If your bedroom is small or oddly-shaped like so many of our older New England homes, closet doors can bang into the bed or don't fully open because of dressers or bedside tables. Not to mention the fact that you have to inch around the door when its even slightly open in order to get by. Our friend Dorinda finally removed her closet door altogether and replaced it with a simple vintage white linen curtain. It made all the difference spacewise and now she can actually see all of her clothes at once with the door "open".
In her tiny bedroom, even with a full-sized bed Dorinda's closet door didn't have enough room to fully open. And with the radiator and windows, this was the only placement that worked for her bed. Some of you probably have similar bedrooms, have you ever done this? To us the curtain makes the room seems softer, also bigger.
This would also be a great idea if you have bi-fold or sliding closet doors that fall off their rails easily, or hollow core doors that you don't like. We love the idea of using vintage linen panels as door curtains, and we also found some nice curtains on sale (above) at Anthropologie and at Urban Outfitters.
We like the look and ease of using metal rings that just clip on, but if you use a curtain that a pole slides through, this vintage inspired door knob curtain tieback from Urban Outfitters would be a great way to hold it "open" when you need to.