Sliding Barn Door Hardware: Endless Options and Kits

Sliding barn door hardware packages and options are extensive and daunting. Factor in options like finishes and hardware additions make it even more of a chore to ensure your barn door fits perfectly into your design scheme.

Barn door hardware choices like concealed or exposed hardware, bi-parting features, soft close options, styles and designs are all considered when building out your perfect barn door. Factor in a bevy of handle options and locks, you’ll start to see where a person could go insane. I’ve seen catalogs and website featuring literally hundreds of handles, pulls, and locks in a variety of finishes. The sliding hardware is a completely different catalog offering hundreds of telescopic, bi-parting, double, and single barn door hardware systems. But we’ll stick with the basics today.

There are two basic hardware door options; exposed or concealed. There are also basic finishes; chrome, brushed, bronze, brass, and black metal. As for parts in the kits, you’ll see variations like tubular track, flat track, various stops, floor guides, and mounts.
All hardware kits should include: The door, bar, mounts, stops, floor guide, handle or pull, and of course the rollers. You don’t have to buy the door with the kit. But I wouldn’t suggest mixing and matching parts of the sliding system. They are designed to work together and you risk damage or serious injury otherwise. If you decide to find a nice rustic door or order one from someone other than the seller of the barn door hardware, expect to drill some holes and modify the door to incorporate with the hardware.

So let’s dive into sliding barn door hardware kits and options so you know how to build your own barn door, speak like a pro, and design a perfect system that fits seamless into your design.

Exposed Barn Door Hardware

This is the most common and famous design for barn doors. It’s the kind you see on HGTV. As the name implies, exposed hardware means that it’s out in the open. Usually these styles range from over the top, technical masterpieces to understated strips of metal that simply function. Both have their place. Are you looking to draw attention to the hardware or do you want something that plays a role in the larger design landscape?  Basically, do you want bling out or do you want classy understated flashes.

Concealed Barn Door Hardware

As the name implies, this is the exact opposite of exposed barn door hardware in terms of design. Concealed hardware is usually stored in some sort of housing. Mostly made of metal, but I’ve seen some designers take it a step further and have a custom enclosure designed of wood and other materials. Sometimes, you don’t need an enclosure at all.  You can mount the hardware within the ceiling or the header of the door.

Another concealed barn door option is the pocket door. Pocket doors have all of their hardware contained in the header above the door opening and the doors are slid into the wall.  In my opinion, these are luxury. Maybe because I associate them with early 20th century homes and mansions here in the south where this style was the norm.
Secretly, I love these doors because it’s hard to not have a strong urge to just rip them open and make a grand entrance.

Bars, Stops, Mounts, & Floor Guides

Bars are the horizontal pieces of metal that the rollers glide on thus opening and closing your barn door. There are 2 variations; flat and tubular. The names are pretty self-explanatory. Flat is simply a flat piece of metal while tubular is tube piping. Both require special rollers that work specifically with that bar system.

Stops are small metal and rubber mounts that are fixed onto either end of the bar. They are set in place by the installer and stop your door from rolling off the side of the bar whilst closing or opening. They are calibrated and installed in a specific area so that your door is closed in the perfect position and opens up to a certain spot.

Mounts are used to fix the bar to the header above the door. There are multiple mounts in the kit and are attached to the bar through pre-drilled holes. The styling of mounts will usually compliment the roller and handle styles.

Floor guides are small and simply makes sure the door moves straight from left to right. Floor guides are rarely noticed but play a huge part in the function of a barn door. It also prohibits the door from be pulled away from the door thus keeping it from being rotated off the bar. Floor guides have the same finish and metal as the rest of the kit.

Barn Door Rollers

This is where you can get real stylish, and real expensive, real quick. From over the top to understated, the rollers have an absolute function of opening and closing your closing your door thousands of times, but also to be the fashion center of your barn door hardware. Just remember; the door is the focus and the overall design cannot upstage your total scene and environment.

Barn Door Handles

Like the rollers and kits, there are thousands of handles and pulls to choose from. Firstly, a pull is a little metal stud or a hole through the door. It’s small, simply and works. A handle is something that you’d see on a glass door in a mall or a glass shower. They are offered in the same finishes as the barn door sliding hardware kit and both should usually be purchased from the same dealer to ensure consistency in finishes. Often times, handles and pulls are paired with hardware kits based on styles but you can often choose a different one.

Barn Door Hardware Finishes

The basic finishes usually cover every design style unless you’re going for diamonds bedazzled all over the place or want something made of 24k gold. The names are pretty clear as to what they are. Black metal looks like cast iron. I’m sure you can find some cast iron door hardware, but I’d stick with black, textured steel.


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