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    I made a mistake when I planned my bath. The door is going to hit the vanity before it opens 90 deg, I remember reading in the IRC something about the min deg but I cant find it now . if I change the swing the door will hit toilet instead of vanity . I will estimate the opening either way to be 80 deg . I have the required 21 " between the front of toilet and the front of vanity with a 24" door in the center of the path.

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    Is there any way you could convert the door to a pocket door? then, no swing at all! My preferred pocket door h/w supply is www.johnsonhardware.com. They have both internal and external tracks, if there's enough wall span. Internal is harder because of the possibility of pipes and wires, but external can work well, too.
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    Many years ago I gutted and remodeled my bathroom and I was face with a similar problem. It was obvious that the pocket door was the answer. When I built a second small bathroom in my basement, it was a no brainer. Pocket door. Seems to me that unless you have a very spacious room, a swinging door will create a space problem. As you can tell, I sold on pocket doors for bathrooms.

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    Thanks for replies , I dont have quite enough wall space for the slider but it is close. I moved the wall behind vanity over 6 " . Im still not sure which is best way to swing door , either way will probably work. My thought is people might want to use the vanity with out closing the door , so might be best to swing it toward toilet. Then there are those that use toilet with door open

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    Can you swing to the outside? Wouldn't really work if the door was in a hallway, but could if this bath was part of another room (like a master bath). I have a small basement bath that had a 24" outswing door on it. I reframed it and installed a 28" pocket door. No room for an inswing door (like yours) and I could have went with a larger outswing door, but the bath is in a corner of a larger room. In the part of the larger room where the bath is, the width is only about 9', so a larger outswing door would have taken valuable space.

    The smaller 24" door made the bath feel cheap/tiny. Sure, it works, but I didn't care for it much. I would try an outswing if you have the room. It is probably better than having the door swing in and banging aganst stuff. The pocket door is a good option, but you need 2x the width of the door (+ 1") of wall space that contains no electrical/plumbing (49" for a 24" pocket door). If you have the wall space, but it contains electrical/plumbing (that can't be moved), you could also go with a pocket door that has externally mounted hardware. This solves many issues, but the style may not be what you are after.

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    Many times the door is just rehinged to swing outward, it is in my small powder room. Otherwise there is usually not enough room to get inside and then close the door.

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