

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Not really a fan. I think it's a quickly passing fad.

We had those doors on an actual barn. They were easy to get around (speaking about security here). If you were on the inside you could shove them to the point you could knock them off the track.

Any chance you can do pocket doors? Bifold doors?

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We have a true barn door on one of our barns. We also have "bypass" doors covering an exterior opening to our Lodge. The have lites in the doors, so it's really acts as a full-height window. We rarely open them, though. Our thought is to eventually build a deck on that side, so these doors would provide passage between the Lodge living room and the new deck (when/if we ever build it). That would expand the space for events.

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