Barn Door / May 21, 2018 / Genevieve Roux
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.
Most strap hinges are around 20" in length providing plenty of support for heavier barn doors. Pinnel hinges are one of the most cost effective strap hinges on the market. There are two main components of a pinnel hinge the strap portion that attached to the door frame and the pinnel portion that attaches to the jamb of the frame. The end of the pinnel has a pin on it that attaches to the strap portion on the door. This allows you to attach the components on the respective structures and then assemble the door to the frame. The strap portion of the pinnel hinge usually uses lag screws or bolts for assembly.
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.