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

March 23, 2016

Whether you just moved into your new home in the Indianapolis area or looking to redecorate a room, sliding barn doors are an elegant option. But where should get started? And how do you pick a sliding barn door that goes with your style?

Here are 3 things you should 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. Selecting a barn door style that matches your living room décor is key.

The Bedroom. Look for sliding barn doors that bring 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 wood itself innately adds warmth and coziness to the bedroom.

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 closed to hide the disorganized snacks shelf. And slide them open to get to your Bosch stand mixer.

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 complements the furniture in the room.

You can also use sliding barn doors as a window covering. And we will build the barn door panels to the size of the window and its frame. Homeowners like to take advantage of the fact that you can 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. Covering up your messy clothes is now as easy as sliding the doors closed. Keep in mind that the barn doors need wall space on either side of the closet so that the panels can roll 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. We custom build the barn door panels to the dimensions of the TV. In addition, the tracks are meticulously mounted 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 complement your color scheme. Check out these sliding barn door style choices that homeowners in the Indianapolis area ordered.

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

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

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

Looking for more hardware, styles, paints, and stain options? Go to the sliding barn doors page.

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

Mounting sliding barn doors means finding studs in the wall, measuring the dimensions of the window or door opening accurately, ensuring if the wall structure is suitable, and assembling together all the parts for the panels to glide smoothly. With a project where errors could mean ordering another barn door set, it‘s best to hire a professional in the Indianapolis area. Let the specialists at Sunburst Shutters take care of the installation for you. We ensure everything is done right.