How to Install a Barn Door Like a Pro

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Need to Install a Barn Door? Read On!

We are taking advantage of this time off to knock out projects on our to-do list and one of them was to install a barn door in our bedroom!

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We’ve hung double barn doors in our entryway and another barn door in our kitchen and people always ask us what the process is like. So today I’m going to share a step-by-step tutorial and we’ve also made a video if you’re visual like me!

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Antique Door

We wanted to install a barn door to replace the door leading into our bathroom. Our room has a very farmhouse vintage feel so I didn’t want a new door.

I turned to Facebook Marketplace and found an antique door for $35. One side had already been stripped but the other side was chippy white paint. Both sides were really cool and perfect for what we were going for!

The guy told me it was 3 feet by 7 feet but he was off on his measurements. When we got the door home it was too short so we had to add a section on to make it long enough.

At first, I was bummed because I thought I would have to paint both sides since the added piece didn’t match the door. But then I decided to just paint a strip of white on the top where the new piece was and see how it looked.

We ended up loving the look! Dipped furniture is really popular right now and so I took that idea and applied it to the door and it worked well! Now it was ready to hang!

Check out the YouTube Tutorial!

How to Install a Barn Door

*All hardware is a little different so you will still need to refer to the instructions provided for measurements.

Mount the Rail

You can mount the rail directly to the wall, but we recommend using a 1×2 for two reasons. First, it gives extra clearance so the bolts or hardware on the door doesn’t hit your trim.

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Second, it gives you more points to mount to the studs in the wall. Then you don’t have to worry as much about the lug bolts on the rail hitting studs, they can just go straight into the 1X2.

When mounting both the 1X2 and the rail, be sure to check the directions on how high to hang it, and be sure to use a level. The door will roll open or closed on its own if it isn’t level.

After mounting the rail securely to the wall, you will want to add the bumpers on each end by sliding them on and tightening the hex bolts. Now you can move to your door.

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Preparing the Barn Door

Check the hardware directions on where and how to drill the bolt holes that attach the wheel hardware to the door. Use a carpenter’s square to ensure accuracy.

Again, if the hardware is hung crooked it will cause the door to roll one way or another on its own. The wheels will hang towards the back of the door.

Drill the holes with the appropriate size drill bit and tighten the bolts. If it’s provided, attach the “anti-jump” bumper to the top of the door so it won’t accidentally jump off the rail. Now you’re ready to hang your door!

Hang Your Barn Door

Carry your door inside and gently hang it on the rail and position the “anti-jump” bumper so it won’t come off. Make sure the door is hanging straight and then mount the door guide onto the floor, to help guide the door on the bottom.

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Congratulations, you’ve just installed a barn door! Step back and admire your work!

Questions?

As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below or shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to help! Have a great day and be sure to follow me on Instagram for more of our home!

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