Monday, March 12, 2012

Sliding Barn Doors…

I am not a fan of pocket doors, luckily there is a good looking and functional option…

photo by emily gilbert for Design Sponge


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As you can see above, they can be single or double doors, painted bright colors, or left natural and rustic. I have even seen some with windows…

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pinterest via the Polished Pebble

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pinterest via House of Turquoise

Siding barn doors are an excellent, space saving option to using a pocket door.They are not only functional, but also add tons of style and interest to any space.
In the last week, I have come across two different posts about using,and actually making your own sliding barn doors. The first from Layla over at The Lettered Cottage. She shares a readers DIY solution to making and installing their own…

The other post comes from Ashli over at Mini Manor. Their handmade door, and track is impressive and stylish…

Ashli even offered the step by step directions, and measurements they used via e-mail.
As soon as I saw this, I knew it would be the perfect solution to an open doorway in our master bedroom. I have added this picture to my inspiration files on my Master Bedroom Pin Board on Pinterest…seen here.

How do you like the look of Sliding Barn Doors? Is this something you would use in your own home?


  1. Really love these examples! I adore sliding barn doors and wish we had some in our teeny tiny house because they actually save a lot of space (and look fabulous too)!

  2. Thanks for this Laura. I have always wanted a sliding door and now you've given me enough information to be dangerous!

  3. I love a good barn door! I am actually trying to figure out where I can put one in my new house! Great pics!

  4. Thanks for the shout out Laura! I agree with you pocket doors are not for me!!
    Lots of love

  5. Sliding doors do have its advantages over hinged doors that can be opened either inward or outward. Aside from saving up space, sliding doors usually have wide openings. It can allow easy access to the house for large items that sometimes, require disassembling in order to enter the house. It can also help to move things like couch or cabinets into the house quicker and requiring less effort than having to turn it sideways and balance it just to fit them through on a hinged door. And, the barn sliding doors do add a rustic touch to the interior.

  6. You can put it on the upper part of the door molding, for example. Passageway lock sets can be used for the doors which don't need a privacy lock, for instance, doors to stairways, closets, mud rooms, laundry rooms, or hallways.

  7. Sliding doors are the perfect way to recycle used doors. In less than $40, you can build a sliding door that looks elegant enough to have a $1000 price tag. This is also a perfect DIY project as well because it’s very simple to do.

  8. Among the many DIY projects that I have come across Pinterest, sliding barn doors are my favorite so far. They are space-savers and very practical. They can also be used as displays or as dividers, or as obvious doors. And, they are perfect inexpensive projects for our creative ideas to materialize into. Were you able to install one in your house?

    Willene Fagen

  9. “Siding barn doors are an excellent, space saving option to using a pocket door.They are not only functional, but also add tons of style and interest to any space.”—Exactly! It could become a décor to a seemingly bland room. Anyway, great article you got here. Looking for more of your home design ideas. :)


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