No room for a barn door? Try bypass doors instead
These bypass barn doors beautifully divide a home office from an entry/stairway. Photo credit: themagicbrushinc.com
In an earlier post we pointed out that traditional barn doors need wall space to accommodate the door (or doors) when open. For a single door you need adjacent wall space that’s at least as wide as your door, while double doors need space on both sides of the opening.
But if you’ve said no to a barn door because you don’t have wall space, you should definitely look into installing bypass barn doors.
How bypass barn doors work
Mounting one track in front of another using a bypass bracket allows doors to overlap.Photo credit: realitydaydream.com
If there’s no wall space on one side of your door opening – or if your opening extends from one wall to the other (think closet) – bypass doors could be the answer.
In the most common bypass applications two doors run on separate, parallel tracks, overlapping each other. Your setup will consist of essentially two hardware kits that include a track/rail, hangers, brackets, stoppers, floor guide and all fasteners. A set of bypass brackets lets you mount a second track in front of the first, in a configuration that allows the doors to overlap when opening, leaving half of the doorway always accessible.
A fresh example of bypass barn doors covering a closet opening. Photo credit: inspiredbycharm.com
With a bypass installation, no adjacent wall space is needed for “storing” the opened doors. Now you can take advantage of space limitations and enjoy this dramatic, functional addition to your home.
You can purchase KV Barn Door Hardware on our site, including new Steel Flat Rail and accessories - with Bypass Brackets.
Oozing with farmhouse appeal, barn doors are great for adding separation between individual rooms including the bathroom, pantry, bedroom, and even the kitchen. Furthermore, they’re extremely versatile they can feel rustic when they are placed with farmhouse décor or modern when they’re incorporated into a contemporary atmosphere. If you have been searching for some inspiration on how to seamlessly integrate barn doors into your décor, look no further we have the ultimate guide.
Conceal a Smaller Bathroom
If you have a smaller bathroom or a half-bath, changing your door is one way to bring a brightening yet charming effect to the room. One of the biggest and most noticeable advantages of having barn doors as part of your bathroom is how little floor space they take up. Additionally, there is the sliding feature which adds a fun twist.
Bring it to the Kitchen
A barn door could well be what your kitchen needs for a unique yet engaging charm. If you have a pantry changing your door to a barn door could be exactly what it needs to have a hint of different. Consider having your kitchen bar doors have a chalkboard aesthetics to bring a multifunctional approach to your décor. A chalkboard door also works well in a child’s playroom.
Your barn doors do not need to be large and in charge sometimes they can be small and cute instead. A smaller barn door works great when you want to conceal something in your kitchen, laundry room or even both areas. Think of it as a chic form of keeping prying eyes from your utilities.
Metallic Barn Doors
Oh, how we all love taking a classic item and transforming it into something more, something much more- that is where a metallic barn door comes into play. These beautiful pieces of artwork will not only brighten any room, but they will make you feel as if you are crying unique pieces of are right in the comfort of your space.
One of the best features of barn doors is that they can be used almost anywhere. If you have an open space that can double as a storage room, adding one or two sliding barn doors could be just what you need. The idea is to use your new doors as a chic almost comforting form of concealing areas of your home.
Most barn doors come in neutral tones with little to no pattern or additional areas. However, adding a patterned twist to your barn doors is also an excellent twist. Add a chevron pattern to update the room and give it a fun yet still simplistic twist. Texture can also be added by simply painting the doors with unique paint patterns.
Bring on the Color
Whether you are a fan of bright hues or simply want to add a hint of color to a room, painting your barn doors is one way to achieve your desired color display in a room. Consider using bolder colors in rooms that need a larger appeal or lighter hues for those that want just the tiniest kiss of contemporary.
Mirror, Mirror on The Wall
Interchanging your bathroom doors for barn ones could leave you with little to no mirror options. However, that does not have to always be the case. Use one of your new and improved barn doors and transform them into a mirror. You will still have the barn door aesthetics, but with a twist that works in the room beautifully.
If you live in a studio or a smaller apartment you might not have all of the space you would like, that is where dividing barn doors will come in handy. They will give you a sense of privacy without taking much floor room. Consider them an easy way to add a hint of separation while still being chic and even charming.
Hide a TV
While many of us would like a large tv screen may want to not have it as exposed as other appliances in the home. In that scenario, consider having smaller barn doors hide your tv. The sliding mechanism allows you to expose or hide your tv any time you decide to do so. This is a great way to take your tv room to the next level.
How do you feel about having bar doors? Share with us your ideas below.
63 Awesome Sliding Barn Door Ideas
If you are handy with tools, you can try your own DIY sliding barn door installation. But beware, it is not as easy as it looks and you may not be able to pull it off alone. To make sure the door slides well along the track with no hiccups, we highly recommend hiring a professional.
If the sliding barn door idea pics above have given you some ideas for your own home, we are here to help. For any and all questions on the best materials for the barn door, installation, or how to blend it in with existing décor, do not hesitate to contact us.
Things To Consider Before Installing Sliding Barn Doors
Sliding barn doors are a big trend in interior design, owing primarily to the growing popularity of farmhouse-style homes. A sliding barn door is a door that can be installed anywhere in the house and typically consists of a wood or metal door hung on a sliding track. It glides to the side and hangs neatly against the wall, rather than opening and closing like a standard door. People adore them because they can easily change an area while also adding a lot of personality.
Timeless vs. trendy
Although sliding barn doors have been around for a long time, they have recently gained a “trendy” reputation. And, like with any trend, before buying in sliding barn doors, you should carefully analyze your motivation. There is a considerable difference between truly adoring a style and liking it because it is the fashionable thing to do at the time. Ask yourself, “Am I still going to adore these five years from now?” and “Will this house be worth anything when I sell it in a few years?” You’re good to go if you are able to see long-term potential.
Do you have sliding barn doors in your home?
Before doing any home improvement project, you must evaluate your home’s style. Traditional barn doors can complement a farmhouse, coastal, or traditional property. If you put them in a mid-century or modern home, they will seem completely out of place. There are also other styles of sliding barn doors available, each with a unique appearance. A more minimalist home, for example, might benefit from metal French-style sliding barn doors, but a modern home would benefit from a more streamlined metal.
Will you be able to have enough privacy?
This is a crucial aspect to think about when installing DIY barn doors: Privacy and sound. Sliding barn doors, unlike standard doors, do not block off the bulk of sound and noise. Remember that you will hear more sound through a sliding barn door than a standard swing door, because the edge isn’t as tightly sealed. In terms of privacy, you won’t be able to lock a sliding barn door in place, which could be inconvenient if you’re attempting to keep your family or roommates out!
Is the size of your door header proportionate?
Before beginning this DIY barn door project, keep in mind that a proportionate header is essential. A header is a substantial piece of wood that acts as an anchor for your barn door, distributing the weight and increasing stability. It also improves the aesthetic value. A proportionate header is critical for decorative hardware when decorating the opening. I feel that a simple block-finished edge with no additional ornamental trim is the easiest to execute, and it creates a clean, modern-cased opening for the barn door to be the major accent.
Is your hardware in sync?
Coordination of hardware on a barn door is more about function than appearance. Remember, the hardware and door must extend past the opening, so make sure you have enough space and position the hardware, so the door slides past the wall base. The door should be wider than the opening, with the hardware on the outside edge.
Sliding barn doors can undoubtedly give a stylish touch to your property. Remember that if you do decide to install one, preparation is essential. If sliding barn doors aren’t for you, don’t worry!
There are many other methods to obtain a farmhouse vibe, whether you’re renovating a bedroom, living room, or the entire house. Make sure to check our blog for more inspiration!
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Today I’m taking a break from my Flip House posts, because I’m just so excited to share this with you that I couldn’t wait. We got barn doors!
Now, I know I’m not the first girl ever to put barn doors in her house, but this is something I’ve been wanting to do for years, and when we moved into this house, I knew just where I’d put them.
Then it was just a matter of getting a few other priorities taken care of before we could get to this project. But it’s finally done, and they turned out even better than I imagined!
Before Barn Doors
These accordion doors came straight out of the late seventies or early eighties. They served a good function of closing off the TV room, but they also felt a little(!) dated and made a horrible clacking sound whenever they opened or closed.
I have soon-to-be fond memories of my kids waking up early on Saturdays and sneaking into the TV room to watch cartoons. They thought they would close the doors to keep the sound of the TV from waking us, but inevitably we’d be startled awake by the sound of the doors clattering closed.
I could even tell which kid was up by how they closed the doors. My youngest would just throw them closed, like ripping off a bandaid. The oldest tried to be soft and quiet about it, but then instead of a big racket I’d hear clack… clack… clack… clack… CLACK. Not sure which was worse.
So the accordion doors had to go. It was surprisingly easy to get rid of them, just a few screws and they were lying in a heap on my floor. Now to figure out what to do with them…
Hanging the new doors was a little tougher, but definitely doable. I’ve got a few suggestions for you, if you’re thinking of taking on such a project. But first, let’s admire the doors, shall we?
After Barn Doors
We chose a modern style door with frosted glass and traditional hardware. I wanted to be able to let light flow through both rooms, but still allow for some separation of the TV room, especially as the kids get older and will be having more movies nights and sleepovers. (I’ve got big plans for that room, but that’s for a later blog post.)
Also, the designer in me feels compelled to add this side note. We plan on adding 6″ white baseboards in this sunken dining/living area, which will help the doors feel like they’re not floating in space on the wall. Design challenge solved, someday.
How to Hang Double Barn Doors
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Finding the Right Fit
While we were looking for the perfect doors, we found plenty of double barn door sets, but they were out of our price range. Then we realized we could just buy two separate door kits and hang them together. It took one extra step, but wasn’t difficult at all, and didn’t require any additional hardware.
By expanding our search to single door sets, we were able to find the style we wanted at a price we could afford.
We got these doors from Home Depot, which included the doors and the track and hardware. If you like the idea but want different doors, try this hardware kit with a door slab of your choosing.
Keep in mind when you’re picking a barn door to cover an existing door frame, the door slab will probably need to be 84″ tall to cover the door and trim. Your door slab should also be at least an inch wider than the opening.
You can’t take an off-the-shelf 80″ door slab and convert it to a barn door unless you reduce your opening from its standard size or create a new opening from scratch.
Before Installing your Barn Doors
I recommend doing this installation in two separate parts, first to allow the door slabs to acclimate to their new surroundings before attaching them, and secondly to give yourself a little breathing room as you go through the project.
When we started this project, I thought, “How hard can it be? It’s just like hanging really heavy curtains!” Well, yes and no. The idea is the same, but it turns out to be a lot harder hanging really heavy objects! Thankfully my husband was the voice of reason (as usual) and made me take it slow.
So give yourself an evening to open your hardware package, make sure you have all the pieces, set the doors in the space to acclimate, and make the initial measurements and markings. This will make it a lot easier to hang the doors on the second day.
I’m not going to take you step-by-step through the instructions, as yours may vary depending on the hardware and doors you buy. Instead I’ll give you the tips that we found helpful along the way, and everything I wished we knew before we started.
Barn Door Leveling Tips
Get a good laser level that can be hung on the wall while you’re working. It’s so important to get everything level in this project, that you don’t want to rely on a small level if you can avoid it, and you don’t want to move your level around while making measurements.
After measuring, according to your instructions, for the center height of header board (if you’re installing on drywall) or rail, mark that spot on the wall and attach your laser level there. Leave it in this spot for the duration of the header and rail installation.
Work from the far side of the wall towards your laser level. If your level is attached at the left end of the wall, like mine, you’ll want to start by hanging the right side of the header and track. This just keeps your work from getting in the way of your level’s beam.
Barn Door Centering Tips
Center your barn door installation on the middle of your door opening, which will not necessarily be the middle of your wall. Measure and clearly mark the middle of your door opening so you can keep track of this as you install both headers and rails.
You do not need any additional hardware if your doors will meet in the middle of the opening. You can get a track joiner if you want your doors to slide from side to side, but this isn’t necessary for a centered installation like mine. The track joiner just allows the wheels to make it over the junction between rails smoothly.
If you want the doors to stop in the middle, like mine, you’ll need to apply the door stops that should be included in your hardware kit. However, these door stops are meant to keep the doors from rolling off the ends of the rail, and we found that they’re not sized correctly to allow the doors to meet in the middle.
When we set both stops in place, there was a big gap between the doors, but we couldn’t use just one because the back end of it ran into the wheels on the other door. So my handy hubby simply used his Saws-All (reciprocating saw) to cut off the extra metal on the flat end of one of the stops.
This allowed them to butt up together, for just the right amount of space between the hanging straps.
Now the doors close smoothly and stop with the tiniest gap between them, which is perfect to prevent slamming and pinched fingers.
General Barn Door Installation Tips
Know your Space
Be sure you have room for barn doors. That sounds kind of obvious, but it bears mentioning. You’ll need at least 6″ above the door frame to hang the header and rail. And you’ll need at least twice the width of the door opening on each side of the door.
My door opening was a total of 65″, so I needed two sets of 80″ wide headers, which meant my track turned out to be almost 14 feet long!
Call in Reinforcements
This is a DIY project, but not for the faint of heart or limb. These doors are heavy, and the hardware can be a little tricky to maneuver around, especially if you have tight spaces in your house.
Get a buddy, sweet-talk your husband, or hire a handyman, but don’t attempt to install these bad boys by yourself. Even reading the instructions will go better if you put two brains together!
Gather your supplies first. You don’t want to be hanging out on top of a ladder with an iron rail half-attached to the wall and realize you need the 3/8″ drill bit from your workbench in the garage.
Keep in mind that when you’re installing double barn doors, one set of hardware will be the mirror image of the other. This can get a little confusing when reading the installation instructions, so consider starting with the door on the same side as the one in your instruction diagrams first.
Then once you get the hang of it, it’ll be easier to do the necessary conversion in your head for the opposite side.
Header or No Header?
Do you need a header? That depends on your walls. If you’re attaching to drywall, you need a header board. This allows you to anchor into the studs first and then the rail attaches to the board.
If you’re installing on concrete block, your kit should come with concrete anchors and you can just attach the rail directly to the wall.
Personally, I like the look of the header board, which ties in to all my white trim. Also, if your door opening already has trim around it, using the header board will ensure that the door clears the trim when it’s sliding.
Resources for Double Barn Door Installation
- 2 sets of barn door hardware plus doors – measure the width of your door opening to be sure you order the correct size rail. Each rail needs to be at least twice the width of your door opening. You can get my exact doors and hardware here!
- Laser level
- Saws-All – this isn’t listed in the instructions, but we needed it for modifying the rail stops
- Drill and drill bit set
- Socket Wrench set
- Cabinet Mounting Screws or Wood Screws for attaching the header board to the wall. These were the only screws not included in my hardware kit, and I chose to use this style with the wide black head to add to the farmhouse style of the hardware. You could also use regular wood screws and paint the heads to match your header color.
- Centering ruler – I use this thing for all kinds of crafty projects, but this is my favorite use so far!
- Measuring tape, pencil
- Patient husband, not available on Amazon.
Also, I’ve had a few questions about where I got my farmhouse style dining room light, so I thought I’d include the link to it here. It coordinates perfectly with the barn door hardware!
Did I miss anything? I wish I’d had this post when I was researching how to do this project, so I’m hoping it helps you. I love questions and comments, so drop me a note below and I’ll be sure to get back to you!
P.S. I had so many great questions about this post that I wrote a companion piece full of Frequently Asked Questions. Check it out for all the details!
- You can either buy two complete barn door sets (see below for the doors we used), or you can buy two sets of hardware and two door slabs.
- I also recommend installing "soft close" kits on your hardware. Then you don't have to worry about anyone slamming the doors!
- First, be sure you have enough room for barn doors! You'll need at least as much space on the outside of the door as on the inside, to allow room for the door to slide out of the way. For double barn doors, you'll install two full sets of hardware, centered in the middle of the door opening.
- Once you've bought the correct size door and hardware, open the package and make sure you have all the right pieces. Gather your tools so you're not climbing off your ladder to find a screwdriver in the garage.
- Familiarize yourself with the instructions. Keep in mind that one of the doors will be hung as a mirror image of the other, so keep this in mind while reading instructions.
- Take your time making measurements and markings!
- Your laser level is your best friend! The key to barn doors that operate well is getting them exactly level. Hang your laser level on the opposite end of the wall from where you'll be working, so your hands don't get in the way of the beam.
- Get a buddy to help you with the actual installation. There are some parts that seem to require more than two hands.
- You can modify a door stop (included) to cover the gap between rails, if you prefer a seamless look. Or you can get a track joiner if you want the doors to be able to slide to either side.
- Install the soft close mechanisms before hanging the door slabs. (This step may not be included in your hardware instructions if you bought them separately.)
- Use the included floor guides to keep your doors from banging against the wall or door frames!
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DIY Wooden Barn Door Baby Gate
Build your own DIY barn door baby gate to keep your children and pets safe. This rustic wooden baby gate is a stylish indoor gate that can be used as a half door gate or as a full-height Dutch door baby gate.
For more barn door DIY tutorials, build a sliding barn door console, upgrade an existing door to look like wood barn door, and see our favorite DIY barn doors and hardware.
Our DIY Wooden Barn Door Baby Gate
In our new place, we have two young girls and a set of steep stairs, which is a bit of a safety issue. So, we decided to build our own wooden baby gate for stairs, so they wouldn’t fall and get hurt.
I designed this DIY baby gate to look like a rustic wood barn door (since we love barn doors!), so we get added safety *and* style in our living room with a barn door baby gate!
This indoor gate looks amazing, whether you pair it with the matching Dutch door or build just the half door gate.
And if you have pets, this makes a great DIY pet gate or dog gate, too! Build it for a staircase, hallway, or door to a room where you want to keep your little ones or fur babies from having access.
When I first sketched a plan back in 2011 to show Cassity, she immediately fell in love (like the first time she saw me! ha. ha).
There was nothing else like it that we had seen and we loved the unique look of our original barn door baby gate.
This split barn door baby gate really adds character to the finished room!
See the full Dutch door here, build the Swedish Mora clock here, install the thin floor-to-ceiling board and batten here, and build the console table here.
Over the years since we first built this half door gate (and Dutch door), we’ve heard that many of you love this DIY baby gate as well.
We love seeing photos, so if you’ve built our rustic barn door baby gate, please send us a photo here or tag #imaremodelaholic on Instagram.
DIY Wooden Barn Door Baby Gate
Thanks to our partners at True Value, we were able to get all the supplies that we needed for the job. The design of the wooden baby gate plays off of the rustic look.
We wanted it to be like a barn door and have a really rustic feel with some country charm, so read our tips below for the extra steps we used to achieve a more hand-carved look.
Ready to build you own barn door baby gate for stairs? Keep those kiddos safe and have fun building!
Click here to purchase the barn door baby gate woodworking plan.
The printable building plan includes additional instructions for adjusting the size of the gate, and for adding the top to make a full Dutch door, as shown here.
To build your own DIY wooden barn door baby gate you’ll need:
Our wooden baby gate measures 35 3/4” tall and 35” wide, to fit a 35 1/4” opening.
The woodworking plan includes instructions for adjusting the baby gate size. Be sure to measure your space and take into account the type of hinges and latch you want to use.
The gate hinge and latch hardware that we purchased is hardware that you would use on an exterior gate, but you can use it on an indoor gate as well.
Total material cost was around $60, including the hardware and stain. Your costs will vary depending on the type of wood, hardware, and stain you choose.
Note: Even though the latch we used was quite tight, we added a locking carabiner (a metal loop with a spring-loaded gate) to make the gate latch toddler-proof and extra safe for our kids.
Important Notes About Building a Barn Door Baby Gate
This gate was designed for a 35 1/4” opening. The width of the opening where the gate is needed will determine the width of the gate. Generally you want your gate to be 1/2” to 3/4” less wide than the door opening. This will allow it to swing freely and give room for hinges.
I used 3/4″ thick common pine boards with lots of character for a good rustic look. But you can use any material you like.
After all the pieces were cut the length, I used a utility knife to shave off the factory edge on all corners. This gives the wood a more hand carved look.
After shaving off the edge use a sanding block to soften the edges from any slivers.
For more photos and building tips, see the DIY Wood Dutch Barn Door tutorial.
All screws in this gate were drilled in through the back stiles. This made it look better on the side with the cross x to not show any screws.
For additional support, wood glue can be applied in-between all the wood joints where screws are used.
The angles listed on the cut list are approximate. The printable plan includes instructions for measuring and adjusting the board lengths and angles to customize the wood baby gate to your door or opening.
For full instructions, including a cut list and assembly diagrams, please purchase the barn door baby gate woodworking plan HERE.
Click here for more building plans.
Customized Wooden Baby Gate or Pet Gate
We’ve heard from many readers who have loved this farmhouse rustic baby gate style and customized it to fit their doorway opening and needs. All it takes is a few tweaks of the building plans to have a custom sized wooden pet or baby gate!
See what our readers have shown us they’ve done to resize the gate and adapt it to their specific needs. (And if you’ve built one, please send us a photo here!)
Sliding Baby Gate for Hallway
Reader Brian built a double-wide barn door baby gate to make a wonderful sliding baby gate across a hallway in his home. He says:
“I doubled up everything to make it wide enough to go across my hallway. I added a wheel on each end and a track in between with a wheel upside down on the floor to ride in the track. This keeps the bottom from sliding out and keeps the gate straight while rolling back and forth.”
This makes a great adaptation for a hallway baby gate — wonderful year-round but I bet it’s especially helpful keeping kids and pets away from the Christmas tree!
Bifold Hinged Baby Gate
Jessica from Sew Homegrown had a small stair landing that wouldn’t allow for the full-sized gate to swing open, so she adapted our building plans to a bifold baby gate.
Wide Wooden Baby Gate with Caster Wheel
Reader Kurran built a wide version of the barn door baby gate for their nursery school and added a caster wheel to help support the added weight as it swings.
Tips for Installing an Indoor Wooden Baby Gate
Since every baby gate installation is unique, we’ve collected a few of our best tips from experience, readers, and comments here for your convenience. When installing this barn door baby gate, keep in mind that the strong wood construction makes it heavier than traditional plastic baby gates. You’ll need heavy duty hinges and a firmly secured post, door jamb, etc.
Installing a Half Door Gate in a Door Frame
To install our baby gate in the door frame, we used heavy duty gate hinges in black. We wanted the hinges visible since they match the farmhouse rustic aesthetic, so we installed the hinges on the outside of the door and on the door jamb. Read more installation details HERE in our post about the split Dutch door section of the baby gate.
Installing a Baby Gate with a Metal Stair Banister
Another reader, Chelsey, sent this pic over to show her beautiful rustic baby gate and how they installed it between the wall and a metal banister. Chelsey says:
“We had to get clever with attaching the latch end to a metal banister but I think we executed it well. (We agree 100%! Wow!) And we ended up changing the X into 1 single cross beam. Other than that we kept it the same.”
Installing a Baby Gate without Damaging a Wood Newel Post
Even though this wooden baby gate is beautiful, it’s nice to have the option of removing it later without having to replace or patch a wooden newel post or stair banister, too.
One creative reader shared this simple solution for their adapted gate: using zip ties to attach a matching stained board to the post. The latch is attached the the board, which is zip tied to the banister, and the gate hinge is attached to another board that is screwed into the wall (and the studs) along the stair wall.
Lesley W Graham used a similar approach with the same type of sliding latch as we used:
Additional Tips for Installing a Wooden Baby Gate
No studs to attach the baby gate? We recommend using a couple toggle bolts (also called molly bolts) to secure the board to the wall, to attach the gate.
Looking for a simpler baby gate latch? Jessica from Sew Homegrown used a hook and eye latch, which requires fewer screws in the wall than many latches. And isn’t that turquoise color beautiful!
Ready to build it? Purchase the DIY baby gate plans here.
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plus check out our entire collection of Farmhouse Furniture and Decor Plans!
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Originally published 09.12.12 // Last updated 10.16.19
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7 Reasons You Need a Barn Door for Your Pantry
7 Reasons to Use a Barn Door for the Pantry
- Ease of Access to Dry Goods
- Upgraded Aesthetics
- Hide Clutter
- Fun and Functional
- Unique and Transitional
- Country Charm
- French Flair
7 Reasons You Need a Barn Door for Your Pantry
Ease of Access to Dry GoodsEvery home needs a pantry, there’s no doubt about that. Unfortunately, pantries tend to share many of the same characteristics as a black hole. Unless the shelving is put together properly with storage concepts in place and a system for accessing your goods, boxed and canned goods can enter and never come back out. Many homeowners end up perpetually frustrated with the state of their pantries and feel at a loss to fix it.The only solution that works well is to give your pantry a makeover, starting with the door. Sometimes, the best method for redoing a space is to give it a facelift. Once the entry looks inviting, inspiration strikes to organize the shelving, purchase bins for loose items, and figure out a system that works well for you and your family.
Not all doors are created equal. Some kitchen pantries already come with a swinging hinged door, but you may find that the door gets in the way more than it helps. Depending on the way your kitchen is laid out, an open door can block entryways, throughways, and impede movement in the kitchen. If the entry to your pantry becomes a hassle or a hazard, then it can feel like a chore to find ways to utilize the space well.What should you do when you’re ready to ditch the old door and finally arrange that pantry into usable space? Put up pantry barn doors. A sliding door can work wonders when trying to conserve space and provide closure for your pantry. Not only will the door hug your kitchen walls and stay out of everyone’s way, but it will provide the facelift needed to get you motivated to start that reorganization project. Once you have better ease of access to your pantry and you’ve organized it well, you’ll find that the black hole of your house just became your most valuable asset in the kitchen.
Upgraded AestheticsDo you have the most organized pantry in the neighborhood? Excellent! It just needs one more thing: a pantry barn door. A kitchen pantry should be one of the most useful parts of your kitchen. Depending on the size, it can hold everything from your kitchen staples and boxed mixes to your KitchenAid mixer, specialty gadgets, and maybe even extra space for things like rolled out dough to rest and proof.Pantries are one of the most versatile areas of the kitchen, but also one of the most overlooked when it comes to aesthetics. If you want to up the aesthetic quotient of your kitchen and introduce some shabby chic flair, European charm, or rustic farmhouse style, a sliding barn door for your kitchen pantry is exactly what you need.Think a sliding barn door can’t possibly fit into your décor style? Think again! A modern barn door could be just the thing for a house that needs a sleek and updated feel. A traditional barn door will fit in nicely with homes that have farmhouse, French, Mediterranean, or European elements. A chalkboard barn door works perfectly when you want to show off your hand-lettered menu each week. If these options don’t suit your tastes, opt for a custom barn door, instead. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to adding a barn door to your pantry.Since the door can be stained or painted to reflect your preferred color scheme, it will fit right in with your kitchen décor. Rather than trying to make your pre-installed builder-grade pantry door fit in with your unique tastes, replace it altogether and install a new barn door for your pantry that aesthetically elevates the entire room.
Hide ClutterLet’s face it, not everyone’s pantries are shining examples of organization. And when it’s time for friends or family to come over for an evening, you need a convenient way to hide that disorganization.Many pantries are built with shelves that open to the kitchen, and unless you’re an organization guru, this can cause problems when hosting friends and family. No one wants their unorganized boxes of cereal, brownie mix, sacks of flour, and kiddie fruit cups out for everyone to see. The solution? A rustic barn door to cover the unsightly array of dry goods.Adding a kitchen pantry door is one of the easiest ways to prevent guests and friends alike from exposure to your clutter. You may be planning to organize your pantry at some point, but until you do, a single or double door is the perfect way to hide what’s inside.
Fun and FunctionalOne of the best things about installing a pantry barn door is the ability to transform a space into something fun and functional.If you have children in the house, a chalkboard barn door can become a space that’s both playful and fun. Just leave a bucket of chalk near the chalkboard barn door and you have an instant crowd-pleaser for the whole family. This space provides excellent entertainment when the kids have their friends over, too. Children and their friends can write notes, draw pictures, and play games all while waiting for dinner to get ready.Not only can a sliding barn door be fun, but it can also be incredibly functional for the chef of the house. A chalkboard barn door can be used to hand letter the week’s menu plan, grocery lists, and important family reminders. There are a million fun and functional possibilities when it comes to what you can do with a chalkboard painted sliding barn door for your pantry.
Unique and TransitionalNot all pantries are meant to be hidden. For those organizational gurus who have pantries that look like they came straight out of a Country Living or Home and Gardens magazine, you shouldn’t cover up your hard work. Rather than a traditional barn door or chalkboard barn door, you’ll want to emphasize the beauty of your kitchen and your pantry with a sliding French door. Half solid, half glass, these sophisticated sliding barn doors provide a transitional space from your kitchen to your pantry.We recommend these doors for those who have very organized pantries and want an easy way to see what is inside. If you like looking at the array of spices just visible through the glass panes from your kitchen island as you’re chopping a salad for dinner, this door is for you. It’s a great way to incorporate a sense of style and flow from your kitchen to your pantry and back.While the glass allows you to see through the door into the pantry, the solid bottom half of the door still provides a needed barrier, keeping the pantry in its own section. For a more distinct look, choose frosted glass instead of clear. This provides a more noticeable doorway instead of a transition space and looks fantastic if you want your kitchen and pantry spaces distinctly separated.A barn door that provides a see-through transition is highly desirable. While any type of pantry barn door is going to upgrade your home and provide a return on investment, transitional doors, like sliding French doors, are ideal to show off a home’s potential. When showing a home, you want potential home buyers to envision what they might do with the space. A pantry door that is half solid and half glass is a great way to showcase that.
A Dose of Country CharmIt’s no surprise that many sliding barn doors are distinctly country in look and feel. After all, these stylistic doors were made popular because of their predecessor—the famous sliding barn door located on farms and ranches across the country.Barn doors can effortlessly add a dose of country charm to any kitchen, whether you live in an urban apartment or a rural homestead. If your décor goal includes walking into your kitchen and feeling the impulse to start buying brown eggs and fresh squash from the local farmer’s market, a rustic barn door will do the trick. We might be exaggerating a little, but you get the idea.A pantry barn door can add a country chic or farmhouse style to any size kitchen. If you don’t have enough sliding space for a full kitchen pantry door, go with a double door instead. Most pantries have enough room to remove the old door and put in a bi-fold door or a custom barn door.Don’t feel like you’re limited because the entrance or space on either side of your pantry is narrow. There are always ways to work around a smaller space and still incorporate a rustic door to give you that country charm you want.
While any barn door will add that pop of charm, if you want a truly rustic look and feel, choose to use reclaimed wood for your custom barn door or DIY barn door. Reclaimed wood is a great way to keep your project eco-friendly and has the added bonus of producing a sliding barn door that looks as authentic as it gets.
French FlairIf country chic isn’t your thing, perhaps you’re looking to add a bit of French flair to your home. In this case, sliding barn doors are exactly what you need for your kitchen pantry. We know what you’re thinking and no, we don’t mean standard, traditional barn doors—though those work well, too! If you’re going for a tres chic look in your French décor themed kitchen, then the type of sliding barn door you’ll want for your pantry is a classic French door.Often half wood and half glass or all glass and metal, these doors look like they came straight out of a French villa. They have a wonderful flair and add a unique look and feel to your kitchen. It provides a refreshing and inspiring look, and soon you just might find yourself searching for coq au vin recipes while selecting fresh herbs and spices for drying just behind your beautiful pantry’s French barn doors.
Pantry Barn Doors for Every Home StyleWhen it comes to choosing the best pantry barn doors, you should consider the style already present in your kitchen and the overall décor and architecture in your house. You want to pick a door that complements your present style or the style you’re trying to incorporate in a kitchen renovation.
Here are a few of our favorite picks for pantry barn doors:
Best Fun and Functional DoorsAt Rustica, we have several sliding barn doors that work well for those looking for a fun and functional combination. These doors include:
- Smooth Operator Metal Panel Barn Door – This pantry barn door is ideal if you want a place to hang pictures, announcements, children’s artwork, and removable magnetic items such as alphabet characters or magnetic puzzles.
- Whiteboard Barn Door – A whiteboard barn door is best for those who enjoy using whiteboard markers for menu planning, writing notes, and letting kids play.
- Chalkboard Full Panel Barn Door and Chalkboard Barn Door—These kitchen barn doors are best for those who have a love for hand lettering their weekly menu plan and a soft spot for letting their children draw with chalk to their heart’s content.
Best Transitional Space DoorsIf you’re looking for doors that lend a transitional air to your kitchen and pantry, we have several options we think you’ll love. This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, but this will hopefully get you started.
- Orchard Barn Door –A sophisticated mix of wood, metal, and glass, this door forms a sizeable see-through space for organized pantries while still providing a noticeable barrier between the kitchen and pantry.
- Terrace Barn Door—A barn door for those who want a transitional door with a bit of a modern flair, the Terrace Barn Door is the perfect mix of metal and glass.
- Mountain French Half Barn Door—This door has an alpine feel mixed with country chic. With two-thirds of the door in glass panels, you’ll have a clear view into your pantry while the bottom third, made of wood, provides a distinction between your kitchen and pantry.
- Farmhouse French Half Barn Door – If you want a transitional door that boasts a farmhouse feel, this is the door for you. Half wood, half glass, there’s enough room to see from your kitchen into the pantry. It features enough wood to create a definite boundary between the pantry and your kitchen.
Best Country Charm DoorsFor those with a farmhouse home, pantry barn doors with country charm will fit right in and add the missing piece to your kitchen. Needless to say, we have a much wider selection than what is listed here, but this gives you a solid sampling of the rustic, country, farmhouse siding barn doors we offer.
- Z Barn Door –a classic country charmer with the classic Z design that adds character and strength to a door. It’s the perfect choice for a door that gets used every day.
- Double X Barn Door—This door borrows the classic X design found on many early farmhouse barn doors to give your kitchen a decided ranch or farmhouse feel.
- Two Panel Barn Door—If you’re looking for a door that offers a sophisticated and rustic feel, this is the door for you. It provides a touch of rustic with just enough modern flair that it can fit right in with any kitchen.
- Ranch Barn Door—the name speaks for itself with this door. It’s rustic, casual, and has just enough sophistication to fit into nearly any style of kitchen.
Best French Flair DoorsWhen going for a French feel in your kitchen, you can easily choose from doors that are more modern in style. French flair doors exude a cozy feel and have a sophisticated look. If your kitchen boasts French décor, these doors will fit in perfectly.
- Aries Barn Door—More modern in style and design, this is ideal for kitchens that incorporate French décor while keeping the overall tone updated and chic.
- Provence Barn Door—Made of glass and metal, this door will provide plenty of see-through space for your organized kitchen pantry.
- Tiller Shed Barn Door—This wood, metal, and glass door is the perfect mix of sophisticated and rustic for homes with kitchens boasting a modern French feel.
- Farmhouse French Full Glass Barn Door—This door perfectly blends French and farmhouse together to create a unique piece that works well with a kitchen in either category.
How to Install a Sliding Barn Door on a PantryOnce you’ve picked the perfect barn door for your kitchen, you’ll need to brush up on your knowledge of how to install a barn door. We’ve included a quick overview of what you can expect when you’re ready to add a new pantry barn door to your kitchen:
Step 1: Gather SuppliesBefore starting any project, it’s important that all the supplies are available and at the ready. Supplies you’ll need include things like:
Step 2: Read InstructionsCarefully read over all the instructions that come with your barn door and the hardware kit. If you have someone helping you, have them read the instructions with you so you’re both on the same page.
Decide where you’ll hang the header and be sure to clear enough space for the door to fully slide along the track before you begin. By doing this first, you’ll ensure that the installation goes smoothly.
Step 3: Put Your Door TogetherPutting your door together is undoubtedly the most fun you’ll have with your barn door project. Follow the instructions step-by-step and you’ll soon be hammering in the final nail.
Step 4: Install the Header and TrackOnce you’ve got your door ready to hang, install the header board and track. Follow instructions for the type of header and track you ordered, as there are different techniques for each type.
Step 5: Hang Your DoorAfter installing the header and track, it’s time to hang your new pantry barn door! Carefully lift it up and set it on the track. This is where having an extra pair of hands comes in handy.
Add the stops to the end of the track to prevent the door from sliding off and you’re all set! Open and close the door a few times to get a feel for the way it glides. Then, once satisfied, stand back and admire your handiwork!
A New Pantry Door Transforms Your KitchenOne of the most overlooked areas of a kitchen is the pantry. This space is often neglected even though it’s one of the most important areas in a kitchen. Pantries are often a central space created for the storage of dry goods, spices, and small appliances. Needless to say, this area of the kitchen deserves attention.
If you want to create a unique look in your kitchen, then don’t neglect your pantry when you’re considering upgrades and décor changes. By installing a beautiful sliding pantry barn door, you can instantly transform your entire kitchen into a French chateau, a rustic farmhouse dwelling, or a modern paradise that qualifies to be on the cover of a magazine.
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