how to install barn door hardware

barn door hardware installation
Tools Needed
1 Mounting Board
2 Awl
3 Socket Wrench
4 Drill
5 Drywall Anchors
6 Cutting Oil
7 Level
8 Work Gloves
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Materials Needed
1 Paint
2 Hardware
3 Sliding Barn Door
4 Tape Measure
5 Safety Glasses
6 Metal Cutter
7 Router With Half-Bit
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Total Cost
$25-$75
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Estimated Time
4-6 Hours
Skill Level: Expert
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Project Overview

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If you have been thinking about adding a new sliding barn door to your home now might just be the right time to do it. While it is not easy, it is a project that you can do yourself at home. You will need the tools, materials, time, and the ability to follow step by step instructions. Once you have these things you will be well on your way to installing your new barn door hardware.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Measure And Order A New Door

ordering a barn door

Before you can do anything you need to find out what size sliding barn door you need. There are standard door sizes but not all the sizes work for all doors. For this reason finding the exact size that you need is important in ensuring that your door fits once it comes time to put it in place.

If the door opening that you are measuring has molding you need to measure from outside of the molding to outside width wise and from the top of the casing to the floor to get the height. You can add one or two inches to the doors for an overlap depending on the need for privacy.

To measure door openings that don't have a casing, measure the opening at the inside across to obtain the width and then from the top of the door opening to the floor in order to get the height. You can add two to four inches for each door with these depending on the need for overlap and privacy. Once you have these measurements you will be able to get the door/doors ordered that you need so that you can start the slightly more complicated tasks.

2

Mounting Board Attachment

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For this step, cut a mounting board that is 1”X4” and make the board the same length as the track that you will be using. The width will need to be slightly wider than the track in order to place the track on the board. To secure your mounting board you should use lag bolts, spacers, and drywall anchors.

For a mounting board that has an appearance more finished, you can use paint and even slightly round the edges of the board. If you choose to paint the mounting board be sure that you allow it plenty of time to dry fully.

3

Cut And Assemble Track

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For the track assembly, follow the manufacturers instructions and assemble with joint brackets. If needed you can cut the track length. If you want the door to open all the way across the door spacing then you will want to make the width twice the door width. Once the track is cut and assembled you are ready to move on.

4

Drill Track Holes

drill being used to make a pilot hole

Now, you need to measure and drill the track holes. For this use a drill bit that is metal-cutting. You should place the holes where it attaches to the wall and the mounting board. You should use a punch or an awl here in order to make a seat for the bit to rest in. Doing this will keep it from slipping on metal while you drill. You should also use a bit of cutting oil and apply to the hole you are drilling in order to keep that area cool.

5

Install Spacers And Track

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After finishing drilling the holes it is time to attach the track. Measure the track system. You will use lag bolts and install the track and the spacers on the mounting board as well as the wall. It is important to make sure that your track is perfectly level when you install it. Use your level to make sure. If you need to make adjustments you should make them before continuing.

Conclusion

Finally, it is time to hang the rollers and the door. You should look at the instructions provided with your kit in order to hang the rollers based on the instructions of the manufacturer. You can use the nuts, washers, and carriage bolts that are likely supplied with it. You will also likely need a socket wrench to help tighten it up.

Now, attach the bottom rollers and roller guide. When you are finished get another one or two people to help you out and hang the door up on the track. Move the door back and forth to make sure that it rolls smoothly. Check for any problems with the rollers or track if you notice that it is not functioning correctly. That was it, the door should now be completely functional. You should find that the task took a bit of your time and was a little was a bit difficult at times but overall completely achievable for someone to do on their own, at home.

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Questions And Answers

How much does it cost to install a barn door?

It depends on the person doing the installation if you hire it out, but it’s not difficult to complete the installation yourself. If you hire it out, it could be $200-300 for a typical door, however a heavier door will require 2 people, so will run you more. The main cost is incurred when you purchase the door and hardware kit designed for it. Most often the door hardware, if purchased separately, will run between $50-$150 for a typical set of hardware.

How tall should my barn door be?

Most often the door will be 78-82 inches in height because it will need to glide just off the floor in order to close off the opening. If you have a larger door, the rail it rides on will need to be attached higher on the wall so be sure to have your measurements organized and ensure enough space remains above the rail for the wheels and straps to move freely.

How do you install a barn door track?

Use a mounting board about 1”x4” as long as the track so that you have a strong piece to attach it too. Once the studs in the wall have been located, you’ll want to attach the mounting board at each stud so that you are able to support the weight of the door and the track itself. Next, install screws to hold the track onto the mounting board at every 10-12” so that it firmly stays in place and supports the weight of the door.

What hardware is required for barn doors?

The hardware attached directly to your door requires a strap in at least two points which will hold the weight of the door and keep it on the rail running across the opening and along the wall. The required track comes in various strengths based on the weight of the door. There are, of course, anchors and screws will attach the rail to the wall on a mounting board screwed into the wall studs at equidistant points. The door may or may not have a handle pull installed on it.

What size should my barn door be?

The size is based on the size of your opening. If you have a typical opening, it will range 32”-48” wide, but there are some homeowners who use these on openings up to 84”. Typically, the door needs to be slightly wider, even up to 72”. If you get larger than that the single piece might be too heavy, so use 2 doors where needed and slide the pieces apart from the center.

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