When building a new barn, there are many types of hinges and hardware to choose from for your barn entry doors. We will explore a number of the choices and types of hinges as well as the accessories to build a safe, effective and proper barn door.
Strap hinges are one of the most elementary and versatile hinges for a barn door. The come in various lengths and styles. Regardless of good a hinge looks it’s very important to ensure you have the correct duty rating. When your door weighs 200 pounds, you must have hinges rated for that weight. If a individual hinge is rated for say 100 pounds, than three hinges would more than suffice for your 200 pound door. Most strap hinges are around 20″ in length providing plenty of support for heavier barn doors.
Pinnel hinges are among the most cost effective strap hinges on the market. There are two main components of a pinnel hinge box rail, the strap portion that attached to the door frame and the pinnel portion that attaches to the jamb of the frame. The end of the pinnel has a pin on it that attaches to the strap portion on the door. This allows you to attach the components on the respective structures and then assemble the entrance to the frame. The particular strap portion of the pinnel hinge usually uses lag screws or mounting bolts for assembly. Most often pinnel hinges are dark-colored 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 entry doors. Unlike pinnel hinges, these are face mounted with several screws or lag bolts. These are often 15″ to 20″ in size and use durable separation screws for installation. They are usually painted or powder coated in black.
One more popular barn door joint is the colonial tie hinge. These are smooth in nature and feature a round over portion on the end, offering a colonial, old-time look.
Double Dutch hinges are the ideal hinge for creating that classic over-under door for horse stalls. This enables you to open the top half of the door for feeding your horse while keeping them safe and secure inside. Double Nederlander hinges are actually two hinges in one. Right now there are actually two knobs mounted to one body, thus allowing you to achieve the over-under doorway combination.
Double Dutch knobs come on various measures depending on how heavy your door is. The most common length is either 12″ or 17″ long and the majority of the time these are anchored with simple black screws.
There are several options for indoor barn door hinges as well. Most often these are lighter in weight duty in nature and much shorter in length than the outside barn door handles.
The classic 5″ barn doorway hinges offer basic, effective use for interior doors. These are generally a no frills no thrills kind if hinge for general use. One step up from the basic 5″ hinge is the colonial 6″ joint. These are more decorative in nature and feature a more decorative look. Fortunately they are more heavy duty and feature a more robust joint pin.
For half doors, a large drop latch can be very effective. These kinds of allow you to keep your door closed thus preventing animals from getting away, yet they can be easily opened by anyone.
Beyond hinges, there are other critical hardware components to building a strong barn door. Cross bracing stops the door from racking or shifting over time. They are metal-like supports that attach to the corners of the doorway.