If you are handy with tools, you can try your own DIY sliding barn door installation. But beware, it is not as easy as it looks and you may not be able to pull it off alone. To make sure the door slides well along the track with no hiccups, we highly recommend hiring a professional.
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Things To Consider Before Installing Sliding Barn Doors
Sliding barn doors are a big trend in interior design, owing primarily to the growing popularity of farmhouse-style homes. A sliding barn door is a door that can be installed anywhere in the house and typically consists of a wood or metal door hung on a sliding track. It glides to the side and hangs neatly against the wall, rather than opening and closing like a standard door. People adore them because they can easily change an area while also adding a lot of personality.
Timeless vs. trendy
Although sliding barn doors have been around for a long time, they have recently gained a “trendy” reputation. And, like with any trend, before buying in sliding barn doors, you should carefully analyze your motivation. There is a considerable difference between truly adoring a style and liking it because it is the fashionable thing to do at the time. Ask yourself, “Am I still going to adore these five years from now?” and “Will this house be worth anything when I sell it in a few years?” You’re good to go if you are able to see long-term potential.
Do you have sliding barn doors in your home?
Before doing any home improvement project, you must evaluate your home’s style. Traditional barn doors can complement a farmhouse, coastal, or traditional property. If you put them in a mid-century or modern home, they will seem completely out of place. There are also other styles of sliding barn doors available, each with a unique appearance. A more minimalist home, for example, might benefit from metal French-style sliding barn doors, but a modern home would benefit from a more streamlined metal.
Will you be able to have enough privacy?
This is a crucial aspect to think about when installing DIY barn doors: Privacy and sound. Sliding barn doors, unlike standard doors, do not block off the bulk of sound and noise. Remember that you will hear more sound through a sliding barn door than a standard swing door, because the edge isn’t as tightly sealed. In terms of privacy, you won’t be able to lock a sliding barn door in place, which could be inconvenient if you’re attempting to keep your family or roommates out!
Is the size of your door header proportionate?
Before beginning this DIY barn door project, keep in mind that a proportionate header is essential. A header is a substantial piece of wood that acts as an anchor for your barn door, distributing the weight and increasing stability. It also improves the aesthetic value. A proportionate header is critical for decorative hardware when decorating the opening. I feel that a simple block-finished edge with no additional ornamental trim is the easiest to execute, and it creates a clean, modern-cased opening for the barn door to be the major accent.
Is your hardware in sync?
Coordination of hardware on a barn door is more about function than appearance. Remember, the hardware and door must extend past the opening, so make sure you have enough space and position the hardware, so the door slides past the wall base. The door should be wider than the opening, with the hardware on the outside edge.
Sliding barn doors can undoubtedly give a stylish touch to your property. Remember that if you do decide to install one, preparation is essential. If sliding barn doors aren’t for you, don’t worry!
There are many other methods to obtain a farmhouse vibe, whether you’re renovating a bedroom, living room, or the entire house. Make sure to check our blog for more inspiration!
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