Caring for Your Barn Doors

Barn doors should be treated with care, like any piece of furniture or home decor.  Dust and clean regularly, but avoid using harsh chemicals and extreme moisture.   

It is important to note that indoor humidity and temperature levels will always impact items made of wood, and especially solid wood and softer species, such as pine. 

While all of our barn doors are painted and/or stained and sealed to protect them, some amount of movement should  be expected as solid wood acclimates to an environment. This is due to natural expansion and contraction of the wood based on moisture content as the wood ages.  You may notice minor alterations in the wood on your barn doors; this is normal, and can typically be touched up with stain or paint. 

Please read below for important information about potential impact of temperature and humidity on your barn door(s).

Any home with wood furnishings or wood floors should have consistent humidity.  Aim to keep your humidity levels somewhere between 40%-60%. In addition to being bad for wood, any extreme level of humidity can also cause health issues.  It is not unusual for forced air heat and other heating systems to drive indoor humidity conditions below 20%

Note that you’ll want to be particularly careful about high humidity levels in summer, when you may need a dehumidifier or adequate run time for your A/C.

During winter months, be on the lookout for unusually dry air.  Winter humidity levels below 30% can cause wood furniture to split and crack.

 

Like humidity, air temperature is also important for protecting wood. Keep indoor temperatures around 70°F (or 21°C) for optimal conditions. Experts suggest the optimum relative humidity level in a home is between 35% and 60% (personal preferences differ). 

Changes in the relative humidity – especially sudden changes – are the biggest concern for wood furniture.  Experts suggest that the ideal range of home temperature for wood furniture is 70 to 72 degrees with humidity levels kept within a range between 40 and 60%.

If exposed to relative humidity in excess of 70%, furniture and finishes can crack when the humidity level drops suddenly and the piece contracts.

 

No amount of furniture oil will prevent wood furniture from drying out if the relative humidity remains below 30% for an extended period of time.