Three Tips for Installing a Barn Door in Your Home

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Barn doors are a new trend. These sleek doors are awesome space savers, serve as a stylish focal point, and are easy enough to install that even a newbie do-it-yourself (DIY) fanatic can tackle the project on their own. If you love the look of these doors and are ready to outfit your home with one, here are some tips to get you started.

1. Find the Right Spot

A barn door can work in any home, but a barn door may not work in every spot of a house. Choose the ideal place for the door. Ideally, the door should be installed in an area where it can remain on full display.

For instance, you don't want to install the door in an area where the door will be masked by furniture or another structure when it's in the open position. Keeping the door in the open puts its beauty on display and can minimize damage to the door, such as from scratches.

2. Use Reclaimed Wood

A unique feature of barn doors is the fact that they add an antique and aged feel to a home. If you choose fresh wood, you will have to distress the wood in order to give it a similar feel. Even after you distress the wood, you'll need to treat it in order to ensure it's protected.

However, when you choose reclaimed wood, it's already aged. Reclaimed wood has all sorts of markings, knots, grooves, and other imperfections that make it unique and intriguing. In addition to requiring less work and being more beautiful, reclaimed wood is also better for the environment.

Remember, materials matter just as much as craftsmanship. If you choose poor quality reclaimed wood, you may not be too thrilled with your installation. So, make sure you select your wood wisely.

3. Think About Function

You have several options to choose from when it comes to barn doors, in terms of their function. For instance, you can have a single door, double door, or bypass door. A single door function is just one barn door that slides to one side to open and close, and a double door setup consists of two doors that open and close in opposite directions. In contrast, a bypass door system is a double door setup where the two doors can open and close in different, or the same, directions. If you have a large opening, you'll want to choose a two-door system, but if you have a small area, a single door is typically sufficient.

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