16 Clever Uses For Barn Doors In Your Home


Let these barn door designs provide inspiration on how to incorporate the statement focal points as decorative yet functional pieces in your home.



wood barn door in neutral transitional bedroom

For the master bedroom, the designers, Courtney St. John and Amy Casey, aimed to create a comfortable environment that wouldn’t compete with the views. They paired a quilted-leather chair by Arteriors with a stump-like accent table from Inside Out Home Furnishings and Design; custom bedding is made with Kravet fabrics. Home builder Ted Leach fashioned the barn door out of reclaimed wood. (Tour the home.)


yellow lacquered barn door separates dining area in eclectic and colorful space

Part of the addition, the sitting room brings together a playful mix of patterns and colors, as in the floor cushions from West Elm. The homeowners’ antique settee was refreshed with a Schumacher fabric. The antique brass table is from C.A.I. Designs, and the Sprig light fixture is from The Urban Electric Co. in Charleston, South Carolina. (Tour the home.)


modern black paned sliding barn doors in living room

Interior designer Erin Iba worked with builder Brian Gillette to update the home, including adding steel-and-glass barn doors to separate the study from the living room. The black Crawford cabinet is by Jonathan Adler, and the marble coffee table is by RH. Leather stools by Cisco Home rest on Flor carpet tiles. (Tour the home.)


gray green barn doors in rustic wooden loft with two stories

The great room fireplace features a custom-fabricated darkened-steel surround crafted by Fabworx. A ladder ascends to a sleeping loft, while barn doors lead to a guest bathroom on one side and a hallway to the master suite on the other. (Tour the home.)


white washed wood barn door on tracks in neutral primary bedroom

The master bedroom boasts a custom bedside table by Jan Showers sheathed in a Phillip Jeffries Japanese paper weave, and a bed skirt and pillows fashioned from coral-themed fabric by Manuel Canovas. The solid blue-green Brochier pillow fabric is from Travis & Company, and the watercolor print is by Dogwood Fabrics. The lamp is also by Jan Showers. (Tour the home.)


barn door hides laundry room in colorful rustic mudroom with red accents

Warm red walls say welcome in the side entry, which also doubles as a mudroom. Extra-long benches custom designed by Tracie Schumacher afford seats for putting on boots. A laundry room is concealed behind sliding barn doors on a German roller system from Alpine Builders’ Hardware. (Tour the home.)


wood barn door slides across entry to rustic primary bedroom with plaid bench

In the master bedroom, a wall clad with reclaimed weathered wood provides a rustic backdrop for a tufted headboard, cotton bedding and side tables, all from Restoration Hardware. Interior designer Michelle Dahl chose custom pillows and a wool bench with Lucite legs to appease both the husband’s and the wife’s tastes. Custom draperies were fabricated by Lesley Petty. (Tour the home.)


gray barn door in transitional light gray living area

In the sitting area of the family room, a custom sofa covered in Holly Hunt Great Plains fabric joins custom chairs swathed in a Castel textile from David Sutherland; all were fabricated by The Joseph Company. James Dawson Design fabricated the custom coffee table, which rests on a rug from Creative Flooring Resources. The polished concrete treatment on the mantle was fabricated by Imago Dei. (Tour the home.)


decorative pine plank barn door in bathroom with freestanding white tub

A freestanding Burgbad Diva tub and Sigma faucet found at Ferguson sit on the master bath’s custom designed tile flooring that features a water jet cut pattern. Also custom is the sliding salvaged pine plank door opening onto the master closet in the background. (Tour the home.)


rustic sliding barn doors in masculine gray, brown and blue den

Opuzen velvet outfits a custom sectional that graces the den, while a throw by Hermes hangs on the side. Distressed Holly Hunt leather from John Brooks covers the ottoman. A custom rug from The Floor Collection grounds the space. (Tour the home.)


hallway showing rustic barn door that closes home office

A new hallway leads to the home office, which can be closed off with the sliding barn door. Also intended as a gallery, the hallway has ample wall space for the homeowners’ growing art collection, including two pieces by Indian artist Anish Kapoor. The runner is from Nepal. (Tour the home.)


barn door separates lounge area white green sectional

A custom sectional, upholstered with a colorful linen by Pindler & Pindler, converts to a sleeper when needed. A white oak coffee table from West Elm centers the space, where artwork found at the local flea market is displayed. (Tour the home.)


modern barn door used for pantry in sleek white kitchen with black accents

A barn door concealing the pantry is clad in Chroma by 3form and was custom-colored to match the mosaic backsplash in the kitchen. Ligne Roset stools pull up to the island. (Tour the home.)


wood barn door on hinges used in white shiplap entryway

Designer Alana Homesley placed a Remains Lighting pendant in the entry along with a custom spalted-maple console and mirror, both made by Sergio Raynal Fine Custom Woodworking. The cedar ceiling and siding is by Creative Woodworking NW. (Tour the home.)


barn door exteriors for firewood and storage

Visitors to a Montana home, by architects George Suyama and Chris Haddad, can pass through an interior courtyard to the main residence beyond. Custom barn-type gates close across the facade, while tight-knot cedar siding by Bigfork Custom Woodworks, a division of builder Jason Martel’s company, accents the structure. (Tour the home.)


barn door on side of home exterior

The architects designed layered entries, from parking to gate to courtyard. Corten steel panels make up a massive sliding front door that’ s suspended from an iron curtain-like rod. (Tour the home.)