Barn style sliding doors: How & why to get the look

Sliding doors are a great way to open up your home and add some charm to your living spaces. You can even give a sliding door the classic barn door look by adding some simple hardware. Liam, the Door and Gate Buyer at Bunnings, outlines some things to consider.

Suited to a variety of styles

If you like the industrial, retro or provincial look, a sliding barn style door could be a great look for your home. Often featured on popular renovation shows, its powder-coated finish turns a standard sliding door into a stylish statement. The on-trend style make this a great solution that’ll suit most homes. The barn door look is surprisingly versatile in terms of colour, size and door style and it’s a great way to add some rustic charm with a modern twist.

Another thing to consider is what material your door is made from. You can really create a focal point in a room with the right choice of door matched to the barn door look kit.

black barn door track

Installation made easy

You’d be surprised how easy it is to install the door tracks for a barn style sliding door at home. What makes this product unique is the ability for D.I.Yers to easily install it externally to the wall cavity like a normal sliding door. With a door track kit and a few simple tools and materials, it’ll be ready in no time.

One thing to note is that you need to make sure the door that you’re hanging is less than 80kg. Any heavier and it could cause damage to your door frame and room. It’s a good idea to install a hollow door, instead of a solid door, to hang for this purpose.

The benefits of sliding doors

There are a few advantages to installing a sliding door at home. Sliding doors can connect rooms together and open up your floorplan. Yet they allow you to easily section off a room when you need to. Plus, an exterior sliding door can even help you to open up your living spaces to an outdoor entertaining area. 

Another benefit of sliding doors is that because they operate without a hinge and glide along a track, you don’t need extra space for the door arc. This may suit a tight floorplan or even allow you to place something like a couch in front of the doorway. A sliding door can also help you to increase the natural light in your home if it contains glass panels within the door.

How to get a barn style sliding door

Check out the barn door track kit or the full door range available at Bunnings. Once you’ve chosen your barn style door, you’re ready to install it as a sliding door in your home.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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