The Easy Way To Build Sliding Barn Doors

Aug 29th

The Easy Way To Build Sliding Barn Doors – Start by putting the components of Your frame on a flat surface. Place the 2 side pieces and the top and bottom together and put one screw in each of the 4 corners. Next, measure diagonally across the door from corner to corner in each direction to make a box above the door. If you have 2 measuring tape to be used at the same time (better), it should look like an X opposite the door. Make sure each measurement is identical. If not, make adjustments as necessary. After your door trim, install 2 screws at each corner.

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Now you’re ready for the horizontal braces. You can use your own wood 2 x 4, or for a stronger sliding barn doors you can use metal girts that can be ordered with your kit. Measure down both sides of the door frame, starting from the top, and make a pencil mark every 2 feet. Slide the ends of each brace into the side rails at your marks. At this point you may want to measure your door corners again to check that it’s still square. Then put 2 screws through the door frame and into the brace at each location. Drill 2 holes down through the top rail of the frame, 12″ from each end of the rail. Attach your trolleys at each hole. Be sure you order trolleys with the pendant offset bolt system that allows up & down and side-to-side adjustments. You will be glad you did later. Bolt the trolleys to the top of the door.

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At this point you can attach the sliding barn doors covering of your choice; either wood or metal. Screw the door covering to the door frame and the horizontal braces. You can also attach the covering after you hang the door. That way you have a lighter door during the hanging procedure. If you don’t already have a door track installed, now is the time to do it. Use a level to make sure the track is hung perfectly level. Be sure to measure your door height plus the height of the trolley to determine how high to mount the track. Once the track is installed slide the wheels of both trolleys into the end of the track. Put the caps on the ends of the track. If you bought the adjustable pendant trolley you’ll have the ability to finely adjust the door position. Once you have the door adjusted the way you want it, tighten down the nut on the trolley bolt and install the small screw that keeps the nut from backing out. You’re done!