Flat track sliding barn door hardware is made from solid steel or brass, in a range of stylish color finishes. Featuring time-honored styling and functionality with our top-of-the-line craftsmanship, this hardware looks great in many decor schemes. Flat track hardware is available in standard sizes for interior doors; larger sizes for double barn door hardware; mini size for sliding cabinets, window shutters, and other applications; and even extra-large, heavy-duty size for industrial doors up to 800 pounds.
Do you want to add striking visual interest to your home? If so, then installing a barn door is just what you need. And once you’ve determined what kind of door you want, picking the sliding barn door hardware is equally crucial. This type of door system is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason - it's a great way to add personality and style to any space. In this guide, we will discuss the different types of barn door sliding hardware available, and what weight rating and metal finish is right for your space. We'll also provide tips on installation and care. So if you're thinking about adding sliding barn doors to your home, read on!
We offer flat track hardware, box rail hardware, and architectural hardware. Here are the main differences and features of the three types.
A single track can support a single door (the standard system) or two doors, which is called a bi-parting system. Bi-parting doors meet in the middle of the opening when closed. Bi-parting doors are an elegant solution for very large door openings.
A bypass barn door system includes two parallel tracks, with one or more doors on each track. This allows the doors to stack on top of each other when closed, and is the configuration of most traditional sliding closet doors. Bypassing barn doors are a space-saving option for very large door openings. We offer Classic Flat Track and Box Rail versions of bypassing barn door hardware.
The weight of your door(s) will determine the type of hardware you need. Our flat tracks and architectural hardware are good options for many standard size doors between 150-400lbs depending on the kit. However, if your door is heavy (between 400-800 lbs), then you'll need our heavy duty hardware, available in a Classic Flat Track option or in Box Rail. Our weight rating is per pair of hangers, since each door needs two hangers. So if for example you have two 600lb doors, you can use any of our barn door hardware kits that are weight rated for 600lbs or higher.
We offer multiple hardware finishes, including:
We also offer specialty finishes, including metallic and spectrum color. Choose the finish that complements the rest of your décor and color scheme. If you already have stainless steel hardware elsewhere in the space, then you can coordinate seamlessly—or choose black hardware as a counterbalance. A luxurious finish like brass or rose gold metallic can add a glamorous touch to a room. And bright spectrum colors are great for kids’ playrooms, art studios, and other creative spaces.
If you are looking for exterior sliding barn door hardware, you’ll need a finish that can stand up to the elements, including moisture and salinity in coastal areas. Galvanized steel, stainless steel, and brass are all appropriate finish choices for exterior applications.
Our polymer wheel is made of 100% high quality black polymer. The steel wheel is mostly steel except for a polymer insert on the inside of the wheel, which helps it roll quietly. Both wheels are designed with quiet, smooth operation in mind, and both are extremely durable with equivalent weight ratings. The primary difference between them is aesthetic: the steel wheel coordinates well with stainless steel hardware and adds gleaming contrast to powder-coated hardware. If you like a luxe final look or prefer to avoid black, the steel wheel with hush inserts is the one for you.
Make sure to measure the door and the opening before you purchase any hardware. This will ensure that you get the right size for your space. As a rule, your track should be at least twice the width of the door. So if your door is 36 inches wide, the track should be 72 inches long. Why do we base this measurement off the door and not the opening? Sliding barn doors need to be a couple of inches wider than the opening they cover to provide sound sealing. So you should know the measurement of the opening and the door, but the width of the door is what you’ll use to determine track length. It’s important to ensure that you will have enough clearance on the wall for the door.
Installing barn door hardware is relatively simple, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Second, use a level when mounting the hardware to the wall, to ensure that it is installed correctly.
You can also choose to install a header board, which is ideal if the studs in the wall don’t align with the fasteners for the track (this happens frequently in older homes). Finally, you’ll need to install a floor guide so that the door stays aligned with the track. We offer four different types of floor guides, and we have something for every application, from standard size doors to very thick doors, and in floor or wall mounted options.
Once your barn door hardware is installed, it's important to take care of it properly. Luckily, sliding door tracks are pretty low-maintenance, especially when they’re made from high-quality materials. Be sure to wipe down the hardware regularly with a soft, dry cloth. This is important if your track is exposed, like our flat track and architectural styles. Buildup of dust on the track can make the wheels roll less smoothly—which also makes them noisy.
We hope this guide has helped you learn more about sliding barn door hardware. This type of hardware is a great way to add style and personality to any space!