Installing a Sliding Barn Door Kit:
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.