How to Lock a Sliding Barn Door
Last updated Friday, October 28th, 2022
It’s darn near impossible to leaf through a home magazine without catching a glimpse of sliding barn doors. These eye-catching sliders can also be seen in showrooms, model homes and sheds. Sleek lines and the ability to fit in tight spaces make them a popular choice. But what about keeping these doors shut?
True, these doors may have received quite the makeover. Once only fit for actual barns, these sliders have now moved uptown and indoors. And with upgrades come new challenges- like locking. Adding security and privacy through locks are hurdles designers have gracefully scaled.
Builders combine style and function at Colonial Barns & Sheds. Our craftsmen know that less square footage means design choices matter even more. Your budget and building goals are thoughtfully considered here. We can assist you with your hardware choices whatever type of doors you choose.
Is There a Way to Lock a Sliding Barn Door?
Yes! The main purpose of a door is privacy. If a door can’t be locked, then it doesn’t do much good. Sliding barn doors may be lovely to look at, but only when they stay closed are they fully functional.
A casual glance may not reveal all these doors have to offer. Some people may not even mind if their doors don’t lock. But there are quite a few options of locks available.
How do Sliding Barn Door Locks Work?
A traditional door lock is not going to work on a slider for obvious reasons. If this type of hardware was installed, it may be for decorative purposes only. Regular door handles would probably look pretty silly on barn doors while messing up the whole farmhouse vibe.
Luckily, hardware has come a long way. Manufacturers have made it possible to keep sliding barn doors closed without losing style. Each of the locks work to secure the doors differently. Your choice will impact how your lock operates.
Lock Options for Barn Doors
Don’t expect sliding barn door locks to look identical to standard door locks. Although some locks may be similar in terms of function, logistics often sets them apart.
Forget about settling for a lock that just doesn’t fit with your vision. This market niche now has many available options. There are many types of locks in a wide array of finishes. You can match your lock to door hardware or go with a contrasting look. Choosing now becomes the hard part.
Hook and Eye Lock
This latching system works on a sliding barn door similarly to how it does with a traditional door. While certainly not a new idea, the hook and eye has been around for a while because it doesn’t disappoint.
One piece, called the hook, is affixed to the door itself. The other piece, known as the eye, is installed based on personal preference. An eye can be installed on another door so that two sliding doors can lock when they meet. The wall, corner or door jamb can work for single doors.
- Customizable to accommodate configuration of doors, corners and walls
- Easy to install
90-Degree Flip Latch
The modern look of this lock compliments the understated elegance of a barn door. The device is installed at a 90-degree angle to the door jamb. A latch locks the door by sliding into place.
- Clean lines
- Simple installation process
Single Cylinder Rim Lock
If security is an issue, these bolted locks can provide peace of mind. Although installation can prove difficult for DIYers, a professional can get the job done in a flash. Knowing that this lock isn’t going anywhere can also make you feel nice and secure.
Lock yourself inside by clicking the knob. Want to lock the door behind you? Use a key to lock the door from outside of the room.
- Features a key
- Great option for locking door from the outside
- Very secure
Hasp and Padlock
A metal plate with an opening that fits over a loop is called a hasp. A padlock then fastens shut through the loop. Moving pieces work together to make a well-functioning lock. If you don’t mind the industrial look, this set may be ideal.
- Provides added security
Flip Latch Hasp with Padlock for Double Sliding Doors
Want to lock two sliding barn doors that close together? You may like the idea of this practical lock style. These flip latch hasps with padlocks are perfect for closets and rooms that need to be kept under lock and key. You can add the padlock of your choice or just use the latch depending on your needs.
- Easy to install
- Offers security
Barn Door Latch Lock
This type of lock has a unique appearance- people tend to love or hate it. For the lovers, these locks can keep bathrooms and bedrooms private. The triangle-shaped piece is affixed to the door jamb. The door can be locked by sliding the wedge into the slot.
- Fun look
- Simple to use
- Straightforward installation
Have specific questions about incorporating sliding barn doors? Colonial Barns & Sheds has the answer! We use many styles of doors including barn doors in our sheds. Every detail makes a difference, even something as small as a lock. We work hard to make sure you are 100 percent satisfied with the entire process.