3 Tips About Installing Closet Barn Doors

Nothing seems to capture the imagination of a homeowner quite like a rolling door assembly since French doors were introduced.  Barn doors are made of almost every material that you can think of, they can add style and character to any space. 

You can go rustic using wrought iron or use steel to go streamlined, options for hardware may also seem as endless as the door material options.  With so many options available when it comes to barn doors you are sure to find something great, as long as you take the time to make a well thought out purchase.

There are many things that you need to consider though before you just run off and start purchasing things.  Things to consider range from that the door's load-bearing capability is to privacy concerns.  Below are a few questions that you should ask before you install your new barn doors. 

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Structural Stability

Is the structure stable?  This is very important to consider before you add or remove from a structure that is existing, you need to be sure it won't be compromised in any way.  Unless there is a set of plans for you to look over for your home, you have no way of knowing, solely by looking, if the door was adequately framed beneath the drywall.

The barn door evenly distributes the weight across the header, the track point load,  the door and hardware are on the exterior of the frame.  You need to know if the doors or door that you are going to purchase are too heavy to be placed on the track system that they will utilize, this is really important if this is going to be a do-it-yourself project.

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Privacy

What is the door supposed to be covering? What works for one person does not work for everyone.  For example, a bathroom barn door.  Since bard doors will not be flush with the opening of the door, in most cases, therefore there is not a complete seal for the door.  So even though the door may cover the opening completely it does not have the same amount of privacy that a traditional door would.  Keep this in mind when you are deciding where the barn doors will be installed.

These doors are best left for certain areas of your home, and avoided for other areas.  If you will be using the door on a bathroom or a bedroom you might want to consider installing a hook lock so that there is no chance of someone walking in on someone else in a private area of your home.

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Hardware

How big is the door's hardware?  Nothing is able to set barn doors apart quite as much as the hardware.  You need to use placement and scale to vary the style statement you are trying to make, where that is a rustic wrought iron rail using wheels that are oversized or steel rollers using a track that is barely-there. 

Using a large slab of wood is great for using to balance out powerful hardware.  A piece of glass that is delicate would shine perfectly if used with a mechanism that is brushed stainless.  When it comes to placement you need to look at whether the rollers are best on the exterior or the interior of your door.  The method you used for placement will have an effect on the gap between the wall and the door when it is closed, so consider this as well.

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  1. Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Modern Style Measuring 30 in. by 84 in.view
    Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Modern Style Measuring 30 in. by 84 in.
    Barn doors from Classic Entrance Systems convert any door into an artistic statement. Choose from an unparalleled assortment of surfaces and materials, all hung from the same, ultra-secure track mount. Classic Entrance Systems offers wood of every color in a variety of styles, including Z-pattern, reclaimed wood mini-panels, two- three- or four-panel, brace, and more.Additional options include windowed, inset mirror panels, brushed metal, weathering/distressing, and custom carving. All tracks must be mounted into ceiling, but track options include classic, wide-set metal mounts or low-profile micro-mounts. Bottom guides and stay roller guides come in standard dark gray stainless steel, but can easily be primed and painted to match your décor. Classic Entrance Systems’ 30-year warranty covers normal use, track operation, and locking mechanisms (if any).
    Price: $309.00
  2. Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Rustic Style Measuring 60 in. by 96 in.view
    Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Rustic Style Measuring 60 in. by 96 in.
    Barn doors from Classic Entrance Systems convert any door into an artistic statement. Choose from an unparalleled assortment of surfaces and materials, all hung from the same, ultra-secure track mount. Classic Entrance Systems offers wood of every color in a variety of styles, including Z-pattern, reclaimed wood mini-panels, two- three- or four-panel, brace, and more.Additional options include windowed, inset mirror panels, brushed metal, weathering/distressing, and custom carving. All tracks must be mounted into ceiling, but track options include classic, wide-set metal mounts or low-profile micro-mounts. Bottom guides and stay roller guides come in standard dark gray stainless steel, but can easily be primed and painted to match your décor. Classic Entrance Systems’ 30-year warranty covers normal use, track operation, and locking mechanisms (if any).
    Price: $99.00
  3. Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Modern Style Measuring 46 in. by 84 in.view
    Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Modern Style Measuring 46 in. by 84 in.
    Barn doors from Classic Entrance Systems convert any door into an artistic statement. Choose from an unparalleled assortment of surfaces and materials, all hung from the same, ultra-secure track mount. Classic Entrance Systems offers wood of every color in a variety of styles, including Z-pattern, reclaimed wood mini-panels, two- three- or four-panel, brace, and more.Additional options include windowed, inset mirror panels, brushed metal, weathering/distressing, and custom carving. All tracks must be mounted into ceiling, but track options include classic, wide-set metal mounts or low-profile micro-mounts. Bottom guides and stay roller guides come in standard dark gray stainless steel, but can easily be primed and painted to match your décor. Classic Entrance Systems’ 30-year warranty covers normal use, track operation, and locking mechanisms (if any).
    Price: $129.99
  4. Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Contemporary Style Measuring 32 in. by 84 in.view
    Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Contemporary Style Measuring 32 in. by 84 in.
    Barn doors from Classic Entrance Systems convert any door into an artistic statement. Choose from an unparalleled assortment of surfaces and materials, all hung from the same, ultra-secure track mount. Classic Entrance Systems offers wood of every color in a variety of styles, including Z-pattern, reclaimed wood mini-panels, two- three- or four-panel, brace, and more.Additional options include windowed, inset mirror panels, brushed metal, weathering/distressing, and custom carving. All tracks must be mounted into ceiling, but track options include classic, wide-set metal mounts or low-profile micro-mounts. Bottom guides and stay roller guides come in standard dark gray stainless steel, but can easily be primed and painted to match your décor. Classic Entrance Systems’ 30-year warranty covers normal use, track operation, and locking mechanisms (if any).
    Price: $779.00
  5. Full Kit Cherry Barn Door in a Classic Style Measuring 84 in. by 84 in.view
    Full Kit Cherry Barn Door in a Classic Style Measuring 84 in. by 84 in.
    Barn doors from Classic Entrance Systems convert any door into an artistic statement. Choose from an unparalleled assortment of surfaces and materials, all hung from the same, ultra-secure track mount. Classic Entrance Systems offers wood of every color in a variety of styles, including Z-pattern, reclaimed wood mini-panels, two- three- or four-panel, brace, and more.Additional options include windowed, inset mirror panels, brushed metal, weathering/distressing, and custom carving. All tracks must be mounted into ceiling, but track options include classic, wide-set metal mounts or low-profile micro-mounts. Bottom guides and stay roller guides come in standard dark gray stainless steel, but can easily be primed and painted to match your décor. Classic Entrance Systems’ 30-year warranty covers normal use, track operation, and locking mechanisms (if any).
    Price: $299.99
  6. Full Kit Cherry Barn Door in a Classic Style Measuring 30 in. by 84 in.view
    Full Kit Cherry Barn Door in a Classic Style Measuring 30 in. by 84 in.
    Barn doors from Classic Entrance Systems convert any door into an artistic statement. Choose from an unparalleled assortment of surfaces and materials, all hung from the same, ultra-secure track mount. Classic Entrance Systems offers wood of every color in a variety of styles, including Z-pattern, reclaimed wood mini-panels, two- three- or four-panel, brace, and more.Additional options include windowed, inset mirror panels, brushed metal, weathering/distressing, and custom carving. All tracks must be mounted into ceiling, but track options include classic, wide-set metal mounts or low-profile micro-mounts. Bottom guides and stay roller guides come in standard dark gray stainless steel, but can easily be primed and painted to match your décor. Classic Entrance Systems’ 30-year warranty covers normal use, track operation, and locking mechanisms (if any).
    Price: $779.00
  7. Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Classic Style Measuring 30 in. by 96 in.view
    Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Classic Style Measuring 30 in. by 96 in.
    Barn doors from Classic Entrance Systems convert any door into an artistic statement. Choose from an unparalleled assortment of surfaces and materials, all hung from the same, ultra-secure track mount. Classic Entrance Systems offers wood of every color in a variety of styles, including Z-pattern, reclaimed wood mini-panels, two- three- or four-panel, brace, and more.Additional options include windowed, inset mirror panels, brushed metal, weathering/distressing, and custom carving. All tracks must be mounted into ceiling, but track options include classic, wide-set metal mounts or low-profile micro-mounts. Bottom guides and stay roller guides come in standard dark gray stainless steel, but can easily be primed and painted to match your décor. Classic Entrance Systems’ 30-year warranty covers normal use, track operation, and locking mechanisms (if any).
    Price: $269.99
  8. Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Contemporary Style Measuring 60 in. by 84 in.view
    Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Contemporary Style Measuring 60 in. by 84 in.
    Barn doors from Classic Entrance Systems convert any door into an artistic statement. Choose from an unparalleled assortment of surfaces and materials, all hung from the same, ultra-secure track mount. Classic Entrance Systems offers wood of every color in a variety of styles, including Z-pattern, reclaimed wood mini-panels, two- three- or four-panel, brace, and more.Additional options include windowed, inset mirror panels, brushed metal, weathering/distressing, and custom carving. All tracks must be mounted into ceiling, but track options include classic, wide-set metal mounts or low-profile micro-mounts. Bottom guides and stay roller guides come in standard dark gray stainless steel, but can easily be primed and painted to match your décor. Classic Entrance Systems’ 30-year warranty covers normal use, track operation, and locking mechanisms (if any).
    Price: $309.00
  9. Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Classic Style Measuring 42 in. by 84 in.view
    Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Classic Style Measuring 42 in. by 84 in.
    Barn doors from Classic Entrance Systems convert any door into an artistic statement. Choose from an unparalleled assortment of surfaces and materials, all hung from the same, ultra-secure track mount. Classic Entrance Systems offers wood of every color in a variety of styles, including Z-pattern, reclaimed wood mini-panels, two- three- or four-panel, brace, and more.Additional options include windowed, inset mirror panels, brushed metal, weathering/distressing, and custom carving. All tracks must be mounted into ceiling, but track options include classic, wide-set metal mounts or low-profile micro-mounts. Bottom guides and stay roller guides come in standard dark gray stainless steel, but can easily be primed and painted to match your décor. Classic Entrance Systems’ 30-year warranty covers normal use, track operation, and locking mechanisms (if any).
    Price: $499.99
  10. Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Traditional Style Measuring 36 in. by 84 in.view
    Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Traditional Style Measuring 36 in. by 84 in.
    Barn doors from Classic Entrance Systems convert any door into an artistic statement. Choose from an unparalleled assortment of surfaces and materials, all hung from the same, ultra-secure track mount. Classic Entrance Systems offers wood of every color in a variety of styles, including Z-pattern, reclaimed wood mini-panels, two- three- or four-panel, brace, and more.Additional options include windowed, inset mirror panels, brushed metal, weathering/distressing, and custom carving. All tracks must be mounted into ceiling, but track options include classic, wide-set metal mounts or low-profile micro-mounts. Bottom guides and stay roller guides come in standard dark gray stainless steel, but can easily be primed and painted to match your décor. Classic Entrance Systems’ 30-year warranty covers normal use, track operation, and locking mechanisms (if any).
    Price: $549.00
  11. Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Rustic Style Measuring 32 in. by 96 in.view
    Full Kit Cedar Barn Door in a Rustic Style Measuring 32 in. by 96 in.
    Barn doors from Classic Entrance Systems convert any door into an artistic statement. Choose from an unparalleled assortment of surfaces and materials, all hung from the same, ultra-secure track mount. Classic Entrance Systems offers wood of every color in a variety of styles, including Z-pattern, reclaimed wood mini-panels, two- three- or four-panel, brace, and more.Additional options include windowed, inset mirror panels, brushed metal, weathering/distressing, and custom carving. All tracks must be mounted into ceiling, but track options include classic, wide-set metal mounts or low-profile micro-mounts. Bottom guides and stay roller guides come in standard dark gray stainless steel, but can easily be primed and painted to match your décor. Classic Entrance Systems’ 30-year warranty covers normal use, track operation, and locking mechanisms (if any).
    Price: $299.99
  12. Full Kit Cherry Barn Door in a Traditional Style Measuring 72 in. by 84 in.view
    Full Kit Cherry Barn Door in a Traditional Style Measuring 72 in. by 84 in.
    Barn doors from Classic Entrance Systems convert any door into an artistic statement. Choose from an unparalleled assortment of surfaces and materials, all hung from the same, ultra-secure track mount. Classic Entrance Systems offers wood of every color in a variety of styles, including Z-pattern, reclaimed wood mini-panels, two- three- or four-panel, brace, and more.Additional options include windowed, inset mirror panels, brushed metal, weathering/distressing, and custom carving. All tracks must be mounted into ceiling, but track options include classic, wide-set metal mounts or low-profile micro-mounts. Bottom guides and stay roller guides come in standard dark gray stainless steel, but can easily be primed and painted to match your décor. Classic Entrance Systems’ 30-year warranty covers normal use, track operation, and locking mechanisms (if any).
    Price: $269.99
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