3 Things To Think About When Picking Sliding Barn Doors For Your Indianapolis House

Bill Burke

Whether you’re looking to redecorate a room or you just moved into your new home in the Indianapolis area sliding barn doors are an elegant option. But how do you pick a sliding barn door that complements your personality? And what tips should you follow?

Here are 3 things to consider when picking barn doors.

1. Barn Doors Can Fit Almost Any Room

The Bathroom. Sliding barn doors as bathroom doors can provide privacy with the right hardware. And they’re easy to slide, especially for little ones who are learning to use the bathroom. Keep in mind that the barn door may not create the tightest seal to the opening due to how the track is installed.

The Living Room. Sliding barn doors are great when you want to separate the living room from the adjacent hallway or the dining room. Picking a barn door style that matches your living room décor is key.

The Bedroom. Here you’re looking for sliding barn doors that add a sense of calm to the room as well as privacy. Wooden barn doors block most of the light from other rooms - and from the windows. And the bedroom feels cozier with the addition of a wooden design element.

The Pantry. Sliding barn doors are a perfect solution for pantry doors. That’s especially the case when the pantry is facing a dining table or the kitchen. Glide them open to reach for your Bosch mixer. And slide them closed to hide the disorganized shelf of snacks.

Pantry covered by sliding barn doors 

2. New Uses for Barn Doors

Traditionally, sliding barn doors have been installed over a doorway. Barn doors save space in rooms where swinging a door outwardly is limiting. And since the sliding barn door is going to be the focus when you enter and exit the room, you’ll want to select one that goes with the furniture in the room.

You can also use sliding barn doors as a window covering. And our professionals will build the barn door panels to the window and the frame’s specifications. Homeowners like to take advantage of the fact that you can easily match the style of the barn door window treatment to that of the existing sliding barn door in the room!

Window covered by sliding barn doors
You can also have barn doors installed as a substitute for closet doors. Then, all you have to do to hide the messy clothes is slide the doors closed. Keep in mind that the barn doors need wall space on either side of the closet so that the panels can glide smoothly - and so that your entire wardrobe to be within your reach.

Install sliding barn doors over a wall-mounted flat screen TV to cover up the black void when it’s off. Our experts custom build the barn door panels to the dimensions of the TV. In addition, the tracks are deliberately positioned so as to accommodate for the screen’s depth.

3. What Styles Do Barn Doors Come In?

Sliding barn doors come in a variety of options. This lets you customize their look to go with your color scheme. Check out these sliding barn door style combinations that Hoosiers ordered.

Rustic Sliding Barn Door. Weathered Grey stain. Arrow hardware. Standard Stile and Rail barn door.

Modern Sliding Barn Door. Snow White paint. Mini top-mount modern hardware. Three-panel barn door.

Classic Sliding Barn Door. Barn Red paint. Top-mount Modern hardware. Plank barn door with standard top and bottom rail.

For more styles, paints, stains, and hardware options, go to the sliding barn doors page.

Bonus Design Tip For Barn Doors: DIY Or Pro Install?

Mounting sliding barn doors includes determining if the wall structure is suitable, locating studs in the wall, measuring the dimensions of the door or window opening accurately, and assembling together all the parts for the panels to glide smoothly. Where errors in a home improvement project like this one could result in ordering another barn door set, it‘s best to hire a professional in the Indianapolis area. Let the team at Sunburst Shutters do the work for you. We ensure everything is done right.