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I have a room opening where I need to put a set of barn

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I have a room opening where I need to put a set of barn doors. The opening needs barn doors that should be 40 inch wide.

Unfortunately, the 40 inch slabs don't come in 6 panels. I will have to use 40 inch plan slab. Do you have any recommendation to either elegantly reduce the width of the opening or width of the 36 inch 6 panel doors.

I don't want to reframe the opening if I don't have to.

Please provide photos to demonstrate your suggestions.


Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Rick replied 7 months ago.

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How about reducing the width of the opening (4" on either side) then us a wider casing to trim it out? You could also have 40" wide doors fabricated at a custom mill work shop.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.

What do you mean by "wider casing to trim it out"?

What is a good price to pay for a 40 inch 6-panel hollow core door?

Can you give me contact information on some mills anywhere in the US to get some ideas?

Expert:  Rick replied 7 months ago.

Door openings are typically cased (picture framed). So you use a 1 x 6 (or trim of that width ~5") to trim out (frame around) the opening. It's not clear to me if these doors are actually on a barn or you're just going for that effect. I'm assuming these are interior doors since you mention hollow core doors. The only hollow core 6 panel doors are Masonite (molded) doors. There are no wood hollow core paneled doors. If you're looking for a hollow core door then a mill work shop door is going to be a lot more money than you want to spend.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.

These are internal doors.

How much should I plan to pay for custom-made solid 6-panel 40 inch doors?

Expert:  Rick replied 7 months ago.

Depends on where you live. I have a mill work shop near me that would make them for about $500-$600 each (slab only). There's no way for me to know what the cost might be in your area. If you're in a rural area a small shop might do it for less. A large shop in a major metro area would likely cost a couple hundred more. You could also try a lumber yard but they'll just go to a custom shop then mark up the cost to you. Your best bet is to check around for a local shop and deal direct.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.

How to locate a custom shop in my area? I am in Tulsa, OK area.

Expert:  Rick replied 7 months ago.

Here's a few. SOme Lumber yards have their own millwork division

Mill Creek Lumber & Supply Co

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Wood Systems, inc

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Mid-Continent Millworks

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