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

installing barn doors inside

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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Where are some places you can put interior barn doors?

While barn doors are usually thought of in rustic settings, their unique and popular design is easily adaptable to Victorian styles or contemporary homes. They can be used as interior doors, to conceal entertainment centers, closets, home offices, pantry, laundry… the list is endless.

What are some advantages of interior barn doors?

Barn doors are an attractive and efficient way to divide up space. A barn door would make a good choice for a room that won’t allow for a regular door and because it doesn’t swing out, you can leave it open without it getting in the way. They also serve an aesthetic purpose, as they’re a very popular feature in home décor, and can be used as separate design elements.

Can you get interior barn doors in different sizes and styles?

You can get barn doors in different sizes, colors and wood species.

What do interior barn doors cost?

A basic sliding barn door with kit ranges from about $300 to $1,000 or more, depending on the material, size and installation costs. Custom doors are much more expensive.

What kind of space do you need to install an interior barn door?

Barn doors need room to slide along a track. With that in mind, single doors need wall space on one side of your opening that is at least the width of the door, so it can slide all the way open. For double doors, you’ll need wall space the width of a single door on each side of the doorway. To completely cover the opening, the door should be several inches wider than the opening.

What kind of structural support to interior barn doors need?

Since attaching to the wall won’t provide enough support for these heavy hanging doors, you need to mount the track to a header attached to the wall studs above the doorway.

Do interior barn doors need special closures?

Handles or pulls enable the smooth sliding of the door on the outside. You’ll need a recessed pull on the inside so the door clears the door jamb when it slides open. There are also different latching systems available for more privacy. All of these should be sturdy and complement your door and hardware.

Are there kits for installing barn doors?

Yes, they include step-by-step instructions, and everything you need to get your door installed and operational (minus the tools). Pay attention to the manufacturer’s maximum weight and thickness rating. Also, you’ll need to ensure that the rail is long enough to accommodate your door.

What are the steps for installing an inside barn door?

Attach a mounting board above the door frame, so the track for the door can be secured to it. Assemble the track and cut it to the required length. Measure and drill holes in the track where it will attach to the mounting board and wall. Measure and install the track and spacers, making sure the track is level. Attach the hanger rollers according to the manufacturer’s instructions and hang the door on the track.

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Interior Sliding Barn Doors

The doors inside of your home should give you as many benefits as possible. They shouldn’t just be a door and that is it. You should be able to enjoy how they look, not have them taking up too much room in your home and install them easily too. Most doors inside homes are hung on hinges that allow them to swing in or out. Fortunately, in smaller rooms a different type of door can provide a large benefit. If you would like to have these main benefits in any or all of the doors inside of your house, you can do that. One of the best doors for these reasons alone are the interior sliding barn doors. When you get the interior sliding barn doors, you not only get all these benefits, but you will find these doors are trendier than you originally thought they were too. Don’t think barn, as in “were you born in a barn”, but more like a slick sliding door that give a unique appearance. More and more people are installing these doors in their home because of all the great benefits. read more

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Barn Door With Glass

Barn doors are making their mark in the interior design arena. They are especially popular in smaller rooms or hallways where floor space is valuable. The door remains tight to the wall during opening instead of swinging, making it easier to take advantage of every inch in cramped areas of the home. A barn door with glass can be a superb option when you want to bring more light into a space. The glass panels allow light to transfer between two rooms, which can significantly brighten areas with poor lighting like closets and hallways. . Each type of glass affects the overall aesthetic and impacts the level of privacy in the adjoining spaced. While the clear or transparent glass allows more light into the space, it does tend to allow for less privacy so maybe the textured or frosted glass meets your needs. read more

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Materials

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Full Kit Barn Door

Barn doors have become increasingly popular with homeowners, particularly for small rooms where a swinging door takes up valuable floor space. Additionally, they can function as features, drawing the eye to a particular area and adding character to a home. A full kit barn door helps simplify the process of installing a barn door in your home. By purchasing a full kit barn door, you don’t have to track down the individual pieces you need to have a functional door. Instead, you’ll have everything at your fingertips along with a comprehensive set of instructions to help you with the full installation. In some cases, portions of the process may even be completed for you, such as the door hardware already being attached. This allows you to move forward quickly, saving you time. read more

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