If you’re in the habit of surfing the net for new house accessories or styles, then you must’ve noticed how a lot of websites are featuring barn doors. Those old doors, which are typically found in farms, are now gracing even the most classy pads, apartments or office buildings; and yes, you’ll even find them in some ultra posh TriBeCa lofts.
Why Barn Doors?
So, what’s so appealing about barn doors? There are so many nice things about barn doors. One major advantage is that these are space-saving. If you don’t have enough space for a regular door, then you can use a barn door, which you can just slide to open or close. A lot of people also like the fact that these are multi-functional too. Barn doors can be used as main doors or as dividers. These can also be repurposed to make tables, shelves, bed headboards, and many more.
Still, though many want to put up barn doors, they hesitate because of the price. Most barn doors, particularly those made of top quality wood, can be quite pricey. But with some web surfing and price comparisons, you’re sure to find alternatives that are definitely much cheaper. Another option is for you to create your own barn door depending on the budget that you have.
Cheap DIY Barn Door
In case you are installing a new door or putting up a divider to isolate a small home office, you can consider having a simple and more lightweight barn door. Here are a few tips on how to make one that’s nice and cheap.
1. Make a list of everything that you need.
A simple barn door is not that complicated to build. List all the hardware and wood supplies that you are going to use. Some hardware supplies that you’re going to need are — door pulls, box rail, brackets, tracks, tubing, and wheels. Don’t forget the screws that you are going to use to mount the tracks. You also need wood of various sizes depending on the dimension of your door frame.
Barn door hardware, especially tracks, can be pretty expensive. But you’ll find cheap options by checking out Amazon.com or going to a local tractor supply store and asking for more affordable tracks, flexible hangers, or box rails. As for wood, you can buy some for less than $50 and these will be enough to make a simple plank door. In order to make it easier for you to connect wood boards, buy boards with tongues and grooves. There are also pre-made doors that you can utilize as barn doors.
2. Build the plank door.
First, cut each board according to how big or wide you want the door. Then, use a strong wood glue to attach each plank to each other. After gluing, tighten the fit using straps that you can easily adjust. Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours.
After the glue has completely dried, nail two cross boards – one on top and the other at the bottom. This will provide more support and add visual appeal as well. You can even add diagonal accents if you like. Then, apply the finish that you prefer. Paint the door or apply a varnish.
3. Mount the hardware.
The easiest type to use is a combination of box rails and trolley hangers. Use strong and long screws to attach the box rail on the ceiling. See to it that this is firmly attached because this will hold most of the door’s weight. Attach the door pulls and the trolley hangers. The latter should be on the top part of the door; and then set the door onto the box rail.
You can readily accomplish a barn door DIY project. If you are hesitant about cutting boards or metal parts, ask someone to help you out. Maybe you have a friend who is a carpenter or a builder. Or, ask someone from your hardware store to cut everything for you so that all you have to do is attach all the parts.
Claire Willows is a freelance writer and a homemaker who has blogged about home improvement issues since 2008. Her write-ups have been featured in blogs and websites, like www.basincustom.com.