Using Barn Doors Instead of Pocket Doors

Bring the outdoors in with this clever design tip that saves space and adds character.

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The barn door is an interesting device to use in a house. It's a wonderful application certainly for any kind of tight hallway. Oftentimes when you have doors, you're dealing with the door swing. And if you have a tight space, swinging a door in or out can be kind of difficult. And if it's an existing Condition, putting in a pocket door is problematic because it means you have to rip out all the framing and put in a new door. And what I find with pocket doors is you tend to either leave them open or closed 90% of the time. They're difficult because you grab a piece of hardware, and you try to pull it in and out, that people don't tend to open and close them very often. And what's great about a barn door is it has the benefit of sliding side to side. It also doesn't require you to reframe an entire opening to install it if it's after the fact. And it's an interesting thing to look at. They're kind of a fun design element within a house. [MUSIC]
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Using Barn Doors Instead of Pocket Doors