How to Build a Sliding Barn Door in 30 Minutes

How to Build a Sliding Barn Door in 30 Minutes

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28. DIY Double Barn Doors

While one barn door is an effective and efficient way to save some space in your interior, a combination of two of them is going to be hit around town. Create your own Double door sliding barn doors in simple steps as done here. infarrantlycreative


Finish with Gray Stain

  • Apply a thin, uneven layer of gray stain, dabbing and wiping to cap off the aged look. Don’t forget to finish the ends and edges of the boards.
    • Pro tip: It’ll look better if the stain is less consistent. Also, don’t worry if the finish is different from one board to another. The variation will add an authentic look when the door is assembled.
  • Let the stain dry overnight before moving on to the door assembly.

Most stain brands have colors that will work well for aging wood. Here are the colors we used:

65. Make Your Own Sliding Barn Door

If you are someone who wants to install a nicely done Sliding barn door in your home, but the budget has kept you tight. Then this tutorial on one barn door is for you to create using some plywood sheets of size 4×8. The grooves and tongues glued together later gives a perfect final product that you can’t take your eyes off from. wilkerdos

How To Hang The Door

To hang the door, we first hung the piece of oak on the wall to attach the track to for added support. Find where the studs are and mark with a pencil above and below each stud the length of the oak support,  Find your center point and level for the oak support piece. Drill holes for the hardware to attach to the oak piece to the wall. We painted our oak the same color as the walls so it would blend in. Attach lag bolts to oak piece and secure with a cordless ratchet driver.

Once the piece is secured to the wall, you can lay out the support rail onto the oak piece. Mark the rail support holes to the oak piece. Drill a pilot hole for attaching the rail hardware to the oak. Attach top rail hardware and make sure it’s level and secure. Hang barn door onto top rail guide and check that it’s sliding properly.

14 Steps to Building Your Own Sliding Barn Doors


Gregory Nemec

Plan for a 2 day project:

  • Day 1: Build the door (Steps 2-10).
  • Day 2: Hang the door (Step 11-13)

Before you begin, measure the width of the door from the outside edges of the casing, then order a hardware kit with a track twice that width.

Make Shiplap Boards

We used inexpensive 1×6 No. 2 pine boards, cut rabbets on the edges to make shiplap boards, and distressed and stained them to resemble old barn wood. When you choose boards, don’t worry about knots, scratches or gouges. But try to pick boards that are straight and not cupped or warped.

  • Divide the width of the door by the board width to see how many boards you will need. Then adjust the board width until they are all equal.
    • Pro tip: When you’re doing the math, remember to account for the shiplap edges.
  • For our 4-ft.-wide door, we cut each board five inches wide. Yours may be different. Cut the boards to the right width and cut rabbets on two edges of all but two boards.
  • Cut one rabbet on two boards that will be used on the outside edges.
    • Pro tip: We used a 3/8-in. rabbeting bit to cut the rabbets. A table saw with a dado blade will also work.
  • We also cut the boards to the right length before distressing them so we could make the ends look aged. At the same time, cut the two horizontal rails and the two 3-in.-wide blocks that go under the hangers. Make the horizontal rails two inches shorter than your door width.

Farmhouse Style Wood Barn Door


This isn't technically a barn door because there's no sliding hardware, but it gives you the look of one. This project uses a normal interior wood and uses accent wood pieces and stain to give it a whole new look. The best part is that it only costs $25 in materials to build.

Farmhouse Style Wood Barn Door from Remodelaholic

Modern Barn Door

A Beautiful Mess 

This DIY barn door project is the perfect way to break up two different spaces to make them more functional. This way you can close the door when needed or leave it open so you have a much larger space. This plan shows that you don’t need to stick with a rustic style just because it’s a barn door. White paint, modern hardware, and a Shaker-inspired design make this door great for a contemporary or modern home.

Modern Barn Door from A Beautiful Mess

Barn Door Hardware and Track

Because of the awkward size of our door, I had to

Because of the awkward size of our door, I had to turn to Ebay for sliding barn door hardware (mostly the track) that was the correct size and affordable. I found a 10′ track for $80.

If your door is a normal width, you can buy your barn door hardware on Amazon.

There are plenty of barn door tracks on Amazon, and I wish that had been an option for us!

Mounting the Hardware Kit

To mount our track and door, we mounted a 1×4 board directly to the wall, and then mounted the door track to that.

The reason for this is that our doorway still had the trim that stuck out about 1″ past the wall. If there was no doorway trim, we would have mounted the rail directly to the wall.


Our barn door track came with a door stopper for the bottom of the door, but it was one that had to be drilled into the floor.

I wasn’t too excited about that since our floors were only about 3 months old at the time.

Instead, my mom found me this cast iron door

Instead, my mom found me this cast iron door stop and it’s pretty much my favorite thing! I LOVE it and think it pairs perfectly with my rustic homemade barn door!

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