Thresholds

While I was out shopping for tile I noticed a pile of thresholds (I’d been calling them sills) at Home Depot.

The narrow shelf is filled with stone and marble thresholds.
The narrow shelf is filled with stone and marble thresholds in the tile department at Home Depot.

Home Depot just calls them “tile” or “marble tile” but the measurements are definitely the size necessary for a doorway. The sections can be 2″, 4″, 5″ or 6″ wide in lengths of 24″, 30″, 36″ and longer.

A long and wide marble threshold would look elegant at the bathroom entrance.
A long and wide marble threshold would look elegant at the bathroom entrance.

The Tile Shop also had thresholds but fewer choices of size.

These white marble thresholds are beveled on both sides which might help us match up our tiles bathroom floor to the wood hallway floor.
These white marble thresholds are beveled on both sides which might help us match up our tiled bathroom floor to the wood hallway floor.

Some of the thresholds had beveled edges that might be convenient if trying to match floors of different heights.

Some are beveled only on one edge and some not at all.
Some are beveled only on one edge and some not at all.

What I never noticed before we started talking about tiling the new bathroom floors was that we have a marble threshold into our vintage pink tile bathroom.

This is our vintage marble threshold between the pink bathroom and the hall.
This is our vintage marble threshold between the pink bathroom and the hall.

It’s cracked in the middle and sits well above the floor on either side.  I just never noticed it.

These seem to be the standard thickness.
These seem to be the standard thickness.

The tile salesman at the Tile Shop told us that these thresholds are meant to be a little higher than the plane of the floor just in case a sink or toilet overflows.

They come in a 2-inch wide width as well as 4, 5, and 6. (See photos above.)
They come in a 2-inch wide width as well as 4, 5, and 6. (See photos above.)

It will hold back the seepage to a degree before it spills onto your other floors.

These thinner pieces might have a different use like a window sill. More research needed.
These thinner pieces might have a different use like a window sill although a window sill is usually only beveled on one long side. More research needed.

I’ll keep that in mind.

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

One thought on “Thresholds”

  1. isn’t it funny what you don’t notice until you do? and then you wonder how you never noticed it before. thanks for the education on thresholds… now i’m going to go see what ours look like – ha!

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