Thursday, April 17, 2014

How to Hang a Barndoor-Inspired Sliding Door

We're here today with another project from our Master Bedroom Remodel. With the way that we designed our master bedroom, we have this cute little closet with Justin's dresser and our TV tucked-in next to the doorway to downstairs. To best utilize this space, we chose to do a sliding door with a barndoor-style rail & sliders. I've been in love with the barndoor style doors for awhile now, so this was the perfect opportunity to bring that into our house.

So today we'll do a quick step-by-step of How To Install a Barndoor-Style Sliding Door.

How to hang a barndoor style sliding door

We started out with getting a five-panel door slab as a special order from Home Depot. We chose another five panel door because we wanted it to live within the same family of our tempered glass five panel that we installed for our bathroom.

I wasn't able to find our exact door online since we got it larger than the Builder Grade doors they have online.

Sliding Door Slab

So let's get to it. We decided to put a piece of trim on the wall to match our window trim around the Master Suite. This piece of trim will serve as the base for our sliding door's rail.

Using a stud finder to find the studs, Justin nailed the piece of trim to our wall above the door & closet space using nail gun and 2 1/2" nails. Nailing these into the studs secures the head piece in plac.

Installing the Head Piece

Next up was measuring the height for the door track to ensure that you have enough room for your door to slide, but that it's fairly tight against your floor to not allow for any light to shine through. Every Sliding Barndoor Hardware system is different, so be sure to follow your hardware instructions. We purchased this Barndoor Hardware system for only $150 from Home Depot and love it!

Measuring the Door Height

Based on your previous measurements, draw a level line to mark out the holes to be drilled for your Hardware System. 

Leveling the Barn Door Hardware

As always, make sure that you pre-drill holes to avoid wood chipping. These pre-drilled holes will be for lag bolts that came with our hardware package.

Pre-drilling Holes for Barn Door

Attach the track with lag bolts using a 1/2" socket on your impact drill.

Installing the Sliding Door Rail

Next up is getting your door prepped. Using the instructions provided in your hardware pack for exact measurements, mark out where the roller attaches to the door using sliding t-square.

Attaching Hardware to Sliding Door

Next up, pre-drill holes for bolts using a drill bit (measure your bolt to determine the size you'll need this hole to be). Start by pre-drilling this hole from the top of the door, allowing the bit to just slightly poke out from the under side of the door. This will show you where to drill from the other side, and won't risk you chipping the wood. Then, flip your door over and finish drilling the hole.

Slide the thread of the bolt (the bottom) through the underside of the door.

Drilling Holes in Sliding Door

Put the roller system on and secure in place using the nut provided in your hardware system.

Attaching Rollers to Sliding Door

Once you have your roller system on the door, hang the door  on the rail to test it out. Take your time to ensure that the door's level so it does not roll on it's own. If it's not level, loosen the nuts & bolts and tap upwards on the bottom of the rolling system with a block of wood to move slightly until the rolling shafts are level.

Hanging the Door

One thing they don't tell you about with sliding barndoor-style doors? The huge gap that's left between the door and the wall! What? This is likely because we used a header piece of trim vs. attaching the hardware directly to the wall - but in order to get the look and the stability that we wanted, that was a no brainer. So, we had to come up with an ingeious solution that would look natural on the door and would allow our Master Bedroom the privacy that it needs.

Gap between Sliding Door and Wall

I'm so lucky I have Justin around. His carpenter brain instantly saw a solution and added a strip of wood at the dimensions we needed to provide that privacy. We painted it the same color as the door, and you can't even tell that it doesn't belong. Perfect.

Adding Privacy Block to Door

So there you have it. After painting our trim and the door, we have a beautiful sliding door in the Master Bedroom.

Sliding Door Hardware
How to Hang a Sliding Door

And there you get a sneak peek of our dresser drawers (not quite finished) in the little closet "nook" behind the door!

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  1. Thanks for sharing! I want one on our laundry closet.

  2. I will definitely be bookmarking this. We have a plan to replace our laundry room door with a barn door and now I can use your tips to make it work. Thank you!

  3. This looks amazing. I have been thinking of making a barn door for our master bath room. you have motivated me to finish mine.
    love love love it!!

  4. This is awesome, I've been wanting a sliding barn door for soooo long and this post makes me want one even more! I'm trying to limit some of our projects until we are out of this rental house, but I pinned this for later! Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

  5. LOVE this! Thank you for sharing. Definitely going to use the tutorial soon. :-) Visiting from Home Stories A to Z.

  6. Hey, Kayla and Justin!

    I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your Barn Door and am featuring it as one of this week's Rockstars at Creativity Unleashed Week 16! It'll be on the blog tonight at 8:00. Grab your peeps and come vote so you can be the MEGA Rockstar. Shoop!!!

  7. Awesome!!! Love this, Kayla! Thanks for the tutorial!

    ~Abby =)

  8. So timely - we are finishing our basement and I have 2 doorways that I want to hang a barn door in. I hope ours turns our as good as yours did!

  9. WOOO HOOOO!!! Been wanting to do this for two years now. Cost of 200 and up was holding me back. Glad Home Depot has started to sell them. 150 isn't bad!

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  13. Wow, that's just fantastic! And it seemed relatively easy! I guess professionals can make just about anything look easy though. I'll have to ask my husband if he could install a sliding door like the one you pictured. Thanks for sharing your process with us.

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  15. Was the wood strip added to the door or the wall to improve privacy?

    1. Curious about this too...just added a barn door to our hall bathroom and regretting it big time now...with the huge gap you can see the mirror and the reflection of the person in the shower! Help!

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  17. Thanks for sharing! I recently salvaged an old antique door from a demolition and I have been wondering what to do with it. I think I will follow your instructions and hang between my kitchen and dining room on the dining room side. Everyone will see the character of the old door and I won’t have to deal with hinges.

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  19. I have a question about the gap issue. Did you attach the extra piece to the door itself. Or the frame to cover the gap?

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