If you’ve watched a home renovation show in the past 10 years, you know one of the biggest trends in design and decorating is the sliding barn door. These space-saving alternatives to traditional swinging doors offer a cost-effective way to provide privacy without having to frame an opening and install a traditional prefabricated door. They are available in a wide variety of styles and designs, which helps them double as decor pieces. They are also relatively easy to install yourself if you have a high-quality barn door kit.
A barn door kit comes with everything but the actual barn door. A typical kit includes wheels that will move the barn door along the rail that sits over the opening, which is also included. Door stoppers and floor tracks are often included as well as the nuts and bolts needed to hang the door from the rail. Using a kit takes the guesswork out of hanging a barn door, which typically weighs over 200 pounds. This is not something that you want hanging incorrectly.
Barn doors offer a convenient way to close off unsightly areas, like a pantry or laundry room, provide privacy between spaces, and create a smart alternative to swinging doors when there is not enough clearance. Although barn doors don’t offer the same soundproofing as a swinging door (keep this in mind when using them to close in a bathroom), they do boast an added design element and a wide variety of sizes that can help with nontraditional sized openings.
If you have a barn door that needs raising, we have the kit for you. Just make sure you ask a friend to help. This is definitely a two-person job.
1. WINSOON 5-16FT Single Wood Sliding Barn Door Kit
Installing a barn door should be a relatively quick and stress-free DIY project, but much of the success relies on the quality of the hardware being used. That’s why we like the WINSOON 5-16FT Single Wood Sliding Barn Door Kit, which uses high-quality steel finished with a fine black powder coating for hardware that is long-lasting, attractive, and easy to install. The high-density thermoplastic wheels provide a quiet and smooth gliding motion along the reinforced rack, which can hold up to 230 pounds. Door stoppers, wall hangers, wheels, bolts, spacers and anti-jump discs are all included in the kit. Customers can choose from 14 size options for the kit that best fits their needs and Winsoon even does custom sizing options.
2. Homlux 13ft Heavy Duty Sturdy Sliding Barn Door Kid
BEST FOR LARGE OPENINGS
Barn doors are not only a great option for replacing traditional swinging doors, they can also provide separation between rooms. The Homlux 13ft Heavy Duty Sturdy Sliding Barn Door Kit is long enough to fit a 13-foot opening and can support a door up to 330 pounds, giving customers the ability to create privacy solutions for large openings. The industrial-strength track is not only strong, but it also comes with two anti-jump discs that will keep rollers moving smoothly and quietly even when used with heavy doors.
3. SmartStandard 5ft Heavy Duty Sturdy Sliding Barn Door Hardware Kit
BEST BUDGET BUY
Installing a barn door in your home doesn’t have to be a costly venture. Thanks to the affordable SmartStandard 5ft Heavy Duty Sturdy Sliding Barn Door Hardware Kit, customers can keep their budget on track by pairing the kit with an affordable door. The SmartStandard still includes the high-quality accessories needed for safe installation, including a rail, rail spacers, rollers, a door stopper and a floor guide. The installed kit has a weight capacity of 220 pounds, giving users plenty of options when it comes to choosing their door.
4. Dark Oil-Rubbed Bronze Fleur-De-Lis Sliding Barn Door Track and Hardware Kit
MOST UNIQUE DESIGN
Put a spotlight on your barn doors’ hardware with the Dark Oil-Rubbed Bronze Fleur-De-Lis Sliding Barn Door Track and Hardware Kit. The beautifully designed hardware adds a stylish element thanks to the Fleur-De-Lis outline and is accented with a dark, oil-rubbed bronze finish. Not only does it look good, but the steel hardware is also built to last and includes high-density plastic wheels for a quiet sliding experience. We also like that the kit includes anti-jump discs that prevent the hanger wheels from jumping off the track, making this a great option in homes with kids or pets who may knock into the barn door.
5. WINSOON Modern Classic Indoor 304 Stainless Steel Double Sliding Door Kit
BEST DOUBLE DOOR
When it comes to extra-wide door openings, you need a barn door kit that can handle the weight of two doors. That’s why we like the WINSOON Modern Classic Indoor 304 Stainless Steel Double Sliding Door, which goes all the way up to 16 feet, providing a privacy solution to closing off rooms and large doorways. The hardware is made with long-lasting and strong stainless steel and can support doors that weigh up to 230 pounds. The kit includes anti-collision steel stoppers with rubber bumpers that ensure the doors won’t slam into each other. Simple to install, the lubricated rollers are quiet and easy to slide.
6. Emall Flower Wheel Stainless Steel Track Kit
BEST STAINLESS STEEL OPTION
Clean, modern, and designed to match just about any barn door, the Emall Stainless Steel Track Kit provides a strong and attractive means of securing your new barn door. The kit comes with everything users will need to install their barn door, including a stainless steel roller, a sturdy spacer, a floor guide and a door stopper. The silver finish will pop against dark colors and can fade into the background to let the light-colored doors shine. We also like the added design element of the flower wheel, which has a modern, industrial feel.
7. EaseLife 6.6 FT Heavy Duty Brushed Nickel Sliding Barn Door Hardware Track Kit
BEST BRUSHED NICKEL OPTION
For a modern approach to barn door hardware, we like the EaseLife 6.6 FT Heavy Duty Brushed Nickel Sliding Barn Door Hardware Track Kit. Available in sizes ranging from five feet up to 12 feet and appropriate for both single and double door openings, the EaseLife brings a clean and minimalist style to any barn door. Made from solid steel, the brushed nickel surface is rust-resistant, durable and designed to ‘slide like butter.’ The hardware can hold doors up to 220 pounds, which is a lot of butter.
EaseLife 6.6 FT Heavy Duty Brushed Nickel Sliding Barn Door Hardware Track Kit
8. DesignGlide Satin Nickel Soft-Close Barn Door Sliding Door Hardware Kit
BEST SOFT CLOSE DESIGN
Barn doors have become a popular option for master bedrooms that are designed without a door leading into the en suite bath. Barn doors offer privacy without needing clearance to swing open, but when it comes to installing doors in bedrooms, silence is a must. The DesignGlide Satin Nickel Soft-Close Barn Door Sliding Door Hardware Kit eliminates slamming doors, creaky hinges and protects against clunky sliding when opening and closing the door. The modern silver hardware will match most bedroom aesthetics and the kit is also a great option for other parts of the house, because no one likes a noisy door, well, anywhere.
9. DIYHD Box Rail Hardware Heavy Duty Steel Sliding Barn Door Track
BEST FOR OUTDOOR USE
The irony that most barn doors are being installed inside the home is not lost on us. For times when users can install a barn door as an exterior enclosure, you know, like a real barn, there is the DIYHD Box Rail Hardware Heavy Duty Steel Sliding Barn Door Track. The durable kit features the same easy installation steps and attractive design elements of the interior kits on our list with an added durability for withstanding the elements. When installed, the steel kit can hold doors up to 300 pounds.
10. DIYHD Ornate Cut Black Iron Sliding Barn Hardware
When it comes to barn door kits, the actual door tends to get all the love and praise. But what about the very crucial hardware that keeps it in its place? With the DIYHD Ornate Cut Black Iron Sliding Barn Hardware, it’s all about the small touches. The beautiful ornate rollers are a total show stealer and add a timeless touch that will fit with both modern and traditional dEcor designs. The steel hardware set comes in a beautiful rustic black and includes everything needed to hang a 5.5-foot door. As for the door, the ornate hardware goes with just about anything.