Sliding Barn Door: Install It

If you missed the first part, you can find it here.

Hope you’re ready for a picture overload!  There were a lot of steps to installing this bad boy and I plan to show you every one of them :)

Let’s start with what to buy.  This is the hardware we bought: (click the links to find where I ordered them):

Since they were in zinc finish (because it was cheapest), we spray painted all of the hardware black.  We didn’t spray the part that rolls through the box rail because you can’t see it and we didn’t want it to stick…more details on that later.

Disclaimer: we have an old piece of carpet in our garage that we use as a drop cloth.  Although I wouldn’t put it past myself, I did not accidentally spray paint carpet in my house. Over ‘n out.

The box rail also had to be trimmed to fit the door.  We cut it twice the width of the door, plus an inch for wriggle room…er…sliding room.  We used a Sawsall
(reciprocating saw) to cut it.  Sorry, no pics of this step since it took both of us to cut it.

In order for the door to sit far enough off the wall, we needed to add two 2×4′s for the box rail to attach to.  If we didn’t do this, the door would have hit the door frame when it was sliding. We painted them the color of our walls so they will blend in.

To install the end cap, you just have to wedge it in the end of the box rail.  We protected it with a cloth and just hammered it in.  The paint scratched off a little, but I just touched it up after it was installed.

Now you can attach the hanger part to the door. Measure how far in you want to attach it and mark where to drill on the top of the door.

Attach the nuts and bolt to the hanger part as shown:

Hold it up to the door so you know how far to drill your hole.  Since the hanger will sit flush against the door, there needs to be a hole for the bolt to sit in.

Drill the hole…

Then attach the rolling part to the hanging part.  I know, these technical terms can be overwhelming.

This shows a little better how we didn’t paint the rolling part.  No stickin rollers for us.

Now the hanger part fits flush against the top of the door since you drilled a hole for the bolt to slide in to.

Drill holes for the 3 bolts on the face of the door and tighten with a wrench on the back.

First one: done!

Do the second one same as above.

And now they’re both installed:

Now that the hardware is installed on the door, you can install the box rail to the wall.  Find your studs (insert cliche joke about my stud being on the left in the picture below) and mark every stud.

Drill in the 2×4′s to each stud, making sure it’s level as you go.

This is when we realized we will need two 2×4′s…thus why the bottom one isn’t painted.  I just painted it after it was up.

Now you can install the box rail to the 2×4′s.  We bought 4 box rail attachments for the 6 feet of box rail.

Now that the box rail is up, you can slide the hanger in to the box rail.  This door is HEAVY, so it definitely took both of us to slide it in.  And this girl ain’t risking dropping this door for the sake of a picture. (So just imagine us awkwardly holding this ginormous, heavy door while trying to guide it in to the track). Once it’s in, install the second end cap.

We were a wee bit nervous sliding it for the first time…

…but it didn’t tumble to the ground! Success!

One of the best parts about this new door is we have room for a chair now.  Before, the swinging door left no room for a chair.  I borrowed this chair from our living room just to see how it would look, so I still have my eye out for the perfect chair.

The total cost for the hardware from Tractor Supply, tax included, was $130.  Compared to similar track sets of $450, it’s a great deal.

I was a little worried about how loud it is, but it really isn’t very loud.  It is metal rollers on a metal track, but the sound isn’t bad at all.  And it’s very easy to slide.

Finishing this door was one big fat leap towards finishing our master bedroom. So, I’ll be posting the details of the master bedroom soon!

                

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Comments

  1. hikergirl says

    Oh my goodness… Hanging it was more complicated than making it but the results are amazing. It is so beautiful. What a great way to add usable space to a room where a door swings. Great idea, Suzie. You and hubby did an amazing job.

  2. says

    It looks amazing!!! What a great project and your tutorial is wonderful. I love the disclaimer about spray painting on carpet..it made me laugh. :) Megan

  3. says

    I love it! So rad! You guys did a great job. I’m thinking about doing a simoiar project in our bedroom to cover our patio slider. It’s huge, so it would be quite the project! Thank you for the inspiration. Love everything about this project!!!!

  4. says

    That is incredible! I love it… and that chair already looks good there, btw. Great job!

    Visiting from AtoZ… Rhonda @ home.made.

  5. says

    Found you at House of Hepworths. I’m pinning this! This is hands down the best and most economical sliding door tutorial I’ve seen. The door is gorgeous too! Thanks for a great tutorial. I’ve gotta get to Tractor Supply!

  6. Nicole says

    Found you on House of Hepworths. Love it! I want to do this more my office door. How is the paint on your trim and wall holding up behind the door? Do you find the door swings slightly and scratches it?

    • says

      Hi Nicole, since we added the 2×4′s, it sits off the wall enough that it doesn’t scratch it. It does swing a little, but it would have to do some major swinging for it to scratch.

      • Nicole says

        Thanks! Another question….Sorry. Is there a handle on the other side if the door? How is it trying to close it from the bathroom?

        • says

          That’s actually something we are still trying to figure out. A handle would hit the doorframe, so we are on the lookout for a small knob. If that doesn’t work, we are thinking about drilling a small hole (but big enough to slide it with a couple fingers). I’ll keep you updated!

  7. Taysha says

    I love your door! We are putting a barn door in our lake cottage, so I am researching ways to make our own and save some $. I was wondering what the back side of your door looks like. Did you make the same pattern on both sides?

  8. Sarah says

    That looks really great! In my laundry room I have two swinging “bar” type doors that I hate and there isn’t room for a real door so this would be a perfect solution to 1) get rid of the “bar” doors 2) Be able to close off my laundry room and it would completely match our farm house! Thanks, Sarah

  9. says

    Oh my! I was waiting to see this tute! :) I am so doing this ASAP! I do NOT have a tractor supply, but my daughter does, so she’s going to pick it up for me and deliver to me when she visits for Mother’s day! woohoo!
    fabulous tute! thanks for sharing!
    gail

  10. says

    I LOVE IT!!! It is just amazing! I found you through the addicted2decorating party. I can’t believe you got the hardware for $130! That’s such a crazy good deal. I have been hemming and hawing over how to hang a barn door, and now I know! I was planning on trying to rig something up myself with random metal pipes and bars, because the prices I was seeing were just way to high. We have this opening between our bedroom and “sink nook” that I really want to add a sliding door to, and now I can thanks! You’re awesome!

  11. jen says

    I love it! I was just wondering the other day if you had ever done anything with your habitat wood. Tell J that I wish some of his handy helperness would rub off on my J that is NOT into handy helperness!

  12. says

    Suzie…could you tell me how thick your door is? Mine is only going to be about 1.5 inches, which seems to be too thin for the brackets and bolts.
    thanks!
    gail

        • says

          Oh sorry, I replied on Part 1 of this tutorial…thought that comment was on this post. Anyways, our door is exactly 1.5″ thick too. It would have rubbed if we had not added the 2 2×4′s to the wall before we attached the hanging part. But yes, a 1.5″ thick door works fine.
          As for the screws, we just used what came with the kit. So, if you buy a kit, you will have everything you need, aside from the box rail and box rail attachments. Make sense?

  13. says

    I have one more question. What screws did you use on the brackets? Lag screws? Did they come with your stuff? Did you buy them separately? Thanks so much!
    gail

  14. Cheri says

    Suzie,
    Lovely, wonderful comments, directions, photos… you thought of everything!
    Thanks so much, you are appreciated.

  15. Laura says

    Anyway you could post a pic of the back side of the door? Also did you use bottom rollers to keep the door from swinging? It looks great! I am headed to Tractor Supply tomorrow =)

  16. amy says

    can you please advise on the hardware set from Tractor supply? They all looked galvanized and not in black. Thanks!

  17. Sandra says

    Love the door and hardware…looks like you paid a fortune for it! I agree with others that this is the best tutorial I’ve seen by far. Not only do you give step-by-step instructions, but you also share where you bought the hardware and the cost…thanks!

    Did you put a guide on the floor so the door could wouldn’t move outward when sliding the door open/closed?

    • says

      Thank you for the kind words, Sandra!
      We didn’t put a guide on the floor. Although there is some inward/outward movement on the door, it’s fine without it. However, if this was a door that we open and shut a lot, we might consider getting one. But for us right now, it’s fine without it.

  18. says

    love your door. the wood is beautiful as well as the design. we also have a barn door for our main floor bath so that the door didn’t take up any space inside the room. we found our rollers, or i should say our cousin found them in his old barn. however, ours makes ALOT of noise when moved. its old so that’s how it rolls. lol.
    you can see ours at:
    http://the1829farmhouse.blogspot.com/2011/11/house-tour-bathroom.html
    found you via thistlewood farms & hometalk…so glad i did!

  19. says

    I’m REALLY hoping I can find a tractor supply store in my area. I think this is the best DIY sliding Barn door hardware tutorial I’ve seen. I think you could make a nice little side business by buying all the parts and putting together a “Kit” to sell!

    Not kidding!

    • says

      Oh, how I would love that! If only there were more hours in the day :)
      I wonder if you can order part from Tractor Supply online if you don’t have one in your area? Good luck!
      -Suzie

  20. Jennifer says

    I was wondering if you had trouble with the door staying in place? Did you put anything to make it stop just right in front of the opening or do you just eyeball it every time?

    • says

      Honestly, we just eyeball it because we actually don’t open and close it very often. However, I believe you can insert the end cap further in the railing to make it stop where you want it to.
      -Suzie

  21. CKC says

    Just came across this project and am wondering how this would work as a door from the hallway into the bathroom. This is a one person household. Space is a real issue after downsizing my house by half. Thanks for the great info!

  22. kim miller says

    Hi! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! I just completed this project on a closet door using the same materials from a tractor store. I spent about the same amount, used Stanley and National parts. We also spray painted the galvanized metal black and it looks great. Used a 2x8header board instead of 2 2x4s and cut the 2×8 down to 2×7. I was able to hang the brackets for the box rail centered on the board. I used a standard door, 30″x80″, and added a nice handle. I did overlap the door over the doorway by 1″ on either side (28″ doorway).

    The only issue we have is that it’s a little bit of a tight fit on one of the brackets, the door doesn’t swing as easily as I would like. My husband tried to bend the brackets slights to allow the rollers to move more easily, but it’s still not perfect. We may have to take the door off and replace the brackets, I think they are pinching the box rail a little and causing it to be narow.

    Over, thank you again for your help, I used your suggestions and it looks great!

  23. Daphne Newaz says

    I love your blog! I had been planning to do a sliding barn door in my spare bathroom but had been put off by the cost of the hang-ware. And then I found your blog and post — what a great solution! I got an old door from my restore, stained it, got all the hang-ware from tractor supply, and now have a great sliding door! Your directions were MOST helpful! Thank you!!!

  24. says

    I love love love this.. Rustic if one of my favorite decors. You hit the nail on the head with this. My boyfriend will definitely be helping me with this project very soon!

  25. Cindy says

    Thanks so much for the DETAIL photos of the hardware. I couldn’t find assembly instructions online for this Stanley hardware. Your door is beautiful and rustic!

  26. Kevin says

    Hi, I’m wondering what you did on the back of the door. We want to do a door like yours for a large opening between the family room and the kitchen, so both sides need to be the “show” side. I’m nervous if I do ply in the middle and then do the finished design on BOTH sides, it’s going to be prohibitively heavy. Did you run into this problem? Thanks!

  27. says

    This is perfect!!! The pictures help so much, and you make it very easy to follow! I’m installing a BIG one of these tomorrow on our storage shed and this just saved me some real stress :) thanks for sharing!!!

  28. Theresa says

    I was browsing the Web and came across this post and i must say this is awesome! I have a question about the hangers themselves, do they come in sets of 2 or did you have to buy them separate?

  29. Debbi in Texas says

    a very gorgeous door; I am hoping to follow your tutorial and install a barn door to the laundry in our new house we are building; gorgeous door

  30. Melissa says

    Hi! I am in the middle of doing this project, and I am following your awesome tutorial step by step. I can’t figure out for the life of me why you had to add the bottom 2×4. I bought the exact same hardware from Tractor Supply and it seems like it will fit on the one 2×4 just fine. Did you add the second 2×4 to impede the door from swinging back? Although I have bought all the materials, I am still in the door construction phase. I know there has to be a good reason that the bottom 2×4 was added, but I can’t figure it out. If you could let me know I’d be so thankfu! Thanks!

  31. Tom Wolf says

    Fantastic barn door hanger. I am sure I don’t have a tractor supply store around. Was it a kit you bought? If so, what was name of the kit and I will look on line. If not, could you make a list of the name and quantity of all the parts I would need to purchase from someone else. I would really appreciate it and I am sure there are a lot people will appreciate it also.

    Thanks,
    Tom

  32. Bonnie says

    Can you use this for a bathroom? How does it cover the doorway? Is it a clean cover? Is it flush with the wall? Do you have moulding around the doorway under the sliding hanging door? Thank you.

  33. Brandon says

    Hi,

    I have a few important realistic questions.

    1. how do you close from inside. you couldn’t put a handle because it would stick out thefore you could not open or close this thing.

    2. how close do you actually get close to the moulding without scratching. would it be a bad idea for a washroom. i was thinking the “smells would seep through”

    these are the questions that i worry about.

  34. Jill says

    Looks beautiful!

    I have my hardware ready to be painted, but I’m not sure how to treat the galvanized metal. How did you clean yours so the paint would adhere? Vinegar? Turpentine?

    Also, what kind of paint did you use?

    Thanks!

  35. Jill says

    Looks beautiful!

    I have my hardware ready to be painted, but I’m not sure how to treat the galvanized metal. How did you clean yours so the paint would adhere? Vinegar? Turpentine?

    Also, what kind of paint did you use?

    Thanks so much!

  36. Catherine says

    Brilliant!!! How do we begin to thank you for sharing this???

    Quick question: How is the spray paint holding up on the hardware? Does it start chipping once the door gets used?

    Thank you so much.

    • says

      Catherine,
      The spray paint is holding up great because nothing rubs on it. The rollers are inside the track. So once we sprayed it and hung it, there’s nothing there to scratch it off!

  37. Katy says

    So Im thinking about installing a barn door for our half bath, but I was concerned about the privacy. Do you feel like you have the same amount of privacy with the barn door as you did with a regular door? TIA! :)

    • says

      Katy,
      There is a teeny tiny gap between the door and the wall (more than a regular door). So that might make it a little less private. And there is the locking issue – ours doesn’t lock. You can easily add and little lock though. This door works great for our master bath, but your guests might want a little more privacy for a half bath. Just a thought :)

  38. Stephanie says

    This looks awesome!! As for the box rail where did you buy it? Does it come with the box rail attachments?

    Thanks
    Stephanie

  39. Jeremy says

    I’m getting ready to tackle this project. I would just like to know what type/size bolts were used to secure the 2X4′s to the studs in the wall. Thank you.

  40. Patti says

    Thank you so very much for posting this on Pinterest! We have been looking for an affordable way to install barn sliding doors in our turn of the century style farm house. Everything we have seen has been hundreds of dollars. This is not only doable, but cost effective too.

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