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The Decision: How to Choose the Right Barn Door Hardware

You have decided to up your interior decorating game and add a barn door or sliding door to your house. You probably were inspired by a Pinterest board, some cool install photos on Instagram, maybe your friend or family member installed one.

But when you start digging down and realize that there are … so many choices.   Do you choose from flat black, stainless steel, hidden or visible, single rail, bypass.  And then there is soft close, which every time you picture it you hear Barry White saying, “Soft close” in your head.

It is okay. We understand. When you work in the world of barn door hardware the exalted mysteries of sliding doors are second nature. Today’s goal is to in part a touch of that wisdom to you, the consumer, and make choosing a barn door hardware kit simpler.

 

The Two Biggest Factors … 

Before we even delve into what size of track and the difference between Top Mount and Face Mount, let’s talk about the two biggest factors that will define your choice of hardware. Those are:

The Look

Barn door hardware can give your room any kind of look you want. From an interior design perspective, that ability to enhance a room’s look is one of the strongest points. You can make a rustic interior look more rustic, you can make a loft feel like a Post-Industrial play land, or you can give a start-up a futuristic forward looking flair with sliding glass doors.

Before you try picking between a 2M rail, 2.5 or 3M rail or even – gasp bypass, you need to ask yourself, what is the look you are trying to achieve? Do you already have an establish look or motif, and if so, what piece of barn door hardware will enhance that look?

 

Bypass Hardware in raw style – Rustic Design

Keep in mind there is more to achieving a look than just adding a door.

You may in fact want to add a barn door hardware kit and sliding door to a doorway. 90% of our customers do, but when you are considering the look make sure you look past the doorway and think about your entire room.

Your Budget

When it comes to your budget … well, your budget is your budget. A lucky few of us have a “Sky is the limit budget” where they can and will spend whatever it takes to achieve the look they want. Lucky them. For the rest of us, we have a budget and we need to achieve our look within that budget.

When you are building your budget, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Consider your options…

 

No, not talking about selection here. Your average barn door hardware kit has a base price (this usually is based on a 6ft kit with bare bones options).  Ever hear the phrase, Measure Twice, Cut Once? Let me introduce you to its brethren, “Measure twice, budget once”.

 

The Not A Dollar More Mindset

This brings us to the second point, use a budget range when possible. If you grew up in the 70s or 80s you probably have a vivid memory of your Dad at a car dealership, tapping his finger on a piece of paper and concluding a sentence with, “Not a dollar more.” When possible, try not to adopt the “And not a dollar more” mindset.

Not Conspicuous Consumption

When you set that budget range make sure you just are not thinking of the short term. Oftentimes it is too easy to say, ‘Well, I am buying hardware and its $600 and that is expensive but …’ You aren’t just purchasing a product that will soon be discarded, you are making an investment in your home.   Curb pointed out that barn doors are one of the design features that help sell a home. A barn door may also increase the sale price on a home.  Make sure you take concepts like perceived value into your budget before making one.

 

DIY or Professional Installation?

The last and possibly most important thing to keep in mind is installation. Will you be doing the installation yourself? Or will you be working with a contractor to do the install?

An experience DIY’er can totally install a barn door without a lot of work. If you aren’t that DIY savvy, then an experienced contractor or carpenter is always the best route. If you do use a contractor, then those costs need to also be factored into your budget. 

 Oh There is So Much More …

On average, it takes a person three months to buy a barn door &hardware kit. Why? Because barn door hardware is a simple idea that involves occasionally complex decisions. All those decisions start with the Look and your Budget.

This is your start.

 

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5 Things To Know Before You Install That Barn Door Of Your Dreams

Your dream is a barn door.   Before you install that interior sliding barn door you’ve been dreaming about, here are some things to consider:

1. Quality hardware is a must
Your barn door will be a focal point in your home, so it needs to look great, perform flawlessly and hold up under the wear and tear of everyday use. High quality hardware is durable, moves smoothly and quietly and beautifully complements your décor. It may cost a little more, but it will be worth it in the long run.  Hardware is available here

2. You need the right kind of space
A barn door can free up space compared to a swinging door, but it also needs room to slide along its track. If you’re mounting a single door, you need wall space on one side of your opening that is at least the width of the door, so it can slide completely open. For double doors you need wall space the width of an individual door on each side of the doorway. Make sure the wall has no light switches, outlets, windows, vents, doors or artwork that might impede the door or scratch it as it slides open.

3. The door must be wider than the doorway
That’s right. Barn doors hang from a track outside the room, covering the doorway, but leaving gaps at the sides between wall and door. For complete coverage and to minimize the gaps, make sure the door is at least several inches wider than the opening. For example, a 4-foot door will cover a 3-foot opening with 6 inches on either side, reducing the gaps. Buy a track that’s twice the width of your door:  A 4-foot wide door takes at least 8 feet of track to slide completely open. For wider doors, cut the track to fit and join the pieces with connectors available from the hardware manufacturer.

 

4. Structural support is required
Barn doors can be heavy – up to 200 pounds or more, so for sturdiness, most people mount the track to a header attached to the wall studs above the doorway.  A 2 x 6 cut twice as long as your track should do the trick. If you mount on wall studs, be sure there is a stud or wood block at every interval on your track, including beyond the door opening. Wall anchors are not sufficient support for hanging these doors. Bonus: Mounting your door to a header positions the door far enough from the wall to clear the door frame and trim when sliding.

5. You’ll need a handle; maybe a latch
A handle or pull lets you slide the door open and shut easily, and it looks great. This works on the outside, but you’ll need to install a recessed pull on the inside so the door clears the door jamb when it slides open.  If your barn door is the entry to a bathroom or bedroom, you’ll find different privacy latching solutions available, from a hook and eye closure to a latch with strike plate – even a decorative deadbolt will work.  Choose handle, recessed pull and latch in a style and finish that complements your door and hardware.

 

Barn doors can add beauty and function to your home in so many ways. Consider a pantry door, partitioning off the laundry room, concealing your wall mounted television and more. Let your imagination fly and happy installing!

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Sliding Doors – That Awesome Trend

Sliding barn doors have gradually become an important trend in the interior design world. Their popularity is due to the fact that they have that rustic spark which we love so much because it adds warmth and texture to a room. Today we’ll review a series of interior design and décor options that include interior sliding barn doors and we’ll take a look at a few inspiring ideas.

Add coziness to the bedroom with a barn door

Bedroom sliding barn door and birch tree wallpaper

When thinking about barn doors and how they can be used inside the house, the first thing that comes to mind is the bedroom. This is the perfect place for such a feature, considering how much cozier and inviting the room feels like with it.

Master bathroom with sliding barn doors for bathroom

The great thing about interior barn doors is that they can adapt to a variety of styles. So if your bedroom is rustic, traditional, modern or contemporary, there should be enough room for customization in this sense.

Minimalist bedroom featuring a siding barn door

Take advantage of the warmth that a wooden barn door can add to the room and use the texture and color to your advantage, keeping the rest of the bedroom décor simple, neutral and bright.

Eclectic interior design with barn door

Eclectic interior designs are the best because they allow you to put together your favorite elements even if they belong to different styles. In other words, a sliding barn door can share the space with a modern chandelier, a traditional rug or a vintage nightstand.

Make an interior barn door look natural

There are ways to make an interior barn door look natural in a bedroom. One example can be an interior design where the door shares similarities with the ceiling beams or the flooring.

White washed barn door for bedroom

The barn door in the bedroom can also match smaller things like the nightstands, the bench at the foot of the bed or the window frames. The important thing is to maintain a cohesive look throughout.

Exposed barn door hardware

Most of the times, people want to show off the sliding barn door they added to their bedroom so they make sure that it stands out. However, if this is not your wish, you can make the door blend in.

barn door separating your bedroom from its en-suite bathroom

One way to draw less attention to the fact that there’s a barn door separating your bedroom from its en-suite bathroom or the room next to it is by painting white or the same color as the wall.

Bedroom for two witth eye cathing barn doors

If you really want to draw attention to the bedroom door, consider getting a pair of sliding barn doors instead of a single one. They would definitely stand out not only thanks to their size but also because they would maximize the rustic charm added to the room.

What good could a sliding barn door bring to a living room, right? This is definitely not the right approach. If you keep an open mind, you’ll find that there are a lot of interesting ways to use a barn door in such a space. For example, use it to hide your book collection.

multifunctional room featuring bunk beds behind the barn door

Or, if the room is a multifunctional space, use sliding barn doors to make the distinction between functions, such as to hide the sleeping area or to keep the workspace private.

Hide TV easy with some sliding barn doors

Another very interesting way to use a sliding barn door is for hiding the TV. The door would have to be small and customized for this particular purpose. Such a décor option can look wonderful in a rustic living room for example.

TV above the fireplace with miniature small barn doorsSo these are just a few ideas to help you along.  Ready to get started.  Drop us an email or give us a shout to begin your perfect design.

In cases like these, it’s sometimes useful to highlight element separating the spaces which would be the sliding barn door. Painting it an eye-catching color is a simple and versatile solution.

Option to use large sliding doors

There’s also the option to use a large sliding barn door as a space divider between two rooms. It would eliminate a wall, bringing the two spaces closer together and allowing them to function as one whenever desired.

Old Door Turned Into a Sliding Barn Door For Office

An office, even if it’s at home where your family is, doesn’t feel very cozy and inviting. You can attenuate the problem by using features such as a reclaimed barn door, personalized wall décor or an interesting wallpaper pattern on the walls.

Pipes work table and sliding barn door create an indutrial design

For a cohesive look, you could also opt for a desk or a worktable made of reclaimed wood that looks similar to the barn door. The flooring can also coordinate the door and the same thing goes for the ceiling beams if they exist.

Modern bungalow featuring a large white sliding door

An alternative can be to disguise the barn doors and hide their strong rustic features. They can coordinate with the office furniture and they can share a traditional style.

Sliding barn doors used for kitchens and pantries

Grey painted sliding barn doors

Integrating a barn door into a kitchen is tricky because, on one hand, you need space for sliding barn door kit and this means sacrificing a piece of the wall you could otherwise use for storage and, on the other hand, you’d actually be saving space by making the kitchen more accessible..

Impact of sliding doors

The impact created by a pair of interior barn doors when entering a kitchen helps a lot with the whole comfort and coziness issue generated by the fact that this is a utilitarian space but also a social area by modern standards.

White painted barn sliding door

If your kitchen has a traditional, rustic or farmhouse design then adding a barn door to it could be the next step you take towards turning it into one of the most welcoming rooms in the house.

White Barn Doors For A Modern Kitchen

Barn doors are also ideal for pantries. That’s because they’re easy to operate and space-efficient, considering the fact that they’re sliding to the side, not occupying the space in front of them.

Barn Doors For Kitchen Pantry

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Five Ways to Save Space With Sliding Door Hardware

Less Dead Space for More Living Space

Traditional swing doors have long been the standard in home, office, and hospitality design. However, because of their sweeping door travel, a lot of space is rendered unusable, especially with bigger doors. Sliding door hardware systems, however, take up a minimum of space whether opening or closing—space that can be put to better use.

Here’s how to use sliding door hardware systems to save space and open up a building’s potential:

1. Keep Hallways Free Even With Multiple Doors Open

Use sliding doors in hallways with multiple doors to maintain access to all rooms at all times and prevent collisions from doors opening into passersby. Because a sliding door’s dead space due to door travel is only along the wall, it works especially well where there is multiple rooms opening into a single hallway as in retail spaces and clinics.

2. Open Closets Without Closing Hallways

Closet doors, especially coat or bathroom closets, often open into narrow hallways or otherwise tight spaces. A traditional door obstructs the space when the door is open. A sliding door, however, is a best-of-both-worlds solution: access to the closet without cutting off other spaces. And, in the bypassing configuration, sliding doors can be used with even very limited wall space.

3. Divide Spaces Without Drywall

Rather than frame out permanent walls, use sliding door panels to divide a space for the same benefit but with added adaptability. Rooms can be easily opened up to create one continuous space, or closed off to afford privacy or separate uses. The key to this is over sized door panels. Because a sliding door system’s dead space from door travel is minimal and exclusively along the wall, very large door panels are not only practical, but a unique design element.

4. Hide Office or Kitchen Features

Hide office stations or kitchenettes with sliding doors to give a room multi-use capabilities without taking up the space that an entire separate room would entail. Using sliding doors to elegantly hide work spaces allows for quick “clean up” and provides privacy for works-in-progress.

5. Turn Doors into Idea Boards

In any creative environment, pin-up boards and whiteboard space is at a premium. Putting these boards in place of a door panel expands the panel’s use without taking up wall space. Also, idea boards can be used to cover up televisions or supply closets and further use a space more wisely. Finally, with a bypassing configuration, two boards can be hung one on top of the other, making toggling between ideas easier while increasing overall idea board space.

 

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Ready For A Barn Door – How To Measure

We get numerous requests every day for custom barn doors.   One of the most important questions is – how do we measure.

For door openings with casing/molding:  Measure from outside to outside of casing/molding across for the width and from the top of the casing/molding to the floor for height. Add 1″ to 2″ per door for overlap depending on privacy needs.

For door openings without casing/molding:  Measure the inside of the opening across for width and from the top of the opening to the floor for height. Add 2″ to 4″ per door for overlap depending on privacy needs.

You will need a minimum of 6″ between the ceiling or crown molding and the top of the door molding or opening for the hardware to mount, depending on the style hardware that you choose. You must also make sure that you have enough room on one side of the opening for a single door and either side of the opening for a double door, in order for your barn doors to open properly. This space is equivalent to the width of the door(s) that your ordering. Also make sure that you account for molding such as chair rail, thermostats, outlets, light switches, vents and any other object or objects that might impede the proper installation and the function of your sliding door.

 

 

Ordering Hardware

When ordering hardware, the most import thing is getting the right track length.  You should order track length twice the width of the door. If you have an odd sized door, it is best to order track that is longer to make sure that you have enough. For example a 39″ door would require 6.5′ of track.   Our track is available in 2M, 2.5M and 3M lengths.   These tracks can be cut to size so that you will not be in a situation where you are short.

Ready, Set, Measure