Barn Door / May 21, 2018 / Genevieve Roux
When building a new barn there are many types of hinges and hardware to choose from for your barn doors. We will explore some of the choices and types of hinges as well as the accessories to construct a safe effective and proper barn door. Strap Hinges Strap hinges are one of the most basic and versatile hinges for a barn door. The come in various lengths and styles. No matter how good a hinge looks its very important to make sure you have the correct duty rating. If your door weighs 200 pounds you must have hinges rated for that weight. If a single hinge is rated for say 100 pounds than three hinges would more than suffice for your 200 pound door.
Most often pinnel hinges are black in nature and can be mechanically made or hand forged from a piece of wrought iron. Long strap hinges are also an effective hinge for barn doors. Unlike pinnel hinges these are face mounted with several screws or lag bolts. These are often 15" to 20" in length and use heavy duty lag screws for installation. They are usually painted or powder coated in black. Another popular barn door hinge is the colonial strap hinge. These are flat in nature and feature a round over portion on the end giving a colonial old-time look. Double Dutch Hinges Double Dutch hinges are the ideal hinge for creating that classic over-under door for horse stalls.
There are many types of hardware on the market. You can either find these products online or offline in a traditional store with each method having their unique benefits. When buying online you can get a custom package without having to leave the comfort of your own home. The prices you may find online may be affordable or they may be extremely expensive depending on where you look. This allows for different types of budgets which is very beneficial during this economy. Shipping is usually free of charge and you can most likely put together the doors on your own without too many problems. On the other hand buying offline can give you a chance to physically see and feel the products before you buy ensuring you get the type of product you are looking for.