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Barn & Other Sliding Doors

With the right hardware, any door can become a barn door, which saves space because they do not need to swing into the room. Learn more...
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    Barn & Other Sliding Doors

    With the right hardware setup, any style of door slab can be installed as a sliding door – whether as a barn door (sliding over an opening), as a set of bypass doors (overlapping each other), as closet doors (sliding out and flat, bifold style), or as pocket doors (which emerge from a wall opening).

    For any sliding doors, most people choose solid core doors, such as shaker doors or hardboard, as they will slide better, and enhance soundproofing. This may be important since some sliding doors (barn doors especially) do not provide much sound or light blocking, as there is some space between the door and the wall. On the other hand, while some sliding doors require wall space, they do not take up the same floor space as a traditional door, since they don’t need to swing inside a room or hallway.

    Ask us which sliding door style might best suit your space, and we can get you the right kind of hardware, and provide a ready-to-install door prep package, made in our custom door shop.

    What are the types of sliding doors, and their uses?

    • A barn door is a single slab that slides on a track. It uses more space on the wall, but less in a room.
    • Bypass doors have two or more slabs that overlap, and are often used as closet doors.
    • Pocket doors are space-saving doors that emerge from one side of the opening in a wall.
    • Closet doors are usually bifold in style, meaning they protrude when open, and are flat when closed.
    • Double Doors are often used at closet doors and are side-by-side that fill a double-size doorway, hinged on the outside. They can stay closed with the use of a flush bolt or always active with the use of ball catches or magnets installed in the jamb.
    • Almost any door can be mounted with different hardware, to allow it to be used as one of these kinds.

    What are the disadvantages of a barn door?

    You will need more wall space to allow for the slide. In addition, you may not have as much soundproofing or light proofing between rooms. Using a solid core door will help with soundproofing.

    What are the advantages of a barn door?

    Barn doors save space in a room where a traditional, swinging door would take up too much room.

    Are barn doors still in style?

    Barn doors are still very popular, and being able to use any door, even moulded panel doors, allows you to modernize the more rustic concept.
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