Barn Door Hardware – Indoor vs. Outdoor Uses

Barn door hardware is gaining steam in the home design market as a great way to add a new look to your home. Often you'll see it pictured as an aesthetic new way to add a door or division inside your home. However, other people are installing heavy duty rolling doors that can work outside as well as inside. With a large selection of finishes and roller strap designs, you can create a rustic, medieval, classic, or other theme look to your space. Conceal a closet, customize the look of your room, or open up your space with a rolling barn door. Here we explore the ways you can use them inside your home or outdoors.


There are a variety places you can install rolling barn door hardware in your home. Create a seamless divide between your living room and dining room with a rolling door. This way you can leave the door open or closed depending on your mood, leaving the option for an open flow without a swung open door in the way. Rolling doors are also commonly chosen for bathroom doors. This saves space if you have a small bathroom. It can also make other rooms in your home feel more open or stylized. Conceal your laundry room with a rolling door, or use it to conceal a closet where your washer and dryer are stacked.


Heavy duty barn doors are meant to withstand elements or heavy use. Perhaps you have an actual barn, and you want to replace the current door with a more stylish yet functional model. In choosing a barn door hardware you can select unique and colorful roller straps to install along with your heavy duty rolling door. On the other hand, installing a rolling door to replace a traditional door will add character to your property. A new door for your pool room or guest house allows for easy access to high traffic areas. If you have larger property that boasts a boathouse or beach house, adding a rolling barn door provides unique styling and an opportunity for freshening up the look of an outdated structure.

Blacksmith Dan Nauman

It is rare to find someone these days who is as dedicated and passionate about their craft as Dan Nauman is. Master blacksmith Dan Nauman practices his work at Bighorn Forge- his shop that is located in Kewaskum, Wisconsin. Nauman began forging in 1979 and has since opened up other shops and become a full-time forger. He has taught, demonstrated and lectured about forging at a variety of institutions and locations across the country, sharing his wealth of knowledge and exceptional work of his craft with others. You can sign up for a forging workshop or blacksmith class here.

Nauman designs and makes a variety of work, including door hardware (handles, hinges, latches, door knockers), fences, railings, gates, fireplace tools, lighting (chandeliers, candelabras and wall sconces), sculptures and window hardware (curtain rods, grilles and false balconies). His variety of work can be seen in homes, businesses and institutions alike.

His work varies widely, but always features the highest of quality and most imaginative of details. His works often feature flowing forms, different types of metal and intricate designs. He is often inspired by the natural world and the teachings of Jesus Christ. He takes materials most people would consider to be junk or antiques and uses them as tools to create beautiful art. His methods are based on controlled use of the hammer, using accepted forging discipline.

Nauman has won two international awards for his design and workmanship from the “National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association” (NOMMA) for a chandelier made for the “Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion” in Milwaukee, WI, and for a sculptural gate made for a private party residing in Port Washington, WI. He has also received two grants to study and promote famed metal master Cyril Colnik’s work through a video documentary. Later on, he had the opportunity to redesign the Cyril Colnik galleries at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.

CS Hardware is excited to feature some of Nauman’s beautiful work on the hand forged iron pieces on their rolling barn door. You can purchase these indoor rolling doors at CS Hardware’s website and see the different roller strap styles he created. To learn more about Nauman, you can visit his website or blog.