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

Richard Rampton

Whether you just moved into your new home in the Chicago area or looking to redecorate a room, sliding barn doors are a charming addition. But how do you choose a sliding barn door that matches your style? And what tips should you follow?

Here are 3 things to keep in mind 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. Choosing a barn door style that goes with your living room décor is key.

The Bedroom. Here you’re looking 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 and cozier 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 grab your Bosch stand mixer.

Pantry covered by sliding barn doors 

2. New Ways To Use Barn Doors

Traditionally, sliding barn doors have been mounted over a doorway. In rooms where it’s easier to slide a door across the wall than swing it out, barn doors are a space saver. 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 the room’s style.

You can also have sliding barn doors installed over a window. And our team will adjust the barn door panels to the size of the window and its frame. 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!

Sliding barn doors covering a window
You can also have barn doors mounted in place of closet doors. Covering up your messy clothes is now as easy as sliding the doors closed. Don’t forget that barn doors require wall space on either side of the closet in order to roll with ease - 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 team custom make the barn door panels to the length and width of the TV. In addition, the tracks are meticulously 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. Check out these sliding barn door style choices that homeowners in the Chicago area have installed.

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

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

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

For more styles, paints, stains, and hardware options, scroll through the sliding barn doors page.

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

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