What Size Barn Door for 32" Opening?

Posted by The Barn Door Hardware Store on Jun 14th 2024

If you’re a new homeowner, or maybe you’re a contractor who has been left with the task of choosing the right barn door for a 32” opening, this article is for you.

In this article, we will be discussing the standard barn door sizes, which barn door sizes are customizable and what factors you should consider when buying a barn door.

We know that choosing the right barn door is not always as easy as it may sound, and choosing the right door has a huge influence on the overall aesthetic of the space.

If you’re interested in choosing the perfect door for your 32” opening, read on!

Which size is best for a 32" opening?

If you’re looking for the perfect barn door for a 32” inch opening, consider 34-inch x 84-inch, 36-inch x 84-inch, or 38-inch x 84-inch barn doors.

When measuring the width of the barn door, it’s important to add at least 1” on each side for privacy and aesthetics. This means you’ll add 2” to the width of the opening you’re working with.

The extra width will make sure the opening stays completely covered while making sure the door’s a great fit.

If you can, try to get 2” instead on each side instead (for a total of an extra 4” to the opening width measurement).

As for the height, you can get away with having at least an extra inch from the opening’s height. This is because you need a bit of height to reach the door molding while leaving some space at the bottom for the door to roll.

With these rules of thumb, a 34 x 84” door is perfect for your 32” opening! If you are still in doubt, please contact us here, and we will be more than happy to help you.

Custom Barn Door Sizes

Custom barn door sizes allow you to choose the perfect barn door for your space, even if the opening size you are looking to accommodate does not fit the standard sizing.

These doors are made to order, and can be made in virtually any specification you choose.

Benefits of custom sizes

Custom sizes allow you to find the perfect fit for your home. Over and above accommodating non-standard sizing, they also allow you some design flexibility.

This is great if you’re looking to make a statement, or have a designer home.

Cost of custom sizes

Generally speaking, custom sized barn doors are more expensive than their standard sizing counterparts.

You can expect to pay from $800 for a custom barn door. Additional costs will often depend on the material you choose. Also consider installation costs, which are usually additional.

Is a custom size necessary for a 32" opening?

No, luckily a 32” opening does not require a custom size, as the 34x 84” barn door will fit nicely in most situations.

However, you can order a custom barn door for your 32” opening which will allow you greater design flexibility to achieve the perfect aesthetic in your home.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Size

There are some factors that you should consider before buying a barn door that many people are not aware of.

For most spaces, a barn door can be a stand out piece. It is therefore important to choose the perfect barn door, size and style included, to perfectly complement your space.

Style of barn door

One of the first things you should think about is the style of barn door which would best be suited to your home.

A barn door is often a stand-out feature, so choosing the right style has a huge influence on your home’s aesthetic.

Narrowing down your home’s aesthetic to start looking for modern, rustic or classic is a great place to start.

Clearance needed for door operation

Functionality wise, a barn door with adequate clearance is an important factor to look at before purchasing a door for your home.

Take a look at the space around the door opening, to ensure that the size you are looking at is the correct size.

Also consider furniture around the opening, and how this may impact on its functionality.

Proportion of door to opening

Ratios are one of the most important things to look for and consider to achieve the perfect aesthetic in your home.

This is also true for barn doors. A larger-than-life barn door will often overwhelm the space, whilst a door that is too small can look comical.

Personal preference

Like most things in your home, there is no one right way for things to look or feel. Any piece in your home is personal, and should be a true reflection of your personal style.

Finding inspiration in magazines, Pinterest or open homes are a great way to get a gauge of what you are after.

Take photos, and notes of barn doors that you like in order to shop for similar sizes, or use it as your inspiration for a custom barn door.


Budget is a key thing to think about, which can be easy to ignore. But if you’re working within a budget, a custom barn door can be a significant cost that you may not have factored in.

In general, a standard size barn door is more affordable.

There are also some more affordable materials such as engineered wood and some metals. Consider these options first when shopping around for your perfect barn door.