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66. Build a Barn Door in Under an Hour

Apart from budget constraints, time constraints are also important. If you want to do a remodeling of your old living room, adding a nicely weathered finish sliding barn door in only an hour is not a bad job to take care of. joyfulderivatives


Make Wormholes

If you want to take your distressing to the next level, use an awl to create “wormholes.”

  • Drag a screwdriver or other sharp object along the grain to create a fake crack. Use your hammer claw or any other tool or heavy object to create dents and gouges.
    • Pro tip: You don’t have to put holes in every board. Some variety will add authenticity.


Fasten the Rails

  • Mark the height of the rails on the door and attach them with construction adhesive and nails.
  • Since the fasteners show, we decided to use 1-1/2-in. wrought-head nails. Because the nails protruded slightly from the opposite side, we shortened them a bit by holding them with locking pliers and grinding off the tips on a bench grinder.
    • Pro tip: You could also mount a metal grinding wheel in your angle grinder.
  • Drill pilot holes for the nails that are near the ends of the rails to avoid splitting the wood. If you don’t mind the appearance of screw heads on the opposite side of the door, you could flip the door over and drive 1-1/4-in. screws through the boards into the rails for a little more strength.
    • Pro tip: If you prefer, you could brush on a coat of flat polyurethane. Test the finish on a scrap to see if you like it before you apply it to your door. We didn’t put a finish on our door.

5. Awesome DIY Sliding Barn Door

Do you happen to have that house in which two rooms are linked together? Or most probably, you are looking for some inspirations to separate two spaces. This tutorial on DIY barn door is for you. realitydaydream

Bi-Fold Barn Doors

Charleston Crafted

This DIY barn door project takes an existing bi-fold door and then uses decorative slats to create a barn door look. It's an easy project and gives you a great option if you have a space where you're unable to put up a traditional barn door.

Bi-Fold Barn Doors from Charleston Crafted

How To Hang The Door

To hang the door, we first hung the piece of oak on the wall to attach the track to for added support. Find where the studs are and mark with a pencil above and below each stud the length of the oak support,  Find your center point and level for the oak support piece. Drill holes for the hardware to attach to the oak piece to the wall. We painted our oak the same color as the walls so it would blend in. Attach lag bolts to oak piece and secure with a cordless ratchet driver.

Once the piece is secured to the wall, you can lay out the support rail onto the oak piece. Mark the rail support holes to the oak piece. Drill a pilot hole for attaching the rail hardware to the oak. Attach top rail hardware and make sure it’s level and secure. Hang barn door onto top rail guide and check that it’s sliding properly.

14 Steps to Building Your Own Sliding Barn Doors


Gregory Nemec

Plan for a 2 day project:

  • Day 1: Build the door (Steps 2-10).
  • Day 2: Hang the door (Step 11-13)

Before you begin, measure the width of the door from the outside edges of the casing, then order a hardware kit with a track twice that width.


  • Saving $$$- That was our main reason for building the doors. Building our barn interior barn doors saved us a few thousand dollars!
  • You can make the doors to fit any size opening.
  • You can make your doors as custom as you want by changing the stain/paint color of the doors.
  • The doors are very solid and will last a long time…and yes, they help keep sound out!
  • They add a ton of character!
  • You can build them fairly quickly (the glue needs to dry, but after that, they can be hung)

Tools Materials

  • Tape measure

    Tape measure

  • Miter saw

    Miter saw

  • Bar clamps

    Bar clamps

  • Drill/driver


  • Speed clamps

    Speed clamps

  • Straight edge

    Straight edge

  • Combination square

    Combination square

  • Pneumatic nailer

    Pneumatic nailer

  • Caulk gun

    Caulk gun

  • Pocket hole jig

    Pocket hole jig

  • drill bit - 1/8-inch

    drill bit – 1/8-inch

  • Cotton rag

    Cotton rag

  • Small paintbrush

    Small paintbrush

  • Stud finder

    Stud finder

  • drill bit - 5/16 inch

    drill bit – 5/16 inch

  • socket wrench - 3/8-inch

    socket wrench – 3/8-inch

  • level - 2-foot

    level – 2-foot

Barn Door Hardware and Track

Because of the awkward size of our door, I had to

Because of the awkward size of our door, I had to turn to Ebay for sliding barn door hardware (mostly the track) that was the correct size and affordable. I found a 10′ track for $80.

If your door is a normal width, you can buy your barn door hardware on Amazon.

There are plenty of barn door tracks on Amazon, and I wish that had been an option for us!

Mounting the Hardware Kit

To mount our track and door, we mounted a 1×4 board directly to the wall, and then mounted the door track to that.

The reason for this is that our doorway still had the trim that stuck out about 1″ past the wall. If there was no doorway trim, we would have mounted the rail directly to the wall.


Our barn door track came with a door stopper for the bottom of the door, but it was one that had to be drilled into the floor.

I wasn’t too excited about that since our floors were only about 3 months old at the time.

Instead, my mom found me this cast iron door

Instead, my mom found me this cast iron door stop and it’s pretty much my favorite thing! I LOVE it and think it pairs perfectly with my rustic homemade barn door!

DIY Simple Sliding Barn Doors

The Turquoise Home 

If you have a large opening between rooms that you'd like to be able to close up, this free barn door plan will show you how. Two large doors are built and then hung from affordable galvanized pipe. The best thing is that these doors look great when they're both opened and closed.

DIY Simple Sliding Barn Doors from The Turquoise Home


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