Sliding Barn Doors: Beyond the Farm

There’s something romantic and rustic about a farm.  Don’t you find yourself gazing with intrigue at barns in differing states of repair as you drive down the interstate and think there must be a story behind it?

It’s no wonder that integrating farm elements such as sliding barn doors into a home adds oodles of character as well as functionality.  Sliding barn doors can be rustic and earthy, or modern and sleek. And they can be used both inside and outside.  Here are some examples to inspire you!

First, this is a house down the street from me that was converted from a barn to a post-and-beam home.  I adore the painting of a cow peeked out behind a sliding barn door.

sliding barn door

Here’s another example of a sliding barn door adding character to a home – this one is about a mile down the road.

red sliding barn door

And here’s one I saw on vacation at Cape Cod this summer.  I love how the out-building mimics the windows of the home.

sliding barn door at Cape Cod

Sliding barn doors are fabulous on the inside as well.

Here are two black and white examples from House Beautiful that I just love.


Do you think this one needs a pop of color? If so, what would you suggest?

Sliding Barn Door House Beautiful

Like something a bit brighter?  How about this example from Southern Living?  This was from the 2009 Texas Idea Home.  Sure makes me smile as big as Texas!

yellow sliding barn door

Here’s a great example from the now defunct Cottage Living Magazine.  Rustic meets whimsy with a bit of functionality thrown it to make it absolutely amazing.  (Side note: I love how the pantry has shallow shelving – much easier to find things!)

sliding barn door Cottage Living

If you like something more modern and less-barn like, check out these amazing examples from glass sliding doors at

glass sliding doors

Pretty amazing, huh?  Here’s another one.

glass sliding door

Ready to make your own sliding barn door?  Here’s how (at This Old House also has a tutorial, including video and a cut list.

If you do attempt this project, please be so kind as to share it with the rest of us!

  • Struggler

    Ooh, see what you mean about the sky blue carpet! There is a lot of blue in that home.

    In general, this is a great look, if you can spare the space on the inside for it to open. I LOVE that red one!
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  • Susan

    Yes indeedy! And for the record, I did not stage this house. ;)

    But seriously, can you envision what it COULD be? Hey, maybe I’ll buy it!


    • Dan

      Susan, you are beautiful….

  • DesignTies

    I absolutely LOVE the look of sliding barn doors. I REALLY wanted to add one with windows to our hallway to close off the living room when it’s not in use. But hubby is anti-barn door and is making boring bi-folds instead. Boooo!!

    A sliding barn door is definitely on my dream home wish list :-)

    I would paint the black barn door turquoise :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies
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  • Diane

    Ah, I love barn doors. Some beautiful examples here. I designed a custom barn door to conceal our TV in the living room. We carved out a small space into the adjacent room (like you would a closet) and added this poplar door with regular old barn door hardware. Everyone who sees it loves it! And I love no having an armoire or entertainment center in the living room.

    Top row, right picture at this link:

  • Susan

    Hey Kelly – how did you know turquoise was my fav color! :) Sorry to hear about the folding doors…be strong…we’re here for ya!

    Diane – I totally LOVE what you did to cover your TV! I’m going to borrow that idea someday!

  • Alycia Wicker

    When I designed my Steampunk bedroom for clients, I incorporated the barn door idea. It is so cool and actually it has made an appearance in the model homes near us!
    .-= Alycia Wicker´s last blog ..“Moving Up” or Not Really =-.

  • Susan

    Awesome! By the way, it’s really fun to say “Steampunk” – just sayin’! :)

  • Atticmag

    Wow, I’m jealous you even HAVE barns in your area!

    That red one is my fav! Jane T.
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  • Linda aka Heartfire At Home

    I love the little outbuilding that mimics the home, too cute! We don’t really have that many examples of ‘barn architecture’ over here in Oz, and I love them!

    I would paint the white door in the white wall cherry red if it were my house, but I’m a red girl! I’d paint the black door cherry red and put an orange vase on the table in the view behind.

    The turquoise would look great too!

    Linda. :)
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  • Angela @ ImagineCozy

    They certainly add some personality to a space. The yellow one is very eye catching! Beautiful photos.

    Thanks for starting a new blog party it will be fun to be part of.
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  • Pat Smith

    Great doors. i love the yellow one. I must say I have some blue carpet (only 2 rooms) and I put orientals over it. That’s a great house, looks like it has good flow.
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  • Susan

    Hi Jane – oh, we’ve got lots of preppy barns out here. lol
    Linda – my front door is cherry red! But not a barn. ;)
    Angela – I love the yellow too…guess if you tire of it, you could repaint it a different color too.
    Pat – Great idea to layer orientals over blue carpet! Cozies it up too I bet!

  • The Tiny Homestead

    I’ve never really given barn doors much thought, but this was a great tour of ideas and options. Thanks for sharing!
    .-= The Tiny Homestead´s last blog ..Front Porch Mini Makeover =-.

  • Sam

    Now….where could I put some barn doors in my house? LOVE them! Thanks for the post.

    Stop by and say hello at my new blog. I need some visitors! :)
    .-= Sam´s last blog ..Hooked on Vintage Handkerchiefs =-.

  • Susan

    Hi Tiny! Glad you liked the idea!

    Sam – I’m on my way over now! :)

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  • Andrea

    I want to put the sliding barn door in my master bedroom. Where can I find the one you put in your room? Thanks!

  • Susan

    Hi Andrea, if you’re referring to the glass door example shown above, that’s from a company called – it’s gorgeous, isn’t it!

    I’d probably opt for the wood version because of kids fingerprints, but there are many companies that do this sort of thing. Google around a bit and let me know what you end up doing! Sounds like a great project!

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  • michele

    where do you get these great sliding doors?

    • Susan Jensen Smith

      There are some places that sell old doors that can be used for this…I like the idea of re-purposing.

  • woodworking ebooks

    Pretty amazing! Sliding barn doors can be rustic and earthy.

    • Susan Jensen Smith

      I love them…I get a lot of questions about where to find them, so if you have any tips, please share!

  • Chele

    Where do I find the white and black barn door? Like the one in the picture?

  • remove My Disk

    They are quite beautiful.

  • lnunes

    I’ve done a lot of researching on the hardware – can be quite expensive especially as in the last two pics. Even the hardware on the two from “house beautiful” are fairly expensive, but the kind used on the yellow door however is very reasonable. It’s made by Stanley, National or Mintcraft and you can find it on the hardware/tool websites like You can get that kind of hardware for around $100.

    • Psulions41

      Inunes…where did you find the info about the doors/hardware from the two featured in “house beautiful”? If you could forward that information… I would appreciate it. I looked on the house beautiful website and did a search but did not find any resources.
      Thank you for your help,

      • lnunes

        For the traditional horseshoe style seen in the House Beautiful pictures try
        For others, has a lot of flat track styles and has the more sleek contemporary styles like in the last two pics ($$$).
        For more info try searching on “barn door hardware” or “sliding door track hardware”, and if you find a style you like, search on that specifically.
        Hope that helps. I spent a lot of time trying to figure this out myself. I used the yellow door pic as an inspiration and had my father make a wood door that we painted and then got the hardware from It’s for closet door in our dining room, and it turned out out really cool.

    • Iron twin bed

      Thanks for a great post.I like it.For sure i will come back later.Enjoy your life…

  • Jkelly

    Good hardware suggestions. Whatever these are all quiet beautiful.
    The last one image i like so much.
    Thanks for sharing that helpful information.

  • Ro

    Has anyone figured out where you can actually buy these decorative barn doors like the white one, charcoal grey one, and yellow ones shown?

    • Susan Jensen Smith

      Try googling “Second Chance Wood” in your area and see what you find.

  • Anonymous

    Sliding barn
    s are fabulous on the inside as well.
    I really like these
    pics these doors remind me the beauty of



  • Patti Lacey

    It’s always been a fascination of what it would be like to live in a horse barn so this idea can bring the context into designing. I really like it!! My favorite is the yellow barn door.

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  • John

    I have a wood shop and have made some of these barn doors. I enjoy making them but they are a lot of work. It takes far more effort to make these doors look old than to make them look new. I just finished one for my own house that separates my daughter’s bedroom who is in college from the rest of the house. It looks 100 years old on our side and modern and beach color on her side.

    • Susan

      Hi John,

      I’d love to see it – would you be willing to email me a photo that I can post on the site?


      • John

        I can’t locate your email address

  • sliding doors and windows Design

    Great post Susan, I like the idea of ​​combining “traditional – modern” style for interior design. MMmm ..

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  • Titus

    Susan you captured the fill of barn doors in a wonderful way here with your article. Some of your readers were asking where they could find doors. We custom build barn door hardware and sliding doors: