Give your home the Farmhouse with a sliding barn door. Not only are they ascetically pleasing, but are a great solution for small spaces. Since they slide against the wall, you don’t have to worry about a door swinging open and being in the way. This was the problem that I had in my small home. As I would walk down the hallway I’d constantly be navigating through a maze of doors. That’s when I realized that a barn door would resolve this problem and created plans for everyone to do the same. The PDF plans, which will be posted soon, include a material cut list, a list of necessary tools & hardware, assembly directions, and dimensions.
Helpful tips: Always work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always pre-drill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
To get the reclaimed barn door look, check out seller’s marketplaces for some old barn wood or go to your local hardware store and purchase your desired lumber. Also, I have provided links below to purchase all the necessary hardware.
Cut all the boards to the specified dimensions. First, cut the center slats. Apply wood glue on the edge of each center slat. Clamp together while glue drys. Then, cut the center divider. Make sure the center divider length is equal to the width of the slated panels. Next, cut the sides. Make sure the length of the sides equals the height of the slated panels plus the center divider. Finally, cut the top and bottom of the door. Make sure the top and bottom length equal the width of the sides plus the slated panel width.
Note: Many of these cuts are best made as you go. Please be sure your lumber dimensions match the dimensions in the cut list. Sizing can vary depending on the moisture content.
Drill pocket holes with the Kreg Jig indicated in the PDF plans. Apply wood glue between the center divider, slated panels, and each side. Fasten center divider and sides with 2 1/2” Kreg Screws and fasten slated panels and sides with 1 1/4” Kreg Screws. Clamp together while glue drys.
Note: The ovals indicate the pocket hole locations. Please reference the Kreg Jig instructions for the specific settings for the wood thickness. The center panels will use a smaller setting.
Cut the angled boards. Cut one end of the 1×4 at a 45-degree angle. Place the board across the slated panel and mark the next angled cut. Do this for the top and bottom.
Add the Sliding Barn Door Kit hardware. Please read the instructions that come with the kit. Then screw on the Mending Plates for extra support and the Barn Door Handle. I painted mine black for a more industrial look. Fill all the Kreg holes with a little wood glue and the Pocket Plugs. Sand down the door and stain as desired.
Hang the door. If the door is being pushed out due to your molding, just move the sliding door J brackets to the backside of the door. This will give you the extra space you need for the molding.