When choosing a barn door, you need to consider the following factors:
- Understand how it will fit in your room. Typically, barn doors hang from a track outside the room, which are wide enough to cover the doorway with room for some gap on either side. When you purchase a barn door, ensure it is a couple of inches larger than the opening. For example, a four-foot door will cover a three-foot opening and leave 6 inches of space on either side. You will require at least eight feet of track to hang a wide door. But if you plan to install a larger door, you can always purchase connectors from the hardware manufacturer.
- The sound transmission class (STC) rating of a barn door will be indicated on the label. This measurement is based on the decibel range of human voices, from 125 to 4000 Hz. If your barn door has an STC of 25 or higher, it will absorb sound well. Solid core barn doors will have an STC of 30 to 35. However, this isn't necessarily a rule of thumb.
- For added sturdiness, you can opt for specialty metals. For instance, you can choose solid brass barn door hardware or gold, silver, or copper powder-coated steel metallic tones. However, you will have to maintain the metals if you plan to install them outside in an area with salty air. And you should also keep in mind that brass oxidizes without the proper polishing. On the other hand, stainless steel might require polishing to keep its shiny appearance.
- Whether you opt for a single or a double door, choosing the type of hardware is a personal preference. The best barn door hardware will compliment your decor and function flawlessly and will also last for years. However, make sure to select high-quality hardware. While they cost a little more initially, it will be worth it in the long run. You can choose a hardware kit online, which includes rollers and handles.
- When choosing a barn door, make sure to read the warranty on the door. All barn doors are made the same, and many online vendors will try to fool you. Always check for a warranty. Typically, barn doors are not made of solid wood and are imported from China. If a seller claims to provide a warranty, it is likely a fake. If you're not certain, don't buy it.
Regardless of your preference, a barn door will serve various purposes. From partitioning a laundry room to concealing a television, barn doors can fit the bill. And if you don't have the skills or the patience to install them yourself, you can hire a professional to install them. They can be a unique and eye-catching feature of your home decor. There are also options available for any style.