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When it comes to hanging your sliding barn door there is a list of specific sliding door hardware that you will need. That list includes a guide, a track with track stops, spacers, wheels, hangers and typical hardware that you need with any project like this (bolts, brackets, and screws for example). Hardware also includes handles and locks.

One of the decisions you will need to make when selecting sliding door hardware is choosing the color or type of metal coating that will be used. Some sliding barn door hardware manufacturers only offer one option. Why choose them? Go with a manufacturer or retailer who offers a variety! Your barn door will become a centerpiece of your home – go for something that you really want!

Options that you can find include copper hardware, brass hardware, chrome hardware, and (on some barn door websites) you can create custom colors, including: red, yellow, and white.

You may also be wondering whether it is okay to mix and match hardware colors and types. That probably isn’t a great idea, but we will go into more detail below.

In addition to choosing the metal type or color of your hardware, you will also get to select the style of hardware. Like colors and metal types, some barn door online retailers offer only one option. Boring! Go with an online retailer who offers several options. The hardware you choose should match your barn door and the overall look of your home. Having options when making your selection is very important.

While choosing your hardware you want to select high-quality hardware. One way that you can tell that the hardware is excellent quality is my learning whether or not the hardware is powder-coated. Powder coating helps protect your hardware.

Sliding Barn Door Hardware Metal Types

First, it is time to learn about the types of metal coatings that can be used when creating barn door hardware. Some options include copper, brass, chrome, raw steel, bronze, mirror black, or stainless steel. We will specifically talk about copper and brass. These are two unique metals when it comes to barn door hardware coating.

Copper Sliding Door Hardware

Let’s start by learning about copper hardware. You won’t often see sliding door hardware with a copper finish. If you decide to go with the copper finish, keep in mind that it is best (and often required) that whoever you purchase the hardware from drills the tracks before they are shipped to you.

Brass Sliding Door Hardware

Finding brass hardware is unique. You may want to take advantage of purchasing it when you find it. Of course, make sure that you are purchasing your hardware from a well-known manufacturer who creates quality sliding doors and hardware. Like copper hardware, brass hardware must be drilled by the manufacturer. If you are already using brass in your home then this hardware is perfect for you.

Additional Hardware Colors

Maybe you don’t want your hardware to be dipped in copper, brass, chrome, or another metal. If so, are you wondering whether or not your hardware can be purchased in any color you choose? For example, maybe you are installing the barn door in your bedroom and you want the door and its hardware to match (or compliment) the color of your walls. The answer is…maybe. You may be able to find basic colors like red, blue, green, orange, yellow, and white on some barn door retail sites. You may also find manufacturers who can create custom hardware colors but the cost may go up steeply.

Sliding Barn Door with a Classic Look

There are a lot of hardware styles out there. Barn door hardware with a classic look is often a barn door retailer’s best-selling hardware line. This means that a lot of people love the classical look. It also means that you are more likely to come across similar hardware in someone else’s home. Of course, not everyone has caught on to the interior barn door trend so at this point it really doesn’t matter that much. Still, you might consider the classic look the “safe” hardware bet. If you want your hardware to be more unique then go with horseshoe barn door hardware, arrow barn door hardware, contemporary, or micro/mini sliding barn door hardware.

Hardware with Powder Coating

One last thing that is worth mentioning is powder coating. What is powder coating and should you make sure that your barn door hardware is powder coated? If you want your hardware, whether it is being used indoor or outdoor, to have a longer lifespan then you want to make sure that it is powder coated. It adds protection to the metal hardware so that it will not rust. The metal is coated in powder and then heated. Not every barn door hardware manufacturer uses powder coating – double check before you make your purchase.

Purchasing Sliding Barn Door Hardware


It is almost time to go and purchase your sliding barn door hardware. Before you do, look around your home and, more specifically, the room where you will be installing the barn door. What colors do you see? Do you see any metal? If so, what kind? Have you already selected your barn door? If so, what does it look like? Once you have the answers to these questions you are armed with what you need to select your hardware. Have fun selecting the metal types, or color if that is an option for you. Make sure that you are consistent when selecting the different pieces of hardware you need to complete your project. Pick a style that goes with the overall look of your home. You don’t want your door and hardware to stick out like a sore thumb. Last of all, make sure that your hardware comes with powder coating, especially if you have an exterior barn door.