The Hook and Eye Latch is the most convenient and simple barn door lock. Perfect for locking barn doors from the inside, quickly install the barn door lock without the need for any tools. A black finish makes the Hook and Eye Latch a stylish match to any barn door design in any room.
After you’ve installed your beautiful barn door to complete your home décor, you’ll inevitably want a way to secure it. Doors that close off the entryway for bathrooms, bedrooms, and other areas that need a measure of privacy require a locking mechanism. It’s a relatively simple process to install some sort of catching system, and a hook and eye latch is an attractive and easy solution.
How to Install a Hook and Eye Latch on a Barn Door
- Determine Size and Needs
- Choose the Right Color
- Take Measurements
- Attach the Hook and Latch
- Test It Out
Hook and eye latches can be installed in a matter of minutes, and you’ll have permanent security with an easy-to-use closure mechanism. You can install this lock onto any sliding barn door in any part of your house. It’s important to remember that this provides minimal security and shouldn’t be used for significant exterior doors such as an entry into your house or garage.
1. Determine Size and Needs
The first step in determining whether a hook and eye will suit your needs is to determine your size and closure requirements. A hook and eye closure pairs well with barn door hardware
and can work with nearly any single panel entryway for your bathroom or bedroom. They also look and work great for double panels that close off larger areas like the living room. Outdoors, the hook and eye latch is fantastic for gate catches, as well as for other exterior features needing gate hardware such as an animal enclosure. Stainless or brass options work best for closures outside as opposed to an iron gate latch which, if left untreated, can rust.
Hook and eye closures will not work, however, if you’re looking for a secure closure mechanism to lock exterior openings that lead to the outside of your house or for an outbuilding such as a barn. For these, you will need a heavy duty door lock with a deadbolt and key.
Hook and eye latches, while seemingly small, will fit nearly any size closure. By putting them near the middle of the doorway, you provide the most stability possible when latched. The same size can be used whether you’re using sliding door hardware to close it from the inside or latch it from the outside to keep it in place.
2. Choose the Right Color
You can find a hook and eye combo at any hardware store. There’s only one problem with standard hook and eye latches, however. They are made of shiny unfinished stainless steel.
Why is this important? It’s often the smallest details that contribute the most to the overall look you’re trying to create for your space. Unfinished steel will stand out against sliding barn doors
rather than blending in to form the cohesive look you’re going for. Shiny stainless steel has an industrial look that might work well for industrial style homes or for outdoor purposes. It certainly will not do for your wood, chalk, or a glass sliding glass closure inside your home.
To continue the farmhouse look you’ll want an equally rustic color option, even in the small detail of your hook. For the ideal farmhouse look, choose a black matte finish that looks just like wrought iron. This gives you the greatest ability to match any type or style and continue your farmhouse look.
Black is a great option for several reasons. One, it won’t stand out. Whether your sliding door is dark or light wood, a small black hook and eye will complement it nicely. Even on white, a black matte or cast iron-looking door hook will give your closure a professional and finished appearance. Black also stays clean. It withstands the rigors of daily use by many hands and still looks good as new. It resists dulling and fading and stays looking sharp over time.
3. Take Measurements
Once you’ve got your hardware in hand, the next step in the process is to take measurements. Before you screw either piece into the wall, it’s essential to know exactly where the hole should be placed on both the wall and the door itself. Remember, once you screw the hook or latch in, it can be removed but the hole created will take some work to patch and paint to match the wall. It’s always a good idea to refresh yourself on how to measure a door
and ensure that this step goes smoothly.
First, measure the total height of the door and find the mid-point. The mid-point is how high you’ll want to place your eye hook.
Next, close the door so it completely covers any gaps. With a pencil, mark the spot where you’ll place the eye hook and make sure it’s at the mid-point.
Finally, place a mark on the wall using the same height measurements and allow just enough distance for the latch to rest in the eye hook easily.
Do this right and make sure to use a tape measure. While it may look like you could easily eyeball this step, you don’t want to risk it and end up with a crooked closure. No one likes looking at something that’s just off enough to be noticeable.
For double doors, the same steps apply but you’ll be measuring and marking the other door instead of the wall. Double-check your measurements for double doors because hardware that’s even slightly mismatched will be very obvious and look sloppy.
4. Attach the Hook and Latch
There are several ways to accomplish this easy to install process, depending on the density of your wall and barn door material.Walls:
Most walls are made of a half-inch or an inch of plaster, and then empty space. If this is the case, you may only need some elbow grease to both get the hook started and screwed in. If you want a small hole to start you out, hammer a nail on the mark where your hook will go. Remove the nail and insert the screw-end of the hook into the small hole. This will help you get started. Screw it in, making sure to keep it level, and go completely until the hook is solidly in place.
If you have a hollow wall and your eye hook will reach into the hollow space, you’ll want to mount hollow-core anchors first. This will necessitate drilling into the wall with a bit that is as big as your hollow-core anchors. Screw the anchor onto the hook, then insert the anchor and the hook and tighten down.
If you happen to be screwing into a stud or solid piece of wood, you’ll need to drill a pilot hole with a drill bit slightly smaller than the mounting screws. Once the pilot holes are drilled, you’ll be able to screw the latch into the wall. It will take a bit of muscle, but with the starter holes, it should become easier once the screw starts biting into the wood.Doors:
The routine for your doors is similar to your walls. If you’re working with a piece of solid wood, you’ll want to drill a pilot hole to ensure an easier time screwing the hook in.
If you have a hollow core door, you’ll want to use a hollow core anchor, using the same method for hollow walls. A hollow core anchor will ensure maximum grip and keep your screw from popping right out of its hole due to tugging or bumping.
This hook and latch combination can be used on a variety of barn door styles, including those with metal surrounds. It’s always best to begin the process by drilling a pilot hole, however. Screwing a hook into solid wood or metal should not be attempted without a pilot hole. Also, depending on the material, you’ll need a specific drill bit. Wood doors require wood cutting bits, whereas metal doors require a metal drilling bit.
5. Test It Out
When your door latch and hook are both screwed in tightly, your final task is to test out your handiwork. Latches should fit easily into the hook. Check again to ensure that all sides of the doorway are closed off to achieve complete privacy. If you measured and double-checked, you shouldn’t have a problem, but if you find that you accidentally placed the latch a little too far away or too high, try unwinding the hook by one or two turns. The hook will still be secure, but you’ll have a little extra wiggle room for the latch to reach the hole if you were slightly off. Check to see if the extra distance is enough for the latch to reach it and hold the door closed.
Once you’ve successfully mounted your hook and eye, locate other areas that could use one, as well. These are great for keeping a cabinet closed, shutters nice and tight, and even serving as a garden gate latch. They work well on as closures for a French door or sliding glass door to rustic cabin window latches. Once you’ve started installing these handy closures, you’ll start to identify the myriad of ways they can be used.
How to Install a Hook and Eye Latch on a Barn Door
Installing hook and eye latches is one of the easiest DIY projects you can accomplish around your home. It requires no mounting hardware and it only takes a few minutes of your time. Choose the right color to ensure a professional, put-together feel for your décor. Matte black always works well, even on white. Make sure your latch works well for the area in question. This option should not be used for doors that lead from your home to the outside, or for securely closing outbuildings like barns or sheds.
The measuring process can be completed in just a few steps. By finding the center point of the door, you’ll find the best place for the hook and eye to be screwed in. The center will maximize the stability and effectiveness of the latch. Mark the spot where it should go. Eyeballing this part of the process will only leave you with a crooked locking mechanism, so get your measuring tape and pencil.
Find the right drill bit to get your pilot hole started, then all that’s left to do is to screw in each end. Be sure that you measure the appropriate distance for the latch to reach the eye hook before you start drilling. Latches should rest in the eye hook easily and shouldn’t pull hard or over-reach the hook.
When done properly, this small detail can put the finishing touches on your bedroom, bathroom, or pantry sliding door. Whether you utilize it as a lock for privacy or as a latch to keep the door in place, you won’t go wrong by adding a stylish closure. It’s a simple DIY project that anyone can do and will complete the farmhouse look in any part of your home.