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Building a Barn in Limited Space? Here’s How to Build a Sliding Barn Door + 53 DIY Barn Door Ideas and Plans

DIY Sliding Barn Door: How to Build a Sliding Barn Door — Hinged doors take up quite a bit of space when open. This is especially true for large doors, such as those on workshops. If your barn doesn’t have enough space around it for a hinged door, you’re going to need a sliding door of some type.

Included below are some concise and easy to follow directions, with a list of tools and materials you’ll need, so you can learn how to build a sliding barn door.

DIY Sliding Barn Door: How to Build a Sliding Barn Door

DIY Sliding Barn Door: How to Build a Sliding Barn Door

How to Build a Sliding Barn Door, DIY Sliding Barn Door

A sliding door for your barn can provide easy access to the barn for large projects when other kinds of large doors are impractical. The instructions for how to build a sliding barn door included below are concise, easy to follow, and contain a full list of tools and materials that you’ll need.

A sliding barn door has a number of benefits over hinged doors. They don’t require a large cleared space around the door to open, just a wall to slide along. Large ones are much easier to open and close than similarly sized hinged doors and don’t require extra support structures. Adding a sliding door over a hinged door also adds an extra level of security.

The instructions for how to build a sliding barn door listed below will walk you through this afternoon project and give you a couple of options for how to build this type of door.

Decision Time

Before showing you a list of tools and materials you’ll need for this project, I need to let you know about the different ways you can build a horizontally sliding barn door. The first is with wheels at the top and bottom, with a track or rail at the top. The second is with wheels top and bottom and tracks or rails top and bottom. The third method is with wheels and a track or rail only at the top.

Tools and Materials

  • Tape measure
  • 1X6 fence boards-(Plywood, OSB, and medium density fiberboard (MDF), can also be used)
  • 2X4 boards
  • 4-L-brackets-Fig 1 below
  • 4-T-brackets-Fig 2 below
  • Flat L-brackets-2 per wheel-Fig 3 below
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Pen or pencil
  • Circular or table saw
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Termite repellant
  • Paint
  • Painting supplies
  • 1/8 inch drill bit
  • Drill with Phillips screw tip
  • 1 pound of 1 inch drywall screws
  • Wheels-Figs 4 and 5
  • Carriage bolts-1 per wheel-Eight inches long
  • 7 nuts for carriage bolts per wheel with flat and lock washers
  • Wrench set
  • Socket set
  • Ratchet
  • If using type of wheel in Fig 4, you will also need 3/8 or ½ inch angle iron
  • Rubber weather sealant-Enough for the entire perimeter of the door
  • Utility knife
  • Masonry anchors plus required drill bit-If wall around door is stucco or masonry
  • 4 inch drywall screws-Wooden outer walls
  • 3 ½ inch drywall screws-If using wheels from Fig 5
  • Two six-foot ladders
  • A helper
  • 2 foot level-Preferable. A torpedo level will suffice
Fig 1 - L-brackets - DIY Sliding Barn Door: How to Build a Sliding Barn Door

Fig 1 – L-Brackets (DIY Sliding Barn Door: How to Build a Sliding Barn Door)

Fig 2 - L and T-brackets - How to Build a Sliding Barn Door, DIY Sliding Barn Door

Fig 2 – L and T-Brackets (How to Build a Sliding Barn Door, DIY Sliding Barn Door)

Fig 3 - Flat L-brackets for wheels - DIY Sliding Barn Door: How to Build a Sliding Barn Door

Fig 3 – Flat L-Brackets for Wheels (DIY Sliding Barn Door: How to Build a Sliding Barn Door)

Fig 4 - Grooved wheel and track - DIY Sliding Barn Door: How to Build a Sliding Barn Door

Fig 4 – Grooved Wheel and Track (How to Build a Sliding Barn Door, DIY Sliding Barn Door)

Fig 5 - Phenolic or rubber wheel - How to Build a Sliding Barn Door, DIY Sliding Barn Door

Fig 5 – Phenolic or Rubber Wheel (DIY Sliding Barn Door: How to Build a Sliding Barn Door)

Measure Door Opening and Calculate Material Requirements

Measure the width of the door opening using the tape measure. Add between 12 and 24 inches for overlap. Measure the height of the door opening and add between six and 12 inches. You will need two lengths of wood the same length as the width of the door, plus the desired overlap.

You will need one length of wood at least six inches longer. Overlap, combined with the weather strip, keeps the weather out of your barn. The minimum should be approximately six inches per side and at the top.

You will need two lengths of wood the desired height (door height plus desired overlap) minus 5 1/2 inches. Next, you will need one length of board the same length as the width of the door, again, minus 5 1/2 inches.

Finally, you will need one length of width the height of the door, minus the requisite 5 1/2 inches, cut exactly in half. Whatever wood you desire for the fronting of the door will need to fit the dimensions of the width and height plus overlaps.

As an example, if you choose to use six-inch fence planking, have a door six feet wide and eight feet tall and want a six-inch overlap, the door will be 78 inches wide and 102 inches tall.

Your upper track will be 84 inches long. You will need five 2X4 at eight feet long and three that are ten feet long. You will need 13 1X6 fence boards. Going the sheet route, you will need three four-foot by eight foot sheets.

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Cut and Prep the Wood

Lay the pieces of wood out as if constructing the door uncut. Measure and cut the wood the required lengths. In the above example, you will need one 84 inch 2X4, two 78 inch lengths, two 96 ½ inch lengths, one 72 ½ inch length and two 48 ¾ inch lengths.

You will need to cut the fence boards at 102 inches. Apply an ample coating of the termite prep to the wood and allow it to dry. Apply two coats of primer, giving thirty minutes drying time between coats. Lastly, two coats of the desired color with thirty minutes between coats. Allow to dry at least two hours.

Build the Door and Hang Rail Board

Lay the 2X4 lengths for the door out and lay the fence boards over the completed structure. Drill the fence boards two per board at top and bottom, and every foot along the length. Drill the fence boards every foot for the two cross beams.

Then, drill the joints to fit the L- and T-brackets. Use the short drywall screws and drill with screw tip to secure the hardware and fence boards to the 2X4 boards. With your helper, hold the upper rail board (84 inches) in place above the door opening at the required height and use the level to level it.

Drill holes three inches in from both ends and every foot along the length through the 2X4 and wall facing. If the facing is masonry, install the required anchors and attach accordingly.

For wood facing, drill both 2X4 and wall to a depth of two inches each and use the drill with screw tip to install the long drywall screws. If using Fig 5 wheels, install a second rail board halfway up the height of the board to create a wheel channel. Attach the angle iron using epoxy for Fig 4 wheels.

Decorative L-brackets make for a nicer looking project - How to Build a Sliding Barn Door, DIY Sliding Barn Door

Decorative L-brackets make for a nicer looking project (How to Build a Sliding Barn Door, DIY Sliding Barn Door)

Attach Rolling Hardware

Attach the L-brackets from Fig 3 at both ends of the door and in the middle, at the top. Insert a carriage bolt through an L-bracket per wheel and tighten the bracket to the bolt with a nut and washers.

Thread a nut onto the carriage bolt and add a lock and flat washer. Insert the bolt into the bracket on the door and add another washers and nut set. Leave this loose and repeat for all wheels.

Hang and Adjust the Door

Lift the door upright and set the wheels into the track. Adjust the door so that it rolls easily and is level. If using lower wheels, attach and adjust them in the same way as the upper wheels.

Small sliding door - How to Build a Sliding Barn Door, DIY Sliding Barn Door

Small Sliding Door (How to Build a Sliding Barn Door, DIY Sliding Barn Door)

References and External Links

53 Gorgeous and Creative DIY Barn Door Ideas and Plans

  1. DIY Pallet Barn Door via welivedhappilyeverafter
  2. DIY Crawl Space Barn Door via thecofranhome
  3. The Sliding Screen Door via cure4decor
  4. Barn Door Bathroom Cabinet via shanty-2-chic
  5. The Fabric Barn Door via petitemodernlife
  6. DIY Sliding Barn Door  via sweetmapleblog
  7. Wood Sliding Barn Door with Recycled Tin via etsy
  8. Rustic Barn Doors via wallsunderconstruction.blogspot.com
  9. DIY Farmhouse Sliding Barn Door via runtoradiance
  10. DIY Dutch Barn Door via remodelaholic
  11. A Traditional Barn Door via beneathmyheart
  12. Mini Barn Door Shutters via rusticahardware
  13. DIY Barn Door Track via finditmakeitloveit
  14. The Antique-Style Sliding Barn Door via remodelaholic
  15. The Barn Door that Won’t Break the Bank via akadesign.ca
  16. The Cheap and Easy Barn Door via remodelaholic.com
  17. The Detailed Sliding Barn Door via thisoldhouse
  18. The DIY Barn Door Headboard via thekurtzcorner.com
  19. The DIY Barn Door via theidearoom.net
  20. The Herringbone Barn Door via bowerpowerblog
  21. The Basic Barn Door via lifewithfingerprints
  22. The Closet Barn Doors via blog.jennasuedesign.com
  23. The Barn Door Fire Screen via designertrapped.com
  24. The Detailed Barn Doors via theaccentpiece.com
  25. The Double Barn Door Plans via infarrantlycreative.net
  26. The $25 Barn Door Baby Gate via metrocozy.com
  27. The Barn Door Headboard with Faux Hardware via cheaperandbetterdiy.blogspot.com
  28. The Chevron Barn Door via loulougirls.com
  29. Fig Milkshake’s Sliding Barn Door via figmilkshakes.blogspot.com
  30. Free Plans for a DIY Barn Door Baby Gate via goodshomedesign
  31. The Sliding Barn Door For Cheap via epbot.com
  32. Rolling French Doors via thespacebetweenblog.net
  33. Barn Door for $10 and Under 30 Minutes via gatheredinthekitchen
  34. The $20 Barn Door via hometalk
  35. Barn Door Double Pantry via designingvibes
  36. DIY Barn Door Hidden Study via shanty-2-chic.com
  37. A Rustic Barn Door via charlestoncrafted
  38. $30 Barn Door Hardware via theruggedrooster
  39. The Barn Door Console via www.shanty-2-chic.com
  40. Plumbing Pipe Barn Door Hardware via jennaburger.com
  41. Simple DIY Barn Door Tutorial via remodelaholic
  42. How to Build a Barn Door via myrepurposedlife
  43. The Contemporary Barn Door via hometalk
  44. The $75 Barn Door via knockoffdecor
  45. $50 DIY British Brace Barn Door via remingtonavenue
  46. The 1 Hour Sliding Barn Door via lovecreatecelebrate
  47. The Painted Barn Door via homedepot.com
  48. Regular Door to Sliding Barn Door via hometalk
  49. Hollow Core Door to Sliding Barn Door via porch.com
  50. The $80 Barn Door via ana-white.com
  51. The Barn Door Mirrored Door via rusticahardware
  52. The Super Simple Barn Door Tutorial via makeit-loveit.com
  53. $20 DIY Barn Door Hardware via shanty-2-chic
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