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How to Measure for a Barn Door

Barn door DIY projects have become incredibly trendy right now and (even more) they’re much easier to put up than you’d think! Before you begin comparing what kind of door you’d like to have or choosing an appropriate railing system it’s best to step back and perform some calculations.

This means that you’re going to require the exact dimensions of the door you’re working with. That is the length and width of the door’s entry… as well as that distance from the floor to the entrance. The most important thing you’ll would like is a railing that’s too large due to the fact that you’ve only estimated the dimensions.

How to measure for a Barn Door

Measurements for the Barn Door’s Opening
Trimming Trimming Subtracting
Trimming Trim
Include a provision for door Hardware
Be aware of your clearance

Once you’ve learned to determine the measurements for an open door track in a barn and you’ve gathered the numbers you’re ready to put together the barn door hardware kit.

Do the measurement twice. Install the measurement twice.

The DIY Barn Door projects that you can make are extremely well-liked right now, and (even more) they’re much easier to put up than you’d think! Before you begin comparing the styles of doors you’d like or selecting an appropriate railing system then you’ll have to step back and conduct some calculations.

This means that you’re going to have to determine precisely how much space you’re dealing with. That is the length and width of the door’s entry point… as well as that distance from the floor to the entrance. The final thing you would like is a railing that is too large because you’ve guessed the dimensions.

How Do You Measure for a sliding Barn Door & Track?

To assist you in getting to the right place, here’s a brief outline of the measurements you’ll have to make prior to setting up your track and door.

1. Measurements of the Openings for Barn Doors

While the design of the barn doors you pick is based on your personal preferences It is important to be aware of the barn doors and opening sizes in making your decision. The width of your door should be between 2 and 3 inches larger than the opening of your door and one inch more than the size of the opening. The most important factor that determines the width or height you’d like to go is how far you want your sliding door to extend to the door opening.

A quick rule of thumb When your sliding door is located in an area in which you require privacy (like an office or room for guests) It is recommended to make sure that there is an overlap in order to avoid any leakage or gaps in the peripherals.

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2. Subtracting Trim

The second step will be to determine the width of your opening in the door, starting the inside of the door jamb on one side and going all up to the outside border of your other. Repeat this process until you have the height by taking measurements from the top of the door’s header to at the very top of the flooring. It is not recommended to measure beyond the flooring or your door won’t close easily.

After you’ve calculated the dimensions, along with the amount of overlap you’d like then you’ve got the measurements that you’ll need to open your door.

3. Add Trim

This process is similar to how you’d take measurements (above) the door that is not fitted with trimming. Instead of measuring from the inside edge to outside edge it is recommended include the trim measurements to the length and dimensions of the width of your door as well as the amount you want to ensure privacy overlap.

4. Consider Allowances for Door Hardware

After you’ve recorded the measurements of your door’s opening, you’re now ready to determine the measurements for the hardware for your barn door. Be sure to keep in mind that your barn door’s railing system must at a minimum, double the length of the door frame or even larger in the case of an odd-shaped door. For example, if you have a door that’s 35″ then you’ll need to have a track at least 70″ however an appropriate 6 feet. (72″) could be better.

5. Be aware of your clearance

Also, determine the distance to the highest part of the frame or the entrance towards the ceiling. This is an essential step to accurately measuring the track of a barn door because it is more restricted if you’re installing your door in an entryway with low ceilings. This measurement of clearance will aid you in locating the right railing system that’s certain to be able to fit in that space without any hassle.

Be aware that based on how you plan to hang your door (particularly when you’re hanging it yourself) You may be thinking about measuring the distance between studs on the wall from which you’d like to place your door. Certain companies will drill the railings made of metal to be able to accommodate these stud measurements, saving you from needing to drill it yourself.