Barn Door / June 1, 2018 / Valentine Carriere
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.
When it comes to you wanting to build a barn door it isnt a case of just nailing some pieces of wood together. As you will soon discover from the information we provide below there is a lot more involved. By making the door in the correct way will ensure that it is strong enough to cope with the kinds of treatment that is likely to be inflicted upon it. The first thing of course you need to do is measure the space into which the door is to be placed. Only once you have these measurements can you then purchase the materials that you need for its construction. It is best to use a pretty hard wood such as oak for the construction of the barn door. As not only is this a very strong wood it is also one that is able to cope with every kind of weather.
Additionally the vertical arrangement of the hinges causes an unequal amount of stress to be placed on the different hinges. This can over time cause the hinges to warp bend and even break if not properly treated. Also when a door is on hinges it must swing out over a large area to move into the open position. This can sometimes be inconvenient and tedious especially if youre trying to conserve on space. Flat track sliding door systems were developed as a solution to some of the problems larger barn doors were having. The door is affixed with two track hangers at opposite ends that hang on and roll along a large piece of track above the doorway.