4 Tips for Adding a Barn Door in Your Home


Barn doors might just be the most popular door trend around right now. They have captured homeowner’s attention from all over the US. These popular alternatives to French doors, pocket doors and sliding glass doors can be made out of a variety of materials. From steel to reclaimed wood, adding one in your home is guaranteed to add character to your space. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when adding a barn door in your home.

Do you have Adequate Framing?

Will you need additional framing? Your existing doorway might be framed adequately for a standard door, but you will need to make sure that you have substantial framing for the additional weight of the barn door that you choose. Though a sliding barn door system maintains a parallel diffusion of weight bearing down on the track, it will most likely weigh more than your average door with the track, door, and hardware. Utilizing a general contractor in your area will help you determine if you need to have a header (or a larger header) added to your doorway before you proceed with the doors’ installation.

Do you have Adequate Framing?
Is There Sufficient Space for the Door?

Keep in mind that adding a sliding track door does require additional space than a pocket door or standard swing out door. You will want to factor in the door overlapping the doorway a few inches on each side when closed, as well as sufficient space when the doors are completely slid open. Make sure that you have plenty of open wall space on each side for this. A barn door does not sit flush with the wall, but hovers in front of the doorway opening so make sure that your plans involve space for the door to protrude out as well. (Photo Credit: Remodelista.com)

Choose an Appropriate Track!

Make sure you choose an upper track that is capable of bearing the weight of your chosen door. There are many styles and color options on the market to match your style, but pay particular attention to their capabilities.

Picking Your Perfect Door Style.

As mentioned there are many available materials to choose from for your door. If you enjoy a rustic style then a reclaimed wood door might be right up your alley. For a modern look, you may prefer one with etched glass or a sleek stainless steel finish. Picking Your Perfect Door Style. Other materials that may be favored for your family could be chalkboard for reminders or schedules to be written on or cork to post school projects and report cards. Make sure that you decide on a door material and style that harmonizes with the style in your space. Mirrored or decorative doors can both be functional and unique. Or you may consider one made of wood slats if you are not looking for solid doorway coverage. (Photo Credit: TheSawDustDiaries.com)

Updating your room with a barn door is a great home improvement project. If you are not the expert DIY’er, your next step should be to contact a general contractor in your area to complete your project. For homeowners in the Phoenix market the decision is easy. Call the team at TWD! Also known as Todd Whittaker Drywall, their team of skilled craftsman can complete your project on time and on budget. You can find them online at www.twdaz.com or by calling (623) 544-1211. Make sure that you request your free consultation today!

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