From residential settings to hospitality venues and even healthcare facilities, the barn door trend is here to stay and with good reason: “One sliding door can save up to 20 square feet of floor space compared to a typical swing door,” says Tom Gross, owner of Redondo Beach, Calif.-based Specialty Doors. But, let’s face it, the exposed track hardware above a doorway also has aesthetic appeal, whether farmhouse rustic or industrial chic in style.
While Gross’s business has provided and installed some serious, high-performance products — such as acoustic elephant doors at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch — its bestselling product line is the flat-track barn door hardware. “It’s available in a wide choice of finishes and is budget-friendly, starting at around $200.” Additionally, his company designs custom barn-door hardware systems to create sliding bookcases, walls, and security enclosures. “Since the advent of flatscreen television, we’re also seeing our hardware used with art pieces to cover wall-mounted TVs,” he says. “There is no limit to the variety of applications.”
Consider these attractive barn-door hardware products — from complete track systems to pulls and handles — for your next project, large or small.
Laguna Sliding System by CRL-U.S. Aluminum
Designed for use with frameless tempered glass or wood doors, the CRL Laguna Sliding System offers a modern update to the barn-door aesthetic with a sleek, brushed stainless steel track, rugged ultra-quiet rollers, and an anti-lift mechanism that enhances safety and security. The fasteners accommodate door thicknesses of 10 to 12 millimeters.
Beautifully pairing wood with a linear metal accent, Two by Piet Boon is a collection of door, front-door, and window fittings, including pulls perfectly suited to barn and sliding doors. It sports unique edges and contours defined by its leaf-shaped ends. The units come in satin stainless steel with natural oak or black oak or entirely satin stainless steel.
Recessed into the door, flush pulls offer an elegant alternative to protruding handles. Halliday+Baillie boasts slim, minimalist flush pulls in a range of sizes — from four to 20 inches long — and finishes of satin, brushed, or polished chrome; brushed or polished nickel; dark bronze; white powder-coat; and black chrome.
The refined Ragnar features a black or brushed stainless steel flat track that can be cut and drilled with common tools for easy and quick field adjustability. While the track conceals its fasteners and leveling system, the bearings are exposed to create a striking detail.
Krownlab’s Oden (also shown at top)
Oden makes a bold statement by offering the trolley-bearing seals, trolley stops, and track end caps in accent colors. The hardware can be specified in brushed, polished, or black stainless or a warm bamboo. Both systems can support wood or glass doors of 300 to 400 pounds, 3/8-inch to two inches thick depending on mounting style (top, face, or glass mount).
Steel Fittings by MWE
Blasted and black-burnished steel, this new system harkens back to more traditional barn-door hardware styles yet sports clean lines and exposed fittings that give it a modern look. The system is suitable for wood doors weighing up to 418 pounds.
pba Tailor Made Architectural Hardware
Designed and manufactured in Italy, pba’s door pulls are composed of marine-grade 316L stainless steel that is hand-brushed and -polished. A variety of shapes are available, from cylindrical and square bars to flat or tubular arcs.
From left: Rockwood and Rocky Mountain Hardware
Solid brass and stainless steel meets the warmth of wood in this cylindrical door-pull series. The grip is offered in a selection of dyed hardwood veneers that have been impregnated with resin and laminate for extra durability. The pulls are available with flat or round end caps and in straight pull, offset pull, or push bar styles.
Barn Door Track by Rocky Mountain Hardware
Composed of bronze containing a minimum 90-percent post-consumer recycled content, this barn door track is available as a single-door (102-inch maximum) or double-door (149¼-inch maximum) system for accommodating 1¾-inch- to 2¼-inches-thick doors. Specify any of 10 metal finishes and patinas.
Barn Door Pulls by Rustica Hardware
Founded by a husband-and-wife team in Provo, Utah, Rustica Hardware sources materials and produces its doors and hardware in the United States. In addition to a range of edgy and traditional barn doors and tracks, the company offers a wide variety of barn door pulls, from simple bar grips and flush pulls to a braided-strap pull.