3 Things To Think About When Picking Sliding Barn Doors For Your Detroit Home

Steve Hill

Whether you just moved into your new home in the Detroit area or looking to redecorate a room, sliding barn doors are an elegant option. But how do you select a sliding barn door that complements your style? And what are some design tips to get started?

Here are 3 things to keep in mind when selecting barn doors.

1. Barn Doors Are Perfect For Almost Any Room

The Bathroom. Sliding barn doors as bathroom doors can provide privacy with the right hardware. And barn doors are easy to slide. That comes in handy, especially if you have toddlers undergoing potty training. 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 great 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 furniture 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. A wooden barn door blocks most of the light from the windows - and from other rooms. And the bedroom feels warmer and cozier just by adding this wooden design element.

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

Pantry covered by sliding barn doors 

2. New Uses for Barn Doors

You’ve seen sliding barn doors installed 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 select one that matches the the room’s furniture.

You can also have sliding barn doors mounted as a window treatment. And our team will build the barn door panels to fit the specifications of the window and its frame. Homeowners like to take advantage of the fact that it’s easy to match the style of the barn door window treatment to that of any other sliding barn doors in the room!

Window covered by sliding barn doors
Barn doors also are great alternatives for closet doors. Hiding your messy clothes is now as easy as sliding the doors shut. Don’t forget that barn doors require wall space on either side of the closet so that the panels can slide smoothly - and for your entire wardrobe to be within reach.

Install sliding barn doors over a wall-mounted flat screen TV to hide the black void when it’s off. Our team custom build the barn door panels to the TV’s length and width. And the tracks are meticulously mounted so as to account for the screen’s depth.

3. What Barn Door Styles Are Available?

Sliding barn doors come in a wide variety of options. This lets you customize their look to complement your personality. Check out these sliding barn door style combinations that homeowners in the Detroit area have installed.

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

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

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

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

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

Mounting sliding barn doors includes ensuring the wall structure is suitable, finding studs in the wall, measuring the dimensions of the door or window opening accurately, and assembling together all the components perfectly so the panels roll smoothly. Where mistakes in a home improvement project like this one could lead to you re-ordering an entire barn door set, it is always best to hire an expert in the Detroit area. Let the team at Sunburst Shutters do the installation job for you. We ensure everything is done right.