A mirror is one of the most unsuspecting elements of home decor. Used mostly as a stand-alone piece in bathrooms and bedrooms, it traditionally doesn’t draw much attention to a space. Yet, there is so much design potential when mirrors are approached in unconventional ways. One of these ways is to use a mirror-backed barn door to transform the spaces throughout your home with a unique design element in surprising places:
6 Ways to Use Mirror Barn Doors in Your Home
- Closet Doors
- Home Gym
- Living and Dining Room
- Easy Fix for Tight Spaces
- Wall Decor
Though a barn panel is traditionally used to segment living spaces, more and more interior designers, renovators, and homeowners are incorporating the doors in creative and impactful ways. When accompanied by a mirrored panel, a sliding door becomes a powerhouse of design and function. It truly is the perfect element for you to incorporate throughout your home, whether you’re replacing something like an old closet door or doing a major DIY project like renovating a shower.
6 Ways to Use Mirror Barn Doors in Your Home
In many cases, an interior door can easily be replaced by a hinged or sliding mirror barn door. Since barn doors can lock and can be crafted to match specific dimensions and design, you won’t encounter any issues with finding the perfect mirror barn door for your space. Simply take a look around your house and see which room or rooms would look better and function more efficiently with the simple installation of a barn door mirror.
Whether you lack the available wall space for a large wall mirror or maybe you simply love the ergonomics of hanging a mirror on the back of a door, a floor-length mirror door is a perfect addition for your bathroom. A master bath, guest bath, or half-bath complete with a mirrored door provides exactly what you need to get ready for work, style your hair, and try on new outfits. Instead of having to shower then travel to your bedroom to finish getting ready, you’ll have easy access to a door mirror that allows you to do it all in one space.
Another ingenious way of using mirror decor within bathrooms is to utilize a sliding shower door with an exterior mirrored panel. Installing a sliding mirror barn door in front of a standing shower or open-concept shower both saves space and complements the shower’s sleek design while providing a beautiful glass door panel for practical use.
2. Closet Doors
A mirrored closet door is another innovative way to incorporate a practical yet stylish element into your home. Every bedroom needs at least one mirror, but there’s always the question as to where to place it. Mirrored dressers are a bit outdated, as is a mirrored wardrobe door. Standing mirrors could be a beautiful substitute, yet they are also space-consuming. Not surprisingly, a mirrored barn door is the perfect solution to this problem, especially when the door is also a sliding closet door.
A sliding mirror closet door, whether a pocket door, bifold door, or bypass door, fulfills several roles within one piece. First, the sliding barn door features a door track system that allows the panels to move side to side instead of hinging to open in a half-circle like a traditional hinged door. These sliding barn doors are available in options to fit larger and smaller closets, a closet with limited adjacent wall space, as well as rooms that have space to hang the track above the door frame and those that need to utilize the ceiling to mount the door. Not only does this avant-garde design leave more space available for other furniture, but it also adds a unique design element that can complement both modern and rustic bedrooms alike.
When sliding closet doors
are accompanied by mirrors, the benefits compound. Now, a homeowner has not one, but two space-saving elements as well as an additional innovative approach to traditional bedroom furniture and hardware. A bedroom closet moves from being a storage area to an eye-catching statement piece that doubles as a mirror. As with a mirrored interior barn door for the bathroom, a homeowner will find convenience in being able to choose an outfit and try it on in front of a gorgeous, floor-length sliding glass door without having to move an inch. In fact, the visual impact of a mirrored closet might even inspire some decorative closet organization
to make the interior of the mirrored sliding doors look just as chic as the exterior.
3. Home Gym
A single mirror closet door or multiple mirrors sliding closet doors can find their place in other areas of the house, such as a home gym. If a homeowner is lucky, their home gym will have a closet or cubby dedicated to storing mats, towels, small weights, and recovery rollers.
Even if a closet like this is available, the actual larger gym equipment generally follows a different story. Most often, a homeowner can’t dedicate an entire space to workout equipment, so they’ll segment off a section of the basement or office. Mirror door installation can improve both of these situations. Sliding mirror doors can cover both the storage areas and the equipment areas in a home gym. Instead of utilizing regular closet doors or leaving the equipment in plain sight when not in use, consider installing single or double barn doors
with mirrors. These doors will multitask, providing both a mirror that can be used to perfect form and admire progress while also creating a beautiful and inconspicuous gym area within a multi-purpose basement or office. Simply slide the doors to reveal your own personal gym and start working out, keeping the mirrored panel within eyesight to refine technique and check your progress as you go.
4. Living and Dining Room
Living and dining spaces can likewise benefit from the addition of a barn door mirror. Though non-traditional in design, a living and dining space mirror adds elegance, as well as a focal point to a room.
Imagine a dining area with delicious food and loud laughter and chatter bouncing around the table. Picture a living room where flowering plants and family game nights are illustrated in bright color through shiny, mirrored panels. A hinged mirror barn door or a sliding barn door mirror can create this exact feeling within a home, used either to separate off living and dining areas or as a closet door for bookshelves and cubby spaces.
These doors are also a great fix for open-concept areas that would benefit from semi-permanent segmentation. Say a child wants to watch television before bed but a parent would appreciate a quiet dinner in the dining area. Simply slide the mirrored doors closed to block off the two rooms and open them again when the rooms are not in use.
5. Easy Fix for Tight Spaces
Another innate quality of an interior barn door with mirror panels is its ability to not only save space, but actually create it. How is this possible? Well, a mirror barn door closet or barn door bathroom mirror takes the space that already exists and multiplies it through reflection. While the actual square footage of your home won’t technically increase, your visual concept of the space will. Rooms with a large framed mirror naturally seem more spacious, as the glass reflects both natural and artificial light while the reflection of furniture, portraits, and doorways plays with the eye, tricking it into thinking that the space appears roomy and larger than reality. Those who live in apartments, smaller condos, or homes with tighter, cramped spaces (or a lot of furniture and decorations) will all benefit from using this technique.
6. Wall Decor
The truth is that a sliding mirrored barn door doesn’t even need to really function as a door to be incorporated into a space. Rustica’s sliding barn door mirrors are so gorgeous, many homeowners choose to install them as mirror wall decor. A barn door wall mirror is another example of creating a statement piece in your interior design while also consuming minimal square footage—the mirror stays flat against its wall as it runs along a track! This is perfect for a bedroom, bathroom, and home gym, but also for smaller living rooms that want to visually increase their square footage through light and reflection. Instead of hanging pictures or leaving walls blank within these spaces, consider a sliding mirror. Rustica has even worked with salon owners to install sliding mirrored barn door that functions decor and a useful mirror, rather than as a door.
Mirror, Mirror On Your Door!
The best part about barn door mirrors (aside from their ingenious design and gorgeous craftsmanship) is that they are extremely DIY friendly. Selecting your mirror barn door and the perfect barn door mirror hardware is easy when you use Rustica’s drop-down menu options to build the perfect door for your space. Once it arrives at your home, barn door installation is simple.
Your panel will arrive with the mirror intact, so you’ll just need to gather your tools (measuring tape, level, drill, screwdriver, and pencil). We will send you everything else you need when you choose to purchase a barn door kit from Rustica. Your door kit will also come with detailed instructions specific to your purchase’s dimensions and functions.
Just to give you a little bit of insight into what the process looks like, there are a few universal barn door installation steps:
- Measure, mark, drill, and attach hardware to the door panel, including handles, locks, bolts, or decorative straps
- Measure, mark, then attach hangers to the upper door panel
- Locate and mark wall beams and then drill to install support header above the door frame, unless using a ceiling track
- Measure, mark, then drill track into support header
- Attach optional soft-close pieces and/or additional lock hardware
- Hang the door and admire your work!
Add a Mirror Barn Door to Your Home Today
Your door will look absolutely gorgeous hanging in your room, whether you’ve chosen to update your shower with a sliding mirror door, renovate a home gym to really feel like its own workout space, or incorporate a sliding barn door mirror in unconventional ways, we’re confident a barn door mirror will improve the efficiency of your space.
The options are truly unlimited, and you might find yourself coming up with a new use for a sliding mirror door that isn’t even listed in this article! If that’s the case, channel your inner home designer within and head to the drawing board to start testing out your ideas. In the end, you’ll have a beautiful, new mirror barn door gracing your home with innovative style.