The DIY barn door craze is in full gear! Barn doors add add rustic charm, elegance and style to the outside or inside of any home. Even better, they are an excellent way to save space when used in place of a traditional hinged door.
When we designed our simple house at the farm, barn doors were a must. With limited square footage, they were an easy way to save on swinging door space. The lone hallway in the house is a great example of just how well they work. The main hall connects the bathroom, master bedroom and back control room. By using a set of sliding barn doors for the control room, and single barn doors for the bedroom and bathroom, the hall space is always clear and open.
And the benefits go far beyond the functionality. The doors also give a warm, rustic, industrial look and feel to the entire hallway space. We loved them so much, we used more barn doors to close off our closet space in the loft.
Speaking of that “look and feel,” a barn door can be created or purchased in almost any style imaginable. They can be used to close off closets, doorways hallways and more. Or even used as to create a headboard or as a decoration for a bare wall. No matter the decor, there is a barn door style that can work.
A DIY Barn Door Doesn’t Have To Cost A Fortune!
The best part of all – barn doors don’t have to break the budget! Using our step by step barn door plans – we created every single barn door in the house for about $50 a piece. See : OWG Step By Step DIY Barn Door Plans
They are surprisingly simple to create. It took about an hour or two to build each doors – with just a few basic tools and lumber found that can be found at any standard lumber store.
Barn Door Hardware
Barn tracking and hardware kits have come a long way in the last few years. No longer are you limited to only big, bulky, expensive hardware intended for exterior applications. You can now choose from offset rollers, traditional horseshoe hardware, trolley rollers, and more.
We have become partial to the hanging offset rollers hung on flat metal bars. They can be mounted in about 5 minutes, and hanging is as simple as placing over the flat bar that serves as the rail. Not only are offset rollers quiet, they are extremely sturdy. The complete set we found on-line – EWEI’S Homewares 6-Feet Country Steel Sliding Barn Door Hardware – Black included two rollers, a 6′ metal flat bar and mounting hardware, all for about $60. A far cry what you find in most retail stores.
So take a look around your house and see if a barn door might be in your future! It’s a great wintertime project to add a touch of rustic charm to your space.
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