Architectural Elements: Sliding Barn Doors

We revisit a perennial favorite: traditional sliding barn doors.

Whether they’re new or reclaimed, the doors lend their rustic, practical sensibility to a space. They save room but are not tucked away like pocket doors, making a virtue out of their rugged beams and industrious hardware.

A San Francisco entryway by Feldman Architecture.
A black barn door in the entry hall of a TriBeCa Loft by Schappacher White Architects. Photograph by Jason Lindberg.
A black barn door in the entry hall of a TriBeCa Loft by Schappacher White Architects. Photograph by Jason Lindberg.
Photograph by Aaron Farley for Paper Magazine.
A bright red door by Los Angeles architect Barbara Bestor. Photograph by Aaron Farley for Paper Magazine.
A rustic barn door in a lake house designed by Birmingham, Alabama–based Studio C Architecture.
A rustic barn door in a lake house designed by Birmingham, Alabama–based Studio C Architecture.
With a simple Shaker sensibility, this sliding barn door divides the dining and play spaces at the Seesaw Cafe in San Francisco.
With a simple Shaker sensibility, this sliding barn door divides the dining and play spaces at the Seesaw Cafe in San Francisco.
A leather handle used on a sliding barn door by Alchemy Architects.
A leather handle used on a sliding barn door by Alchemy Architects.
An oversized reclaimed door in a studio by Patrick Davis Design.
An oversized reclaimed door in a studio by Patrick Davis Design.
Barn doors in the Vermont home of the founder of Oughton Limited Bags.
Barn doors in the Vermont home of the founder of Oughton Limited Bags.
The door of this bathroom by the Brooklyn Home Company was sourced from a New Hampshire sheep barn.
The door of this bathroom by the Brooklyn Home Company was sourced from a New Hampshire sheep barn.
A sliding barn door conceals a home office in a project by Greene Partners.
A sliding barn door conceals a home office in a project by Greene Partners.
The door to a bedroom in a Mill Valley, California, home by Artistic Designs for Living.
The door to a bedroom in a Mill Valley, California, home by Artistic Designs for Living.
Furniture maker Cliff Spencer crafts barn doors from reclaimed wine-barrel oak.
Furniture maker Cliff Spencer crafts barn doors from reclaimed wine-barrel oak.

This article courtesy of Remodelista.com, a one-stop sourcebook for the considered home, guiding readers through the design and renovation process with features such as Steal This Look, 10 Easy Pieces, and Architect Visits. The Remodelista.com aesthetic favors classic and livable over trendy and transient, well-edited interiors over cluttered environments, and thoughtfully designed products over mass-market, disposable goods.

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