How to choose accessories for your barn door

How to choose accessories for your barn door

How to choose accessories for your barn door

Barn doors are not only functional, but they can also serve as a piece of artwork to decorate your home. Therefore, there are several accessories to consider for enhancing your user experience. Here are a few of the most popular options:

1. Door handle

While it's true that a barn door can function without a door handle, since it's not installed in the door opening and you can push the door itself to open or close it, adding a handle will provide a smoother experience.

Front side:

Back side:

Since a barn door is installed close to the wall, using a regular handle on the back side could cause collision when opening. Therefore, we do not recommend installing a handle on the back side. If you truly wish to have a handle, consider using a hidden handle such as the one shown below.

2. Floor Guide:

The floor guide is an important hardware that prevents your barn door from swinging. There are mainly two types of floor guides. The first is the floor-mounted guide, which requires you to create a kerf at the bottom of door slab to fit the T-shape floor guide in. (All ARK Design's doors are pre-kerfed, which saves you effort.) Additionally, the floor-mounted guide needs to be installed on the floor.

The other type is the wall-mounted guide, which is an updated version and does not require a kerf at the bottom. The floor guide is adjustable to fit different door thicknesses. Furthermore, you can install the floor guide on the wall, so there's no need to damage your floor or carpet.

3. Door lock:

This accessory is not mandatory, but sometimes you may want the same privacy for a barn door as for a regular swing door. Therefore, you can consider a small lock accessory that you can install on one side of the door and the other side on the door jamb. You can hook it when you don’t want others to open the door from outside.

And if you have a double barn door. You can install on 2 door slabs and hook it when closed

3. Soft closing:

This magical accessory can make your door look expensive! Check out the video below to see the difference between using it with soft closing and without.


A set of soft closings includes two pieces to be installed on both ends of the barn door. This enables you to experience soft closing when opening and closing the door.

4. Flower wreath:

Adding a flower wreath to a barn door is a popular way to enhance its aesthetic appeal and bring a touch of nature into the home. Flower wreaths can be changed seasonally, allowing homeowners to switch up the look of their door throughout the year. Additionally, a flower wreath can serve as a warm welcome to visitors and make the entrance to a home feel inviting and charming.