So today we'll do a quick step-by-step of How To Install 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.
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.
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!
Based on your previous measurements, draw a level line to mark out the holes to be drilled for your Hardware System.
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.
Attach the track with lag bolts using a 1/2" socket on your impact drill.
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.
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.
Put the roller system on and secure in place using the nut provided in your hardware system.
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.
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.
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.
So there you have it. After painting our trim and the door, we have a beautiful sliding door in the Master Bedroom.
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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