Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 The popular look is transforming with eclectic and modern doors on track

On Trend: Barn Doors Move Inside the Home


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One of the most popular elements Americans are demanding for their homes today harken back to our agricultural roots – barn doors on tracks.


photo via Tineke Triggs

These doors add architectural interest to minimalist rooms, rustic style to cabins and can stand up to the scale of large rooms.

They are also a great way to add character to a pantry or hidden office niche in a kitchen or hallway:


One tip savvy Do-It-Yourselfers and builders have let me in on is to buy the track hardware from a local farming supply company rather than the ones marketed to homeowners online – you’ll save hundreds of dollars. The track is another design element to consider – options include finishes from metallic to blackened and design details.


picture by Kelly Motschanbacher of The Polished Pebble

You can also use the track hardware to hang other kinds of doors. Interior designer and blogger Kelley Motschenbacher used vintage doors from old changing rooms on tracks as unique doors in this home full of reclaimed items.

via Reclaimed Lumber Products

You can also scour architectural salvage spots for reclaimed original barn doors, or have the doors crafted from reclaimed wood. If you do a quick search of “reclaimed wood carpenter” and your city it’s pretty easy to find someone to make them for you.

image via Clark and Zook Architects

Of course on the flip side, simpler lines and a bold color can give the rustic element of a barn door a more modern look, like this bright laundry room door.

photo via Elle Decor

New traditionalist Darryl Carter has taken the track door to a whole now level with this antique patinaed piece covering a closet niche.

One thing to note: While much like a pocket door these doors eliminate the need for swing clearance, you will need to keep the adjacent wall space empty to allow the door to slide over.

Have you added a barn door to your home? Please share any tips or a link to a picture of it in the Comments below!

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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  1. Hillary says:

    May 22nd, 2013 at 6:32 am (#)

    Truly not a rustic kinda gal, but there’s something about these I absolutely love!!

  2. Heather says:

    May 24th, 2013 at 9:16 pm (#)

    At our cabin we hung a barn door and love how we can close off the stairs and control the heat from the wood stove. Husband put together the track and I custom made the glass insert.We allowed space behind bookcase when its open.

  3. Donna says:

    June 15th, 2014 at 6:47 am (#)

    Where can I purchase these doors

  4. Jill Reinke says:

    September 25th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (#)

    Where can these be purchased. Curious what a double door 10 foot tall by 3 foot wide would cost. How long before made and installed?

  5. Becky says:

    September 29th, 2015 at 7:49 am (#)

    It’s really about working with your contractor to build a door a lot of time. You can find reclaimed wood with simple internet searches, and the hardware is widely available, just search “barn door hardware” or “barn door track.”

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