Let's take a closer look at why a barn door might be the right fit for your home:
Space SaversOne of the main reasons sliding doors are so popular today is their ability to fit into small spaces. A typical swinging door requires room to open, can block walkways, and can damage walls with the doorknob. Barn doors do require space on the wall in order to open properly, but they do not need as much floor space to swing open and they lay flat against the wall when they are open. This is especially useful in small apartments where you might need counters or furniture to be placed near a doorway. This also makes them a great option for home configurations where a conventional door would need to open into a living area or would prevent you from getting to another door or section of the house without first closing the door behind you. Barn doors, on the other hand, will slide neatly out of the way and make it easy to move from one room to the next.
FunctionalityIn addition to being great space savers, barn doors are also incredibly functional. They can be made from lightweight materials so they are easy to open and close for both small children and busy adults who might have their hands full. Also, the fact that these rolling doors can open all the way means that you have more space to maneuver your furniture or yourself through your doorways. This can make narrow doors in smaller or older houses more functional and can add to the open feeling in a larger home if you choose to leave your doors open. No longer will you need to take a door off its hinges in order to fit furniture through a doorway!
In fact, barn doors can be a great way to keep an open floor plan while still having the option to close off rooms as needed. Since barn doors are hung from tracks over the doorway they can fit over most openings.
StyleBarn doors are incredibly stylish on their own and can be easily styled to further fit any aesthetic you want. These doors first became popular during the rise of the "shabby chic" style that incorporated a lot of rustic decor and furniture made of wood and sometimes metal, often distressed and painted with chalk paint. It's easy to see how barn doors would fit into this aesthetic, but what many people don't realize is that these doors come in a variety of styles and can be easily customized to your particular tastes.
Natural wood doors with metal hardware and accents look great in any rustic, industrial, or nature-inspired setting. Due to their simple, clean profile they also work well in minimalist and modern homes too. These doors can come in a variety of finishes and styles, some which can even incorporate tinted or etched glass. Whichever style you go with, the uniqueness of your rolling door will be a great statement piece and conversation starter for any room.
Easy InstallationAnother advantage to barn doors is how easy they are to install. Conventional doors need to be closely measured and can be difficult to maneuver into pre-cut doorways. If you want to change out a traditional door you will often end up needing to replace the entire door frame which can be an extensive carpentry project.
Barn door hardware, on the other hand, can be easily installed either on your own or with the help of a professional. Once you have the barn door hardware installed it is easy to change out doors later on which makes this a great option if you like to redecorate or freshen up the style in your home often.
Versatile DesignsBarn doors come in a variety of designs that help them fit in just about any kind of doorway. Traditional barn doors are generally one sliding door on a track above the doorway. You can also go with a double door configuration that will allow the doors to slide to either side of your opening. This is a great option for the larger doorways that are often found between the main rooms of a house. Bypass barn door hardware works well for closets, multiple side-by-side openings, and smaller spaces. This is due to the fact that bypass doors can slide behind each other, which means they need less track space on the wall next to the door. This can let you cover a wider doorway without needing to extend tracks to either side of the opening.