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3 Things To Consider When Choosing Sliding Barn Doors For Your Chicago Home

March 23, 2016

Maybe you want to redecorate just one room in your Chicago home. Or maybe you recently moved into your home. Either way, sliding barn doors are an elegant addition. But where should get started? And how do you pick a sliding barn door that matches your style?

You should think about these 3 things when picking barn doors.

1. Barn Doors Are Perfect For Almost Any Room

The Bathroom. Think sliding barn doors don’t work in the bathroom? Think again. With the right hardware, they look stunning and provide privacy. And they’re easy to slide, especially for little ones who are learning to use the bathroom. Because of how the track is installed, your barn door slides closed, but might not create a tight seal over the opening.

The Living Room. Sliding barn doors are a great solution when you want to separate the living room from the adjacent hallway or the dining room. You’ll want to select a barn door style that goes with your living room furniture.

The Bedroom. Look for sliding barn doors that provide privacy as well as a calming feel to the room. Wooden barn doors block most of the light from the windows - and from other rooms. And the bedroom feels warmer with the addition of a wooden design element.

The Pantry. Sliding barn doors are a great substitute for pantry doors. That’s especially the case when the pantry faces a dining table or the kitchen. Slide them closed to hide the disorganized snacks shelf. And slide them open to reach for your Bosch stand mixer.

Sliding barn doors used as pantry doors 

2. New Ways To Use Barn Doors

Traditionally, sliding barn doors have been mounted over a doorway. It’s a space saver in rooms where you’d rather slide it across the wall than swing it out. And with the sliding barn door being the focus when you enter and leave the room, you’ll want to choose one that matches the style of the room.

You can also have sliding barn doors mounted over a window. And our team will make 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!

Sliding barn doors covering a window
You can also have barn doors mounted in place of closet doors. Then, all you have to do to hide the messy clothes is slide the doors closed. Don’t forget that barn doors require wall space on either side of the closet in order to roll comfortably - and for your entire wardrobe to be within your reach.

Cover up a wall-mounted flat screen TV with sliding barn doors so you’re not staring at the black void over the mantle when it’s off. Our professionals custom make the barn door panels to the TV’s length and width. In addition, the tracks are deliberately mounted so as to account for the depth of the wall-mounted screen.

3. What Barn Door Styles Are Available?

Sliding barn doors come in an array of options so you can customize their look to match your personality. Here are some examples of sliding barn door style combinations that homeowners in the Chicago area have installed.

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. Snow White paint. Mini top-mount modern hardware. Three-panel barn door.

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

Bonus Design Tip For Barn Doors: Do It Yourself Or Hire A Pro?

Installing sliding barn doors includes ensuring the wall structure is suitable, finding studs in the wall, measuring the dimensions of the window or door opening accurately, and putting together all the components so the panels slide smoothly. With a project where errors could result in re-ordering an entire barn door set, it is always best to hire an expert in the Chicago area. Let the professionals at Sunburst Shutters take care of the installation for you. We ensure your barn door is perfectly in place.