Widening a Bathroom Doorway

A Space-Eating Door A partition wall on the hinge side of the existing door limited its swing, reducing the usable width of the opening by nearly 2 inches. Given the tight project budget, moving the partition and reframing the opening to provide more clearance was out of the question.

Swinging Away Replacing the original butt hinges with a set inexpensive offset hinges effectively provides a wider opening with no changes to the framing or trim. Even the existing mortises and screw holes remain the same.

Knob Niche A niche in the tile wainscoting allows the fully opened door to sit flat against the partition wall, leaving the width of the original doorway completely unobstructed.

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