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Creative Tiny House Bathroom Door Designs (6 Great Ideas)

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Sliding Barn door in the Purple Palace tiny house by Build Tiny

There are so many intricate features to a tiny house, but one of the most notable is bathroom doors.

It may sound strange at first, but tiny house bathroom doors are a popular trend here in 2022.

There is everything from custom live-edge styles to gorgeous barn doors that slide on a modern track system and so much more in between.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the best tiny house bathroom door options you can use in your small space.

What is the best type of door for your tiny house bathroom?

Choosing a bathroom door for your tiny home comes down to picking features within your design aesthetic as well as getting one that is the right space-saving option.

You’d never want your door to hang open in a way that detracts from the precious amount of space you’re trying to conserve in your tiny home.

There is still more to think through when picking a door. You have to look at the weight, material type, price and placement in your tiny house. Maybe you’ve discovered a live edge walnut-stained wood door and you fell in love. Great! But you’ll still need to consider your budget and if such a heavy door could actually work on a small bathroom frame.

Sometimes providing the dimensions and getting a custom design can help you get everything you want, especially if you need a petite size.

So how do you get inspired to pick the right door for you? If you haven’t looked over the inspirational door concepts on Pinterest yet, now is the time. Get ready to feast your eyes on some of the most gorgeous concepts that take a common door providing privacy, to a work of art.

Take a look at the following list of doors that might help you get inspired to pick the right door for you:

Pocket doors

This is a hidden door that can retract back into the wall. It’s one of the most efficient space-saver for tiny living. You can also use inexpensive materials as the door is meant to be light weight and kept out of sight the majority of time.

Piwakawaka tiny house bathroom door (sliding)
The sliding pocket door in the Piwakawaka tiny house by Build Tiny

Arched french doors

They’ve always been stunning but if you want to add an incredible focal point, creating an arched shape in your French doors works. The only downside is French doors need to come in pairs and some tiny homes may not accommodate a double door experience.

Barn door on rolling tracks

So beautiful, this design brings in rustic charm and smooth elegance as the doors glide easily on a modern track system. Often due to the style, the doors have gorgeous wood patterns that criss-cross over the front, adding artistic detail to your space.

Cocoa sliding bathroom door by Modern Tiny Living
Gorgeous sliding bathroom door on a track in the Cocoa tiny house by Modern Tiny Living

Wood doors

These kinds of tiny house bathroom doors are often the most beautiful. There are a variety of types that can stop viewers in their tracks. Acacia wood, live-edge walnut, Oak with beautiful grains, or a wood/glass combo. Choosing this type of door can be wonderful but just note that in a bathroom, wood doors will need more care over time due to the moisture of the bathroom.

Duel purpose doors

These are gaining popularity and for good reason. When you can use a door but add storage space to it, your tiny home gains in the very area is needs most: space.

Noyer by Minimaliste Tiny Homes - Dual purpose bathroom door
The sliding door in the Noyer tiny house by Minimaliste Houses doubles as a storage cabinet

Folding doors

These ones are hinged in the middle and once you pull the handle, the centre contracts at the hinge and the door folds into itself and opens.

They’re great for tiny homes, in that like pocket doors, they are great at saving space.

How big are tiny house bathroom doors?

The size of any built-in item or free-standing item in your tiny home matters immensely and it’s no different for doors.

The average size is about 36” wide for a standard tiny home door. But doors need to fit perfectly into their frames, so measurements must be precise for both the door itself as well as the frame.

Other average dimensions for a tiny house door are around 2” in thickness and 80” for length.

Every tiny home is different however, and custom sizes and materials can be chosen at the beginning of the project build to make things work.

What are the best materials for a small bathroom door?

Most materials chosen for tiny house bathroom doors need to be durable and withstand moist conditions. Common types are wood, steel, fiberglass, PVC, glass and plastic.

Each material still needs to be researched as they all respond differently to the environment.

Wood doors for example need to be solid from their core to do well and not warp.

Whereas Plywood is light weight and easy to install, but it needs to be finished properly with paint or a varnish to seal it.

You might be tempted due to the price to get a hollow wooden door, but they aren’t great quality so thinking through something like a veneered door might be a better option.

How to make your own tiny house bathroom door

For an adventurous and handy person on a budget, creating a simple DIY tiny house bathroom door could be beneficial. But in order to create most DIY doors, you’ll need to already have the necessary tools. With helpful plans from Eternal Harvest Décor, you can get set up in just the right way.

You’ll need:

  • Miter saw or circular saw 4
  • 1x4x8 pieces of poplar from Lowes or HD 3
  • 1x2x8 pieces of poplar 3/4 birch plywood or another hardwood ply like maple or oak.
  • 1x6x8 primed pine board for header pieces,
  • Glue 
  • Clamps 
  • Primer 
  • Paint 
  • Caulk 
  • Spackle optional finish
  • Nailer with 3/4 inch nails.

Here are the steps to build the door:

  1. First you’ll need to purchase the large plywood slab and the wood plank cuttings. Then use your miter saw to cut the right angles on the plank boards. These will be used to create a 3-panel effect making your door look more expensive.
  2. You’ll clamp and glue the freshly cut pieces to create a frame on the plywood as well as 3 horizontal lines for the panel effect.
  3. Then you’ll sand the entire structure and wipe it clean.
  4. Next you’ll sand it, let it dry completely then paint it the color of your choice. 
  5. The final step is to install the modern track system to hang your door on and have it slide closed.

Customizing your bathroom door

Sometimes you don’t need a whole new door, you just need an upgrade. There are many tutorials on how to jazz up your door. Everything from creating an overlay of wood in a herringbone pattern to using different peel-and-stick wall papers.

To get started, you’ll want to find an inspiration source and see if there are instructions for your choice of door upgrade.

Next you’ll want to carefully select the tools that will help you accomplish the upgraded look. It’s better to put the right amount of time, effort and money into the proper tools. This way when you go to create your inspired additions, you’ll succeed.

If you decide to choose peel-and-stick wallpaper, make sure you order the right amount to cover the door and follow the instructions carefully for best application.

If you choose to overlay wood in a herringbone pattern, get ready for some gorgeous results. You’ll follow the instructions carefully, cut the thin pieces accordingly, stain them to make the grains pop, and adhere the wood to the original door. Then step back to admire your beautiful creation.