I ordered a barn door for my ensuite but now I am having second thoughts. Are they safe? can they fall off? should I cancel my order?
If they are not safe, if they can fall off, that's a design flaw and I was going to say something about consumer protection but then I remembered how lax consumer protection is here, as I discovered when a brand new chair collapsed under me. A properly designed and installed door should do what it's supposed to do (open and shut) and not do what it's not supposed to do (fall off).
I also wanted to say I've always wondered about cleaning the mechanism and the potential for jamming given there's open moving parts you can only see properly by getting up a ladder? I don't know as I don't have barn doors and hopefully you will get some replies from people with real personal experience with them, but I thought I'd put the question out there as I have had experience with other things that looked to have some concerning potential and received salespeople's reassurances which proved to be optimistic. It's good to get the whole story from someone who's lived with the product for a while.
I always thought barndoors were double opening doors , but I see they are a single rolling type door . I doubt they'd fall off unless they came off the end -- they are fairly heavy , and can be hung so they are unlikely to ride up and off the rail partway along . Solidly built components shouldn't break , so steer away from the cheap and nasty ones .
Oh , and you could easily stop them falling off the end by having a decent stop , firmly fixed .
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They will only" fall off" if the correct bracket system is not installed. There are different brackets/roller systems, for different weight of doors. Make sure your installer is using the correct load bearing brackets.
Check this article about barn doors safety https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/home-improvement/maintenance-repairs/barn-door.