Specific Pieces of Door Hardware

A number of different items may be meant by the term door hardware. These are essentially the mechanisms of a door – the accouterments that adorn a door in a functional sense, above and beyond its basic form (i.e. a rectangular piece of wood, metal, or other material in a frame). Let’s take a look at some of these common pieces of door hardware:

Basic Hardware

Locks and Latches

Door locks come in a huge variety and this variety gets even greater if you look at how they have evolved through time. The basic principle of most locks is a bolt of some sort. This bolt need only be some sort of bar, cylinder, lug, or other contrivance that extends from the swinging part of the door into some kind of receiving area on the frame. This simply stops the door from swinging open.

This basic idea leads to locks of all types – ordinary keyed locks, hand operated dead bolt locks, simple latched locks, and so on. These all employ this same sort of locking mechanism. Even the ordinary latch that is turned by the door handle and fits into the latch plate is a kind of bolt, and on many ordinary keyed locks the handle is prevented to from turning when the door is locked so that this latch or bolt stays where it is, holding the door shut.

Handles/Knobs

Handles are directly related to locks as noted above. Turning the handle generally makes the latch come out of the latch plate, allowing the door to open. Handles are often of the common circular shape or have some other form such as straight, bar-like handles and so on.

Hinges

Hinges are also an essential piece of door hardware. They, of course, allow the door to swing. They are mounted on one side of the door and on to the frame. Generally made of steel, brass, or some alloy, they need to be strong to support the weight of the door and to keep it swinging accurately and smoothly.

Additional Hardware

The foregoing are the main types of door hardware. These are all a door needs to function in a basic sense. There is, however, the possibility of adding other types of hardware to a door. For instance, one could conceivably add a door sweep at the bottom. This is most often a thin piece of aluminum with either a piece of rubber or a brush like fibers of some natural or synthetic material that prevent drafts from coming in under the door. These are very handy for drafty exterior doors and are often included with screen doors. They are usually screwed to the front of the door or otherwise affixed.

Other pieces of additional hardware common to find are racks and hooks. Racks and hooks allow items to be hung on the door. Like the other pieces of hardware mentioned, they come in all shapes and sizes. They are often purchased by the end user of the door and screwed into place.

Make the Barn Door Hardware Combo Part of Your Next New Home!

“Close that door! Were you born in a barn?” Have you heard this said to you when you were growing up? Kids tend not to close the doors when going in or out and adults are constantly saying this phrase to their kids. The barn has always been thought of as a place for animals to sleep-not humans. However, this concept is changing as the trend is going towards barn inspired homes and other buildings, like restaurants and hotels. A barn shaped home can look classy with the right hardware and doors, as well as the other accessories. You can find great barn doors and hardware from any reputable company, but especially from us. Here are some examples of what you can find when you shop with us.

Nylon Hardware and Stained Door Combo

Stained doors work well in either exterior or interior applications, as well as the nylon hardware. You can use stained doors with a variety of colors and finishes, and it still looks good. The nylon hardware is durable enough to last in any application, as well as quiet enough to use in a nursery or library. It can also work with many colors or finishes and still look classy enough for classic looks or rustic enough to fit in a rustic setting. If you put nylon hardware with other types of doors, you can create a very different look altogether for the design that you are looking for.

Bypass Hardware and Red Door Combo

Bypass hardware allows you to have three different doors in the same space, yet save space. Since the hardware is a dark-brown color, they would go well with our red barn door. You can use this combo in applications where there is a large space that does not lend itself well to traditional doors or frames. One reason you may want to use this barn door hardware combo is that you may have a large space that could use up to three doors at one time, but you do not want to have a bulky door entrance or a lot of walls. This is the perfect solution-just attach the hardware on the ceiling and doors, and you are done!

Industrial Hardware and Clear Coat Door Combo

An industrial hardware look goes well with our clear coat barn doors in many settings, including a clean and modern home theme. You can choose from several colors to match the décor of your rooms, or even the colors of the exterior of your home. The clear coat finish on the barn door matches well with the industrial hardware, because the wood is left in its natural state that creates a classic, yet modern look. Industrial flat tracks are heavy duty and can hold doors weighing up to 500 pounds! You can even use this hardware with steel or glass doors-creating any type of look you want.

New Home Design

When designing your home, you want to make sure you create a space that you are happy and comfortable in for years to come. While you may not want a traditional barn-like home, you can still incorporate sliding doors with our barn door hardware combo sets. Hanging doors take up less space, are quieter and take more abuse than traditional doors found in many houses and apartments today. A barn could be fun to design or live in, but there are many more applications that you can use a barn door hardware combo in besides a barn. Take time to use your imagination, and you may find that you will come up with a completely different home in the end.

Flat Track Barn Door Hardware and Glass Doors

There are several popular applications for barn door hardware. One example is for separating one room from another where before there was just an open doorway. For example, an open passageway between a den and a hallway. Here barn door hardware can be used in a 2-door sliding system where the doors can slide into the open position unobtrusively, or slide into the closed position to partition that room.

Another use of the hardware has a smaller end application. It can be used for a unique and rustic window covering, or for an entertainment center covering. The doors in this type of application are smaller with varying widths and heights, depending on the size of the window or television that is being covered.

The type of use that is to be highlighted here is with glass doors. These are commonly found in bathrooms and are often lightly etched in part or whole to give them that classic “frosty” or “cloudy” white look. Frosted glass doors not only make for great shower doors, but they’re also fantastic as bathroom entry doors.

Because of the fragile nature of glass doors, the movement hardware must be particularly gentle. Flat track barn door hardware is perfect for this. The sliding action allows the glass to gently roll back and forth into the open and closed position. With upgraded “Quiet Wheels,” the door can roll back and forth even more quietly and gently. And with door stop cushions, homeowners don’t have to worry about the door coming to a rough stop at the end of the track.

Standard flat track hardware is designed for wood doors and isn’t suited for glass. But with special washers and spacers, the hardware is perfect. And with a flat black finish, barn door hardware acts as an exceptional compliment to interior glass doors.