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Five Ways to Save Space With Sliding Door Hardware

Less Dead Space for More Living Space

Traditional swing doors have long been the standard in home, office, and hospitality design. However, because of their sweeping door travel, a lot of space is rendered unusable, especially with bigger doors. Sliding door hardware systems, however, take up a minimum of space whether opening or closing—space that can be put to better use.

Here’s how to use sliding door hardware systems to save space and open up a building’s potential:

1. Keep Hallways Free Even With Multiple Doors Open

Use sliding doors in hallways with multiple doors to maintain access to all rooms at all times and prevent collisions from doors opening into passersby. Because a sliding door’s dead space due to door travel is only along the wall, it works especially well where there is multiple rooms opening into a single hallway as in retail spaces and clinics.

2. Open Closets Without Closing Hallways

Closet doors, especially coat or bathroom closets, often open into narrow hallways or otherwise tight spaces. A traditional door obstructs the space when the door is open. A sliding door, however, is a best-of-both-worlds solution: access to the closet without cutting off other spaces. And, in the bypassing configuration, sliding doors can be used with even very limited wall space.

3. Divide Spaces Without Drywall

Rather than frame out permanent walls, use sliding door panels to divide a space for the same benefit but with added adaptability. Rooms can be easily opened up to create one continuous space, or closed off to afford privacy or separate uses. The key to this is over sized door panels. Because a sliding door system’s dead space from door travel is minimal and exclusively along the wall, very large door panels are not only practical, but a unique design element.

4. Hide Office or Kitchen Features

Hide office stations or kitchenettes with sliding doors to give a room multi-use capabilities without taking up the space that an entire separate room would entail. Using sliding doors to elegantly hide work spaces allows for quick “clean up” and provides privacy for works-in-progress.

5. Turn Doors into Idea Boards

In any creative environment, pin-up boards and whiteboard space is at a premium. Putting these boards in place of a door panel expands the panel’s use without taking up wall space. Also, idea boards can be used to cover up televisions or supply closets and further use a space more wisely. Finally, with a bypassing configuration, two boards can be hung one on top of the other, making toggling between ideas easier while increasing overall idea board space.


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Ready For A Barn Door – How To Measure

We get numerous requests every day for custom barn doors.   One of the most important questions is – how do we measure.

For door openings with casing/molding:  Measure from outside to outside of casing/molding across for the width and from the top of the casing/molding to the floor for height. Add 1″ to 2″ per door for overlap depending on privacy needs.

For door openings without casing/molding:  Measure the inside of the opening across for width and from the top of the opening to the floor for height. Add 2″ to 4″ per door for overlap depending on privacy needs.

You will need a minimum of 6″ between the ceiling or crown molding and the top of the door molding or opening for the hardware to mount, depending on the style hardware that you choose. You must also make sure that you have enough room on one side of the opening for a single door and either side of the opening for a double door, in order for your barn doors to open properly. This space is equivalent to the width of the door(s) that your ordering. Also make sure that you account for molding such as chair rail, thermostats, outlets, light switches, vents and any other object or objects that might impede the proper installation and the function of your sliding door.



Ordering Hardware

When ordering hardware, the most import thing is getting the right track length.  You should order track length twice the width of the door. If you have an odd sized door, it is best to order track that is longer to make sure that you have enough. For example a 39″ door would require 6.5′ of track.   Our track is available in 2M, 2.5M and 3M lengths.   These tracks can be cut to size so that you will not be in a situation where you are short.

Ready, Set, Measure 

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Benefits of Sliding Barn Doors

We have had amazing weather this week – summer is not just ready to fade away into fall.    Fall is coming though and many people have turned their thoughts to updating interiors or small renovations.

What are the benefits of sliding barn doors?

  • Sliding doors save space by eliminating the room needed for door swings
  • They create a focal point and can make a statement for a home or office.
  • Unique doors looks great when they’re not in use, so they can be left open and not be in the way
  • They provide a contrast of materials and create interest for a commonly boring and forgotten element of the home
  • The greatest benefit is that a sliding door is so much more than just a door.  It is functional art!

How do I know which sliding door application will work best for my space?

There are three common applications; single, bi-parting, and bypass doors.  The most common sliding door application is a single door that slides either left or right.  This works great for smaller or standard openings assuming you have enough room for the door to slide in one direction.  This is also a great option for much larger openings assuming you have a wall large enough to accommodate the open door.


Another option is bi-parting doors.  This option is most common for larger openings or applications where you don’t have enough room for a single door to slide.  This is the case in the photos below where the opening is centered and the doors open in opposite directions so that they can be ‘stored’ on either side of the opening.

The final option is bypass doors.  This application is great for areas where barn doors are desired but there isn’t adequate room on either side of the opening for the door to slide.  In this application, the doors overlap and slide over one another so that half of the opening is accessible at any time.  This is a more complicated and expensive solution, but is often times the only possibility if a pair of doors are necessary or strongly desired.



What are the most common rooms or areas for a sliding door?

Although, we’ve installed sliding doors in many different residential and commercial applications, here are some of the most popular areas/rooms:

  • Formal Dining/Entry
  • Hall Closet
  • Laundry Room
  • Theatre Room
  • Master Closet
  • Kitchen/Pantry (Shown below with Split X and built in Chalkboard)
  • Master Bathroom
  • Offices
  • Commercial and Business Applications – Sliding doors have also been very popular in area business for use in offices, exam rooms, break rooms, conference rooms, and even to make a statement in the reception area.

So now are you ready to add a single barn door to your home?   Drop us a line by email or give us a shout.  Don’t forget to share with us the size of your opening, style you are looking and finish.  We drop you back an email with details and/or a written quote.  Need inspiration, peak at our sliding barn door page for examples of previous installations.


In the meantime, enjoy this awesome weather!


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Time for a Rustic Sliding Barn Door – Fall is in the air !

Rustic barn door hardware is becoming one of the most popular additions to home renovations. As more people look for a way to integrate that country charm and old-world style, the rustic nature of sliding barn doors and their accompanying hardware is easily the first choice on many lists. This hardware comes in plenty of different styles and finishes, giving everyone the chance to customize their own sliding barn door hardware and get the look they want.

Installing a sliding barn door gives you a lot of flexibility in your home. Plus, it’s a great design feature that people are going to love. You will need to make sure that you take the time to check out all of the options that you have

for installing new doors, including the sliding barn door. This feature will show off your own personal style, and you can install any type of sliding door that you choose. There are rustic and charming models as well as high-end, high-style sliding doors that offer the upscale look or even an industrial finish.

Modern styles aside, though, the popularity is found in rustic barn door hardware. There are a number of different pieces on the market today and since this is w

here the barn door was originally inspired, it is not difficult to find the hardware that will give you that country charm and rustic feeling, no matter what you have in mind.

Once you decide on the type of rustic hardware that you want for your sliding barn door, you will be able to customize it for your installation and ensure that it gives you the look that you want. A lot of the collection is black powder-coated, but there are also some metal finishes that still provide the rustic charm that people are seeking.

Americana is a huge design theme right now, and the charm of centuries past is what people are being inspired by, even in high-end renovations. Rustic barn door hardware can add to that design and give people even more to appreciate in their remodels. From reclaimed wood doors and repurposed materials to charming, rustic hardware that makes a statement, this is a great way to get your home in the mood for a little old world style.

Check out this recent installation.   Such a stunning door – my new tag – #heistalented and the our awesome customers choose such incredible hardware.