Barn door hardware is quickly gaining popularity. But why? Here we’ll briefly touch on a few reasons.
Barn door hardware, also known as sliding door hardware or flat track hardware, has become a popular new alternative to pocket doors. There are several reasons for this, but here are just a few.
1) Solid Construction
Sliding hardware, given its traditional application as barn door hardware, is made of solid steel. The standard track is 2″ wide by 1/4″ thick, making it strong and durable. Standard track systems can bear doors that weigh up to 400lbs! Additionally, the bearings in the wheels of the door hangers are guaranteed lubricated for life. Essentially, these sliding door hardware systems are built to outlast the life of your home.
2) Sliding doors = exciting! Pocket doors = outdated!
Okay, so perhaps you have pocket doors in your home. That’s totally okay, no one will judge. But as you may notice, their popularity is quickly fading, and if you DO have those doors you probably know exactly why. First, homeowners these days are wanting to really take pride in the aesthetics of their home. Pocket doors merely serve as a means to an end: to act as a door if needed, otherwise to disappear out of sight. People these days are wanting to showcase their doors and make them part of a room’s decor. Pocket doors don’t allow for this at all. Sliding hardware lets the homeowner proudly display their door as part of a room’s decor.
Another reason pocket doors are slipping out of style is because of the inconveniently small latches that act as the door’s closing mechanism. When that door is tucked away in the wall, it will typically stay there for the majority of its life, and that’s largely due to the fact that the little latch is awkward and inconvenient. Doors that are on a sliding door hardware system remain outside the wall, making them easily accessible. Additionally since they remain outside the wall, this gives homeowners the exciting opportunity to attach a unique and classy pull to their door.
3) Unique finishes
These sliding hardware systems are available in a variety of finishes from Flat Black to Weathered Rust. A flat black finish is ideal for any setting, particularly in home offices, business offices, or anywhere else a contemporary style is desired. Also, a flat black finish is perfect for glass doors.
Another finish that is popular is the Acrylic Clear Coat finish. The entire system, including the track and hangers, is coated in an acrylic clear coat that seals and protects the steel, while at the same time preserving the rustic nature of a raw mill steel look. This finish is just right for any door that has a slightly aged look to it. Dining rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens are popular destinations for hardware with this finish.
Barn door hardware is a unique trend that is growing fast. With as an exciting alternative to pocket doors with its solid construction and unique finishes, it is no wonder why homeowners and designers alike are turning to sliding door hardware for their doorway needs.