sliding barn door suspended in air
This is my first post! My fiance and I just bought a new 2 bed 2 bath loft. It's amazing, but has one small drawback: it has no door separating the master bedroom from the rest of the loft. To complicate things, while one side of the "doorway" is a wall, the other side is a window, which means hanging a traditional door won't work very well. To make matters worse, the "doorway" goes all the way up to the 17ft ceilings, and there's a giant HVAC tube that runs through the space. I've attached a picture of the space to help you visualize what I'm talking about.
So, we're contemplating installing a sliding barn door that will go part way up the 17ft (basically, up to the HVAC), closing off the area visually. The issue I'm having is how to do this in a structurally sound manner. The wall to the right of the doorway is exactly 3'1", and the door way is slightly under 4' wide. I don't see this as a problem though, because we'd like to have the door extend slightly over the wall when closed, so that it can be closed from either side of the room.
So, my specific questions are these:
1) Do folks think having the rail for a sliding door that extends into the air would be a possibility?
2) If the answer to #1 is yes, How should we do this in a structurally sound manner? Would mounting the rail on the 3'1" wall be sufficient to hold up a solid wood door? Should we drop a cable from the ceiling to help support the overhung section?
3) How should we stabilize the door to keep it from swinging without a bottom rail? Could we have a shorter rail on the bottom that would only be used for this purpose?
Any other thoughts or suggestions on how to close this space economically and aesthetically? We're not dead-set on the sliding door, it just sounded like a neat idea. Thanks ahead of time for all your thoughts!
Last edited by FiveTenMatt; 06-19-2012 at 05:11 PM.