Barn doors are an awesome DIY project that will add character to your home and can go with almost any style. The key is to make sure the material matches with the rest of your home or contrasts to create a unique focal point. Below are a few things to keep in mind when adding a barn door to your home.
If you plan to build your own barn door, these plans from The Family Handyman are easy to follow.
1. Is your space right for a barn door?
A barn door can free up space compared to a swinging door, but it also needs room to slide along its track. If you’re mounting a single door, you need wall space on one side of your opening that is at least the width of the door, so it can slide completely open. For double doors you need wall space the width of an individual door on each side of the doorway. Make sure the wall has no light switches, outlets, windows, vents, doors or artwork that might impede the door or scratch it as it slides open. For example, a 4-foot door will cover a 3-foot opening with 6 inches on either side, reducing the gaps. Buy a track that’s twice the width of your door: A 4-foot wide door takes at least 8 feet of track to slide completely open. For wider doors, cut the track to fit and join the pieces with connectors available from the hardware manufacturer.
2. Find the right materials
To get the look you want for your bard door you must find the right wood. If you plan to paint your door or distress it, pine or fir is probably your best route. Pine comes in several varieties, including Ponderosa, Sugar, White, and Yellow, and all of them make great barn doors. Pine is very easy to work with because most varieties are relatively soft. Fir is most often used for building; however, it’s inexpensive and can be used for some furniture-making as well. It doesn’t have the most interesting grain pattern and doesn’t take stain very well, so it’s best to use it only when you intend to paint the finished product.
If you plan to stain your door, a hardwood lumber is the best route. Birch, Oak, Maple, Poplar, Mahogany, Teak, and Walnut are all viable options that have grain patterns that pop with the addition of a stain.
If you are going for a rustic look, consider using Cedar. Cedar is relatively soft, has a straight grain, and has a slightly aromatic smell.
3. The Right Hardware is Key
As I mentioned earlier, having the right size hardware is crucial to ensure your barn door functions properly. Just as important as the size of the hardware is the look of the hardware. Typically the most popular barn door hardware is satin nickel, bronze, and black. However there are a wide verity of options available on the market today including: antique bronze, brass, chrome, as well as, the majority of your standard color wheel.
For more information on the materials needed to build your own barn door or to have your dream barn door built for you, contact Goldsboro Builders Supply at 919-734-4071 or stop by and visit our showroom at 701 Patetown Rd, Goldsboro, NC 27530.