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:
It’s not a big space to begin with, so taking the door down made a HUGE
I don’t have a full before pic but this gives you an idea how much space it
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:
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!:
I feel like I gain ten square feet of space in our house every time I do
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
I removed the door on our old closet and we loved it:
We removed the door to the basement in our last house just a few years
after moving in:
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
I remembered that for our new home and didn’t have one added to our
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
**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!)