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Ready For A Barn Door – How To Measure

We get numerous requests every day for custom barn doors.   One of the most important questions is – how do we measure.

For door openings with casing/molding:  Measure from outside to outside of casing/molding across for the width and from the top of the casing/molding to the floor for height. Add 1″ to 2″ per door for overlap depending on privacy needs.

For door openings without casing/molding:  Measure the inside of the opening across for width and from the top of the opening to the floor for height. Add 2″ to 4″ per door for overlap depending on privacy needs.

You will need a minimum of 6″ between the ceiling or crown molding and the top of the door molding or opening for the hardware to mount, depending on the style hardware that you choose. You must also make sure that you have enough room on one side of the opening for a single door and either side of the opening for a double door, in order for your barn doors to open properly. This space is equivalent to the width of the door(s) that your ordering. Also make sure that you account for molding such as chair rail, thermostats, outlets, light switches, vents and any other object or objects that might impede the proper installation and the function of your sliding door.



Ordering Hardware

When ordering hardware, the most import thing is getting the right track length.  You should order track length twice the width of the door. If you have an odd sized door, it is best to order track that is longer to make sure that you have enough. For example a 39″ door would require 6.5′ of track.   Our track is available in 2M, 2.5M and 3M lengths.   These tracks can be cut to size so that you will not be in a situation where you are short.

Ready, Set, Measure