When purchasing sliding barn doors, we all have a little doubt in our mind that will the door provide us with maximum security and are confused about the locking mechanism. So, here we have enlisted a simple guide to lock a sliding barn door. It will increase security to the next level.
How To Lock a Sliding Barn Door?
Why do we purchase sliding doors in the first place? It is due to the fact that it makes our house look more beautiful. In addition to knowing that normal doors provide us with more amount of security, we usually opt for better beauty. We must be aware of securing it as well, and here is the list of things we will require.
Total Time: 25 minutes
1. Use a Hook and Eye Lock
These are the kind of locks that can be used for double doors as well. They can be installed easily without using a lot of effort. These do not require a lot of specifications as well and can be installed in any area, or at any angle.
What we need to keep in mind while installing them is to make sure that there is no gap between our door and our wall. If we leave a gap, it will be easy for outsiders to access our door latch, and open it.
2. Use a 90 Degree Flip Latch
These kinds of locks are perfectly suited for single doors. It is best suited for bedrooms and bathrooms, as they can fit both left and right sliding doors because they are designed to work both ways.
As they come with small screws, it is quite advisable to replace them with longer ones, as they will be better secured. But while choosing long screws, we need to be sure of the thickness of our door. If we take too long screws, then the screws may be visible from the other side of the door.
3. Fit a Single Cylinder Rim Lock
The other two might be easy to install but this lock requires a little more effort to be installed. But it comes with better security, so we can also hire someone for installing it, as doing it on our own might lead us to face some difficulties.
Locking a barn door from the inside is easy, but from the outside is hard. It is best advisable to use a cylindrical rim lock in case you want to lock your door from outside, as it also comes with a key. This can be locked by turning it from inside as well in case you are in your room.
4. Add a Master Lock Hasp and Padlock
If you are particular about your budget, you can purchase this lock. In this lock as well, it is better advisable to replace your short screws with the longer ones, for better security. We need to use a marker in order to mark the places where we’ll need to drill holes for fitting our lock. We need to do it perfectly in order to leave the wooden frame undamaged. Then we need to fit the lock perfectly, leaving no gaps.
5. Alise Flip Latch Double Sliding Doors
This lock is made up of stainless steel, which is 3mm thick. It does not take up a lot of space. In order to fit it, we will need to attach each half of the lock to the centre of each door and make the locking holes meet. Then, we need to put our desired padlock through the locking holes and we are finished with the process.
6. Homode Barn Door Locks
The best thing about this lock is that even a thin object cannot be inserted through it to open the door. So, we can place this lock in the doors of our bedrooms and bathrooms in order to prevent barged entry.
The best way to put this lock is going through all the instructions on how to install it without any mistakes. There won’t be a need to hire professionals, as it is also easy to install, but, if you feel the need to do so, you can.
7. Install The Door on The Inside of The Room
Installing a door on the inside of our room will ensure that there won’t be any possible way to tamper with the railing of your sliding door.
There is always a way for someone to barge in however hard we try, but this way will ensure us that no such day arrives.
8. Secure Your Sliding Doors on Your Barn
We can lock our barn locks with a flip flop lock. They have good latches, that are specially built for sliding doors. A huge padlock can be used to lock them. They are strong and durable and best suited for security.
9. Drill The Required Holes and Secure
You can use a marker to mark the places you’ll need to drill holes, and with the help of a screwdriver drill your required holes. Then you can fit your lock, depending on the type of lock you choose. After that, your barn door is secure, and you are ready to go.
- Measuring Tape
Different Ways To Lock A Sliding Barn Door From The Outside:
- A hasp and a padlock- A super easy and affordable way to lock a sliding barn door is using a hasp and a padlock in a combined form. The locked door will definitely stay in place.
- Padlock option for double sliding barn doors- Firstly hold both doors together using a padlock. After that, a hook and eye can be used. It needs to be put from the inside- between the door jamb and between each door, on both sides. Doing this will prevent any method of barging in.
1. How To Lock a Sliding Barn Door from Both Sides?
To lock a sliding barn door from both sides, we can make use of a barrel slide bolt. It will allow us to lock our sliding barn door from both sides. It operates with a key from the outside and a bolt from the inside.
2. How To Lock a Sliding Barn Door for Bathroom?
To lock a sliding barn door for our bathrooms, we can make use of a Hook and Eye lock. This lock is best suited for areas where you need more privacy, like the bathroom and the bedroom, to prevent anyone from barging in.
3. How To Lock a Single Sliding Barn Door?
To lock a sliding barn door, we can make use of the different types of locks that we have discussed earlier, like the hook and eye latch, a 90-degree flip latch, a cylindrical rim lock, etc.
4. How To Lock an Exterior Sliding Barn Door?
To lock an exterior sliding barn door, we can make use of a single-cylindrical rim lock, which operates with a key, and makes it easy for us to lock it from the outside.
Barn doors do not come with a locking mechanism. So, for safety purposes, we think twice before purchasing them. But since they add beauty to our homes, we have a wide range of DIY locks, as well as locks specially designed for them, that can be very helpful. So, while installing sliding barn doors, we need to make sure of installing our locks as well.