Make your rooms feel bigger with this easy trick! from Thrifty Decor Chick Leave a comment


This quick “hack” opens up your spaces and makes them feel so much bigger! I
realized years ago that there were plenty of doors in our house that
we never closed. I started to ask myself, can I
just…remove them? Am I even allowed to do that? 

The answer is yes…yes you are. 😉 This is a great trick that will give you more
space even if you’re renting a home. Just take care when removing the door and
store it under a bed so it won’t get damaged. 

I’ve done this so many times over the years, I even had a few doors removed
when we built our house. There’s only one door I’ve taken down since we moved
in — on the water closet in our master bath:

floating wood shelves over toilet

It’s not a big space to begin with, so taking the door down made a HUGE
difference. 

I don’t have a full before pic but this gives you an idea how much space it
took up: 

water closet with door

Since we have a door to the main bath, we didn’t feel it was necessary to
keep this one. We haven’t missed it once! 

I removed the door from our old mud room to the rest of the house and it
made a HUGE difference in there: 

black and yellow laundry

This was a door we didn’t close once…so it was an easy decision. 

Obviously a lot more than that happened in this room over the years, but you
can see that the line of sight is so much nicer!: 

mud room with light blue walls white beadboard

I feel like I gain ten square feet of space in our house every time I do
it! 

book nook created from linen closet

Bedroom closets are a great place to remove a door — especially if
you can only access them through a bathroom. (They won’t be seen by anyone
but you!) 

I removed the door on our old closet and we loved it: 

removing door in closet

after removing door in closet

You don’t physically gain that much space, but visually it
makes all the difference in the world!

We removed the door to the basement in our last house just a few years
after moving in: 

removing door from staircase

I don’t have a before picture, but just imagine the door swinging open to
the right…after I took it down we really did gain space in the family
room.

I remembered that for our new home and didn’t have one added to our
basement stairs: 

blue and white pinstripe wallpaper foyer

I also kept the doorway between our mud room and the kitchen open as
well: 

kitchen and mud room transition

It’s all up to your preference and how you live in your spaces!

Our upstairs bath is segmented into two smaller rooms, so I had the door
removed and the opening framed out instead. Otherwise the door would have
been open all of the time and blocking the natural light from a
window. 

**If you are building a home, keep in mind you can have pocket doors
installed instead! Those require structural changes you need to make early
in the process, so they are difficult to add after the fact. 

I know you’re thinking…what do I do with the holes after the door is
down? You can just live with them if they don’t bother you. (I still
haven’t covered the frame in our master bathroom!) 

covering holes in door frame

Are there doors in your home you never use? Remove one and see how
you like it! All it takes to remove a door is a Phillips
screwdriver, and perhaps a flat head screwdriver to pry the hinges
off. 



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