Introducing DesignGlide™ Soft-Close Barn Door Hardware


Turn any standard-sized door into a barn door

Barn doors aren’t just for the barn. In fact, they have become a great functional and unique element of home design. The challenge many faced was that hardware was complex and only worked with special sized doors. Understanding the need in the home design market, JELD-WEN developed DesignGlide™ barn door hardware. DesignGlide is a unique, soft-close barn door hardware that works with any standard 80” door.

What makes DesignGlide so unique?

  • Use with any standard 80” door (the typical size for interior doors)
  • Remove your old door – no other work required
  • Accent rails for top and bottom add extra style
  • No slamming shut ever

This patent-pending system is revolutionizing the barn door market by providing a world of possibilities for design options. With the freedom to choose any door, a barn door can fit any aesthetic. Use a sleek, simple door for a contemporary look. A paneled door in a dark color or stain adds character to a Modern Craftsman home. Or go rustic with reclaimed wood for a traditional farmhouse vibe. With two hardware finishes, you can create a variety of styles.

DesignGlide is DIY friendly

Since no new framing or special doors are needed, DesignGlide can be installed rather easily. The kit comes with all the necessary hardware to create a barn door system.

It’s a four step process:

  1. Install hardware.
  2. Place top and bottom accent rails.
  3. Attach track and backerboard.
  4. Hang your door.

Barn doors are versatile

Where will you use your barn door? Barn doors add depth and interest to any room. How you decide to use yours is up to you. DesignGlide lets you be the designer. Use it as bathroom door where a typical outswing door wont’ fit. Replace traditional bi-fold doors on a laundry room or closet. Divide an office area from a great room. Or use them as a way to cover shelving, entertainment centers or storage.

Learn more about DesignGlide barn door hardware today! 

Add a Kitchen Pantry Barn Door for Style and Functionality


Inspiring ideas for your kitchen pantry

A kitchen pantry barn door will not only add style to your kitchen, it’s also a great space saver. Not every kitchen has the perfect space or layout. So, you have to just make it work. A barn door allows for you to fully close off the area without the need for an in- or outswing, which may be space prohibitive.

Conceal and add interest

Pantries are great storage areas for food, bowls, plates and more. However, you probably don’t want it exposed to the world. That’s why barn doors are such a great fit. They offer you a way to conceal while adding visual interest.

Barn door styles are versatile

If you think barn doors only work in farmhouses, think again. A barn door can look great in any kitchen, even contemporary ones. It’s all about the door you choose. If you do love the Farmhouse look, use a salvaged door or one that has those characteristics. If you prefer a contemporary look, choose a door with simple lines. Simple lines can mean a three-panel or flat door.

Color, glass or accents

Once you have a style then consider colors and accents. Is your kitchen mostly muted tones? Adding a pop of color on a barn door pantry door can liven up any space. If you’d prefer the barn door blend seamlessly then paint it your wall color. Add more function to the doors by using chalk paint, turning it into a message board.

If color isn’t a solution there’s the opportunity to bring in glass. You can use a door with glass panels. Those could be clear or translucent, depending on how much you want visible.

To accent your door, you have the option to add some personality with hardware. From the rails to pulls to handles, there are many options to fit your style.

An easy transformation

One of the biggest challenges related to barn doors has been the requirement to use oversized doors with hardware. That’s not the case with DesignGlide™ barn door hardware. You can use any standard 80” door with DesignGlide. No reframing is required. You’ll also enjoy a soft close every time.

Looking for some inspiration? We recommend taking a look at this collection of ideas on Decoist.

Exploring the History of the Farmhouse


Windows and Doors Provide Function and Style

Farmhouse style was borne from necessity. It reflected the lives of rural Americans where function was more important than style. Yet, the looks created in those original farmhouses of mismatched fabrics and rows of shiplap are now sought after in homes across the country. Today’s Farmhouse style, made even more popular by the HGTV show Fixer Upper, takes from its roots but has transformed with whimsical details and rustic accents. Farmhouse windows and doors play a critical role in capturing this charming style.

The roots of Farmhouse

The roots of Farmhouse architecture began in the fields of Scandinavia and Germany. From Europe, it made its way to the rural farm lands of the US in the 1700s. For the next few hundred years, the most important qualities for a farmhouse to have were that it be sturdy and built to last. It wasn’t until the 1930s that many US farmhouses received electricity and running water. Windows and doors played a more functional role, letting in light and air.

The original interiors often had low ceilings and small doorways. The kitchen was and remains the heart of the house. It was typically much more spacious and provided workspace but rarely had many cabinets. You can see that same basic principle in modern Farmhouse kitchens – large, open spaces with a center island. Many of these kitchens employ open shelving to keep the room from looking cluttered. And as before, there is the love of natural light flooding into the room. A large, wood frame window is almost always found above the Farmhouse sink.

Traditional elements included windows that were taller than they were wide. Front doors sat on the grand porch often with sidelites. Dutch doors were also popular as a way to keep air moving. They created a perfect barrier as well, keeping children in and animals out.

Farmhouse windows and doors evolve in the modern era

A big part of every home are its windows and doors. And while original farmhouses looked at these elements as purely functional, the 21st century Farmhouse can appreciate windows and doors as much more. There is still the desire to have natural light. Windows are now bigger. You might find narrow windows to the sides of a center one. Double-hung windows are used most often in farmhouses. Grille patterns are quite frequently seen in Farmhouse windows. The top down or cottage grille and Colonial grille are the most common.

For upper areas of the home, which could include a converted attic space, awning windows are popular. They may also include the Colonial grille to match other windows. The push out feature of the awning lets fresh air in as well.

Another window design for farmhouses is adding a transom above the double-hung. This extends the windows and allows for more light to flow into the space.

Doors are a major part of any modern farmhouse. And they aren’t too far from the original concepts. Dutch doors are still a Farmhouse standard. They have great value as a functional piece. New Dutch doors incorporate more glass. The ones used on farmhouses tend to have a longer top than bottom. Additional accents now make the Dutch door a stunning entrance. Pops of color, especially in light or dark blues, create a one-of-a-kind Dutch door.

Going inside the farmhouse, barn doors are a must. Barn doors of course originated in barns. In the 21st century, barn doors combine function and style. They can create separation between rooms, be a great solution for a tight space and hide shelves, closets or storage areas.

In Farmhouse design, barn doors remain mostly wood. You’ll find reclaimed wood, often different pieces from various places (possibly even an actual barn). Depending on the space, you can use one door that slides over a single covering or two doors that meet in the middle and slide opposite one another for larger spaces.

Cross rails or crossbars are a hallmark of the Farmhouse barn door. Incorporating glass keeps light flowing. That’s another more modern element of the Farmhouse barn door.

Farmhouse style cherishes comfort and function

Farmhouse is essentially about comfort and function; that hasn’t changed since the first ones were built. Farmhouse windows and doors extend these attributes from the interior and exterior. You can see more Farmhouse inspired windows and doors by visiting our Farmhouse Possibilities page.

Farmhouse Windows and Doors Ebook


In the Farmhouse windows and doors ebook, you’ll read about the history of the farmhouse and its modern interpretation. We also share ideas on how to capture Farmhouse window and door styles.

Farmhouse origins

Farmhouses were initially built for necessity and function, as those working the farms needed to be close to the animals and crops. Built with whatever materials were close by, farmhouses were most often made of wood. In time, their simplicity became a desired look. Farmhouse windows and doors are a large part of that aesthetic.

Farmhouses today

Farmhouses aren’t just for farms anymore. You’ll find them in both rural and urban areas. To talk about Farmhouse style isn’t so much about the architecture but rather the details. From shiplap to painted brick, there’s an opportunity for anyone to create their Farmhouse dream home.

Five key design elements

We collected some great ideas about the roles of windows and doors in the farmhouse. In our new ebook, “Five Design Elements for Every Farmhouse,” we focus on:

  • Colonial grille windows paired with Farmhouse hallmarks
  • Barn doors
  • Mahogany finishes
  • Entry doors details: double, glass and sidelites
  • Wood windows and transoms

Read the ebook today for inspiration.

Form Follows Function: A Contemporary Design Principle