How to Install Hanging Barn Doors In 6 Easy Steps (DIY): A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Install Hanging Barn Doors In 6 Easy Steps (DIY): A Step-by-Step Guide

Barn doors are becoming the new trend in interior spaces. Barn doors add character and create a ton of interest to a space compared to regular doors. They’re also a great option for small limited spaces. Whether you want a contemporary interior space or a rustic modern farmhouse look, there’s a barn door style that will perfectly match your interior aesthetics. If you’re considering getting a sliding barn door, but quite skeptical about the installation process? Worry no more. Here’s a step-by-step instruction on how you can install it for yourself.

Step 1: Have all the installation hardware complete and ready

Before you get started, make sure that you have all the necessary items and tools needed to install your barn door. A typical barn door set would include the following hardware:

  • Rails with predrilled holes
  • Hangers with wheels
  • Doorstops
  • Floor guide
  • Mounting screws

Other tools and materials you might need to properly complete this DIY project include a level, pencil, tape measure, power drill, screwdriver, adjustable wrench, a ratchet set, and clamps.

Step 2: Prepare your door

To install the rollers on your door, measure 4 inches from the edge of the door and mark the holes with a pencil. Pre-drill 1/8” holes and secure the rollers in place.

Step 3: Attach the backer board

You will need at least 1 inch of space between the door and your barn door so you need to attach a backer board above your door. Make sure that your backer board has the same length as the door track. Paint your backer board with the same color as your wall. For concrete walls, you won’t be needing a backer board just keep the track on a level and pre-drill the holes before attaching the bolts to the track. Before you attach the backer board to the wall, center the track on the board first and mark locations for mounting holes later on.

Step 4: Fasten the metal track to the backer board

To mount the track on the board, drill pilot holes for the lag bolts at the marked locations that you did in the previous step. Using a 13mm wrench, place the lag bolts with washers and spacers and attach the track to the mounting board. 

Step 5: Place the stoppers

Slide the stoppers on both ends of the track. Secure the stoppers with the provided screws using the Allen wrench that is included in the stopper set.

Step 6: Hang your door

Now that the backer board is mounted and the trackers are perfectly attached, it’s time to hang your door. Lift the door and place the rollers on the track. Slide the door back and forth to test if it is working just fine. Install the door guides on the floor. Position the door so that the door guide goes inside the grove located at the bottom of the door. Mark its position on the floor and attached it with the screws. Place the anti-jump blocks with regards to the door travel requirements. Check if the door is working perfectly. Anti-jump blocks are installed to prevent the door from sliding off the track. Make sure that the door covers the opening and allows it to open entirely before placing the anti-jump blocks.

Note that barn doors from different manufacturers sometimes have a different installation process. To make your barn door installation a success, follow the detailed and graphical manual provided by your manufacturer.

Barn doors can perfectly go anywhere. In bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, pantry, bedrooms, and closets. Barn doors are trendy. They can easily improve the overall character of your space and are great for creating a design statement. Aside from making your interior space look visually appealing, barn doors also have efficient functions in the room. They are great for partitions and encourage an open layout making your room feel more spacious. Barn doors are the perfect DIY project that you can easily do to spruce up your interior space.

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