Sliding barn doors are all over Pinterest these days and for good reason.
These stylish hanging doors are a great replacement for pocket doors and folding doors. They work especially well for those with small rooms where a standard door that swings in takes up precious space.
Sliding barn doors can serve as the focal point of an interior design or blend in discreetly with the surroundings. They easily transform the look of a room and require little, if any, construction.
With so many options, it’s easy to become overwhelmed or settle for whatever is at the local big box hardware store. We beg you to not give in to the lure of only shopping from your local stores! With a little time online, you can have the perfect barn door for your home shipped to you. Some companies will even handle the installation (at a cost of course)!
Since our motto here at SquareFrank is “making pins real”, we felt it was vital that a guide about barn door styles gave real examples of doors anyone could purchase today.
Pinterest is a wonderful world of ideas and inspiration, but there can be a frustrating gap between pinning an idea and knowing how to make it happen in your own home.
Because of this gap, we didn’t want to write another “roundup” of more eye candy. Instead, we wanted to help pinners get a true sense of what’s available and how to make it work for themselves.
We wanted our readers, armed with measurements and a credit card, to feel confident enough to finally get that sliding barn door they’ve been dreaming of.
Of course, Rustica Hardware and Artisan Hardware are not the only options online. They each have a huge selection of barn doors with the ability to personalize the hardware, width, height, color, and finish of everything they offer. We were also looking for companies with great reputations, an easy to navigate website, and a wide range of styles. Both webstores met all of our requirements
Please note that SquareFrank has NO relationship with either of these companies . There are no affiliate links in this post. We will always identify any affiliate links that are in our content. See here for details.
Answer these questions before you shop for a sliding barn door:
- Where am I putting this? Is this a pantry door? Bathroom door? A double door leading to a home office?
The location will help determine whether a solid door or a door with glass panels is appropriate. A barn door does not seal like a normal door does. Consider sound issues and privacy issues when choosing where to install one.
- Is my house ready for this type of door? These doors are HEAVY. Though installation is usually simple, it does require the proper framing.
If you live in a manufactured home that doesn’t have sturdy wall studs, barn doors may not be the right choice for you.
You also need to have the wall space. That big ol’ door needs to slide somewhere. Know what size door you’re after and double check the length of your wall.
- What materials am I looking for? Wood? Steel? Glass? Is it in an area where moisture or grime is likely to accumulate? You’ll want to choose something that harmonizes with the vibe of your decor and your family’s lifestyle.
- What style of room am I after? Rustic country, coastal charm, a modern loft? You’ll have the opportunity to choose the finish, material, and style of the door as well as the hardware.
Warning: don’t make the mistake of not spending enough time choosing the hardware. The style of hardware (the pull handles and hanging rail) will have a huge impact on the end result of your barn door.
- What size of doorway do I have? Single or double doors? Both shops we featured allow you to choose the width of your barn door. That means even a large room opening in a hallway can utilize a single door, if you have the wallspace. Or you can choose to cover a narrow pantry door with 2 double doors that slide in to meet at the middle.
- Who lives in the house? Do you have little ones who may pull or hang on the door? If you do install a locking hook mechanism on the panel, will your 4 yr old accidentally lock themselves in the room?
Depending on the style of door you choose, like a heavy wood slab or a sheet of frosted glass, sliding barn doors can have be dangerous. It is important to give some thought to those risks.
There truly are a million options and combinations. Going into your shopping search with a clear understanding of the look you are after will prevent an overwhelm-fueled-barn-door-nervous-breakdown!
Now that you’ve answered these questions, let’s get to shopping!
10 sliding barn door styles for your home
The first 5 are from Rustica Hardware.
1. Chalkboard Barn Door
The chalkboard barn door from Rustica Hardware is an equally great choice for a kids bedroom closet or a kitchen pantry. Change up the finish to make it work with any color scheme or design theme.
2. Wood Two Panel Barn Door
Though it has scandanavian roots, the versatile Two Panel from Rustica Hardware can be customized to fit any interior decor scheme.
3. The Lewiston Slat Barn Door
The Lewiston gives you the choice of either vertical or horizontal wood slats. It’s classy simplicity would be at home in any modern, country or coastal room. Just add some paint or stain and choose the hardware that works with your interior design.
4. The Mountain Scrap Metal Barn Door
The Mountain Scrap Metal hanging door will be the focal point of a room. If you have a steampunk or an industrial theme to your home, this one’s for you.
5. The Powell Frosted Acrylic Barn Door
If you are looking for a door that will give you privacy yet still allow light to enter, the Powell may be the barn door for you.
Next up are 5 offerings from Artisan Hardware.
6. Modern 5-Panel Sliding Barn Door
The Modern 5-Panel wood and steel door is made of engineered alder and steel strips. It’s a subtle yet striking combination that would work well with a minimalistic theme.
7. The Mid-Century 3-Panel Barn Door
This stylish Mid-Century 3-Panel has acrylic inserts and wood that can be stained or painted however you like. It is definitely a statement maker and a great option for those of you who have embraced the resurgence of modern midcentury design.
8. Contemporary 5-Panel Acrylic Glass Barn Door
The 5-Panel Contemporary sliding barn door is a good option for those looking to let light through. Depending on the hardware and finish, this door can be an attention getter or blend into the room subtly. It could be a fun choice for a pantry door in both modern (paint it) or traditional (stain it) kitchens.
9. The Modern Mirror Sliding Barn Door
This mirrored barn door is an easy choice for closets and bathroom doors. A mirrored barn door is stylish and functional. Simple lines and customizability with paint, stain, and hardware make it a solid choice for any decor.
10. The Metal Panel Sliding Barn Door
Metal and wood unite in this Metal Panel barn door. You can choose the finish of the metal (oil rubbed bronze, raw, powder-coated, or black) and the color or stain of the wood. With so many options, you can make this door work in any design scheme.
Quick Quiz: Did you pay any attention to the hardware on the 10 doors?
For a majority of you, probably not. Scroll back up through those images again. Look closely at the pull handles, the rail, the brackets, and even the wheels.
Every one of them was different.
You will be asked to choose all of these things! Rustica and Artisan have slightly different ways of laying out the options, but they both will require you to customize.
Here is just a sample of the rail and bracket choices on the barndoor hardware page on Artisan Hardware:
You can click through on each example and they will offer up coordinating options for door guides and door pulls, which is helpful.
Artisan Hardware also offers the entire selection of Benjamin Moore paints. When you click on the paint option (see below), a whole table of Benjamin Moore colors pops up. You can double check the name of the paint by noting the number that is displayed and looking it up on the Ben Moore site.
This is an amazing option that allows you to coordinate your door color with what you already have on your walls.
Rustica is not to be outdone! They have also made it super easy to play with customizations for all of their barn doors. On the product page for each barn door, they have checkboxes that open up into larger menus.
You can see all the various options without leaving the page. The cost will also recalculate as you add things and change your choices.
The auto-calculate feature makes it suer easy to make sure you are getting everything you need without a surprisingly large bill at checkout.
Here are a few examples of the textures and finishes Rustica Hardware has available:
Now it’s your turn. Go to Pinterest and take a look at some barn door pins. Here’s my board about barn doors that you can follow to get started!
Pay close attention to the what aspects of the pins about sliding barn doors that you are drawn to. Is it the finish of the door or the hardware? Do you prefer the single doors or do you find yourself favoring the parting double doors?
Make a note of those things that you like and head over to Rustica Hardware or Artisan Hardware. Choose a base door and start playing around with the options to get a feel for the design decisions that you will need to make as well as the total cost.
Once you know those things, you’re ready to make your final choice. Pare it down to a few final barn doors and get feedback from a family member or friend. Then go for it.
Remember, Pinterest is there to inspire you. But unless you take action on those ideas, you won’t ever make any of those pins your reality. So get out there and get shopping!
Did you install a sliding barn door? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.