How to Build Barn Doors

How to Build Barn Doors


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Fasten the Rails

  • Mark the height of the rails on the door and attach them with construction adhesive and nails.
  • Since the fasteners show, we decided to use 1-1/2-in. wrought-head nails. Because the nails protruded slightly from the opposite side, we shortened them a bit by holding them with locking pliers and grinding off the tips on a bench grinder.
    • Pro tip: You could also mount a metal grinding wheel in your angle grinder.
  • Drill pilot holes for the nails that are near the ends of the rails to avoid splitting the wood. If you don’t mind the appearance of screw heads on the opposite side of the door, you could flip the door over and drive 1-1/4-in. screws through the boards into the rails for a little more strength.
    • Pro tip: If you prefer, you could brush on a coat of flat polyurethane. Test the finish on a scrap to see if you like it before you apply it to your door. We didn’t put a finish on our door.

41. DIY Barn Door Under $10

Budget is that one constraint that everyone looks up to before making a decision, unless until you are some Richie rich. But for most of us, that’s not the case. So if you really want to create a more straightforward change into your interiors, an inexpensive way to add a barn door is one unique way to do so. It all will cost you around $10, which is pretty reasonable to afford. gatheredinthe

22. Make Sliding Barn Door Bathroom Cabinet

Shanty 2-Chic has always got some lovely DIY ideas to look for all those individuals who want to make a change. If you are one of those, then this DIY Tutorial on bathroom cabinet sliding door is made for your needs. It’s a fun craft to make, and all you need is to follow these steps, and you can get yourself a cute cabinet for your bathroom. shanty-2-chic

Three Ways to Support the Tracks

To support a door, the track needs to be solidly mounted to wall framing. There are three options.

  • Install continuous wood backing between the wall studs at the track height. This allows you the freedom to install track-mounting screws at any location.
    • Pro tip: This method isn’t practical in a room that’s finished because you would have to remove the drywall or plaster to install the blocking
  • Mount a header board to the wall surface (as seen in the photo above), making sure it’s securely screwed to the studs, and screw the track to the header board.
    • Pro tip: One manufacturer recommends a maximum door weight of 75 lbs. if you’re using this method because the support screws will only be engaged in 3/4-in.-thick wood.
  • The third option is to bolt the track directly to the studs. You have to do two things if you choose this method.
    • First, make sure to order an undrilled track, as you’ll need to drill holes yourself at the stud locations.
    • Second, ask the supplier to recommend hardware to avoid crushing the drywall. Most suppliers have crush plates or something similar to solve the problem.

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.

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

Bi-Fold Barn Doors

Charleston Crafted

This DIY barn door project takes an existing bi-fold door and then uses decorative slats to create a barn door look. It's an easy project and gives you a great option if you have a space where you're unable to put up a traditional barn door.

Bi-Fold Barn Doors from Charleston Crafted

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.

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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