Sometimes, when you get excited about a project, it can be tempting to cut corners and hurry the process along. You’ve made the choice to learn how to install a barn door and put one in your home or office space, but there are a few things you need know and do before you go drilling holes in your walls.
When considering where to put a barn door in your home you must take into account three things: color and style, spacing, and measurements.
Take a look around the room where the barn door installation will take place. What colors and styles will match the vibe and feel of the room and the rest of the space? If you have a mid- century modern home, a farmhouse-style barn door may not look right in the space. Similarly, if your home is a literal farmhouse, it may not work to put in a sleek, contemporary barn door. Consider the color, texture, and overall shape of the barn door. Look into different finishes and stains and see if you can find something that fits the style of your home. If you can’t find something perfect, consider a custom look. Artisan Hardware has the capacity to create a completely tailored look that fits your style and taste.
When learning how to install a barn door, you have to check your space. You need ample amounts of space for brackets and a track for barn door installation; plus you don’t want your door to slide and cover things like outlets and light switches. Doors need 4’’-9’’ clearing above them, depending on the hardware selected. You also need to make sure that there is room for the door to slide as far over as you would like it to slide. If the space to the side of the door is smaller than the door itself, you are going to run into some serious issues. Sliding barn door DIY is completely doable, but you need to take the care to make sure everything will fit correctly.
Measuring for your barn door installation is vital. If you are using a sliding barn door kit, you will have the door measurements available to you with the kit guidelines and you need to make sure that those measurements match your space. The door must be oversized by at least 2” on each side and 1” on top in order to fully cover the opening. Sliding barn doors come in all different sizes and styles which means that the hanging hardware is all different as well. Measure to make sure your space has enough room for the hardware and the door—and when you are done, measure again. You also need to take into account the thickness of your door and measure to see if the space will allow a door of that thickness. If you have to hang the door too far out, you will have a noticeable gap; and if you have to hang the door too close, it will scrape the walls.
On a final note for measuring, you also need to make sure that the door lines up with the studs in your home, especially if your home is older. Studs should be placed every 2 inches apart in your walls and can be located with a stud finder. If you can’t find studs, you can still salvage the sliding barn door DIY experience by attaching a piece of wood to your wails, painting it to match, and attaching your track to the wood.
When learning how to install a barn door, it is important that you make sure you are ordering correctly. There are several options available to you, and you don’t want to order the incorrect item by accident. When you go to order your door, specify the style and the size it needs to be to fit in your space. You should also specify if the door should be stained, painted, or left raw. For the whole sliding barn door DIY experience, you may wish to paint and stain it yourself.
You must also select the type of hardware you would like to go with your door. There are a few types of hardware that go with sliding barn doors, and you should measure your home for the one you select before you order it.
STANDARD L-GUIDE: attaches to floor and not visible
STANDARD U-GUIDE: has a front and back L-guide and is visible
WALL MOUNT GUIDE: eliminates drilling into floor
WALL MOUNT U-ROLLER (CHANNEL GUIDE): has small rollers the door maneuvers through
CHANNEL GUIDE: also attaches to wall and has adjustable rollers
For those still learning how to install a barn door, there are a few different options for a sliding barn door kit. If you are not a fan of assembling things, you can order a pre-hung door. A pre-hung door requires no assembly. A fully-built door requires only a little assembly. When you order a fully-built door you are in charge of assembling the hardware for the barn door installation. A sliding barn door kit leaves all the assembly—door and hardware—in your capable hands.
Depending on the type of door you’ve ordered, your barn door installation process will vary. If you find yourself having a difficult time getting the door installed, and are wondering if how to install a barn door in your home, you can always call and hire a local handyman. The process isn’t as daunting as it may first look though — so keep at it!
Materials: drill, nails, screws, nuts, bolts, stud finder, measuring tape, leveler tool
Hanging a pre-hung door is simple and easy. First, you need to find the studs above the door opening and mark them on the wall with a pencil. After you have marked the wall, look at your door’s specific measurements. These will be provided for you. You must place screws, in line with the studs, above and below the track. After you have secured the hardware, place the door on the tracks.
When you see how to install a barn door on its tracks, you see that it should be placed on the tracks at a slight angle, and then slowly lowered until it is straight on the tracks. You will know your sliding barn door DIY installation has been done correctly if the door slides smoothly.
Materials: drill, nails, screws, nuts, bolts, stud finder, measuring tape, leveler tool, door track kit
Start by gathering all of your materials in one place. Though the door comes fully assembled, you will have to put together the hardware and then install it. Measure and mark all of your drill points on the door by using the holes in the hardware to see where the screws should go. Then drill the holes in your door so that you can attach the hardware to the door.
You then need to mark the studs on your wall with a pencil. After the studs have been marked, line your track up with those studs and mark drill points on the wall. Be sure to only mark points directly above studs. You then need to drill pilot holes, or smaller holes to mark your spot, before you attach your hardware. Then you can take your screws and secure the track to the wall with a drill, using the pilot holes as a guide.
Barn door installation also requires a bottom door guide. Screw the guide in with a drill using the measurements provided that are specific to the size, shape, and style of your door. Once the guide has been installed, you are ready to hang the door.
The barn door will install at an angle, and then is slowly lowered until it is straight on the tracks. You know your barn door installation was a success when your door smoothly glides along its tracks.
Materials: drill, nails, screws, nuts, bolts, stud finder, measuring tape, leveler tool, door track kit, hammer/mallet, dowels, unassembled door
For those looking for a full sliding barn door DIY experience, a sliding barn door kit is the way to go. Before you can learn how to install a barn door though, you’ll first have to learn how to build one—which isn’t as complicated as it looks when you use a sliding barn door kit.
First, grab a drill and a mallet. All other necessary supplies will be included in the kit and there will be a guide that labels all of the parts. Use the letters on the pieces of wood from your kit to help you lay out the frame of the door. Line up the letters so they match. Using the holes in the wood as a guide, arrange your grabber screws and dowels. Put the dowels in place and attach the top row to the style. Place a few space balls along the style and you are ready to start setting in the panels.
Place the panels in slowly, making sure that each one fits snugly against the side. After you finish the top row of panels, slide in the middle rail and tap it in with a rubber mallet. Repeat the process, starting with space balls, with the bottom half of the door. After the row is complete, put the bottom row into place.
Then insert the remaining dowels, place a few space balls along the side, and finish off the door by putting the other style into place. Once the door is completely assembled, screw the long grabber screws into the pre-drilled holes on the sides of the styles. Then use smaller screws to attach the support panels to the front and back of the door. After the panels are attached, use the covers to hide exposed screws.
Now you need to attach the hardware to the door and the wall.
Measure and mark all of your drill points on the door by using the holes in the hardware to see where the screws will go. Next, drill holes in your door so that the hardware can be directly attached to the door. The guide that comes with your sliding barn door kit will indicate which hardware is to be used on the doors.
After attaching the hardware to the doors, mark the studs on your wall with a pencil. After the studs have been marked, line your track up with those studs and mark drill points on the wall. You then need to drill small holes (pilot holes) to mark your spot, before you attach your hardware to the wall. Then you can take your screws and secure the track to the wall with a drill, using the pilot holes as a guide.
Barn door installation may also require a bottom door guide. Screw the guide in with a drill using the measurements provided to you based on the specifics of your door. Once the guide has been installed, you are ready to hang the door.
When you see how to install a barn door on its tracks, you’ll see that it should be placed on the tracks at a slight angle, and then slowly lowered until it is hanging straight on the tracks. When the door smoothly glides, you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
Don’t get caught up in the excitement of learning how to install a barn door and cut corners. Be meticulous, and the final sliding barn door DIY will have been worth it.
As a helpful hint, always remember to:
Check to make sure the door is level. Use a leveling tool as you install to make sure that the door track and board are completely level.
If your door exceeds the capacity of the hardware, do not attach it. If the door is too heavy for the hardware you currently have, you could cause serious damage to your home and the door.
Anywhere your door should be connected to sliding hardware, make sure it is. No one wants a door that is hard to open or won’t slide right because something is off.
Always, always, always install anti-jump blocks to ensure the safety of you and your family and the integrity of the door
Install your sliding barn door kit in your home today to elevate its style and create a unique focal point for your home. Learning how to install a barn door from start to finish is much easier than you can imagine, and you’ll be glad you did when you see how a simple barn door can drastically transform your home. Artisan Hardware offers high-quality, customizable barn door options that fit every home need and budget—and the support you need to help you succeed. With so many easy options at your fingertips, what are you waiting for?