How to Select Barn Door Hardware
Before you begin shopping for barn door hardware, you’ll need decide what type of barn door you want and where you’ll mount it. Large and heavy doors will require more robust hardware. If the door will be mounted outside, you’ll want to shop for galvanized hardware that can withstand the elements. For interior spaces, find a hardware finish that matches the door. Going for sleek and modern? Then you probably don’t want raw steel hardware that will rust over time.
We recommend buying barn door hardware in a kit to ensure compatibility. Use the tips below to help you find the hardware that’s right for your project.
Barn Door Tracks
For exterior applications, there are round and box type barn door rails. Always match your hardware with the type of rail you’re using.
There are two types of barn door track mounts; adjustable and non-adjustable. The adjustable mounts allow you to slide the anchor points on the track to a stud for proper installation. Non-adjustable mounts don’t allow this so you either have to mount the track where the mounts align with a stud, or you need to install a header board to mount the barn door track.
Hardware to Hang a Barn Door
We’ve broken out the basic parts necessary to hang a barn door below:
- Sometimes called rail, barn door tracks come in different lengths and styles. Since some barn door wheels and tracks are not interchangeable, you’ll want to pair the type of barn door track to the type of wheels you’re using.
Door Hangers and Wheels
- Also called barn door trolleys, this hardware mounts to the top of the door, and the wheels allow the door to slide down the track. Wheels can be metal or plastic depending on the application. There are different types for different installation methods. The correct installation height is important to ensure you have proper floor and ceiling clearance.
- Also called a splice collar, junction plates are used to connect two lengths of track together. Since there are many different types of rails, always buy the junction plate for your type of barn door track.
Floor Guides and Rollers
- Floor guides prevent the door from swinging on the track. There are many different types, such as C guides, T guides, roller guides and more. Rollers are used to guide large barn doors along the wall they slide next to. They help with operation and keep the barn door from hitting the wall as it slides or is blown by the wind. We recommend pairing the floor guide or roller with the type of door you’re using.
- Also called a bump stop, these important pieces of hardware keep the wheels from sliding off the track. Some are adjustable, which helps with door adjustment once it’s installed.
Box and Round Caps
- Use these pieces of hardware to cap each end of the rail for a cleaner look and to keep debris from accumulating in the track.
Your Local Barn Door Experts
Barn door installation must be done correctly to ensure safe and reliable operation. If you need a hand, reach out to your local Mr. Handyman. Our experts can take care of the installation from start to finish, including purchasing or building the door and sourcing the correct hardware. Give us a call today or request service online. We look forward to working with you.