4 Things to Consider Before Installing a Barn Door

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Sliding Barn DoorSliding barn doors have captivated the hearts of many an Aussie homeowner, whether you prefer rustic, organic wooden doors or modern monochromatic styles in sleek materials.

Before you jump into the barn door craze and take down your hinge doors to put up barn doors everywhere, there are some important things you need to consider:

At the very least, you should look into your house’s load-bearing capacity, your privacy needs and the costs of installing a barn door. On the fun side, you also need to consider how the style of the door fits within the overall design of your house.

Structural Integrity

Make sure the frame is sturdy enough to carry the weight of the door, especially if you have an older house. If you are installing the door yourself, cut a small piece of drywall six inches above the doorway to see if you have a stud or a wood block to provide ample support for the door.


Think about what function you want a barn door to have. Unlike hinge doors, barn doors rarely, if at all, fully seal the opening of a door. This might be a cause of concern if you are using it as a door for the bathroom or a guest bedroom, although it is a great solution for children’s doors.


Barn doors are prized for their flexibility in design. You can achieve all sorts of looks. A weathered old wooden barn door is great for a charming countryside design, but you can also use polished glass sliding doors for a modern look. In between, there are so many ways to use barn doors to accomplish the design you want.


Create a budget that covers the cost of the barn door itself and the cost of installation. Also, consider the long-term costs. You may decide to take it down and bring back a hinge door, in which case you also want to factor in the cost of repairing the holes and installing a new door.

Barn doors are a stylish and versatile way to spruce up any room in the house. However, there are a few things you need to consider before installing them. It is important you do your homework to make sure you are 100% satisfied when you see your lovely new doors hanging over the doorway.