With the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement full steam ahead, most homeowners love looking for projects they can do from home. Why? Not only is it personal, but it’s also customizable and generally saves them money in the long run. Built with sturdy materials and unique barn door hardware, you can’t go wrong in the DIY space.
We’re going to show what to consider before getting started on your DIY interior barn door project. Here’s a hint: There’s a lot you should be considering.
How Will Your Barn Door Be Used?
For some, adding a barn door merely is for a design/aesthetic purpose. But for others, adding a barn door with barn door hardware is more for functional purposes. So before you run to the nearest home department store, consider how you want it to be used. Ask yourself:
- Will there be space for installation?
- Do I want to close off certain areas in my home?
- Is it fixed to the wall or will it move?
And as a useful reminder, most barn doors are made without locks. So it’s probably not a great idea to use a DIY barn door in an area you want the ability to lock a door for privacy or safety.
Style is Everything
Barn doors aren’t just for those who are looking for a country feel to their home. Many use sliding barn doors in contemporary, modern and traditional styled homes. In your design, consider the number of doors you’ll have and what materials you’ll consider using to make the project possible.
Traditionally, barn doors are made with wood and metal barn door hardware. They also tend to glide along a metal track because it is able to hold the weight of a door that size. But today, you may see barn doors made from old church doors and even glass.
Design and Build
As you consider your final design plans, ensure that the sliding barn door and barn door hardware are not only unique to your home but fit well within the rest of your home’s design or decor.
If your barn door(s) are a centerpiece to your home, make the rest of your home’s decor neutral enough to let the doors stand out. Here are some ways to make your barn door stand out:
- Frosted glass
- A dramatic paint color
- Metallic barn door hardware
- Mixed metals
- Unique wood choices
Once the design is in place, you’re ready to start the biggest task of all: The build. Of course, it may be what you’ve been looking forward to most.
You can shop our selection of barn door hardware by clicking here, then get started designing a unique barn door that will be the talking point of your home.