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

March 23, 2016

Maybe you want to redecorate just one room in your Philadelphia home. Or maybe you recently moved into your home. Either way, sliding barn doors are a beautiful choice. But how do you pick a sliding barn door that complements your style? And what are some design tips to get started?

Here are 3 things you should consider when choosing barn doors.

1. Barn Doors Are Perfect For 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! 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 dining room or the adjacent hallway. You’ll want to choose a barn door style that complements your living room furniture.

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 the windows - and from other rooms. And the wood itself innately adds warmth and 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 the kitchen or a dining table. Roll them open to get to your KitchenAid stand mixer. And slide them closed to hide the disorganized snacks shelf.

Sliding barn doors used as pantry doors 

2. New Ways To Use 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 furniture.

You can also have sliding barn doors mounted as a window covering. And our specialists will adjust the barn door panels to the window and the frame’s dimensions. One of the great 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 an alternative to closet doors. Then, all you have to do to hide the messy clothes is slide the doors closed. Keep in mind that the barn doors require wall space on both sides of the closet in order to slide smoothly - and so that it’s easy for you to reach your entire wardrobe.

Mount sliding barn doors over a wall-mounted flat screen TV to cover up the black void over the mantle when you’re not watching. Our team custom build the barn door panels to the length and width of the TV. And the tracks are meticulously positioned to account for the depth of the wall-mounted screen.

3. What Styles Do Barn Doors Come In?

Sliding barn doors come in an assortment of options so you can customize how they look to match your style. Here‘s a sample of sliding barn door style choices that homeowners in the Philadelphia area purchased.

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.

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

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

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

Installing sliding barn doors includes measuring the dimensions of the door or window opening accurately, ensuring the wall structure is suitable, locating studs in the wall, and putting together all the parts for the panels to glide smoothly. Where missteps in a home improvement project like this one could result in ordering another barn door set, it‘s best to hire an expert in the Philadelphia area. Let the team at Sunburst Shutters take care of the installation for you. We’ll make sure your barn door is perfectly in place.