INTERIOR DOORS | DIY & HOW-TO
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.
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:
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.
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: