Picking The Right Barn Door: 4 Tips

Picking The Right Barn Door: 4 Tips

Barn doors is one of the trends that a few people starting using a few years ago, while the majority of the masses sat back and watched to see where it will go.  Well it has certainly taken off and you not only see barn doors in trendy urban lofts, you will see them nowadays in suburban new builds where home owners have replaced their traditional door for a trendy barn door. Not only do they add interest to a room, they are a great space saver in tight spots.

But wait!  Before you rip off your traditional door, there are a few things you needs to know about barn doors.

 What rules are being broken here?

Barn Door via Glass River Design





















This barn door is absolutely stunning!  It’s like a piece of art that moves.  BUT it breaks a few rules.

1.  Where can they go?

They can go on any wall where there is enough space for when the door is closed AND open.  For the best look, your wall needs to be wide enough to aesthetically accommodate a barn door.

 Sliding Barn Doors: These doors look fabulous in this contemporary style home. The dark hardware accents the warm wood finish.:

Via Houzz – Weaver Custom Homes

The door above has lots of wall space to make the barn door a focal point of the wall.  Whereas the doors below do their job as a door, but look squished and is not as aesthetically pleasing.


Custom Sized, Interior Double Barn Doors | European Antique Pine Warehouse & Custom Barn Doors:

via European Antique Pine Warehouse & Barn Doors

The above french doors do fit into the wall space allocated but look squished.  Another type of door like french doors might have been more suitable here.

2. Style

Barn doors are no longer the traditional rugged barn door.  They can come in all shapes, styles and colors.

Traditional Barn Door


Colorful Vintage Kitchen Ideas - Junk Gypsies Decorating Ideas 9. UPDATE YOUR PANTRY. To give the functional space a farmhouse look, Jolie's husband, Todd, built two panels inspired by barn doors then stained them black (Ebony by Minwax). Over the pantry, a salvaged stained-glass window bring in light from the entryway.:

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 Barn doors as a Focal Point

If it weren’t for that metal track this piece of live edge wood would never suggest it actually serves as a door. Though it may not be a best option as a front door, it’s definitely one of the most interesting sliding doors we could find.{found on traditionalhome}.:

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Barn Door via Glass River Design


Contemporary Styled Barn Doors

Awesome sliding barn doors. When we built the doorway into what was my daughter's room we asked for pocket doors, but the contractor "couldn't" do that. I'd like to try this as an alternative. Doors that swing open limit your space. I'd replace den sliding glass doors, too - maybe even kitchen ones :):

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Barn Door: Modern Styling

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Beach House Style Barn Doors

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3. Hardware style needs to compliment door style



















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Reclaimed Barn Door. Modern Farmouse Foyer with Reclaimed Barn Door. #ModernFarmhouse #Foyer #ReclaimedBarnDoor Geschke Group Architecture.

Photo: Via Homebunch  Design:  Geschke Group Architecture


4. Barn Doors for Washrooms?

Barn doors don’t close tight like traditional doors. There is a slight gap between the door and the wall.  Barn doors are fine for bathroom doors that are off a bedroom BUT you might want to think twice about putting them in a main living area or hallway where there’s no privacy.


Nice alternative to a pocket door. Much easier than moving electricity and tearing into a wall.:

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Photo:  Debi Carser|Add Value To Your Home

Barn doors are fine for washrooms off a bedroom where you won’t be disturbed by any outside traffic.


Classic Wood Sliding Door in Farmhouse Bathroom Regular door used for the…:

Photo via Scoop It 

Barn doors are great space savers but you might want to rethink about putting a barn door on a bathroom wall that is not in a private bedroom.  There are gaps between the door and wall so little eyes could peek in.  Also you don’t get the same sound barrier as you would with a traditional door.  Although it looks trendy, barn doors are not the best idea for powder rooms or family bathrooms.

 What rules are being broken here?

Did you figure out the rules that have been broken in our stunning barn door at the top?

1.  The door is on a short wall so it can’t open up wide.  People have to squeeze into the opening showing.

2.  The door leads to a bathroom off a living room.  There is a slight gap so curious kiddos can peak in, and noises can be heard from the living room.

























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Debi-Carser-Add-Value-To-Your-HomeDebi Carser is a  Designer, Stager and Renovator. For over 10 years she has been helping clients make their home stunning. She has staged over 75  homes helping clients make money beyond their expectations. She has bought several “fixer uppers” and either flipped them for a healthy profit or turned them into profitable rental properties. Come follow Debi as she share here tips & secrets.



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