Sliding Barn Doors For EVERY Style

So many people think that sliding barn doors only work with the rustic look. That they’re something that would come out of say, a barn. But that simply is not the case! As a company that sells doors and sliding barn door hardware, we’ve seen a ton of combinations! We’re here to show you that sliding barn doors come in many shapes and sizes, in every style that’s out there! No matter what your flavor is, you can incorporate this hot trend into your home with ease.


Spectrum of Style with Sliding Barn Doors


This one is what most people expect from sliding barn doors. The rustic look works very well with an unfinished knotted pine door or reclaimed wood put together. We love the rustic look, and the unfinished doors work perfectly because you can stain them however you like to get the look just right for your home. Pair it with black hardware for the best look.

French Country:

To get the french country look with your sliding barn doors, opt for a painted finish. Half glass achieves this look very well, as shown below. French country is about simplicity, fresh, clean colors, and natural materials, like wood. Black hardware would also work best with this style of sliding barn door.
french country sliding barn-door


Contemporary style is all about pushing the boundaries. Mixing materials and media in your decor is what it’s all about. Because of that, you can get a little bit funkier in your door choice! I love this rough, live edge wood slab that they used in the door below. It is definitely a statement piece. You can opt for chrome or black hardware for a contemporary sliding barn door.
Contemporary sliding barn doors


Traditional sliding barn doors can be more simple. A full view french door will work perfectly for a traditional look. You can paint it, stain it, or leave it natural, the choice is up to you! Chrome or black hardware would be appropriate for a traditional sliding barn door.
traditional sliding barn doors


Modern sliding barn doors need to be sleek. The white five panel door below is a perfect choice, complimented by chrome sliding barn door hardware. You can also go with a glass door with no grids. This is a very clean look, with crisp lines and a minimalistic vibe.


Eclectic style is one of my favorites. You can use unique doors, fun patterns or bright colors (or possibly even a combination of the three!) and create a space that is perfectly you. Eclectic style always seems to brighten my day. For eclectic sliding barn doors, I would recommend painting your doors bright colors, or finding something very unexpected to use in place of a door! Black or chrome hardware can be used to pull off the eclectic look with sliding barn doors.
eclectic sliding barn doors

Old World:

This style has to be my favorite. It is so reminiscent of centuries past that it just makes me nostalgic for petticoats and powdered wigs. Maybe Italian sculptors. It probably depends on the door. Look for the oldest door possible, with as much architectural detail as you can find. Clean the dirt off, but don’t worry about the rust or freshening up the paint. That’s where the charm lies! Black hardware is probably the best choice for old world sliding barn doors.
Old world sliding barn doors
What’s your favorite style of sliding barn door? Would you ever put them in your house? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written By: Allie Bloyd

Sliding Barn Doors from Knotted Pine Rustic Doors

Sliding barn doors and rustic doors are all the rage right now. And why wouldn’t they be? The rustic or farmhouse style is nostalgic and beautiful in it’s simplicity. It makes you feel warm and cozy inside. I think its something about the smell of fresh cut wood that does it for me. When I first saw sliding barn doors, I knew that I had to have some. I was looking for months for the perfect sliding barn door to put in my house, but some of the prices were way too high for my millennial renovation budget. I have come to be a hardcore DIYer, finding great pieces for a steal and putting in a little sweat equity to make it into exactly what I want.

Easy, Cheap Sliding Rustic Doors

When these gorgeous rustic doors came in at work, I knew I had found the perfect door for my project! This door is the perfect shape, has the beautiful knots that I love so much, and is unfinished, meaning it’s ready to stain or paint it any color that I please!
The next step was to find some inexpensive sliding barn door hardware and learn how to install it. I searched for some time and found so many ways to do it. I could buy $350 hardware, build my own imitation $350 hardware (and by I, I mean my talented husband), install them on galvanized pipes (the look wasn’t exactly what I wanted), or be the spend thrift I choose to be and find the $350 hardware for about $100, shown here. This was the look I was going for, and because the knotted pine door itself is so inexpensive (Around $150, depending on the size), I was able to swing it.
Now that I had found my hardware and had my gorgeous rustic doors, I could decide to paint them or stain them. I am a sucker for a good stain, so the decision was fairly easy for me. Rustic doors are special in that they don’t usually need paint to be pretty, and as someone who likes the distressed look, a darker stain worked well for me.
The stain I used was a mixture of Minwax Dark Walnut and Rustoleum Summer Oak, two of my favorite stains. The dark walnut gives it the deep rich color I was looking for, and the summer oak gives it just the right amount of warmth. I used about 3/4 Walnut, 1/4 Summer oak. For every 2 cups of stain, I add 1 cup of paint thinner. This allows the stain to be more build able and helps you achieve the perfect color you’re looking for.
Lastly, I had to install the hardware. I followed this tutorial and it worked out perfectly!

Hardware for Sliding Barn Doors is pretty easy to install.

Before the instructions, there are just a few things to keep in mind before beginning.
1. The door itself should be 1-2″ wider on the side of each opening.
2. Making sure the track is level is extremely important.
3. Are the holes pre-drilled? If not, you need to make sure to locate the studs and drill through the track.

To start, the track should be twice the width of the door. If your door is 36″, than the track should be 72″,
1. The track will be hung above the door opening, depending on the sliding barn door hardware style and the individual opening, the distance will vary. We recommend 1/4-1/2″ of a gap between the top of the door and the bottom of the track.
2. If the holes are not pre-drilled, locate the position of the studs and mark them on the track. If the track was ordered pre-drilled, you can skip the next step.
3. With a 3/8″ drill bit, drill into the track at the marked locations, making sure to include holes on both ends of the track for the stops.
4. With the holes drilled, hold the track up at the determined height, and place the 1 1/2″ spacer between the track and the wall. A lag bolt will then enter the track, go through the spacer, and enter into the wall. Note: it may be helpful to leave some slack in tightening until all bolts are into the wall. Once all are loosely hung, you may go back and tighten them all the way.
*NOTE: The spacers keep the track of the wall at an even length
1. The stops are to be placed on each ends of the track. However, they can be placed anywhere along the track if you are trying to stop the door at a different location than the tracks end.
2. Included in your hardware set are 1 3/4″ tap bolts, use those to attach the stop to the track. (You may also use a lag and spacer if the hole location lines up with a stud or you are going into backing.)
The standard set of hardware works with doors of 1 1/4″-2 1/4″ thickness.
1. Stand the door up under the track to find  the best location for the straps. The top mount styles won’t require markings on the door, but any style that has straps will require markings. Mark off where the holes in the straps will go.
2. Drill through the door at the markings, a 3/8″ pilot bit works well.
3. Attach the straps before placing the hardware on the rail. Once the straps are securely tightened you are ready to place the hardware on the rail

I am so in love with my new sliding barn doors made out of these gorgeous knotted pine rustic doors. They were so easy to work with, I would recommend them to anyone and everyone. These interior doors can be used in modern space, rustic spaces, and in traditional spaces. We also offer them in 8, 10 or 15 lite french doors, which are gorgeous as well. They are extremely versatile and will morph to fit the needs of your home.
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