Idea File: Barn Doors

The use of sliding doors for interior design applications is becoming increasingly popular, which really comes as no surprise, as they create a vertical visual statement and can offer privacy in a space not ideal for a traditional interior door. Not to mention, this is one of the number one tips for small space living!

Sliding doors have advantages over regular interior doors in that they require less actual room space and can conceal a wider opening than a regular interior door. Sliding interior doors also tend to be more stylish and chic than most regular doors (think bi-fold closet doors!), while still maintaining simplicity. They can work great in smaller spaces like a home office or en suite closet or bathroom. Plus, you can always make better use of the space saved!

Sliding interior doors are perfect for hiding a room, or space in your home where you want to maintain a minimalist interior d├ęcor. And they’re not tied to only one particular style – you can go with rustic, modern, traditional, contemporary or even vintage sliding interior doors.

Today there are quite a few options for sliding doors and they are available in a variety of designs, styles, shapes, sizes and budgets. Lowes and Home Depot offer many affordable options, while companies like Old Biscayne Designs ( offer custom, higher end options.

Here’s a look at some great uses of interior sliding doors in today’s modern homes.

A sliding interior door could be ideal for a transitional space like an entry hallway, and offer the option of separation with an adjoining family room or kitchen.

Sliding doors are a great option to close off an office nook when work hours are over!

Pairing up vintage doors makes an elegant sliding door option.

A sliding door can close off a stairway when needed for toddlers or pets.

A sliding door is a stylish option for a master bath when space is too tight for a traditional door.