Barn Door Hardware Vs Pocket Doors
Barn door hardware is a unique and creative new way of adding life and character to any room in your home. As homeowners and designers look for new ways to touch up and accent the interiors of homes, more and more are turning to this novel style.
Though this hardware is popularly used for larger openings and doorways such as to dinning rooms, studies, living rooms, etc., it is also being widely implemented as a replacement for pocket doors.
But what are pocket doors? Well, if you’re a homeowner and you have one, you know exactly what it is. You also probably haven’t actually seen that door in a long time since it spends most of its life inside a wall. But for the sake of everyone being on the same page, let’s talk briefly about what a pocket door is. Pocket doors are those doors that slide back and forth into the open and closed position. They are typically normal sized and are good for small openings such as from a kitchen to a separate dining room, or a bedroom to a bathroom. Their unique quality is that they actually slide into the adjacent wall and out of sight, their side actually becoming part of the door jamb.
Unfortunately this style of door is becoming increasingly unpopular due to several reasons. If you’re a homeowner with this style of door somewhere in your home, you will be nodding your head as you read through these. First, they can be a hassle to open and close. As you slide them in and out of position, they tend to sway a little causing them to bump the inside of the wall or door jamb and stop suddenly.
Second, the latch on the inside of the door is annoying to use. Its such a small hook that it becomes tedious to fumble with it just so you can hook your finger on the tiny latch and pull the door out from inside the wall. This is why the door spends most of its life inside the wall.
Finally, in retrospect homeowners often realize that they spent a lot of extra money on a door that they don’t even use, which can be the ultimate frustration. No one wants to waste money.
For these reasons barn door hardware is increasing in popularity. The door rolls back and forth with smooth ease. Since it remains outside the wall, it’s never difficult to open or close. Additionally since it stays outside the wall, the door is always in sight, naturally becoming a part of the room’s decor. And since the track hardware mounts outside the wall, no major reconstruction is needed.