Asked on Mar 19, 2017

What can we do?The barn door we made for our bathroom has warped!

by Mare
We put up a barn door on a bathroom...and now it has warped. Anything we can do...and if not what kind of wood should we get for next one?

  7 answers
  • Julie M. Julie M. on Mar 19, 2017

    MAYBE you can salvage this with matching cross bars. Just a thought though. We are still waiting for our master carpenter to build ours.

  • Shirley Heikkinen Shirley Heikkinen on Mar 19, 2017

    Perhaps the answer isn't what wood to use, but what to seal the wood with to keep moisture from penetrating it. My guess is you can't do much to fix the warped wood, but you can prevent it in the future. I would use wood made for outdoor deck use and use the best sealer you can afford.

  • Mare Mare on Mar 19, 2017

    Thanks...I think the sealer will make the difference with new wood and cross bars

  • Sharon Doroba Sharon Doroba on Mar 20, 2017

    Also stagger the end grain of your wood. This will also prevent warping or cupping. Then seal.

  • Julie M. Julie M. on Mar 20, 2017

    My carpenter said that the thickness of the wood is also important.

  • Bet21615551 Bet21615551 on Mar 20, 2017

    Sure you can fix it. Take it down and wet it and sandwich it down with something heavy so it can't move. Two solid flat surfaces. Let it dry and resand it. Make sure you wet it down good.

    • Toolpro Toolpro on Mar 25, 2017

      Yep, I have something getting flattened now. It is on the deck with the cupped side up and cider blocks on the high part. Then the door is flat move it someplace dry and let it dry flat, keep the weight on it.. One side should boards that are perpendicular or diagonal and securely fastened to prevent warping. seal all edges. Look at real wood doors to understand how the construction keeps them from warping.

  • Steve Woodward Steve Woodward on Mar 24, 2017

    Hi, first, take a look at why wood warps and which wood is less likely to do so and choose a better/different wood for replacement. utilizing several tried and true methods will help reduce warping, several have already been suggested but may not fix the problem.

    I have used wood in very wet and humid environments and found that the ones who tend to warp were not initially cured before I bought them. this old article explains it a bit

    You may be able to wet it again and flatten it but it will still dry and then later warp, not sure why but unless it is forced to stay flat often the same flaw in the wood will show up again.

    Another problem is not allowing sufficient room for wood to expand and contract with humidity. some frames are to tight. The slightly expanded board has no where to expand so it bows and warps.

    as for sealing.. double edge sword the boards now a days still need to dry out. sealing in the moisure left in them is just as bad. Sorry abotu the long answer but understanding why it happened is not just about the location and humidity may save you another warped project. Good luck.