If you’ve ever read a blog or browsed through Pinterest, no doubt you’ve seen at least one zillion barn doors – those suckers are everywhere. And I totally get it – they look awesome!
However, I’ve been on the fence about the practicality of barn doors for a long time, since I don’t think they provide any real privacy – for instance, I secretly want to commit anyone to the looney bin if they’ve put a barn door on the entrance to their bathroom. Know what I’m saying?
But then along came this flip, with the laundry room right off the kitchen. For a few reasons, this space became the absolute perfect spot to try out a barn door.
- I wanted to include a breakfast bar in the kitchen, which made the walkway through to the den too narrow for cabinets
- A door swinging into the kitchen would majorly interfere with flow
- A door swinging into the laundry room (where there are 2 other doors) would be too chaotic, with the laundry room door even crashing into the door to the patio if they were both open at the same time
- Neither the kitchen nor the laundry room needed privacy – this barn door could really be just for looks and would have the added bonus of providing something cool to look at on that big empty wall
(We ultimately added a powder bath to the laundry area, which isn’t reflected in the floor plan above.)
So bam, it was decided!
As you know, we decided to go with black hardware throughout this house, which turned out to be more difficult/pricier to find than anticipated. However, I was able to track down matte black hardware for the barn door, and it was shockingly cheap! You can scope it out here. (Home Depot carries it as well, but oil-rubbed bronze was the closest they had to black.)
Once the hardware was installed and the door was hung, it didn’t look too shabby!
Or, at least, the top half didn’t look too shabby. The bottom half . . . let’s just say capris aren’t a good look when it comes to doors.
We ran into this issue because I wanted the doorway into the laundry room to mimic the size and shape of the doorway leading outside (those two doors line up). But since a barn door needs to completely cover the doorway when it’s closed, the door needed to be much taller than a standard door. (The door also needed to be wider, but we just brought the sides of the doorway in a bit and your eye can’t tell at all.)
The solution was to add a strip of wood to the bottom of the door so that it didn’t look highwater – it also allowed the door to hang low enough to reach the slide at the bottom, which keeps the door from swinging back and forth when you’re sliding it open and closed.
You can see how that turned out below – keep in mind that it’s only been primed in this photo, so the addition of the wood in the finished look is actually much less noticeable (although not completely seamless).
What do you guys think about barn doors? Would you ever put one in your house?