Flat track doors, also known as barn doors, are a great way to add an industrial design element into a space. They’re space savers and a form of functional wall art. Jay, door guru, and Rob, general manager, of our fine woodworking division NEWwoodworks, gave us some insight into custom track doors:
Start with wood: “You can do a lot more with wood than you can with metal or fiberglass,” explained Jay. “There is so much more character and story in wood than any other material. Wooden doors fulfill our biophilic desire; they’re tactile, interactive, and functional.”
Get creative: “Yet,” added Rob, “There’s such a broad range of material and stylistic options: glass and metal accents…think Steampunk. Or think contemporary, colorful, slick, fancy, or classic. There’s clean oak, ash, and cypress…then there’s crazy wood like reclaimed ‘confetti’ gym flooring, Teak Colors of Indonesia, Shou Sugi Ban Color Char. The depth of possibilities is nearly limitless.”
Wall art: Will your flat track door fill an otherwise blank wall space, acting as a centerpiece to the room? Or will it better serve your needs as a subtle piece, blending with the décor? “Each door we create is customized to fit the design aesthetic–the colors and textures are almost limitless,” continued Jay. “With flat track doors even the hardware offers a huge variety of options from glossy and bright to rugged and dark. The variety, the one-of-a-kind aspect, makes them especially enjoyable to design and craft.”
“We’re challenging designers and homeowners to think outside the ‘barn door’ box. We’re always looking to keep our skills and creations fresh,” explained Rob. “Try to stump us. Let us convince you of our excellence.”
Space savers: flat track doors do not require the same clearance to open as their swinging counterparts. Particularly useful where room capacity is limited, they function as room partitions, providing privacy from bedroom to bathroom, from kitchen to pantry, from living room to closet, from game room to utility room, from open office space to meeting rooms, and more. When they’re a large size, flat track doors operate more like an easily-moved feature wall than a doorway, allowing spaces to be flexible and adding to the design aesthetic.
Hardware and construction: Doors, flat track or swinging, are open and closed with high frequency. Custom crafted doors offer longevity and usability that is directly related to their quality of materials (both wood and hardware) and their specific construction.
“We give the same attention to detail and hand-crafted skills to our flat track doors as we do any of our other fine woodworking projects. I don’t think we know how to do it any other way,” shared Rob.
“We’re a bit wood and craft obsessed around here,” said Jay, “but personally I find doors especially exciting as they’re a visual focal point, a finishing touch to a space, and for me having a hand in that is pretty fulfilling.”
If you’d like a bit of inspiration, the NEWwoodworks Flat Track Door gallery can be a good place to start. Wide or narrow, single or double, rugged or bright, fancy or plain, stylized or subtle, with glass or metal, with modern flare or casual grace, we’ll craft the door you desire. Let us know what your door needs are.
(A little history: Flat track door systems date back to the turn of the century when they were used in warehouses and industrial settings often as garage doors. Barns became another common place for these doors. For an individual to move an oversized door to loft storage or stall aisleways, the dual rail system proved to lighten the load and provide faster egress than their swinging counterparts.)
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