Sliding out of the way – instead of swinging open – barn doors save a lot of space while still allowing you a degree of privacy. While they’re usually not ideal for bedrooms and bathrooms, they’re a great option to close off an office, living room, kitchen, or pantry. Whether you’re replacing an existing door or building into an existing door, they can also be an inexpensive replacement for the similar but more expensive pocket door. It’s worth noting that none of the options listed here include the doors themselves – this must be a separate purchase.
What is to be considered?
The first step in choosing your barn door hardware is to make sure that it will work with the size and shape of the door panel that you plan to use. If your door is larger than the standard, consider an option that can accommodate either double doors or an extra wide single door. It’s also important to make sure that your hardware matches your door in style. If you do not want to carry out this type of installation work yourself, you are welcome to hire a professional. It may cost more, but knowing your door is securely hung is probably worth the price.
How we decided
Since we don’t know what type of door panel you might want to use, we’ve done our best to include a list of options that will fit a wide variety of door shapes and styles. Whether you have a pair of doors that you want to slide together or an extra large panel to cover a large opening in a room, we should have you covered. For those looking for more of a high-end feel, we’ve also added a soft close option that prevents the door from slamming and instead opens and closes it with a gentle movement.
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Best stainless steel option
SMARTSTANDARD stainless steel hardware
The hardware in this kit, including the floor guides, is made from matching stainless steel for a clean, modern aesthetic.
If you choose to install it yourself, this option has fairly detailed instructions with helpful illustrations and simple instructions. The rail in this kit is pre-drilled with 16 inch bolts for use in homes – which should be fine for the majority of users. You can use a stud finder to ensure this, however, as older homes may be built with 24 studs between the studs.
However, this option is more expensive than most other models. So keep that in mind.
- Anti-jump block
- Can be used with a range of door sizes
- Requires router or circular saw for installation
Best option with an industrial look
SMARTSTANDARD Bigwheel Hardware
For those looking to give their home a rustic, peasant look, this option may be just what they’re looking for. It’s also sturdy enough to hold doors up to 220 pounds in weight and 1 3/8 to 1 3/4 inches wide. It contains the Allen key needed to tighten some of the hardware, although you will still need a few other tools, including a router and a drill.
Anti-jump washers keep the door stable and in place as it is slid back and forth and prevent it from getting off track even if it is accidentally lifted.
- Affordable price
- Simple instructions
- Not suitable for panels more than 40 inches wide
Best light option
U-MAX Basic barn door hardware
If you’re looking for a simple, no-frills kit, this U-Max option is a great choice. It’s not designed for particularly heavy doors – it’s limited to 200 pounds – but should be fine for most panels. The 1/4 inch thick steel construction is beautiful and durable, and with a matte black finish, neutral enough to go well with a variety of door styles.
A pair of door stoppers can be tightened at any point on the main runner. Use two set screws so you can stop the door wherever you want.
- Rubber caps ensure that they close quietly
- Solid construction
Best for wide doors
WinSoon sliding door roller
This kit is designed for extra wide doors that are capable of extending the track over a length of 18 feet. This could be a great option for those looking to convert their living room into a separate bedroom or just want a little more privacy in their home.
Unlike most models that require you to create a groove in the bottom of your door, this option has two installation options and includes the hardware required to install two floor guides that do not require additional cutting. It allows for a maximum weight capacity of 230 pounds, and its door stoppers keep the door on track at all times.
- Anti-jump pad
- Robust steel construction
- More expensive than most options
Best affordable option
Arrow J Barn door hardware
If you’re interested in adding a barn door to your home but don’t have the budget for high-end options, this affordable kit is a great choice.
Waterproof and rust-resistant, it is not only suitable for indoor use, but also for outdoor applications such as garages or barns. It is designed for use with doors that are 36 to 40 inches wide. Just like more expensive options, the J-shaped design can support up to 220 pounds in weight. The rails break in two when not in use, making them easy to store or move to a new house.
- Robust iron construction
- Weighs only 14 pounds
- Too short for wide doors
Best high performance option
High performance J hardware
This heavy duty option provides sturdy and sturdy support for your barn doors and is designed for versions up to 1 3/4 inches thick. This is a great choice for those who have a pair of double doors and want to make sure they are hung securely. The track bracket can be mounted on either wood or concrete and is also pre-drilled for standard work with 16-inch wall studs. So regardless of the wall material, you shouldn’t run into any problems during installation.
An included floor guide is anchored in place and protects your baseboards from scratches and abrasion over time.
- Width 10 feet wide
- Also comes in 8 or 12 foot versions
- Heavier than most options
Best single track bypass option
Barn door bypass hardware
This bypass model is designed for two panels that can be stacked on one side of the door – one sliding behind the other. This makes it handy for areas in your home where there may not be enough wall space to have a standard double door design, such as a bathroom. B. a kitchen pantry or the entrance to the laundry room. This is also great for larger areas where you’d rather not sacrifice wall space that could otherwise be used for hanging art or pictures. We love the 10 year money back guarantee and the fact that it passed 150,000 opening and closing tests.
- Can be used on doors as heavy as 265 pounds
- Carbon steel construction
Best soft close model
DIYHD Soft Close Hardware
Similar to high-quality kitchen cabinets and drawers, the soft-close mechanism of this kit enables your barn doors to close gently and quietly.
The best part is that the design of this model hides the extra mechanism behind the rail itself, so you still keep the smooth, clean lines of the standard models. The steel construction is durable and the brushed nickel finish is a good choice for anyone who doesn’t find black hardware as elegant as they’d like it to be. Weighing in at 170 pounds, it is less than most of the others but should be fine for most door panels.
- Heavy duty fasteners
- Can accommodate two door panels
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