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: barndoorhardware.com
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.