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How To Choose The Best Side For Your Sliding Door Handle

When shopping for barn doors online, a general question is: how do I indicate the placement side for my barn door handle? If this information is not communicated clearly, you might end up with your door handles and door carved on the wrong side. 

In today's blog post, we will share an illustrated guide on effectively communicating the handle placement needs for your project.

Sliding Door Handle Placement Guide

Just saying "left" and "right" or "front" and "back" when indicating the side you would like your sliding door handle to be, is very subjective and can lead to misunderstandings and confusion. 

To have all involved parties on the same page and prevent errors, let's establish how to determine left or right.

The sliding hardware's side installation gives the base to determine left and right. Take a look at the illustration below for a better understanding.   

 

The side of your door where the hardware is installed and attached to the wall will guide us on the Left and Right Sides.

The hardware side is the side of your door in which the hardware is installed and attached to the wall. It will guide us and determine what side is left and right.

 

Door Pull Handle and Flush Pull Recap

Now let's do a quick recap on Pull Door Handles and Flush Pulls

Featuring our Stainless Swiss Rod Barn Door Handle & Flush Pull Set

As the name suggests, Pull Handles are designed to facilitate the action of pulling. You can wrap your hand around them and easily slide your door open or closed.

Flush Pulls are basically recessed pulls that are flush with your door. Flush Pulls are particularly useful for bypass door applications.

Standard sliding barn door installations have a pull handle on one side of the door and a flush pull on the other. However, there's no rule. You can use two pull handles, or two flush pulls.

 

Handle Placement Example - Hardware Side Left

In this example, we want to place the Pull Handle on the left of the hardware side: HSL - Hardware Side Left and the Flush Pull on the backside right: BSR: Backside Right. 

Take a look at the illustration below for clarity. 

Handle Placement Example - Hardware Side Right

In this example, we want to place the Pull Handle on the right of the hardware side: HSR - Hardware Side Right and the Flush Pull on the backside left: BSL: Backside Left. 

And that's it! Now you know how to determine and communicate on which side you want your pull handle and flush pull installed! At RealCraft, we can prepare your door for handles for just a $75 fee. 

Still have questions? Please shoot us an email at info@realcraft.com, and we will get back to you ASAP! 

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