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How to Install Sliding Barn Doors

Steps

  1. Install Sliding Barn Doors Step 1
    Measure and cut two lengths of mounting board for each barn door.

    • The boards should be as long as the doors and about 1 inch (or 4 cm) wider than the track.
  2. Install Sliding Barn Doors Step 2
    Attach the mounting boards to the top and bottom of the doorway using drywall anchors and ensure that the mounting boards run straight along the doorway.
  3. Install Sliding Barn Doors Step 3
    Measure and cut two lengths of track for each barn door.
  4. Install Sliding Barn Doors Step 4
    Use joint brackets to attach sections of track as needed. The tracks should be exactly as long as the section along which you wish the door to slide.

    • If installing two sliding doors, remember that the tracks should be twice as wide as each door so that you can slide two doors together on one track. If only installing one door, the track need only be as wide as the door, but keep in mind that you will want the track to be about twice the length of the door so that you can open it completely.
    • They should occur every 6 inches (or 15 cm) or so, and should be located in the middle of the track. If you are attaching the track to softer or weaker material, measure more holes.
  5. Install Sliding Barn Doors Step 5
    Measure and mark with a pencil drill holes along the tracks.
  6. Install Sliding Barn Doors Step 6
    Drill the holes into the tracks, wearing goggles.
  7. Install Sliding Barn Doors Step 7
    Install the tracks on the mounting boards.
  8. Install Sliding Barn Doors Step 8
    Drill through the holes on the tracks into the mounting boards so that there is a clean hole from the track into the board. Then use spacers and bolts to attach the tracks to the mounting boards through these holes.
  9. Install Sliding Barn Doors Step 9
    Secure the hanging rollers following the instructions accompanying the doors.
  10. Install Sliding Barn Doors Step 10
    Attach any washers and bolts included with the doors. Make sure they are very tight.
  11. Install Sliding Barn Doors Step 11
    Mount the doors following the instructions accompanying them.
  12. Install Sliding Barn Doors Step 12
    Test the doors by sliding them back and forth several times, watching to see whether the mounting boards and tracks are secure and if the doors wobble on their path.