I first saw options for barn-door (or rolling-door) hardware a few years ago, at a Custom Service Hardware booth at a trade show. So for my first rolling-door job, I gave them a call, and they set me up with everything from the track right down to the guides and stops. That first job led to several others, including one for which the client requested the look and function of a barn door, but without the decorative hardware. I decided to use pocket-door hardware—modifying the standard track and rollers—combined with barn-door guides.

I recently had a second chance to apply that method, to a pair of 15-light rolling doors at the entrance to a paneled study. The opening had a transom, and the mix of hardware enabled me to leave the transom completely open, without doors swinging into the adjacent hallway.

I made the opening 62 inches wide for the 32-inch door panels, which gave me an inch of overlap on each side—a prerequisite for any barn-style door. Adding the height of the door panels to that of the hardware and track, along with 1/2-inch for clearance space at the bottom gave me the height for the track. The length of the header over the doors was simply the width of the door panels times two, or 128 inches.

When I was done with the doors, the trim was painted to match the rest of the room. The exposed doors looked fantastic—it would have been a shame to have hidden them in the wall.

Photos by Gary Striegler