How to Install a Sliding Barn Door

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How to Install a Sliding Barn Door

black metal sliding barn door with glass leading to master bathroom

Barn doors offer a stylish and practical interior door solution to save space and add flexibility by defining new areas of the home while hiding others. Whether you need a sliding door for a tight spot or a style upgrade, barn doors are a great DIY solution that can be used anywhere noise transmission isn’t a concern.

Virtually any door can be installed as a sliding barn door if you have the right hardware. However, it can be cumbersome to purchase all the products you need separately.

Masonite Barn Door Kits with hardware make it easy, as they include everything you need to give your space a new look and feel in about 90 minutes. Here’s everything you need to know about installing a Masonite Barn Door Kit with hardware.  

How to Measure for a Barn Door

Before purchasing a barn door kit, make sure you have enough space. The barn door should be wide enough to completely cover the doorway and allow room for a one-inch gap on both sides, at the top and bottom of the door.

Follow these instructions to find the right size: 

how to measure to install a sliding barn door

What to Know Before Installing a Sliding Barn Door

After you have measured to ensure the barn door will fit, you must also make sure that it will be functional. There should be enough empty wall space next to the opening so that the door can slide completely open. Avoid installing barn doors where they will cover light switches, electrical outlets and heating and cooling registers. Relocate artwork, light fixtures and anything else that may be in the path of the sliding barn door. Finally, use a stud finder to locate solid wood blocking where you can securely install the track. Drywall alone will not support the weight of a sliding barn door. 

How to Install a Sliding Barn Door

While Masonite Sliding Door Kits with hardware are relatively easy to install—the door itself is heavy and can be difficult to maneuver alone. Before you get started, make sure you have a helper. We also recommend appropriate personal protection equipment such as gloves and safety goggles.

Depending on which kit you purchased, the installation instructions will vary slightly. That’s why it’s important to read them carefully and follow the directions closely. Here’s an overview of what to expect:

  • Start by attaching rollers. For most kits, the holes are already pre-drilled, so all you need to do is simply attach the rollers and tighten the bolts.
  • Next, add the anti-jump blocks, making sure they are at least one inch away from the rollers. Be sure to rotate them out of the way of the door track.
  • Center the barn door by measuring from the floor to one-and-three-fourth inches above the top of the door. In most cases, you will measure three inches from the edge of the opening on each side.
  • Center the track on the mounting board and mark the pre-drilled holes.
  • Using a stud finder, find and mark the studs to hang the mounting board.
  • After marking my mounting board, drill two holes in each location where the board can attach to a stud.
  • To attach the mounting board to the wall, use a level to ensure the mounting board is even.
  • Drill pilot holes to mount the track. Use the level to ensure the track is even.
  • Attach the slide stoppers to each end of the track
  • Bolt the track to the drill holes on the board with the wrench using the spacers and washers.
  • Have a friend or family member help you load the door onto the track.
  • Rotate the anti-jump blocks back inward. Adjust the sliders depending on how far you want your barn door to slide. Secure this position using the Allen wrench.
  • Install the handle.
  • Position and install the floor mount guide, aligning it with the bottom at the bottom of the door. If a bottom floor mount is not possible, your kit also includes instructions for a wall-mounted guide as well as a floor mount side method.
  • Perform a final inspection to ensure all the hardware is tight.

Ready to transform your space with a sliding barn door? Masonite Barn Door Kits with hardware are available to purchase at Home Depot and Wayfair.

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