Pocket Door Hardware – How to Introduce New Patterns in Unexpected Places

Pocket doors are becoming an increasingly popular way to save space and create a unique architectural design effect at the same time. This style of door is specially designed to slide along a track “into” the wall. Although pocket doors may sound like a modern design convenience, they were used frequently in Victorian homes (especially in more crowded areas of the home like the sitting room). Some designers consider the ease of use another advantage in using a pocket door instead of a traditional hinged style.

A pocket door can utilize many different types of hardware and depending on room motif, can be blended with any style of d├ęcor. Replacing bland the bland, pre installed hardware that frequently accompanies these doors is a great step towards integrating them into your design theme. This type of door can be an extremely convenient addition to any home as well as a beautiful element of decoration.

The two most popular types of are flush pulls that are installed onto the face of the door and edge pulls which are mortised into the edge (side) of the door. Both are great additions because they allow the door to be easily opened and closed with little effort. Although most edge pulls are plain (they are not visible most of the time), the flush pulls are frequently constructed of solid brass and have a wide range of possibilities. Try incorporating a new pattern into your door that will tie in with your existing theme. Select the same finish for different doorknob sets within the same room to further tie the look together. Another great way to create a theme is replacing all the older and worn cabinet knobs and pulls with matching finishes and designs as well.

Replacing pocket door hardware is a fun way to update the look for your doors without needing to settle for dull designs. A pocket door should blend in with the room, not stand out or draw attention to it for the wrong reasons. By simply updating the pulls it is possible to add a touch of detail that won’t become a focal point but instead enhance the existing design.

LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide selection of pocket door hardware and they offer free design assistance and help.

The Strength of Barn Door Hardware

Barn door hardware, a popular new hardware style for doors and doorways, is not only stylish, but it is also very strong. For those not familiar with it, a track runs above the doorway with two hangers that attach to the door and roll horizontally on the track. The system is very stable. But what gives this hardware its strength? How can such a simple system easily bear doors up to 400lbs? In this article, we’ll address what it is about barn door hardware that makes it so strong.

Barn door hardware is strong for two reasons: 1) Flat track design; and 2) Solid steel construction

Flat Track Design

This style of door hardware, as mentioned above, is set-up in a way that has a track that is mounted above the doorway extending along the wall with two track hangers that attach to the door and roll horizontally along the track length. The track itself is made of solid steel flat-bar. The bar is approx. 1/4″ thick and 2″ wide. The flat side of the bar stands vertically, parallel to the wall, providing that the track hangers roll along the 1/4″ thick part of the bar. Because of the physics involved, this setup gives the track exceptional strength.

The hangers themselves are made of the same solid steel flat-bar. They are carefully bent and shaped to create the perfect curve over the hanger wheel to provide additional strength and support.

Solid Steel Construction

The track, hangers, and virtually every other part of this system are all made of solid steel. This is critical to the strength, style, and overall life of barn door hardware. But why is this so important? What is it about steel that makes it so special, strong, and long lasting?