Barn Door Design Idea
Barn doors traditionally come in two designs. The doors can swing on the hinges or slides on an overhead track. Each design has advantages and disadvantages. Both designs can also be built by a handyman from the farm with common hand and power tools. No matter what type of barn door design is chosen, it must be built solidly. All the weight of the sliding door will be carried by the rollers with wheels mounted on the upper track.
The barn doors hardware frame to which the rollers are connected must be substantial enough to support the weight of the door in any type of weather conditions. Swinging doors must also be constructed of heavy material. The weight of the swinging door puts a huge load on the top hinge of the door. This hinge and the entire framework that joins must be solid.
Swinging doors are also more likely to be caught by a gust of wind and slammed shut or opened, potentially damaging the door if it is not properly constructed. Consider 2 x 6 inches of wood for the construction of the frame of any barn door design plans. Use the heaviest possible door hardware that will allow the project budget. Finish all wood with paint or with a water sealer.