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3 Things To Think About When Choosing Sliding Barn Doors For Your Austin House

March 23, 2016

Whether you’re wanting to redecorate a room or you just moved into your new home in the Austin area sliding barn doors are a charming choice. But what are some design tips to get started? And how do you pick a sliding barn door that matches your décor?

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

1. Barn Doors Can Fit Almost Any Room

The Bathroom. The right hardware on sliding barn doors ensures that you get the privacy you need in the bathroom. And if you have little ones learning to use the bathroom, they’ll find it easy to slide these doors open and closed. Barn doors make potty training fun for them! 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 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 complements your living room furniture.

The Bedroom. Look for sliding barn doors that add 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 bedroom feels warmer with the addition of a wooden design element.

The Pantry. Sliding barn doors are a perfect solution for pantry doors, especially since the pantry commonly faces the kitchen or a dining table. Slide them closed to hide the disorganized shelf of snacks. And roll them open to grab 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 a focal point when you enter and leave the room, it’s essential that you select one that complements the the room’s décor.

You can also have sliding barn doors mounted as a window treatment. And our team will make the barn door panels to the window and the frame’s dimensions. Homeowners like to take advantage of the fact that you can match the style of the barn door window treatment to that of the sliding barn door already hanging in the room!

Dark sliding barn doors covering a window
Barn doors can also be installed as an alternative to closet doors. Hiding your messy clothes is now as easy as sliding the doors shut. Keep in mind that the barn doors need wall space on either side of the closet so that the panels can slide smoothly - 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 you’re not watching. Our experts custom build the barn door panels to the TV’s length and width. And the tracks are deliberately mounted so as to accommodate for the depth of the wall-mounted screen.

3. What Barn Door Styles Are Available?

Sliding barn doors come in a wide variety of options so you can customize how they look to go with your color scheme. Here‘s a sample of sliding barn door style choices that homeowners in the Austin area bought.

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

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.

For more styles, paints, stains, and hardware options, go to the sliding barn doors page.

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

Installing sliding barn doors involves locating studs in the wall, measuring the dimensions of the window or door opening accurately, ensuring if the wall structure is suitable, and bringing together all the components so the panels glide smoothly. With a project where a misstep could lead to you re-ordering an entire barn door set, it‘s best to hire an expert in the Austin area. Let the specialists at Sunburst Shutters do the job for you. We’ll make sure everything is done right.