Lose Your Doors! 5 Stylish Space-Saving Door Alternatives

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You know how in some small spaces doors are like, always in the way? If you own your home or have an open-minded landlord, consider one of these four easy ways to replace a standard swinging door to reclaim a little extra space for your small home.

1. Hang a curtain
Take that door down completely and replace it with a curtain on a tension rod or some other curtain hanging hardware. This will allow you more furniture arranging options around the opening, without a swinging door getting in the way. It's particularly great for closets and other storage areas, but do keep in mind that curtains don't have the same sound-blocking abilities or privacy that doors do, so think twice before replacing say, your bedroom's door if you live with roommates. This one spotted on Design*Sponge.

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2. DIY a beaded, 70s door hanger
Similar to a curtain, this also involves removing the door completely. (And of course, if you rent, these door-removing ideas only really work if you have a place to temporarily move or store your door if your landlord's going to want you to put it back when you move out.) But unlike a heavy curtain, these are a little looser, let light through, add pattern and movement and in general just provide a touch of visual dividing. Learn how to make one today at Flax & Twine.

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3. Install a DIY pocket door
Those with the skills and the tools might consider replacing their standard swinging door with a stylish and sleek pocket door. Eliminating the swing means gaining more flexibility with where and how you arrange your furniture in a small space, but the pocket door still provides some pretty good noise-blocking and privacy options. Learn how to make your own here: C.R.A.F.T.

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4. Go without
Who says you have to put anything back after you take a door down? Lots of older, quirky houses tend to have doors in odd places, like in a hallway. And if you change the function of a certain room — say change a bedroom into a den — you just might not need a door or any visual covering at all. This example spotted in Hannah & Brandon's "Ever Evolving" Classically Modern Reno.

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5. DIY a sliding barn door
And of course, there's the famed $40 sliding farm door project! This one can replace a standard swinging door like the other examples (though unlike a pocket door, you'll have to make some allowances for the slide of this door around your furniture arrangements). But also this is a great divider option for small spaces, too.

Have you replaced your doors in your home with something else to save space or for some other reason? Why did you replace them, and what did you replace them with? Share your secrets in the comments below!

(Image credits: Design*Sponge; Flax & Twine; C.R.A.F.T.; Hannah & Brandon's "Ever Evolving" Classically Modern Reno; DIY Home Decor: How To Make a Sliding Door for Under $40)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.

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