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HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR

In this DIY tutorial we will show you how to install a barn door using interior sliding door hardware. This post was sponsored by National Hardware but all opinions and content are 100% our own.

HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR

The very first DIY Gray House Studio project we completed in our house over two years ago was to build and hang a wood barn door in our master bedroom. We built the barn door from scratch as well as pieced together the track system.

It was only two years ago but looking back on our barn door project it feels like we were such newbies when it came to deciding on our design style. As we have completed more projects in our home and really nailed down the aesthetic we want our house to have, we decided we needed to revisit this barn door and give it a revamp.

The first part of our barn door refresh was to update all of the hardware and add a door handle to make sliding the door easier. While we are really proud of how we built our barn door and how we were able to create our own sliding door track system, there were a few mirror issues we had with the appearance of the track.

First, the wood spacers had to go. Because they had to be in the studs, they were off center and not spaced evenly which was a bit distracting. Secondly, we wanted to say goodbye to stainless steel hardware and hello to oil-rubbed bronze that would better suits the industrial/rustic vibe we having going on in the rest of the house.

This time around we wanted this to be a quick and easy update that didn’t take all day so we choose to use a decorative interior sliding door hardware kit from National Hardware. We were happy to discover that the hardware is high quality and having all the pieces you need packaged together makes installing a barn door a breeze.

SUPPLIES

MATERIALS

TOOLS

  • Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • Tape Measure
  • Level
  • Marking Tools
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench + Socket Set

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HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR

Today we are going to walk you through how to install a barn door using interior sliding door hardware. Note: If you need to build a barn door first, be sure to check out our barn door post and free barn door plans.

1. INSTALL HEADER BOARD

HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
1. It is advised NOT to install the track directly into the drywall so we first needed to install a header board above our door opening. The hardware kit does not come with the supplies you will need to install a header board so you will have to get the piece of wood and interior screws separately.

We had a 1×4 that was 8ft. long laying around in our garage so we decided to use that for our header board. The track is 72″ so we needed to make our header board the same length.

We used a tape measure and pencil to measure and mark 72″ on our board and then used our miter saw to cut the board down to 72″, it was as easy as that.

HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
2. As a design preference, we wanted our header board to blend in with the wall and to not be noticeable so we painted it the same color as our wall.

HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
3. To install the header board above the door we used a stud finder to mark where the studs were in the wall.

HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
4. We determined where we needed to place the header board above our door frame so it would appropriately cover the door opening and then using a level, to make sure the board stayed straight, we drilled interior screws into the wall studs to securely attach our header board to the wall.

HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
We like the fact that our header board blends seamlessly into the wall.

2. INSTALL TRACK

FOR THIS STEP YOU WILL NEED: Track, Spacers, Track Fasteners, Level, Drill, Wrench + Socket Set
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
5. We held the track up to the header board and marked in the large hole at the end of the track where we needed to drill. Then we drilled a hole and installed the fasteners and spacer.
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
6. Next, we marked and drilled the hole at the other end of the track. We set a level on the track to make sure the track stayed straight while we installed the next spacer and fastener. Finally, we marked, drilled and installed the spacers and fasteners in the center holes which secured the track to the header board.

3. INSTALL HANGERS

FOR THIS STEP YOU WILL NEED: Hangers, Hanger Fasteners, Marking Tool, Drill
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
7. We used the supplied template to determine where we needed the holes in the door for the hangers.
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
8. Then we used a marking tool to mark the holes on both ends of the door and then drilled the holes.
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
9. We removed the pre-installed fasteners from the hangers. Our door is thin so we used the shorter hanger fasteners to attach the hangers to the door.

4. INSTALL BAR PULL

FOR THIS STEP YOU WILL NEED: Bar Pull, Marking Tool, Screwdriver
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
10. To install the handle, we lined up the bar pull where we wanted it on the door and then used a marking tool to mark where the two holes in the handle are. Then we secured the handle to the door using the screws that came with the bar pull.
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR

5. INSTALL ANTI-JUMP DISCS

FOR THIS STEP YOU WILL NEED: Anti-jump Discs, Screwdriver
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
11. To install the anti-jump discs we placed a disc on the top edge of the door on the inside edge of the hanger making sure the hole is facing the front of the door.

6. PLACE DOOR ON TRACK

HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
12. After we installed everything on the door, we placed the door on the track and tested to make sure it slid across the track smoothly.

7. INSTALL DOOR STOPS

FOR THIS STEP YOU WILL NEED: Door Stops
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
13. Next, we installed the door stops on each side of the track and secured them by tightening the set screws.

8. INSTALL HOLE CAPS

FOR THIS STEP YOU WILL NEED: Track Hole Caps
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR
14. Since we did not need to connect multiple tracks we inserted the hole caps into the small holes at both ends of the tracks.

HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR

And that’s it! We hope you found this how to install a barn door tutorial helpful. If you are looking for a simple and nice-looking hardware solution to hang you barn door, we are really pleased with how the oil-rubbed bronze hardware from National Hardware looks and functions.

Our master bedroom still has mostly black furniture which is why we initially stained the barn door black. Working on our master bedroom is at the bottom of our list when it comes to room makeovers but once we get around to it, I’m sure we will update our barn door to be stained Kona. For now, updating the hardware to oil-rubbed bronze has already made a huge difference.

Check out how we built our wood barn door and download free wood barn door plans to build your own.

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HOW TO INSTALL A BARN DOOR

  1. How do you determine at what height to mount the header board ? What is the spacing between the top of the door and the bottom of the roller ?
    FYI: The installation is over a pocket door.
    How many inches between the fasteners if you are mounting the rail on a wall with no studs ?

    • The instructions usually do a good job of helping with the specific measurements since barn door hardware can vary. To determine the height to mount the header you can attach the hardware to the door and prop the door off the ground. Then, mark on the wall where the bottom of the wheels attached to the door hardware are. This is where the top of your rail should go. If you don’t have studs you should use drywall anchors and probably space them every foot at least. Be careful if you don’t anchor into the stud because even with a header board the rail could still pull lose.

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