how to install barn doors inside

how to install barn doors inside
Tools Needed
1 Drill Bit
2 Drywall anchors
3 Awl
4 Socket wrench
5 Cutting oil
6 Tape Measure
7 Screw driver
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Materials Needed
1 Mounting board
2 10-inch bar pull
3 2 x 6-inch board
4 Miter saw
Total Cost
$50-$150
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Estimated Time
5-8 Hours
Skill Level: Expert
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Project Overview

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It seems as if one of the leading and recent trends is the installation of an interior barn door. This step is important to either provide some privacy or to add a decorative element, and in some cases to reduce unwanted noise.

Unlike typical swinging doors, barn doors do not sweep across your usable floor area‚, so they are well suited for crowded and tight spaces. The installation of an interior barn door, whether new or a retrofit over existing openings, is often a simple DIY job. It is a lot easier compared to adding an interior swinging door or, framing a pocket door which is even more difficult. Also, the rustic or vintage impression of barn-door hardware often suits the indoor space better compared to most contemporary, off-the-shelf doors.

Follow this step-by-step tutorial to install an interior barn door and make more efficient use of your indoor space. This project requires plenty of drilling and metal will easily get hot when you drill into it. Therefore, make sure you are wearing goggles. When drilling holes, it is ideal to work with drill lubricant as it will make this process faster and easier.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Install a Header Board

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First, install a sufficiently long header board above the door opening. Do not make the mistake of installing the track into your drywall. Most hardware kits often do not include the supplies required to install a header board; therefore, you may need to buy interior screws and a piece of wood separately.

Cut your header board to ensure its length matches the length of the track. Use a pencil and tape measure to measure and mark the header board then cut it with a miter saw. If you want your header board to complement your wall, you can paint it with the same color. For installing your header board use a stud finder to mark the stud positions on your wall carefully. Use a level to ensure your board stays straight and drill screws into the wall studs to attach the board to your wall.

2

Install the Track

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Hold the track up to your header board and mark a hole at the edge of your track where you will have to drill. Then drill a hole and install the spacer and fasteners. Similarly, mark and drill a hole at the opposite end of your track. Place a level on your track to ensure it stays straight while you install the next fastener and spacer. Now, mark, drill and install the fasteners and spacers in the center holes to secure your track to the header board.

If you want to install two barn doors, the track should be twice the width of each door. It will allow you to slide two doors at once on a single track easily. While in the case of a single door, the track has to be as wide as your door. You can use the templates (provided with the supplies) to figure out where you need the holes to your door for installing the hangers. Then mark the holes with a marking tool on both the ends of your door and drill the holes. Now remove all the pre-installed fasteners from your hangers. If you have a thin door, you can use shorter hanger fasteners for attaching the hangers to your door.

3

Set up a Bar Pull

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Installing the handle is the next step. Line up the bar pull where you want it on your door and with a marking tool mark the locations of the two holes in your handle. Then secure your handle to your door with the screws (they come with the bar pull). Place the anti-jump disc on the top edge of your door to install it. It should be on the inner edge of your hanger to ensure the hole faces the front of your door. After installing all the accessories on your door, place it carefully on the door track and test it several times to ensure the door slides smoothly across the track.

4

Set Up Door Stops

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Then install door stops on both sides of the door track, securing them tightly with the help of screws. The door stops often will work well, especially if the door is in the center of your wall. In other cases, you may run into a few issues as your door is likely to slam against the trim before it hits the door stops. In this case, you can attach bumpers on your trim. As you do not have to connect multiple tracks, you can slide the hole caps into little holes located at each end of the track.

Conclusion

And that is all! We hope that you find this tutorial helpful. Accurate measurements are vital for installing any door; however, this is especially true in the case of indoor spaces. Therefore, ensure that you have sufficient room for the tracks and mounting board, also make sure all the areas are secure and level. Sliding doors tend to slow down or get stuck with use, so make sure that you oil the rollers and track frequently.

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Questions And Answers

How do you install sliding barn doors?

First, you will need to attach the mounting board, as well as cut and assemble the actual track. Then, you will need to drill the track holes and install the spacers and track. Finally, attach the rollers and hang your new barn doors on the track.

How do you make a sliding barn door?

First, you will need to measure the opening. Then, pick the material that you want to use for your door and cut it to size. You will need to install the track and all hardware. Once everything has been installed you can hang the door on to the track.

What keeps a sliding barn door from swinging?

A sliding door is prevented from swinging because of the bottom track. The bottom track keeps the bottom door in a straight line, preventing damage to walls and the baseboards as the door is opened and close. These tracks are found on glass, as well as wooden, barn doors.

Are Barn Doors easy to open?

Yes, they are. Barn doors a very easy to open. You will simply slide the door back and forth on the track to the opened and closed positions. These are probably one of the easiest doors to open there is no need to turn a handle.

Do the rails always come with the barn door?

No, barn doors do not always include the rails. You should check what is included with the purchase before you buy to ensure that the rails will or will not be part of your purchase.

Do barn doors lock?

The barn doors that are single-hung aren’t supposed to lock. However, there are many barn doors that can have locks installed into them or that already come with a lock on them.

How much is a sliding barn door?

A sliding barn door could cost as little as $200 or even a bit less for the simplest doors. However, some sliding barn doors could be around $1,000.

How can I lock my sliding glass door?

There are locks on sliding glass doors. However, you can also put a dowel into the bottom track of the door and this will keep the door from budging even if someone gets through the lock.

How do you install a pocket door?

The opening will need to be cut first. You will then make the door’s frame. After you have done these two steps, you can install the pocket door into that opening.

How heavy are barn doors?

The weight for barn doors would vary depending on the type of material that is being used. However, most barn doors are in excess of 200 pounds.

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