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3 Things To Consider When Selecting Sliding Barn Doors For Your Minneapolis House

March 23, 2016

Whether you’re looking to redecorate a room or you just moved into your new house in the Minneapolis area sliding barn doors are a beautiful option. But how do you select a sliding barn door that matches your style? And what tips should you follow?

Your should consider these 3 things when selecting barn doors.

1. Barn Doors Can Fit 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 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 dining room or the adjacent hallway. You’ll want to pick a barn door style that complements your living room décor.

The Bedroom. Look for sliding barn doors that bring privacy as well as a calming feel to the room. Wooden barn doors block most of the light from other rooms - and from the windows. And the wood itself innately adds coziness to the bedroom.

The Pantry. Sliding barn doors are a great substitute for pantry doors. That’s especially true when the pantry is facing a dining table or the kitchen. Roll them open to get to your KitchenAid stand mixer. And glide them closed to hide the disorganized snacks shelf.

Sliding barn doors covering pantry 

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 attention grabber when you enter and exit the room, you’ll want to select one that complements the the room’s décor.

You can also use sliding barn doors over a window. And our specialists will build the barn door panels to the window and the frame’s size. One of our favorite things about barn door window treatments is that you can match their style to the sliding barn door already hanging in the room!

Window covered by sliding barn doors
You can also have barn doors mounted in place of closet doors. Then, all you have to do to cover up the messy clothes is slide the doors closed. Don’t forget that barn doors require wall space on both sides of the closet so that the panels can roll with ease - 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 over the mantle when it’s off. Our experts custom make the barn door panels to the TV’s dimensions. And the tracks are meticulously mounted to accommodate for the depth of the wall-mounted screen.

3. What Styles Do Barn Doors Come In?

Sliding barn doors are available in a wide variety of options. This lets you customize their look to complement your personality. Here‘s a sample of sliding barn door style selections that homeowners in the Minneapolis area love.

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

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

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

For more stains, hardware, styles, and paint options, view the sliding barn doors page.

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

Installing sliding barn doors involves ensuring the wall structure is suitable, locating studs in the wall, measuring the dimensions of the window or door opening accurately, and putting together all the parts perfectly for the panels to move smoothly. With a project where a mistake could mean re-ordering an entire barn door set, it‘s best to hire an expert in the Minneapolis area. Let the team at Sunburst Shutters take care of the installation for you. We’ll make sure everything is done right.