An Introduction to Door Guides for Barn Doors - The Hardware Hut
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An Introduction to Door Guides for Barn Doors

Do you need a guide for a sliding wall mounted barn door? The Hardware Hut has what you’re looking for.

Some Doors We Like

C Door Guide Black
T Door Guide Satin Nickel US Futaba offers some fantastic products in this area. They are wall mounted “C” and “T” guides. The “C” guide wraps around the bottom of the door and is visible from the front. The flanges adjust apart from 1″ to 1-1/2″. Meanwhile, the “T” guide uses a routed out channel on the bottom of the door and is mostly invisible from the front. The center of the guide to the wall adjusts from 1″ to 1-5/8″ to work on various door thicknesses. Both styles come in three popular finishes: black, oil rubbed bronze, and brushed stainless steel.

We also have a wall mounted option from Sure-Loc. Available in Satin Nickel or Matte Black, this type uses an adjustable wheel on the front to eliminate rubbing on the face of the door. The wheel is adjustable, so the space between the flange and wheel can go from 7/8″ to 2-3/8″.

Some More Doors We Also Like

Hafele Rattle Free Door GuideAnother option is a floor mounted guide by Hafele that looks like a shark’s fin. It also uses a routed out channel on the bottom of the door. Hafele makes two of them: a standard version and a rattle-free version. The channel needs to be 1/4″ wide x 7/8″ deep on the standard version and 3/8″ wide x 25/32″ deep on the rattle-free version. Another way you can mount it is to attach it to the bottom of the door and route out a channel on the floor. If you go with the option of attaching to the bottom of the door then you’ll want to make sure the door is at least 1-3/8″ wide.

The thing about these door guides is a small bit of the door must always be in the guide for it to work properly and not come out of the guide. Since your door is usually a little wider than your opening, you’ll want to put the guide right near the edge of the opening. When you slide it in both directions, a portion of the door will still fit in the guide.

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In 2002, Johnny Quinn joined in Customer Service. He and his husband own three properties they rent as part of their retirement plans. When not in the office, you might find him in an airport heading out on a fun adventure. He's been to Italy, Australia, and Peru with plans of heading to Thailand next.