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Easy Steps to Install and Maintain Barn Door Handles

Barn door handles offer a practical solution for opening and closing barn doors, adding a rustic and visually appealing element to your home decor. 

Whether you have a traditional wooden barn door or a contemporary sliding door, installing barn door handles correctly is crucial for smooth operation. 

Once the handles have been installed, regular maintenance ensures that your barn door handles remain in optimal condition and function flawlessly.

To make your experience withbarn door hardware as simple as possible, check out these easy steps to install and maintain barn door handles.

Tools and Materials Needed

The first step to installing barn door handles is gathering all the tools and supplies for proper and functional installation.

Here is what you will need:

  • Tape measureTo accurately measure the placement of the barn door handles.
  • PencilFor marking the exact positions on the door.
  • DrillTo create holes for the screws.
  • Drill bitsAppropriate sizes for pre-drilling holes.
  • ScrewdriverTo tighten the screws securely.
  • Barn door handlesIncluding the backplate and handle.
  • ScrewsRequired for attaching the handles.

Steps to Install Barn Door Handles

Step 1: Measure and Mark

The first step in the installation process is to measure and mark the positions where you want to install the barn door handles. 

Consider the height and distance from the edge of the door to ensure comfortable operation. 

A tape measure and pencil can be used as a marker for proper positioning on both sides of the door.

Step 2: Pre-drill Holes

Once you have marked the positions, it's time to pre-drill holes for the screws. 

This step is essential to prevent the wood from splitting and to ensure accurate installation. 

Select an appropriate drill bit size for the screws you use and carefully drill holes at the marked positions.

Step 3: Attach Backplate

Take the backplate of the barn door handle and align it with the pre-drilled holes. 

Insert the screws through the backplate and into the holes. Then use a screwdriver to secure the backplate to the door. Ensure that the screws are installed tightly.

Ensure that the backplate is level and aligned correctly.

Step 4: Install Handle

Now it's time to install the handle itself. Line up the handle with the backplate and insert the screws through the handle into the pre-drilled holes. 

Again, use a screwdriver to tighten the screws, ensuring a firm and stable attachment. Double-check the alignment and adjust if necessary.

Step 5: Test and Adjust

With the barn door handles securely installed, testing their functionality is crucial. 

Open and close the door several times to ensure smooth operation. Make the necessary adjustments if you notice any issues or the handles feel loose. 

You may need to tighten the screws or slightly reposition the handles for optimal performance.

How to Maintain Barn Door Handles

A simple yet consistent maintenance routine will keep your barn door handles functioning at their best.

Regularly Clean Your Barn Door Handles

To remove dust, debris, and hand prints from your barn door handles, you will need to wipe the hardware down with a damp cloth and dry them with a clean microfiber cloth. 

Consider wiping your barn door handles down a few times a month.

This will help maintain their appearance and prevent any buildup of grime that can impact their functionality.

Routinely Apply Lubrication to Your Barn Door Handles:

To ensure smooth operation and prevent any squeaking or stiffness of your barn door handles, lather a coat of silicone-based lubricant to the hardware. 

You should also apply the lubricant to the hinges and slide wheels.

Tighten Loose Screws:

Periodically check the screws and bolts that hold the handles in place.

If you notice any looseness, tighten them using a screwdriver to prevent handle wobbling or detachment.

Regular Inspection:

Take the time to inspect the overall condition of the handles. Common types of damage include rust and corrosion or signs of excessive use, such as dents.

Repair or replace the affected components promptly to avoid further damage or compromises in functionality if you notice any issues.

Barn Door Handles / Pulls from Wild West Hardware

Now that you know how to install barn door handles, let's see what's available from Wild West Hardware!

Styles: We carry Rustic, Old World, Arts and Crafts, and Tuscan style handles, and everything in between.



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Final Words

With these easy steps to install and maintain barn door handles, the process can be approached with the proper knowledge and tools, and the outcome can be rewarding.

By following the easy steps outlined in this article, you can confidently install new handles or ensure the longevity of existing ones. 

Remember to measure accurately, pre-drill holes, and tighten the screws securely. 

Regular maintenance will help preserve the beauty and functionality of your barn door handles for years to come.

Contact Wild West Hardware to place your barn door hardware order today.


1. Can I use barn door handles on other types of doors, such as interior doors or cabinets?

Barn door handles are designed explicitly for barn doors or doors with a similar style. 

While they may not be suitable for other types of doors, alternative handle options are specifically designed for interior doors or cabinets.

2. Are there different sizes of barn door handles available?

Yes, different sizes of barn door handles are available to accommodate different door thicknesses and personal preferences. 

When purchasing barn door handles, select the size that fits your door.

3. Are there any specific safety considerations when installing barn door handles?

Yes, there are specific safety considerations when installing barn door handles.

It's essential to ensure that barn door handles are securely attached to the door to prevent accidents or injuries. 

Double-check the stability of the handles and periodically inspect them for any signs of loosening or damage.