Have questions about how to install a farmhouse barn door? Here’s our before and after farmhouse barn door with a few answers.
This post is sponsored by National Hardware.
When we designed Whitney’s room (you can see the entire before and after here) she only had one request.
After patiently waiting for over a year for her room to be finished, she only had one simple request.
A barn door.
Wait. I forgot. She wanted yellow and blue colors, too. So I guess that makes two requests.
But the barn door? It was her heart. She’d seen other people with other barn doors. She’d gone into shops and pushed barn doors back and forth. She’d followed barn doors on Instagram. She’d visited people’s houses with barn doors and come home sighing.
If only. If one day. If possible.
She could have a barn door.
Meet Whitney and her very own farmhouse barn door.
Here is where we started.
This was the status of the room in March.
As you can see in the picture, there are two doors on that wall. One of them leads to the bathroom and one of them is the closet. The closet doesn’t have a door because she lost part of her closet to the bathroom renovation of 2018. You can see the before and after of the bathroom here.
She wanted a barn door, but the space was too small for a barn door. When you pulled it to one side, it would have blocked the bathroom door. I suggested a regular door and she said okay.
But her eyes?
They still wanted a barn door.
So we got creative.
When you live in a 110-year-old home, creative is your specialty.
Whitney cleaned up her closet and we built a barn door that slides between the closet and the bathroom.
I know, right?
Where can I get barn door hardware?
We installed this beautiful barn door hardware in stainless steel from National Hardware.
You can see all the details and specifications here.
I have partnered with them for years on so many different projects like this one and this one and I cannot recommend their barn door hardware enough. It’s strong and sturdy and looks so pretty and slides so smoothly. You can literally slide this door open and closed with your finger.
What if my opening is too large for a standard barn door?
And just when I thought I had discovered everything there was, I found something new.
The barn door extension.
Our challenge was that our space was extra long. The space from the doorway to doorway between the closet and the bathroom door was 108″. The standard barn door hardware is only 72″. So I thought our barn door was destined to be only a dream.
I found this.
The barn door extension.
You can see it better here.
It’s so easy to install and we just added it to the end of the barn door hardware.
The extension allowed us to extend the barn door to run the entire length between the two doors.
I thought we needed two, but after we installed it, we ended up only needing one extension.
How do I keep the barn door on track?
Here’s another barn door tip.
The barn door was swinging slightly from side to side when we installed it.
So my father-in-law came up with this brilliant suggestion. He simply cut a 1″x 1″ piece of wood and attached it directly to the floor.
This helps keep the barn door running smoothly on track and prevents it from swinging out.
Where do I install the barn door handle?
We found this beautiful barn door hardware from National Hardware.
You can see it here.
But then the challenge was where to install it. Our barn door is constructed with 1″x 6″ vertical boards with three cross pieces. Should we put it on the top cross piece? The bottom cross piece? On the cross piece?
We hung it where Whitney could reach it.
She’s right at 5 feet tall, so we placed it on the door where her arm fit it perfectly.
It’s her barn door. It should fit her.
What type of barn door sliders are the best?
There are so many different types of sliders. There are sliders that fasten to the front of the door and slide. There are sliders that attach to the back of the door and slide. There are ornate sliders and simple sliders and so many different options to choose from.
We wanted to keep it simple.
So we chose the sliders that fasten to the back of the door with a relatively low profile.
The barn door is the star of the show and the hardware is the jewelry.
I love the simple, classic look of this hardware.
The room is finished.
The curtains are hung and the rug is rolled out and the bed is fluffed and the desk is organized and the closet is clean and the barn door is right where it was always meant to be.
In Whitney’s room.
Here’s to barn door dreams everywhere. 🙂
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