Post # 1
We’re closing on our house at the end of this week and while I have plenty of time to come up with a solution for this, it’s stuck on my brain. The kitchen and dining room are all one room on the main floor and then the living room is connected by a large opening. However, the previous owners added on a “gun room” (the husband had a large collection, but it’s really a family room that has tile) that is 22×19, much larger than the original living room, which we will use as our family room. Our bedroom is in the corner between the two and we won’t touch the upstairs for a while. We talked about how in the future we might want to close off the living room to be another bedroom, but we don’t want to anything permanent right now. I want the baby (due in May!!) to be downstairs, but our room isn’t that big. We wouldn’t have a problem fitting everything in the room, but I’d prefer the baby to be in a different room. For now, we’re going to set up the original living room as the office and probably try out having the crib in there once the baby is old enough. I’d like to find a solution for covering up the doorway that is suitable for both an office and a nursery. Ideas?
Here’s a picture of the living room.
Post # 2
LoveAndLaughter: Does the opening go all the way to the ceiling or is there a partial wall at the top of the opening?
If you have a partial wall, you could use a sliding door that has two panels and two tracks. You can close the room off entirely with the two doors or overlap them to have an opening 1/2 that width.
Post # 3
julies1949: Actually, I don’t remember! I think there’s a header up there.
Thanks for the idea!
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA
If you don’t want anything permanent, you could hang some nice fabric. Easy project, can look classy/professional if you pick the right stuff, and easy to take down if you change your mind re: a real door.
Post # 5
LoveAndLaughter: You could do curtains. I think it could look really cool with the right rod and curtains. Plus, if it’s just for an office/a place for baby to sleep it’s not like it has to be super private with an actual door. The funny thing is, it looks like that wall to the right was supposed to be extended more based on the floor vents (seemingly random placement).
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2015 - City Hall!
I third the fabric suggestion. It makes a great *unintentional* accent wall. I love it!
Post # 7
rachel85: Sb91: HoorayLouLou:
I was thinking of curtains but then I was wondering if it would just end up looking off. I’m not sure of a good fabric to pick (I’d probably make them myself) and a design that would work for both in the nursery/office and the dining room/kitchen. It’s a good thing I have a while to think on it.
Thanks for the ideas!
Post # 8
Sb91: Yes, it definitely was closed off before! The house was built in 1900 so it was just a single doorway up until about 15 years ago. Right now, I wish they had left it!
Post # 9
LoveAndLaughter: I like julies1949‘s idea of a door on tracks. I love the look of barn doors and they are popular recently. But I’m sure there are other options as well.
You could also just install double doors. This would provide more of a sound barrier than sliding ones.
I also like the curtain idea from PPs. It would be much easier and probably cheaper (although fabric can get pretty pricey!)
If you continue to keep your LO down there once they are older, a baby gate is good if you don’t install something more permanent like doors.
Post # 10
Do you have pets? That’s our big concern with the nursery right now – we were considering making our bonus room (which is similarly open, no actual door to separate it) into the nursery, but we have two cats and I want to be able to shut the door to keep them out. I was also concerned about noise – is the space separate enough from your living spaces that you wouldn’t be concerned about talking/watching television/playing music while the baby is sleeping? That would have been a problem for us, so we’re moving our office to the bonus room (downsizing desks to do so), and making the second bedroom into the nursery. If you don’t have those sorts of concerns, hanging curtains would probably work fine. But if you do, I’d look into installing something more permanent, like double doors.