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Main Home Style The versatility of barn door sliders

The versatility of barn door sliders

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Written by Nancy Ranchel   
Thursday, May 17, 2012

I used a barn door slider to hang a door in my house. It's a bathroom door for a small bathroom. There’s no room for a door to open into the bathroom itself, and I think a pocket door is a sure way for a clumsy person (me) to ruin fingers. So I went with the barn door slider, and it’s perfect. Here are a couple of pictures of my door, including a hardware close-up.  



Lately I’ve been seeing these barn door sliders used more and more for a hip, non-traditional door. Of course, they’re intended for barn doors, so anything beyond that is alternative and cool, right?  

You know what may be the best use for a slider? Covering a flat screen TV on the wall. Oy. I almost want to buy a behemoth and hang it just to make good use of this cool idea. (I didn’t think of it, so I can’t take credit.)

Here’s a link for some example slider hardware:

Now imagine some of these in front of your flat screen. How about your closet? Maybe as room dividers? And here’s the thing that really blows my mind, of course: You don’t have to use doors! How about art? Here are a couple of items sitting around my house that I would happily hang from a slider and use to cover something up. Wouldn’t either sign look great covering that flat screen? You bet.


 I mean the saw blade, not the camper. So how much fun can you have with this? A little hardware, some salvage, and you have real conversation piece.  

Portlander Nancy Ranchel is a self-described accountant, design fan, serial re-modeler, compulsive re-user, and blog writer.