Bathroom space always comes at a premium, so during the renovation of our upstairs bathroom, I designed a sliding privacy door for the toilet alcove. But instead of a typical pocket-door setup, I indulged in a bit of whimsy and bought exposed sliding-door hardware from Barn Door Hardware (www.barndoorhardware.com
). Later in the project, a problem arose when it came time to balance views, light, and the need for a mirror over the sink. A fixed mirror of any useful size would have blocked the only windows in the room, and that natural light was important. I decided to combine the mirror and the same track hardware I used for the door so that the mirror could slide off into a pocket in the wall behind the shower. A pull painted black to match the sliding hardware makes it easy to slide the mirror back into position.
Maximize the daylight. Keeping the mirror in a wall pocket lets the sunshine in until you really need the mirror.