Years ago I saw a sliding barn door in a magazine, and I instantly knew I wanted one somewhere in my house. They, of course, remind me of life on the farm, and they also help when you are short of swing space, like we are in our office and pantry. After seeing the price of the hardware, though, I knew I needed to find something more budget friendly, especially since I was making 2 doors. So I got actual barn door hardware, just like my family still uses on their farm buildings.
The door itself was easy to make. My office door is 32″ wide, but it is easy to adjust the size to your needs by changing the number or sizes of vertical boards used.
I began by making a frame of 1x4s for the stiles and 1x6s for the rails. Attach the rails to the stiles using 3/4″ pocket holes and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. See the diagram below; the white Ps indicate pocket screws, the dark blue pieces are 1x6s and the light blue are 1x4s. I used the Kreg Jig master system for the pocket holes and highly recommend it. I love using it and the way the pieces pull together cleanly and tightly. They offer a simpler version, the Kreg Jr., at a lower price if you’re not ready to invest in the master system.
Once I constructed the frame, I layed it face down and then simply screwed my vertical boards into each of the 3 rails, starting on one side and working to the other.
The last step was to install the cross bucks. I layed 1/4s at a diagonal, then marked my angles and cut. I attached these with screws from the back of the door.
I attached the box hangers to the top of the door and then rolled them into the rail. Once the door was hung, I added screws through the bottom of each bracket through the box rail. This served 2 purposes: to keep the rail from sliding back and forth in the brackets and to keep the door from rolling off the rail… which is kind of important!
The total for the hardware was about $75… that was way easier to swallow than the $300 – $500 + I was finding elsewhere! Check Tractor Supply or other agriculture supply stores for good prices if you have any nearby.
In order to protect our wall and trim, and to keep the door from swinging away from the wall and crashing back in, we installed this guide track and roller just inside the door frame above the baseboard. It isn’t necessary, but it is helpful!
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