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

George Christ

Maybe you recently moved into a new home in Minneapolis. Or maybe you’re looking to redecorate a room. Either way, sliding barn doors are a beautiful option. But what are some design tips to get started? And how do you pick a sliding barn door that matches your décor?

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 they’re easy to slide, especially for little ones who are learning to use the bathroom. 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. Picking a barn door style that goes with your living room furniture is key.

The Bedroom. Look for sliding barn doors that add 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 naturally adds coziness to the bedroom.

The Pantry. Sliding barn doors are a great substitute for pantry doors, especially since the pantry is usually facing a dining table of the kitchen. Glide 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

We all know that sliding barn doors can be 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 goes with the the room’s style.

You can also use sliding barn doors over a window. And our specialists will build the barn door panels to fit the size of the window and its frame. One of our favorite things about barn door window treatments is that you can easily 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 as a substitute for 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 both sides of the closet so that the panels can glide comfortably - and for your entire wardrobe to be within 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. We custom build 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 go with your décor. Check out these sliding barn door style selections that homeowners in the Minneapolis area have installed.

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

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 measuring the dimensions of the window or door opening accurately, determining if the wall structure is suitable, locating studs in the wall, and putting together all the components perfectly for the panels to move smoothly. Where errors in a home improvement project like this one could result in re-ordering an entire barn door set, it‘s best to hire a specialist 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.