Whether your home's style veers rustic, modern, or somewhere in between, barn doors are a versatile, unexpected addition to any room—a bathroom, pantry, or bedroom, to start. There's a one-of-a-kind feel to barn doors that can feel characteristically country, if farmhouse is your decor of choice, or vintage, if you opt for more a lived-in look.
For handy types, barn doors can be installed yourself with just a day or two and a few common tools. Many come in kits (with or without hardware) and can be painted or stained to make them a perfect match for your home. You're just one purchase and a small DIY project away from a barn door.
Below, find the best barn doors that'll bring some serious farmhouse flair to your home.
Best Overall: SMARTSTANDARD Sliding Barn Wood Door
Yes, barn doors look good and are trendy, but they’re also an ideal solution for many homes. Because they don’t swing open, they can be a major space saver and are ideal for entrances to closets, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and more.
If you’re willing to put in the work of assembling the door, you can save money with this unfinished, unassembled option. It’s made of Cypress wood that’s ready to be painted or stained to match your home's style. The door comes in a variety of styles, including one or two sliding panels and various widths, so you can find the one that's the best fit for your space. Note that the Cypress has a unique scent at first, though it should disappear within a few weeks.
Best Mirror: Colonial Elegance Reflex Glass Barn Door
With full-length mirrors on both sides, this barn door makes an ideal separator between a bedroom and a bathroom. It has a solid wood core that won’t warp when exposed to moisture and is made of unfinished pine. The solid wood also dulls noises between rooms, giving each room a bit more privacy than a hollow door would.
It's important to note that this door doesn't come with any of the hardware needed to install it, so you'll have to pick that up yourself. The pinewood is also unfinished, so you will need to stain or paint it yourself. This door measures 37 x 84 inches, but a 33-inch option is also available for narrower doorways.
Best Modern: Calhome Paneled Wood Primed Alder Barn Door
If you’re looking for a barn door straight out of Magnolia Home, this pick channels that modern farmhouse chic style perfectly. It’s made of 100 percent alder hardwood planks with visible screws that add a little bit of rustic flair to an otherwise simple design.
The door comes in panels that need to be assembled and does not include hardware, so it will take some time to assemble before you install it and you'll need to buy hardware separately. However, reviewers say it's easy to assemble and looks amazing once it's installed. Fully assembled, the door measures 36 x 84 inches.
Best Glass: Erias Home Design Continental Glass Barn Door
A frosted glass and dark wood door like this one is the perfect complement to modern spaces. You'll still get privacy from the frosted glass, but some light will show through, making your space feel more open. Even when it's pushed to the side, this door adds style and personality to your room, another huge benefit of barn doors over traditional, swing doors.
This door comes with an installation kit that includes hardened nylon wheels that are guaranteed to be squeak-free. The included handle can be placed on the right or left of the 36-inch wide door, so you can place it in the best spot for your home.
Best Rustic: Masonite Unfinished Crossbuck Wood Knotty Alder Barn Door
With crossbuck accents, this door looks like it could have come straight from the farm. It arrives untreated, so you can add whatever stain or paint color you'd like to make it your own. You can install it using the included hardware or add your choice of metal framing and hardware to give it an individual touch.
The door measures 42 x 84 inches, so it's appropriate for wider-than-average doorways. For double doorways, you can purchase two doors and join the tracks together. Reviewers love that this door is sturdy and looks high-quality, and mention that the alder wood that the door is made of is easy to stain or paint.
Best for Kids Rooms: LTL Home Products Paneled Millbrooke Barn Door with Installation Hardware Kit
A white door feels fresh and light, two elements that are key in making a fun and inviting room for your child. The door, which comes in 36-inch and 42-inch options, is made of vinyl and PVC rather than wood and is hollow on the inside, making it easy for small children to open and close themselves.
The door comes unassembled, but the kit includes everything you need to mount it, including door stops and safety stoppers. Some reviewers did say that the instructions can be confusing, but that the videos on Wayfair's website helped clarify some steps.
Best Soundproof: Belleze Paneled Wood Barn Door
Thanks to its solid pine core, this is one of the more soundproof options available. It’s also one of the heaviest, so it might not be the most convenient pick for a high-traffic area of your home. It’s stained a deep brown color, and is also available in an unfinished version that can be painted or stained to your preference. The door measures 36 x 84 inches.
The door comes unassembled and hardware is not included, so you will need to purchase some separately before the door can be installed. Installing a barn door is a quick and easy DIY project, as they don’t require any major framing, only special hardware.
Best Oversized: Barndoorz Paneled Wood Finish Barn Door
Looking for a door that works with a wide opening, like the entryway from your office to the living room? At 48 x 84 inches, this is one of the widest single-panel doors you can get. For extra-high door openings, you can also get this door in a 96-inch tall version as well.
The door is made of solid distressed alder wood planks and comes in two colors, a cool gray that gives off a modern feel and a deep, warm brown that looks like it came straight from a real barn. Hardware, including the handle, is not included, so you can get the perfect finish to fit your taste.
What to Look for When Buying a Barn Door
Remember, a barn door must be wider than the doorway. For complete coverage when closed, look for a door that is several inches wider than the doorway opening. That way you’ll minimize gaps, especially important when privacy is needed, like for a bathroom.
Purchase a track that’s twice the width of your door. For instance, a four-foot wide door will need eight feet of track to completely open. This may require joining two pieces of track together using connectors from the track’s manufacturer.
Barn doors can be heavy. To ensure your doorway can support the weight, it’s often recommended to mount the track to a 2x4, which you’d attach to the wall studs above the doorway. That way you can rest easy that both you and your walls are safe with the added weight.
How do you build a barn door?
If you're the handy type, you could consider building your own barn door to create the farmhouse look for a fraction of the cost. You'll need to treat a series of shiplap boards, distressing and staining them to resemble old barn doors, as well as hardware and a long list a tools. Follow the directions here to build your own barn door.
How do you install a barn door?
First, a metal track is installed over the top of the door frame. Hangers with wheels are attached to the top of the barn door, which then rest on the top of the metal track. You can install one barn door, or a pair of them, keeping in mind you’ll need enough wall space to the side to accommodate the door when it is in an open position.
To install an indoor barn door, follow along with these step-by-step instructions.
Can you lock a barn door?
Yes, there are several ways to lock a barn door. Some privacy locks are only on the inside of the door (on a bathroom door, for instance), while others allow you to lock the sliding barn door from both sides. Hook and eye locks and teardrop latches are both affordable, effective, and easy to install options.
Can I use a normal door as a barn door?
Yes. Almost any door can be converted into a barn door with special tracks and hangers. But because barn doors are typically taller and wider than normal doors, you may need to tack on additional wood for width and height. Then, you can create a farmhouse-style design on the door front, depending on your aesthetic.
Should a barn door cover the trim?
Yes. A barn door should cover the trim, with an additional one to two inches on each side, and it should stick out one inch from the wall. Some barn door kits allow you to install the door over the existing trim without the need to remove it.
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This article was written and researched by Anne Fritz, a health and lifestyle writer. Her work has appeared in several media outlets such as Reader's Digest, Cosmopolitan, In Style, and Insider. Additional research was done by Megan McCarty, a writer for The Spruce and MyDomaine with over 13 years of experience in both print and digital media. She regularly contributes to design-focused outlets such as Architectural Digest, Domino, House & Home, and Hunker.