Category Archives: Barn Door Hardware

Sliding Interior Doors: What’s Old Is New Again

Sliding Interior Doors

At the turn of the century, many new homes included pocket doors. These homes had 10′- or 12′-high ceilings in a formal dining area that were usually partitioned off with bi-parting doors that slid from recessed pockets. Many still exist today, mostly in the Midwest and Eastern states. It was a simple way of isolating a space for privacy or a special event.

Needless to say, when the hardware on those doors went bad or needed repair or adjustment, serious problems surfaced. Often, the only solution was to remove the entire wall from one side or knock a few holes in the wall—in other words, major construction.

Enter Barn Door Hardware

Surface-mounting the sliding door hardware has become increasingly popular over the last couple of decades. Commonly referred to as “barn door hardware,” this approach puts the door and the hardware on the face of the wall instead of buried in a pocket. The major reason designers and architects are surface-mounting hardware today is that several manufacturers from the U.S. and Europe have created incredibly unique and iconic styles. Customers sometimes refer to it as “jewelry” for their doors.

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Why We Don’t Show Prices

We often receive emails from interested parties asking us why we don’t show our prices online.

A very good question. the answer is simple. We are not a “shopping cart” outfit. We have a team of experienced door and hardware professionals that are here to walk you through every step so you get it right the first time.

A good portion of our business is from customers that ordered online shopping cart style. On several occasions what was ordered has to be returned or trashed because it was the wrong product for the job.

We find that even door companies are not that familiar with sliding door hardware and they insist on talking to an expert before placing an order.

The easy way out for any company is to build a shopping cart site and process the orders without helping the customer.

If the customer makes a mistake, they are on their own; they eat it.

We want to walk you through, step-by-step, so every detail is covered.

Our team of professionals cover the phones from 7 AM to 7 PM Pacific. This is a costly expense vs a shopping cart. However, we still Guarantee The Lowest Price.

Our best advice is: Don’t take a chance on getting it wrong.

Talk to an expert.

Get it right the first time.

3063 Large Flat Strap Hanger
3063 Large Flat Strap Hanger

Door Handles by A Little Accent

Need some inspiration?

So you’ve decided to go with a sliding barn door to save space, or because you like the look, or both. Now you’re wondering what you should do with that hardware and with the rest of your house. Well, Here is a great blog about one woman’s journey through that same dilemma. She goes by the name The Pioneer Woman, and just might have the inspiration you’re looking for. Check out her entire blog Here.

In reference to the problem she encountered with the bottom of the doors, we have a solution at the bottom of This page.

How To Install Barn Door Hardware

In the world of barn door hardware, while fielding calls, we are relegated to the task of answering questions from the mundane, “What color does it come in?” the technical, “What is the chromium level in your stainless steel door pulls?” and everything in between. Far and away, the most common question we get is, “How do I install my barn door hardware?” or some aspect of installation such as, hangers, bottom guide, and so on. Well, we finally have a definitive, step-by-step answer in the form of an installation video. Check it out and see if you have any installation questions when you’re done watching.

Website Confusion

We continue to get calls from upset customers who are confused about who they are buying from. A company called Rustica Hardware copied our “barndoorhardware.com” website by adding an “s” to door. This is a cheap and unimaginative attempt to capture a market we helped to create. We are finding the vast majority of people believe this is unfair and misleading to the consumer and refuse to deal with Rustica.

The BAU Architectural Fair In Munich

This is the largest trade show in the world and I did not want to miss out.


It comes every two years to Munich, Germany and this year attendance was 250 thousand people including my wife and I. There were 2000 exhibitors from 43 countries and I was convinced that I would find a new and amazing product that we could sell on our website. After 5 days at the show with tired legs and sore feet I gave up. I found nothing new or amazing.


What I did come to realize is that there is nothing that compares to “German Quality”. We viewed many knock-offs from China and it is crap by comparison. I’m not sure why German stuff is so much better; but it is.


However, Munich is a very cool city with excellent transportation and very friendly people. So, on day 6 my wife and I went to the BMW museum. WOW! This should be part of any trip to Germany. BMW spent $600 million on the building alone. It truly has to be seen to be believed. And we don’t even own a BMW.


They actually have cars hand-painted by big time artists and a kinetic sculpture made of steel balls that turns into a BMW, set to music. A trip and a half. My wife is such a trooper to put up with me at these shows. I owe her… big.


How To Increase The Size Of Any Room

With square footage at a premium most everybody is looking for ways to make a room larger. Most hotels have these curved shower curtain rods designed to add a few inches to your space in the shower. The hotel bathroom door swings into the bathroom just missing the toilet and shower curtain by an inch.

So how can you grow a room without increasing its size? Use a sliding door instead of a swing door. Some folks still call them barn doors.

When you think about it one standard 36” wide door takes up about 16 square feet just for clearance to swing it. So if you use the hotel example instead of saving inches, you’ve just saved several feet.

If you do that to enough swing doors you’ve just added a new room for the modest price of some barn door hardware. Sliding door hardware is cooler than ever and some folks even call it, “Jewelry for my doors.” I liked the idea so much I started Specialty Doors.

So go ahead… grow a little!

A Company of Losers That Are Winning

I lost my job

On  June 6, 1996 my boss showed up at my job location. He told me I had one month until my division was shut down and I’d be let go.

I was in my 50’s.

Not cool.

Optimism?

When I called my girlfriend (now wife) she said, “That’s great – now you can start your own company.”

I had dozens of reasons why starting up a new company without capitol was a bad idea.

On the other hand, I had this cute, optimistic girlfriend that thought I could do anything. If she believed in me, I figured I’d better plow ahead and fake it if I had to.

New Start

With no money and a couple of friends, I started Specialty Doors & Automation in November of 1996 (it took 3 months to get a California contractor’s license).

It was a company that would repair or replace commercial doors. We rented an old, funky garage that leaked like a sieve when it rained and had no A/C or heat.

Our first job was to replace a bearing on a roll-up door. We were so excited when we got our first $250.00 job.

Then we realized that we didn’t even own a ladder.

The ladder was $300.00

It Worked!

Well, things got better over the years and after 12 years in business, I turned the company over to some key employees that helped us grow the business to $3 million in annual sales.

In 2004 we started an online division which is where I happily spend my time.

A friend of mine called it, “Selling shit you don’t have.”

We Won

Today, our company has 10 employees, 7 of which are sales and technical.

All of us share one common ingredient – we were all laid off, fired or replaced by companies outsourcing work to China.

We’re a bunch of losers that have all increased their previous income from 50 to 100%.

We have 4 websites and continue to “sell shit we don’t have” to the tune of $4-5 million a year.

Go losers!