Doors come in all shapes, sizes, and weights. They are made of different materials, are intended for different uses, and move using different movement systems. One of the more interesting of the movement systems happens to be a current growing trend called barn door hardware, also known as flat track hardware. Even though that is this author’s preferred style of door hardware, that is neither here nor there. The design of this article is to address the construction of doors and their subsequent anatomy.
As stated previously, doors can come in all shapes and sizes. Here we’ll talk about the make-up of a standard 3′x7′ door, the door most commonly used in most homes. This description will be given as though one were looking at a door in the closed position.
Starting off, there are two long vertical pieces that run the length of the door on both the left and right side. These are called the stiles. On the top and bottom there are two horizontal pieces that lock into the vertical stiles; these are called the top and bottom rail. There are also two other horizontal rails, one towards the top, and another that sits at the height of the door knob or handle. The one near the top is called the intermediate or cross rail, and the one near the center is called the lock rail. Running vertically in the center of the door you have what are called mullions. These parallel the side stiles and lock into the horizontal rails just described.
Between all of these rails, stiles, and mullions you’ll notice that there are six panels- four large and two small. The two smaller ones are almost square and sit at the top of the door. The four longer ones are rectangular and take up the rest of the space of the door.
Barn door hardware, a popular new hardware style for doors and doorways, is not only stylish, but it is also very strong. For those not familiar with it, a track runs above the doorway with two hangers that attach to the door and roll horizontally on the track. The system is very stable. But what gives this hardware its strength? How can such a simple system easily bear doors up to 400lbs? In this article, we’ll address what it is about barn door hardware that makes it so strong.
Barn door hardware is strong for two reasons: 1) Flat track design; and 2) Solid steel construction
Flat Track Design
This style of door hardware, as mentioned above, is set-up in a way that has a track that is mounted above the doorway extending along the wall with two track hangers that attach to the door and roll horizontally along the track length. The track itself is made of solid steel flat-bar. The bar is approx. 1/4″ thick and 2″ wide. The flat side of the bar stands vertically, parallel to the wall, providing that the track hangers roll along the 1/4″ thick part of the bar. Because of the physics involved, this setup gives the track exceptional strength.
The hangers themselves are made of the same solid steel flat-bar. They are carefully bent and shaped to create the perfect curve over the hanger wheel to provide additional strength and support.
Solid Steel Construction
The track, hangers, and virtually every other part of this system are all made of solid steel. This is critical to the strength, style, and overall life of barn door hardware. But why is this so important? What is it about steel that makes it so special, strong, and long lasting?
Rolling door hardware is another kind of barn door that is growing in popularity. These doors have an interesting mechanism that helps in its opening and closing. Not just that, they save a lot of space. You can install the door as a top rolling door or a bottom rolling one. If you have three to four inches at the top of your door space, install this barn door at the top of the door opening. If you don’t have space at the top of it, install a bottom rolling using the hardware kit and utilize the floor space. Either way you save on a lot of space.
These doors are really easy to install. They come with a do it yourself kit as well. This kit is equipped with all the things you may need while setting up your door. Moreover, it has a detailed manual with step by step instructions on how to install the door. What’s even better is that you do not need to break through the structure of your home wall to fit in this door. It works perfectly well on the exteriors of the wall. Due to this, no renovation or repainting is required. The solid steel construction makes the door very strong. The hinges, track and practically every part of this rolling system door hardware is made of steel. This proves to be very essential in terms of the door’s style, strength and overall life.
Rolling door hardware is available in a variety of designs that lend a classy but modern look to the interiors of your house. Depending on the taste of the customer, top manufacturing companies have started providing a facility that is bound to benefit most people. They have now started customizing doors according to requirements and specifications communicated to them by their clients. This benefits both the customer and the company. The customer gets what he or she wants, and the company attains hundred percent customer satisfaction. These customized doors are ideal for people who are on the look out for doors that are larger than the regular standard-sized doors available in the market.
Depending on the upholstery and interior décor of one’s home this rolling door hardware can be purchased. While some people may prefer the rustic look, others may want to go in for a more modern look. For people such as these the metallic or flat black look is the most appropriate option available. Apart from these looks, barn doors are available in many other finishes.
A little research on the internet would give the buyer an approximate idea of the pricing of this rolling door hardware that is going around in the market. Furthermore, the potential customer can browse through the variety of designs and styles available for purchase. The buyer can then check out top manufacturing companies that are offering such models and avail good deals. Accordingly, he or she can make a purchase that he or she will not regret later.
Rolling doors hardware has very rapidly replaced the traditional doors in many houses. This is because along with being graceful, these doors are easy to maintain and very durable. Because of the strong materials used while constructing these doors, they provide an apt mode of protection for your house. Even though you find that every second home has installed a barn door in its house, the door still manages to retain its uniqueness. This is because no matter which corner of the house you install the door, it gives the room a completely different look. These doors can be used in both the interiors and exteriors of a house.
Solid Brass Door Hardware
Solid bronze and brass door and entryway hardware is an elegant and durable way to update your existing hardware while creating new and beautiful themes throughout your house. Depending on your specific needs brass door hardware can include doorknob sets, hinges, kick plates, and push and pull plates. Exterior door hardware can also include door knockers, mail slots and doorbells. Solid brass hardware offers a wide variety of patterns and designs that can be incorporated further into your home on cabinets and drawers and is available in several finishes to match your current hardware.
Solid bronze and brass door and entryway hardware is a timeless addition to any home. This style can be extremely simple and traditional or extremely ornate. Solid brass offers a versatility that most materials cannot. It is also an easy way to create a common theme throughout your house. Solid brass hardware is available in several finishes including Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Polished Chrome and Satin Nickel.
Solid bronze and brass door hardware is produced today – allowing you to incorporate new patterns into your home and specifically your interior and exterior doors. This hardware can transform your home into a showpiece but be sure to follow a few simple steps. First, use solid brass hardware on every door in your house (inside and out) to create a common theme. By using similar designs or patterns (such as roped, Eastlake, Victorian themes) you can further tie the look together. Second, be sure to replace other worn hardware in your home, such as cabinet knobs and drawer pulls, with coordinating brass hardware. By adding these simple touches you can completely update the look of any room.
Solid bronze, antique and polished brass door hardware is readily available online as well as in many home decorating catalogs. Search for solid brass (not brass plated) construction and be sure to ask questions. When you work with solid brass hardware you can be sure of high quality construction and durability over time.
Door hardware includes all the hardware necessary to make your door function. This includes the lock, door knobs or handles and hinges. Door hardware adds to the beauty of your home and makes a statement about you. In a new home the builder’s designer will probably ask you to select the style and finish of your door hardware first. Why? Other hardware selections (faucets, shower fixtures, light fixtures) will be coordinated with the door hardware. Typically, if you choose oil rubbed bronze window latches you will also have oil rubbed bronze door hinges, locks and door knobs or handles. The proper selection of hardware will add cohesiveness to the design of the home.
Once you decide on the hardware finish you will then need to choose the functionality of the door knobs for each room. Bathroom and bedrooms will typically use a privacy lock to allow the occupants of that room to lock the door from the inside. If you are doing the installation be sure you place the lock on the inside of the room to prevent anyone from being locked in the room and place the unlocking key somewhere on the outside of the room where it can be easily accessed in case of an emergency. (On top of the door molding is a typical location.) Passageway locksets are typically for doors that do not require a privacy lock, such as closets, doors to stairways, laundry rooms, mud rooms or hallways. Dummy door knobs can also be used to provide a handle to pull open a door that is held shut by a magnet rather than a lock – these are typically used on closets with double doors.
Beyond the functionality you can also choose to use door knobs or door handles. Door handles are generally easier to operate (even dogs learn to open them) and add a European look. Door knobs can be more elegant especially if you opt for crystal door knobs.
If you are building a custom home you will also choose the interior door styles. Your door hardware style and finish should be complimentary to the door style. As an example: six panel oak doors with oil rubbed bronze hardware and crystal door knobs will give a new home an older feel especially when matched with oil rubbed bronze schoolhouse ceiling light fixtures and oil rubbed bronze faucets.
If you are restoring an older home you may want to use restoration hardware to maintain the look and feel of the home when it was first constructed. One caution here is that you will need to make sure the locks are appropriate for the thickness of the door as this varied in older construction.
While you are going through the selection process make sure you take your time and think through all the items that need to be chosen, let your personal style and character come through and have fun!