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Monday, August 8, 2011

NIM: Small Bathroom Idea from Ann Porter

Every now and then I run across an idea for New Idea Monday that doesn't come from a manufacturer, but from another designer.  Today's NIM is from fellow designer Ann Porter who writes the excellent blog KitchAnn Style.  She presented an elegantly simple solution to a bathroom design problem I run across far too often.  From Ann's blog:

What do you do when you want to center your bathroom sink on your vanity but there is a window to one side or the other throwing things off?


You could cover the window with drywall or remove the casing and hang an extra-large mirror in front of it. But what if you want to keep the window operable?


Solution: Sliding hardware.
Sliding door hardware, also known as barn door hardware, will allow you to position the mirror where you want it and provide access to the window.
Photo: KitchAnn Style


In almost every case there is a toilet beside the vanity which provides ample wall space for sliding a mirror.
Photo: KitchAnn Style
Another added bonus is the ability to have privacy without needing window treatments. This type of hardware can hold a lot of weight so this solution will work great for large window areas, too.

Even if there wasn't a window to hide, I like the idea of using barn-door hardware for hanging mirrors.  Terrific flexibility in the design, and a bit of "country-kitch".

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