Picking The Right Barn Door: 4 Tips
Barn doors is one of the trends that a few people starting using a few years ago, while the majority of the masses sat back and watched to see where it will go. Well it has certainly taken off and you not only see barn doors in trendy urban lofts, you will see them nowadays in suburban new builds where home owners have replaced their traditional door for a trendy barn door. Not only do they add interest to a room, they are a great space saver in tight spots.
But wait! Before you rip off your traditional door, there are a few things you needs to know about barn doors.
What rules are being broken here?
This barn door is absolutely stunning! It’s like a piece of art that moves. BUT it breaks a few rules.
1. Where can they go?
They can go on any wall where there is enough space for when the door is closed AND open. For the best look, your wall needs to be wide enough to aesthetically accommodate a barn door.
Via Houzz – Weaver Custom Homes
The door above has lots of wall space to make the barn door a focal point of the wall. Whereas the doors below do their job as a door, but look squished and is not as aesthetically pleasing.
The above french doors do fit into the wall space allocated but look squished. Another type of door like french doors might have been more suitable here.
Barn doors are no longer the traditional rugged barn door. They can come in all shapes, styles and colors.
Traditional Barn Door
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Photo via Houzz
Barn doors as a Focal Point
Photo via Interior Crow
Contemporary Styled Barn Doors
Beach House Style Barn Doors
Photo via My Design Chic
3. Hardware style needs to compliment door style
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Photo: Via Homebunch Design: Geschke Group Architecture
4. Barn Doors for Washrooms?
Barn doors don’t close tight like traditional doors. There is a slight gap between the door and the wall. Barn doors are fine for bathroom doors that are off a bedroom BUT you might want to think twice about putting them in a main living area or hallway where there’s no privacy.
Photo via Houzz|Envi Interior Design Studio
Photo: Debi Carser|Add Value To Your Home
Barn doors are fine for washrooms off a bedroom where you won’t be disturbed by any outside traffic.
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Barn doors are great space savers but you might want to rethink about putting a barn door on a bathroom wall that is not in a private bedroom. There are gaps between the door and wall so little eyes could peek in. Also you don’t get the same sound barrier as you would with a traditional door. Although it looks trendy, barn doors are not the best idea for powder rooms or family bathrooms.
What rules are being broken here?
Did you figure out the rules that have been broken in our stunning barn door at the top?
1. The door is on a short wall so it can’t open up wide. People have to squeeze into the opening showing.
2. The door leads to a bathroom off a living room. There is a slight gap so curious kiddos can peak in, and noises can be heard from the living room.
Debi Carser is a Designer, Stager and Renovator. For over 10 years she has been helping clients make their home stunning. She has staged over 75 homes helping clients make money beyond their expectations. She has bought several “fixer uppers” and either flipped them for a healthy profit or turned them into profitable rental properties. Come follow Debi as she share here tips & secrets.