What Horse Barn Style Is Right for Me?

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Finding the right style horse barn is a matter of balancing the aesthetic you like with the practical requirements you need. At J&N, we build a wide range of different style horse barns all across the country. See some of our most common horse barn styles — and discover the one that is perfect for your farm or back 40.


Finding Your Best Horse Barn Style

A barn of any size is a serious investment – you need to be sure you’re making the right decision. With so many opinions in the atmosphere, we wanted to clear the air and provide you with some helpful tips to find the style that meets YOUR needs!

Here is our list for the most popular and affordable horse barn style options.


Monitor Style Barns

Bring a touch of Southern flair and hospitality to any region of the United States with this timeless barn!

For a horse barn that is larger than life, the monitor style barn is the ultimate choice! Not only does this barn style hold massive design potential, but also boasts a stellar square footage. Because of the large space, there is always versatile room for horse stalls, tack rooms, office space and more!

As a center-isle barn, the monitor style gives you access to two full rows of horse stalls on either side of the main aisle. However, if you don’t need that many stalls, we can also leave the space open additional use.

Monitor style barns may be right for you if:

  • You need practical space AND storage space
  • You own multiple horses
  • You want a dedicated tack room
  • You desire high ceilings or a second story
  • You like open floor plans or versatile space
  • You want a covered overhang


Shed Row Style Barn

When you know you don’t need an abundance of space, it changes the barn styles you’ll consider.

A shed row style barn is the design chosen most by the budget-conscious and the humble hearted. Since this style of barn tends to leave a smaller footprint, the shape can be customized. One of the most common shed row barn design is the L-shape or straight line.

Learn all you need to know about shed row barn designs and benefits in our recent blog post!

Shed row style barn may be right for you if:

  • You just want something small and simple
  • You own a 1-3 horses
  • You want a covered overhang
  • You want to keep your project low cost
  • You need easy access for your animals


Custom Designed Horse Barns

You’ve never been one to settle for a cookie-cutter design — and neither have we!

Although we offer a variety of standard horse barn styles, like monitor and shed row, our talented team at J&N Structures can also completely customize a barn from start to finish. Working with J&N means you get exactly what you want!

If you have ambitious design goals or challenging land to work around, a custom barn may be worth considering. Shape, size, color and ventilation are just a few of the details you’ll enjoy having total control over when working with our team.

A custom barn may be right for you if:

  • You have predetermined design goals
  • You own a uniquely elevated piece of land
  • You want a one-of-a-kind barn
  • You have a specific use for your barn already in mind


Tips for Choosing Your Best Horse Barn Style

 Settling for a cheap horse barn kit just isn’t an option for a respectable horse lover like you! Although we’ve already covered the two most popular types of horse barn styles, here are a few additional general tips to consider when looking for the answer to “What style barn should I get?”…

  • Identify your needs: The more specific you can be about your vision, the easier the design process will be! Begin by identifying how many horses you want to board, your budget, and how much storage you’d like.
  • Decide on size: While having a second story on your barn may be convenient, it’s not on everybody’s wish list.

Did you find these tips helpful? Read our recent blog posts about horse barn design basics to get our full list of things to consider before building a barn!


Your Favorite Barn Design Brought to Life

Have one of the projects above captured your heart? Let’s get to work!

At J&N Structures, we know a thing or two about building barns – after all, we have been doing it for 20 years! But don’t just take our word for it – use our dealer lookup tool to get in touch with our of our representatives today!