I’m a fan of the barn door trend. I’m usually not into design trends that mark a certain time period, but it happens to be one I’ve loved ever since they gained popularity a few years ago. There’s something more interesting about sliding a door on a track then shutting a standard door. They add so much dimension and personality to a room. There’s several new versions of the classic barn door now, that I wanted to share some of the very best designs courtesy of Pinterest. Whether your style is contemporary, transitional, eclectic or boho, there’s a barn door style that will fit beautifully into your home if it’s a concept you have been considering.
Below I’ll lay out the people and resources you would need to contact in order to design and install a barn door of your own.
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Designing and installing a barn door can seem like a complicated project to take on. However, if you break down the process into a few steps, it can actually become a fun design project from start to finish.
- First, figure out a barn door style you like and make sure the style is appropriate for your home.
- Check for the design you like either online or at a local antique shop. Depending on the style, you may need to contact a skilled carpenter if you need to go the custom route. Schlabach Woodworking does a great job constructing barn doors locally. Most good trim carpenters can easily put together several of the designs shown above. They will need to take firm measurements of your doorway in order to put together a quote and get the project underway.
- For the track, you can order online or through a local millwork company. You can google millwork company in whatever town you live in. Here in Columbus, Ohio, I recommend using Capital City Millwork. You can stop by and show them your inspiration photo so they know the direction you are going. Millwork companies also typically have great trim guy recommendations if you aren’t sure who to use for the actual door. If you order a track through them, they can measure the space and know exactly what length you’ll need.
- If you plan to add hardware to open and close the door, most millwork companies have several options to choose from or you can buy them online. Emtek.com is a great place to start.
- A carpenter should be able to handle the install once everything is in.
The cost of barn doors can largely vary, but a good budget is somewhere in the $1500 – $3000 range for the doors, track, hardware and install. This price could go down if you only need one door and a smaller track.
Here are a few good websites for online door and hardware options:
If you are considering a barn door for your home, take the time to research the style you want. Have confidence that it’s a project you can see through from concept to install. Once you’re done with the barn door, don’t forget to add a fun accent like a great piece of wall art! Check out some of my favorite places to shop for art!