We were thrilled when Remodelista contacted us about using images we’d posted some time ago of an essential design trick we’d used throughout the Laboratory’s renovation: replacing the squat 6’6″ doors with tall, eight-footers. Their strong vertical lines make our lowish 8’2″ ceilings look higher. Check out our images on Remodelista. In the meantime, here are a couple of extras, showing ‘before’ and ‘after’.
Here are the original entranceway closets, with Scott McFarlane, who had the inspired idea to swap out the low doors for tall ones to create an optical illusion that makes you simply NOT notice that the ceilings are low.
…and what they began to look like “after” (the squat entrancedoor on the right shows the difference; there’s nothing we can do to change that):
Here’s a closer look at the bathroom hallway “before” when the original owner was still living in the apartment (and I was just imagining buying it):
Not only did the new doors make the ceiling appear higher, they allow me to access stored items easily right up to the ceiling:
The tall doors generally give the space a sleeker, more spacious feel (despite the lowish windows and entrance door):
For additional images, check out the office sliding wall cleverly made of tall doors.
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Are the doors custom? Did you use MDF? Who installed them? They look fantastic! Thanks
We used a variety of doors, depending on the use. Bedroom and Bathroom doors are solid core for sound-deadening properties. The closet doors and office doors are hollow core (to save money) In 20-20 hindsight, I might have used some sold core doors for the closets because you can’t install hooks into hollow core doors securely. I ended up lining them with pegboard so I could hang things, an added expense (tool and linen closet mainly). Using hollow core doors for the office allowed me to use a mechanism that cost half as much as one that handled solid core doors. Those doors, and a few of the closet doors were custom widths due to the constraints of the space. We Though as I remember, we did buy some standard sizes and cut them down ourselves. The contractor’s carpenter did the work during the whole renovation, where we reframed the space. They were well worth the cost.
Hi! Is it possible to raise the height of a door all the way to the ceiling?
It is certainly possible. But it means breaking the wall (including concrete block), removing the old door, framing a new one, rebuilding the wall, installing a tall door, which you’d have to buy or have made….
I wasn’t able to do that after I swapped out the doors in my place. Occasionally I wonder if there is some sort of optical illusion I could paint or make with tape, to give the illusion of a taller door….