Functional Art: The Flat Track Door

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:

Reclaimed hand hewn timber skins bring texture and character to a lower level rec room entry.

Reclaimed hand hewn timber skins bring texture and character to a lower level rec room entry.

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.”

Flat tracks are top hung systems employing a top rail or mounted track above the door opening. A pair of hangers are assembled to the specific door (thickness, width, and weight of the door are all considered). A second bottom track/rail, subtle bottom guide fins, or cradle fins are employed to help maintain the door’s vertical alignment with the wall.

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.”

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A Big Statement and Major Usability: Barn Doors

It is common that entry doors are welcoming and often specially designed and crafted. Barn doors and other big doors can be equally as special and additionally functional. Jay, door guru at NEWwoodworks, our fine woodworking division, has a special affinity for the challenge and resulting statement of big barn doors. “Arches, strap hinges, the visual and textural warmth of wood–it’s fun crafting barn doors that make a big statement and are unquestionably functional.”

Barn doors can be fully customized though they often follow tradition with plank, Z, double Z, X, double X, and framed styles using strap hinges or flat tracks.

The upper and lower set of doors make use of strap hinges on this Keuka Lake vineyard barn.

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