55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas: NOT Just For Farmhouse Style

If you are looking for sliding barn door ideas (interior and exterior), there is a design for you.  Since Joanna & Chip put barn doors on the map in farmhouse design, they continue to evolve with tons of new styles & uses.  Thanks to the Gaines’, we not only have stylish door options, but functional door options to problematic/awkward/tight spaces (and they are just plain fun!!)  So here are 55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas:  NOT Just For Farmhouse Style.   

If you haven’t jumped on board yet to this barn door craze – beware – this post is filled with tons of inspirational eye candy & products galore (below).  

*Updated August 2020*  




So what makes sliding barn doors so special?  They can:

barn doors ideas
source: hgtv.com (fixer upper)
  1.   Be used in any decor style – (not just for  modern farmhouse style anymore)
  2.   Used in tight spaces- (they move side to side vs. in an arc motion with doors on hinges)
  3.   Add architectural design to a plain wall – (you choose the door style, ranging from simplistic to ornate)
  4.   Used to hide items you don’t want seen – (tv’s, bookshelf clutter, pantry items, laundry, etc.)
  5.   Be used as window treatments
  6.   Be used as a single door, double door, or even quadruple doors
  7.   Used with glass to let light in
  8.   Be used with mirrors to reflect light or use  for full-length viewing
  9.   Be used with chalkboards to add function and whimsy
  10.  Even be used outdoors – yep check out #9!!




I have 2 sliding barn doors in my own house: 1)  a pair that replaced french doors to our office/piano room  (see below), and 2) one in my bedroom to my master bath (see 2nd set below). 

And I absolutely LOVE them and highly recommend them!

outside entry
inside room










Both of these rooms had awkward areas for opening up the doors into the room.  As a result, this awkward area became useless and really limited furniture placement.  

By adding the sliding barn doors, we actually gained usable space, allowing for better flow/better function of both rooms. 

We installed the office doors on the outside wall (entry wall- above) to gain more space inside the room, and also to add detail to the tall foyer walls. 

In the bedroom we added one large door (below), and had it slide to an area that we did not use. 

It was a no-brainer for us!  Click Master Bath Remodel:  Hardware Accessories and Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom to see more of our home.

outside bedroom
inside bathroom










source: houzz.com

***TIP***  As you scroll through the different sliding barn door ideas and styles, keep a piece of paper handy and write down the numbers to the ones that really grab your attention. 

This will help you decide on pattern/color/style, and help you “picture” where you might want to use them in your own house.







Painted doors with glass--3 panel or glass only at top if one over two
source: mouldings-toronto.com


  • Office
  • Living Room – Covers TV, Bookshelves
  • Kitchen – Pantry, Coffee Bars
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry
  • Bedrooms – Closets
  • Dining Rooms
  • Outdoor Kitchens


Knotty Alder Barn Door Styles More
source: glassdoorstampa.com
  • X-Shaped
  • Z-Shaped/Z-Shaped 2
  • Paneled
  • Half-Paneled
  • Herringbone/Chevron/Arrow
  • Geometric/Patterns
  • W/Chalkboard
  • W/Mirrors
  • W/Glass
  • Plank/Shutter/Shiplap
  • On Furniture/TV Covers/Window Treatments


So…..let’s get to the GOOD stuff – SLIDING BARN DOOR IDEAS!!





barn doors ideas
#1 – source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com


barn doors ideas
#2 – source:  private


barn doors ideas
#3 – source: decorpad.com (dina holland interiors)


barn doors ideas
#4 – source: blackbanddesign.com


barn doors ideas
#5 – source: geoffchick.com



barn doors ideas
#6 – source: blog.thenest.com


barn doors ideas
#7 – source: madaboutthehouse.com


barn doors ideas
#8 – source: decorpad.com


barn doors ideas
#9 – source: homebunch.com


barn doors ideas
#10 – source: purewow.stfi.re



barn doors ideas
#11 – source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com


barn doors ideas
#12 – source: thelearnerobserver.com


barn doors ideas
# 13 – source: houseofhargrove.com


barn doors ideas
#14 – source: patinayard.com


barn doors ideas
#15 – source: youtube.com



 barn doors ideas
#16 – source: studio-mcgee.com


barn doors ideas
#17 – source: etsy.com


barn doors ideas
#18 – source: instagram.com


barn doors ideas
#19 – source: homedit.com


barn doors ideas
#20 – source: uniquelyyoursomine.com



Spotlight: Paneled Doors | Centsational Girl | Bloglovin’
#21 – source: bloglovin.com


Herringbone on the wall...where can we use that detail? maybe we use that in the Down Powder Bath for the wood accent wall instead of making the floor complicated. Rustic Barn Doors | Modern Barn Home Ideas
#22 – source: instagram.com


DIY Barn Door Using an Interior Door
#23 – source: hometalk.com


Master bedroom barn sliding door.
#24 – source: thecreativityexchange.com


HIS & HER sliding barn doors - Barn Doors and Custom Furniture
#25 – source: hisandherhome.ca



Dove Studio | House of Turquoise | Bloglovin’
#26 – source: bloglovin.com


Just installed favorite black barn door! Yes, again favorite color for all doors! #jamieherzlingerinteriors #jamieshop #barndoor #blackdoor…
#27 – source: instagram.com


The barn door is a custom designed door from a local carpenter and painted by the designer in Annie Sloan - custom mix of Duck Egg Blue, Old White, French Linen, and Coco
#28 – source: internalbarndoors.com


Lovely Modern Sliding Doors and Best 25 Modern Sliding Doors Ideas On Home Design Sliding Door
#29 – source: centralazdining.com


Amazingly Crafty Uses For Your Old Junk...saw this door idea on HGTV...love it, might try to talk J into it instead of a pocket door for the new bathroom.
#30 –  source:  dumpaday.com



DIY Barndoors with magnetic chalkboard inserts and galvanized pipe pantry shelves!
#31 – source:  private


Top Ceiling Mount Black Steel Rustic Modern Sliding Barn door Hardware Wood Closet Door Interior Doo
#32 – source: etsy.com


Sliding pantry door with chalkboard face - slimmer door profile PLUS space to display and/or write stuff on the wall. So useful
#33 – source: thekitchn.com


How to Measure for a Sliding Barn Door - Grain Designs
#34 – source: graindesigns.com

***over chalkboard below – adorable!!***

Neutral tones & textures, sliding KITCHEN - barnyard door, straw high back stools, light fixtures that are modern yet country, grey wooden floors - all make for a delightful kitchen space
#35 – source: blog.yellowprairieinteriors.com



Wall mirror mounted on a Sliding barn track door
#36 – source: interiorbarndoors.org


Cerramientos, paredes y puertas industriales de metal con cuarterones de cristal
#37 – source: milideas.net


Mpls.St.Paul Magazine ASID MN Showcase Home | House of Turquoise
#38 – source: houseofturquoise.com


narrow double doors with mirrors give a sophisticated and more modern look
#39 – source: youtube.com


Mirrored Barn Doors More
#40 – source: thecreativityexchange.com



Serene and hardworking: Really, what more could you want in a family home? Lilli Lee's is a treasure chest of smart storage and soothing style. Take the tour and grab some tips for your own place.
#41 – source: realsimple.com


#42 – source: doornmore.com


Iron, Hot Rolled Steel barn rolling doors {Straus Job, glass panel for light and privacy, Attic Bathroom}
#43 – source: luxesource.com


Serious question for professionals in residential construction: when laying a wood or laminate floor, is there a rule of thumb about which direction the planks go? In particular, what about laying them perpendicular to a hallway run at a room transition (as seen above). Is that unconventional?
#44 – source: instagram.com


#45 – source: private



A stunning plank barn door on rails opens to reveal a small hall laundry room fitted with a stacked white front loading washer and dryer.
#46 – source: decorpad.com


41 SHIPLAP Ideas: NOT Just For Walls (Part 2)
#47 – source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com


Project San Juan
#48 – source: blackbanddesign.com


Marie Flanigan Interiors - Have you Seen us Lately - Architectural Digest Coastal Transformation - Coastal Sitting Room - Contemporary Trundle Bed
#49 – source: marieflanigan.com


Kitchen Makeover Ideas From Fixer Upper | HGTV's Fixer Upper With Chip and Joanna Gaines | HGTV
#50 – source: hgtv.com (fixer upper)



TV behind barn doors recessed over the mantel...love it!
#51 – source: homebunch.com


#52 -source: bwncy.com


Learn how to build a DIY Sliding Barn Door Loft Bed. Easy-to-follow tutorial by Jen Woodhouse. This bed fits a Full Size mattress.
#53 – source: jenwoodhouse.com


***Barn door console
#54 – source: private (ana white)


Barn door window shades
#55 – source: private

I hope you found a couple of sliding barn door ideas to inspire you & help make your decision easier.  Or maybe you already have one in your house.  If so, shoot me a picture, I’d love to see it!!



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    1. i know!! And i think that’s what they make them so interesting and so popular. Each door is so unique and adds such architectural appeal to each home- love them!!

  1. I’ve never had barn doors but love the idea and look of them. Can you tell me though, do the doors flap at the bottom because they are not rolling/sliding on a rail/guide?

    1. Hi Kimberly! Neither of my 2 barn doors flap at the bottom – but I have heard of this happening.
      My recommendations would be to make sure you have reputable barn door hardware (for sliding), solid doors (helps weigh them down), and use someone who can install them properly. This should cut down on any chance of them flapping. I LOVE my doors, and would choose them again in another house.
      Hope this helps.
      hugs- jael 🙂

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