A sliding barn door inside your home offers tons of benefits aside from saving a lot of space, adding a quirky style, providing privacy, and looking awesome. They offer better security for you and your family than regular doors. Those days when kids and adults alike accidentally slam doors on fingers are gone. For this reason a sliding barn door is a great alternative for any part of the house especially the kids’ bedroom. Installing a sliding barn door will lead to fewer accidents in your home especially if there are small kids running or playing around 24/7. However, there are things you need to consider before installing a sliding barn door.
First and foremost, your existing structure should be stable enough for the barn door. It should have frames that are strong and sturdy underneath the drywall. In a sliding barn door, the weight is distributed across the header but the point load, the hardware, and the door itself will be on the exterior of the door frame. You need to make sure that the door is of the right weight relative to the track system.
The second thing to consider is the purpose of the door. If you plan on using it for the restroom, make sure that the door fits perfectly with the door frame. You need to provide as much privacy as possible. Since most barn doors do not lie flat against the door opening, there is a possibility of the appearance of a small void between the door and the wall.
Another consideration when installing a sliding barn door is the current design of your home. The material of the sliding barn door should harmonize with your interior design. A rustic home will look great with a wooden barn door while a stainless steel material will blend well with a modern, industrial home. For a children’s room, chalkboard barn doors will not only make a quirky addition but also a convenient feature. If the sliding barn door is for the bathroom, consider using a door with wooden frame and translucent panels.
Once you decide to install a sliding barn door in your home, make sure that you are going to keep it for a long time. It is not easy to tear down a door as majestic as this. It will involve a lot of work and sacrifices. When choosing your sliding barn door, make sure that you are 100% happy with the material and the style.