Barn doors increase your homes value – Selling homes quicker

How a Barn Door Can Increase The Value of your Home

The truth is, a barn door would probably not appear in most folks list of top 10 upgrades that would boost the resale value of a home. This is in light of the fact that many people are still unaware of a barn doors potential with regards to boosting a home’s resale value. In fact, recently Zillow gave a report that showed the efficacy of barn doors in boosting the resale values of homes. According to Zillow, of the 2.8 million homes that were sold between the span of 2014 and 2016, homes that were listed with barn doors got the highest sale premium.

While many people may find this hard to believe, it is very true. Indeed, there are a lot of upsides to having a barn door in your home, especially when you are working to boost the price or your home. In the event that you’re looking for simple and cost-effective ways to boost the resale value of your home, you should probably end your search here.

Here’s how a simple barn door will revolutionize your home and make it all the more appealing for prospective buyers.

When the time comes for buyers to shop for a home, they usually look out for stylish and exciting homes. Since you’ll be waking up in this home, every day until you get another one, it would do you no justice to get a boring home. Barn doors, on the other hand, are well renowned for their efficacy in making a somewhat boring home chirpy and chic.

Along these lines, every potential buyer that comes across the listing of your home would want to explore the added advantage that a barn door offers in a home. Also, barn doors style and designs blend well with both traditional and industrial home decors. As a result, buyers who go for homes with barn door would get to enjoy flexibility in their home décor (and they are aware of this fact).

By simply slapping on a barn door in your home, you can create the perfect hanging space for your artworks. For people who don’t like nails on their walls lest they chip their wall paint, a barn door may be the best alternative. As a matter of fact, the barn door itself can be the art in your home. Rustic barn doors don’t just add character to your home, but they also signal to the potential buyer that your home is more stylish than those without ban doors. This simple realization can help you sell your house quickly and at a much higher price.

In the event that you are not planning to sell your home soon, having a barn door can also be a big bonus for you. So that when you finally make up your mind to sell, you’d get a better offer for your home. Farmhouse furniture like barn doors, rustic bench, rustic nightstand, etc. are the latest home décor trends.

Judging from how long they’ve been trending and how popular they’ve become in our modern day society, the value of a home with a barn door can only be expected to rise. This implies that your investment in a barn door today would fetch a lot of returns for you in the nearest future. Even more than the returns your home would generate if you should sell it with a barn door now.

How much value can a barn door add to your home?

Based on Zillow, the 2.8 million homes that were listed for sale within the span of 2014 to 2016, homes that had barn door in their description had the highest sale premium (about 13% more than the expected values).

To put this in plainer words; you can boost the resale price of your home by a whopping 13% when you include a barn door in your home listing description, which is more than we can say for many of the renovation ideas that we have out there. As a matter of fact, some remodeling ideas that are not as cost-effective as a barn door might not increase your home resale price more than a mere 3-5%. If you are looking for remodeling options that would give you huge returns on your investment, this is it.

Barn doors are also useful when it comes to delineating spaces in your home. Therefore, you can make your home appear as if it has more room than it actually does. This would not only boost your returns on the sale of your home, but it would also quicken the sale process.

Will having a barn door sell my home quicker?

The answer to that question is; yes! It does.

One of the most obvious upsides of having a barn door in your home is character. Consequently, this character would make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Barn Doors in a home signal to potential buyers that your home is more stylish than those without barn doors.

Even though it might not be true for all homes, buyers are still more inclined to go for homes that they perceive as stylish.

When buyers are more attracted to your home than other homes that are listed with yours, you can sit back and relax knowing that your home would get a buyer in no time at all. On the other hand, you shouldn’t use low-quality barn door in your home as it can reduce the overall value of your home. Instead, look for premium quality wood and give your home a nice upgrade. Your home would thank you for it, and the next proprietor would pay good money for your home.

How to Build a Barn Door time lapse Video by Home Built Woodworking

What will a barn door add to my home?

Farmhouse style has gained the appeal of the world, because of a lot of reasons. But then again, all of these reasons revolve around one basic fact – they give the home character. Just like all other farmhouse furniture, barn doors add beauty, style, and value to your home.

Since you have the option of staining or painting your barn door (which makes the barn door all the more appealing to the eyes), barn doors can make your home chicer than any other remodeling alternatives. They are also the best ascent for your home. For people living in homes with limited space, barn doors can help you manage your limited space. This is in light of the fact that barn doors are very effective when it comes to delineating space in the home. But how does it save space in the home?

How will a barn door save space in my home?

We have said earlier that barn doors are great for defining spaces in the home. What we have not told you is that you can also integrate storage spaces in your barn door where you can store essentials. But then again, this would require a bit of inventiveness on your part.

So now that you have ventured into doing your homework on what a Barn Door can bring to your house here’s a quick video straight from our woodshop to give you an idea on the process!

If you’re the handy type, check out our blog post on “How to Make a Barn Door the Easy way” which will help you in building your own Barn Door!

If you’re interested in having a custom barn door made to add value to your home why not contact Home Built Woodworking to help!  We are located in Saint Johns FL and specialize in all sorts of custom build Farmhouse Furnishings and décor.

How to build a Barn Door the easy way

Have you ever wanted to build a barn door?  Whats holding you back?  

Building your own barn door is easier than you may think.  In this blog “How to build a Barn door the easy way” I will walk you through step by step  with a quick time lapse video of the barn door we are going to build.

A quick look at the project!

Lets start by taking a quick look at the barn door that we are going to be building in this tutorial.  This Barn Door style is sure to add that rustic farm style feel to anyone’s home decor. 

Barn Door

The Barn Door

This barn door was built using an assortment of 1″ common white pine boards that are available at most of your big box store as well as local lumber yards. This style consists of of a side boarder of 3″ wide  and a top border of roughly 5 1/2″ wide.  The decorative center cross measures the same width as the sides at 3″ to stay consistent with the over all door size.

Final Barn door size: 29″ x 80″ x 1.5″

Here is a list of materials & tools used


  • 4 - 1" x 8" x 8' Pine Boards
  • 1 - 1" x 6" x 8' Pine Boards
  • 2 - 1" x 4" x 8' Pine Boards
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Biscuits
  • Brad Nails 1.25"
  • Orbital Sand Paper
  • Wood Filler

First, Choose your wood

This step may seem to be an obvious starting point BUT there is more involved than just picking the first board off a stack in the store & placing it on the cart! 

Make sure to pick straight boards...

When choosing a board for any project it is extremely important to choose straight boards with no twisting. 

There are a few simple ways you can check this fairly quick. 

One, if you have a good eye simply look down the board to see if there are and curves or twists.  For those without a straight eye not to worry. 

I actually prefer this method! Lay the board on a KNOWN flat surface (the floor at my store works well) and see if it lifts off the floor at any of the 4 corners.   If the boards doesn’t lay flat on the gr you think that its okay to use twisted boards you new Barn Door may not like it.

Look at the cup of the board

The second thing to look for in a board is the cup.  This can be seen at the end of the board.  Boards are cut from a tree which in nature are round.  But wait, the boards aren’t round! If you notice on the end you can see curves.  These curve tell a store.  If the boards cup span the whole board (like a rainbow) there is a chance that it will actually start to cup.

Although all wood will have a cup there are some things to look for.  Try to choose boards that contain more vertical lines on the end of the board.  Also choosing wood with tighter grain will help.  Lastly, always choose a Kiln dried wood.  If your unsure about the moisture levels in the board there is an amazing little tool that can be picked up for about $25. A Digital Moisture Meter is a must have for any woodworker. Wood pieces that are built for inside the home should typically have a final moisture level somewhere in the 5% – 8% range. Trust me, when you go out and purchase the Digital Moisture Meter you will be checking everything piece of furniture in your house!

Pick the best wood grain for your finish

Choosing the right wood grain can make a world of difference for the look and feel of your new barn door.  When choosing your boards for your barn door take the time to lay them our side by side on the floor of the store or on your work bench at your workshop.  Move the boards up and down to get the best grain match your looking to achieve. This is particularly important if you are planing on a stain finish.  Stain finishes will allow you to see the natural beauty of the wood you have chosen for your barn door.  If you painting your door as the final finish of course this step is not as important but it is worth mentioning.  

Getting started on your barn door

The Barn Door we are building measures 29″ wide x 80″ tall with a final thickness of 1.75″ thick.  I have went through and picked out the 4 pine boards that I will be using for the backing of my door.  Now its time to start prepping the backing boards so that the can be glued up.

First I need to cut the backing boards to the correct length.  In my case the boards for our barn door are being cut to 80″ in length.  This will be the final height of our barn door.  Using our Dewalt Compond Miter saw we measure each board making sure that both ends of the board get straight square cuts.

It is important to joint the boards edge to achieve a nice tight joint between the boards on the Barn Door backing.  This is done on our Powermatic Jointer. When joining two boards you want to make sure that there are no gaps between the two edges that are being joined.  This will ensure that there is good surface to surface area for the glue to work correctly. 

After the boards are joined you will want to take a carpenters square down the edges of the boards to make sure the edges are true 90 degree edges.  If you don’t have access to a jointer a hand plan will work as well or simply being very particular when picking out the boards at your lumber yard.

Using our awesome Saw Stop table saw (so we don’t lose a finger) we now need to rip the backing boards to the needed width to achieve our final door wide of 29″.  We are using four 1x’s so each board will need to be ripped to a final width of 7.25″ wide. 

We want our barn doors to look a little unique instead of having a flat backing.  To get the look we are going for we need to run our router along the edges of all the backing boards that meet each other on the backing boards.  To do this we are using a Freud 1/4″ Champher.  This router bit is designed to route a slight angle profile on the edge of a board. 

The router bit comes with a bearing that allows you to simply glide along the board edge with ease.  Adding this small quick detail to the boards will give us a V look between the boards to add to the over all look of the barn door.

Now that are barn doors backing boards are prepared it is time to break out our Dewalt Biscuit Joiner.  Using the biscuit joiner makes aligning the boards a cake walk.  placing all the backing boards together on a flat surface you will now draw a few line across the width of the boards where they meet.  This mark is where you will use the Dewalt biscuit joiner to cut a slot into the edge of the board to accept the wooden biscuit. 

With the 80″ door we use roughly 6 wooden biscuit along each joining edge.  This will help keep the boards aligned and add strength to the joint. The wooden biscuits are glued into the slots.  Wood glue is applied to the remaining edge of the boards that are being joined.  After all the wood glue is applied the boards are then clamped together and left to dry. 

The wooden biscuit will swell in the slots making for a nice bond.  Be sure to wipe any glue that squeezes out in the seams before it drys.  This will make for an easier finish at the end as wood glue will not accept stains.  If your painting the Barn Door that is a different story.

Our barn door design is calling for a simple picture frame around the edges and top of the door with a slash going from corner to corner.  The side pieces for the picture frame are cut first. 

We have ran the boards through our saw stop table saw to get the final width of 3″.  After they are ripped down for the width we cut the boards to the same length as the backing boards (in our case 80″).  The cut boards are then glued and nailed to the face of the barn door backing.  We are using a Brad Nailer with 1 1/4″ brad nails

We are making sure that the boards are flush with the edges of the backing boards.  The top part of the picture frame is ripped on our saw stop table saw at 5 1/2″ wide.  The larger width give the barn door a more rugged look and feel.  In our case these boards are cut to 26″ in length after the are ripped down.  They are then glued and attached to the backing boards making sure they are flush with the top.

The center slash is also ripped to the same width as the sides (in our case 3″).  The easiest way to measure the board is to lay it on top of the door and mark where the edges meet. 

Using a speed square you will then determine what the angle is and cut the board using a Miter Saw.  I believe the angle on this doors size was roughly 20 degrees but you will want to check your doors angle to make sure.  After the board is cut it will be glued and nailed to the backing boards.

The Final steps

Now that you are done assembling the barn door it is time for the finishing touches.  Go over the entire door and fill all the holes that the nails have left.  Once the wood filler has dried you will need to use an Orbital Sander to sand the entire door to your likens.  Typically I start with an 80 grit and finish with a 220 grit.  

After the Barn Door is sanded you are now ready to paint, stain or seal to whatever look you are trying to achieve.


I hope that you have found this information helpful on How to build a barn door the easy way!  If you hae any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments.  Happy woodworking!


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