Originally, barn doors were exterior sliding doors installed on barns but have evolved. Now, they are sliding doors that are installed both outside and inside of homes. Many people like the versatility and design style of interior barn doors. They save space and are used for everything from closets to bathrooms, pantries, offices, bedrooms, and other interior spaces. Barn doors come in a wide range of styles, and sizes.
Sliding barn doors consist of a door slab, a hanger that the door slab hangs from, rollers that are installed on the hangers, a track that the rollers slide right and left on, a door guide to prevent the door from moving backward and forward, a handle to make it easier to open and close the door, and a latch to lock the door in place.
Installation instructions of your Seawin product are available on product page in Resources section.
It’s important to consider overlap with your door and the opening. We consider a standard of 2” overlap on each side of the door from the door opening width.
We typically recommend a 2" overlay on each side of your opening to act as a light, sound, and privacy barrier. This will make your door a total of 4" wider than the opening and 2" taller than the opening. You can also make the door just an inch taller if you are tight on clearance. Keep in mind that you will lift your door a 1/2" off the floor to allow it to roll. For a cased opening it is most popular and cosmetically appealing to make the door to cover all the casing. You will measure from outside of trim to trim for the width and from the floor to the top of the casing for the height. Our doors are built on the inch so round up to the nearest inch if the exact measurement is unavailable.
Mounting your track to a header not only gives a more finished look but adds additional support to helping disperse the weight of the system and prevents crushing of the drywall on large or heavy door applications.
A minimum clearance of 6-1/2” is required from the top of the door to the ceiling to accommodate the track/rail and rolling hardware. The top of the door should be level or above the frame opening.
Yes, we do offer color samples for all our finish options. Please see our finish samples page. Note we urge customers to order samples before ordering their door if time permits.
You can put two single doors together! That’s what we did and it worked out great. The only thing is you need a way to account for where the doors meet in the middle. We wanted ours to stop in the middle, so we did not buy a track joiner.
A track joiner simply allows the rollers on the doors to glide smoothly over the small gap in between the header rails. I wanted these doors to stop in the middle, so we used the included door stops. Read on to the next question for more info about that.
The door stops that come with the hardware are meant to be used on each end of a single door, to keep it from running off the rails when it’s opened or closed too hard. However, you can’t just install the stops on the middle of the header rails, or they will leave an opening of about an inch between the doors.
The door hardware has stops on both ends, as well as a little stop on top, so no matter how hard you close or open the doors, they won’t jump their tracks or fall off the ends. This is why I think it’s better to buy a good brand of barn door hardware, rather than trying to build it yourself.
These doors are a dream! They are so quiet and smooth when they open and close that someone in the next room wouldn’t even know it was happening.
For a flush opening take your door width times it by 2 and subtract one side of overlay. example say you had a 3’0” wide opening and a 3’4" wide door, 40"x 2 = 80 - 2" = 78" or 6’6" of track. This way you have sufficient coverage when the door is closed but when you open the door it will come flush to the opening for a clean finished look. For a cased opening you will take the door width and times it by 2. This way when the door is closed the trim/casing is hidden but when you open the door you will expose all the beautiful trim work for a more traditional look.
You have a few different options. Metal wheels can demonstrate the same texture and finish as your hardware. Nylon wheels only come in black, but they roll quieter than the metal. There is a hybrid design termed as a “spider.” The design has a metal exterior and a nylon interior to provide the benefits of both options. Other options would include different metals like brass, or wood wheels.