Interior sliding barn doors instantly add charm and character to any room. They offer a functional and stylish alternative to traditional or pocket doors. Allow you the flexibility to enhance an entire room with a unique accent piece while also customize your space functionally.
Thanks to their growing popularity, Installing sliding barn door hardware is easier and cheaper than you think. You’ll need some essentials to get started and a little bit of know-how, but as long as you follow along in this tutorial you’ll have a new custom sliding barn door hung in no time! Just wait and see.
Before you even start to consider installing your barn door hardware kit, you will need to know the width of your door as well as the available horizontal and vertical wall space.The barn door should be wide enough to completely cover the doorway with an inch or two of overhang on both sides and about one inch at the top. It should be tall enough so that when it’s hung on the track, there is about 1/2-inch of space between the bottom of the door and the floor.
Step 1.Make Sure You Have the Necessary Hardware and Tools.
The hardware with the sliding barn door system should include the following: 2″ flat steel track, track joint brackets, spacers, screws, lag bolts, carriage bolts, hanger rollers, bottom roller guide and bottom rollers. Tools Needed：Speed square, Clamps, Drill, Drill Bit – 3/8″ – 1/2″, Tape measure
Step 2. Prime and Paint the Backer Board.
There should be one inch of space between the barn door and the wall frame. It will help create a gap between the door and frame.Use a color that matches the door or the trim in your home. It’s easiest to paint the board when it’s lying flat on a work surface or saw horses.
Step 3. Assemble and Cut the Track.
Cut the track to the length needed — twice the width of the door allows the door to open the entire width of the door space. And then, Align the track with the holes you drilled in the backer board. Attach the track to the backer board using the provided spacers, lag bolts and washers.The spacers should have a broad base that goes against the backer board. While keeping the track level, use a wrench to tighten the lag bolts.
STEP 4. Attach a Mounting Board.
To secure the track to the wall and add support for the heavy barn door, cut a 1″ x 4″mounting board the same length as, but a little wider than, the track. Use the drywall anchors, spacers and lag bolts to secure the mounting board. In this project, the mounting board was painted black and the edges rounded slightly for a more finished appearance.
Step 5. Drill Holes in the Track.
Next, measure and drill holes with a metal-cutting drill bit in the steel track where it will be attached to the mounting board and wall. Use an awl or a punch to create a seat for the drill bit so it doesn’t slip on the metal while you’re drilling. Apply some cutting oil to the drill hole to keep the area cool.Install the Track and the Spacers Measure for the track system. Using lag bolts, install the track and spacers to the mounting board and wall, making sure that the track is perfectly level.
Step 6. Attch the Rollers.
Some barn door hardware kits contain templates for locating the rollers and other items on the door, and some doors have predrilled holes. Other kits give directions to install the rollers a certain number of inches from the edges of the door. Some rollers are screwed to the top edge of the door. Other kits use strap hangers that are held in place with decorative nuts and bolts. Whatever style you choose, use a speed square to keep the straps straight.
STEP 7: HANG YOUR DOOR.
After the floor guide is in place, carefully hang your barn door and slide it through the floor guide.
NOTE:ATTACH THE ANTI-JUMP DISKS if needed to keep the door in place.These are small rubber blocks that are screwed to the top edge of the door. Should the roller wheels jump off the track, the disk will hit the bottom of the track and keep the door in place.
Step 8. FINAL CHECK.
Make sure the door opens and closes smoothly. Double-check that the anti-jump disks are in place and that the door stoppers are tight.Make sure the door opens and closes smoothly. Double-check that the anti-jump disks are in place and that the door stoppers are tight.
Congrats! You now have a fully functional sliding barn door that you installed yourself.
Because they’re not exposed to the elements, interior sliding barn doors require very little maintenance beyond normal cleaning. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintaining the doors and door hardware. Here are some general cleaning tips:
Routinely wipe down the hardware and track with a soft cloth and mild cleaner.
Use oil soap formulated for wood to clean the door.
Clean glass inserts with glass cleaner.
Don’t use harsh cleaners that contain bleach.
Don’t use coarse rags or steel wool on the door or the door hardware.
Enjoy your stylish new barn door. If you take care of it, it should remain sturdy and functional for the life of your home.