How does soft close work on barn doors?

Barn doors are a popular and stylish addition to any home, offering a modern or rustic and charming look that complements a variety of interior design styles. However, as with any door, opening and closing a barn door can be noisy and disruptive, especially if you have children using the door or guests that may not be used to knowing when to stop sliding. This is where adding a soft close feature comes in.

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What is Soft Close?

Soft close is a mechanism that helps to slow down the movement of the door and bring it to a gentle and quiet close. This feature uses a hydraulic damper system that slows down the door's movement and prevents it from slamming shut, eliminating the loud noise that is often associated with traditional barn doors.


Benefits of Barn Door Soft Close

  1. Noise Reduction: Barn door soft close is a great way to reduce noise and disturbance in your home. The soft close mechanism ensures that the door closes quietly and gently, preventing loud slamming noises.
  2. Safety: Soft close technology is especially important for households with young children or pets. The gentle closing motion of the barn door ensures that the door doesn't n to bounce back off the stop and there are no dangerous or abrupt movements that could harm a child or pet.
  3. Durability: Soft close mechanisms are designed to withstand the wear and tear of frequent use, making them a reliable and long-lasting addition to your barn door and reduce heavy wear on components.
  4. Convenience: With a soft close mechanism, you won't have to worry about manually closing the door or adjusting the speed of its movement. The mechanism takes care of everything for you, providing a convenient and hassle-free solution for your barn door.
  5. Ease of installation: Without Soft Close, a hard stop must be setup on the track rail which can create extra work. Using soft close means setting the stopping position is quick and easy.


How to Install a Barn Door Soft Close

Barn door soft close behind track


All Estrada tracks are manufactured to be ’Soft Close Ready’ meaning there is provision to easily install our Soft Close kit without the use of unsightly screws or clamps that can seen from the front.

Estrada Heavy Duty Soft Close is a great option for heavier doors over 50kg of if adjustment is preferred. By adjusting the settings on the HD mechanism the speed of the door's movement can be controlled. Once installed, the soft close mechanism will automatically slow down the door's movement and bring it to a gentle and quiet close.

Barn door soft close is a great addition to any home, providing a range of benefits from noise reduction to safety and convenience. Whether you're installing a new barn door or upgrading an existing one, an Estrada door system with soft close is a worthwhile investment that will enhance the functionality and increase the life of your sliding door.

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