Barn Door Series Post 3 – Picking Your Hardware

The hardware of your barn door can truly make or break both the look and function of your barn door.

When choosing hardware, you’ll have consider:

  • The rail or track
  • The wheels
  • Any handles or pulls

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The track and wheels usually are sold as a set and these sets can range dramatically in price, appearance and quality. Your track length will depend on the size of the doorway you’re using it to cover. There are some standard lengths available and longer, custom lengths may demand a higher budget. You may even want to string two together for multiple openings on the same wall.Barn doors

When thinking about the rail system you must first start with the decision to be exposed or not. We have found that the exposed rail and roller system is part of the intrigue of having a barn door. The industrial style has become so popular recently that creating a visual of the mechanics of the sliding door provide another level of interest in a room.


For those of you with a more refined pallet and who are using the door as more of a room separator and less as a piece of art there are several ways to keep the track hidden. Fascias provide an open “box” for the hardware to move freely within, and yet conceal the rail and rolling system to provide a cleaner look. These fascia’s also come in a variety of styles and can be metal, wood, fabric or more of a translucent material that when back lit provides an ambient soft glow.0003945_2610f-wall-mount-sliding-door-hardware

Some commercial systems allow for the track to be recessed into the ceiling this application can provide more privacy and more of a sound barrier for an office or conference room.  

Handles and pulls are typically sold separately and there is an even more broad range in price, appearance and quality with these pieces. When choosing the right pieces for your door, keep in mind that the handle will be only on one side and that finger pulls or “cups” will be on the interior side of the barn door.

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Handles, like the doors themselves have a character all their own. Rustic, modern, vintage, something that really stands out as the jewelry of the door or something similar to the interior so as not to detract from the beauty of the door.

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All of this hardware comes in a variety of styles, as mentioned in our last post. Different metals, finishes, shapes and profiles can be found to suit any decor! As you choose, consider the overall look of the room and how your hardware can enhance that choice.

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After you’ve chosen the hardware for your barn door, the last thing to decide is whether you’ll install it yourself or use an experienced professional to ensure it’s done properly. When you work with us on your remodel, we’ll take care of the installation for you!

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