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    News — Barn Door Installation

    How Sliding Barn Doors Can Transform Your Workspace 

    How Sliding Barn Doors Can Transform Your Workspace 
    Due to the current climate, we’re all spending more time at home than we ever have before, which is why home renovations are on the rise. Many of us will be working from home indefinitely, so now is the time to create a workspace that is comfortable and organized!

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    Benefits of a Sliding Barn Door

    Benefits of a Sliding Barn Door

    While some people might use barn doors simply as a design choice, there are also practical benefits of using a sliding barn door over a traditional swing door.

    Saves Space 
    In narrow hallways or small rooms, a sliding door can save valuable floor space since it doesn’t require the same wide berth to be able to swing open like a traditional door. All you need for a barn door is enough wall space to completely slide open.

    Can be Used for Awkward Spaces
    Sometimes houses—especially older homes—have awkward spaces. It might be an end of a hallway with multiple door openings, a small nook under the stairs or a recessed storage area. It can be hard to find a stock door to use in these situations; however, a custom-sized barn door can be the perfect solution.

    Easy Installation
    If you have an opening and want to put in a door, it can actually be easier to install a sliding barn door than a swing door.  Traditional doors require a fair bit of construction to correctly install, but barn doors simply need to be securely attached to a track installed on a header board.

    Versatile Design
    There are also more design options when it comes to sliding doors. Not only can you mix and match door designs and stain colours, but you can also turn an existing door you have into a sliding door with one of our hardware sets.

    Sliding barn doors can be the perfect solution for unique design challenges in your home. Since we custom make every order, we can tailor your door to fit your specific needs. 

    Browse our wide selection or 
    contact us with any questions you have about your order.

    We've been building custom barn doors since 2013. All of our wood is sustainably sourced and our doors are constructed at our workshop in Mississauga. 

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    Structural Support Required for a Barn Door

    Structural Support Required for a Barn Door
    Sliding barn doors can be heavy—especially oversized ones—and you need the proper structural support on the wall for a door to safely operate. You can either build the support into the wall or install a header board to carry the weight of the door.

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    Do Barn Doors Need a Bottom Guide?

    Do Barn Doors Need a Bottom Guide?

    To be safe, barn doors need a bottom guide to prevent the door from swinging or coming off the track. To ensure secure operation, we require all customers to choose a bottom guide when purchasing a barn door from Viba Barn Doors & Hardware.

    The standard guide included with our doors is invisible but is best for an experienced carpenter or handyperson. To install the standard bottom guide, you will need to route a channel on the bottom of the barn door with a slotting bit. If you’re not comfortable with this method, we also offer an EZ install bottom guide.

    bottom guide

    As the name implies, our EZ Install Bottom Guide is simple to use and doesn’t require any additional tools. The piece is affixed to the wall trim and creates a channel which the barn door slides into. Once properly installed, the EZ Install Bottom Guide prevents the door from coming off the wall.

    Barn doors can be installed in a variety of ways to provide privacy while adding to the overall aesthetic of your home. They are also extremely safe, if properly constructed and installed. At Viba Barn Doors & Hardware, our standard hardware has five separate sets of features that ensure your door is safe, including; anti-jump blocks, end stops, soft close actuators, soft closing hardware and bottom guides.   

    If you would like to add the EZ Install Bottom Guide to your order, simply add it to your cart at checkout. It’s extremely affordable, costing less than $8 per guide. 

    If you’re interested in adding a barn door to your home, 
    browse our wide selection of custom made products.

    Viba Barn Doors & Hardware has been manufacturing sliding barn doors since 2013. All of our wood comes from local mills in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and our doors are constructed at our workshop in Mississauga. We pride ourselves on our sustainable manufacturing process, which includes recycling all wood scraps and dust, and only using low VOC products. 

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    some of our recently completed projects.