DIY Barn Door – Space Saving And Creative

Each residence has an issue space. My drawback space is the laundry room and hallway. There’s loads of doorways, in a small area, and to get all the best way within the laundry room it’s a must to shut the door. Awkward. I wanted some area financial savings options, and no quantity of group would assist. My laundry room door was the difficulty. I made a decision to unravel this by making a barn door. It might remedy my issues and add some fashion to my hallway.

The plan was to make it 7 ft tall, and three ft broad door. This enables the door to cowl the doorway and the door trim. So, barely bigger than a regular door. There isn’t a window in my hallway or laundry room, so I needed so as to add a window to the highest of the door. I additionally am going to proceed the detailing on the door that’s operating down my hallway, a board and batten wooden element throughout the door. With these plans in thoughts it was time to get my provides.


  • One giant piece of plywood
  • Seven 7 ft lengthy three×1 boards
  • Two 7ft lengthy 1×1 boards

One prepared made barn door hardware package bought from Ebay. They are often bought at many on-line retailers.

Step one is slicing the plywood right down to measurement. I used a desk noticed, measured the edges and minimize it to my desired size and width.

Subsequent was utilizing the lengthy three inch vast and 1 inch thick boards. These are going to be on the left and proper sides of the back and front. Chopping four right down to the size of the plywood.

As soon as they have been reduce, I set them of their spot to ensure it was the right size. I did this with all the cuts I did. Earlier than something was hooked up double examine to verify all is true with measurement. Once I noticed they’re reduce appropriately, I used some wooden glue. Utilizing sufficient to make a line of glue alongside the place the board will lay.

Urgent down for a number of seconds to make it stick. Then I’ve a air nailer I utilized in a number of spots, Simply to ensure all is safe.

Subsequent step is so as to add the detailing for the underside and the highest of the door. I needed the underside to be somewhat bulkier, in order that piece was minimize bigger utilizing plywood. This provides a visible layered look to the door. All of that is as much as private choice, do what is going to work in your residence and your area.I set the plywood down, measured and reduce the dimensions I needed. Gluing it down and securing it the identical method.

There was one portion of this venture I used to be nervous about, slicing the glass I had bought. I received a glass cutter from the native house enchancment retailer I bought the glass from. I drew a line utilizing a white board marker, to create the reduce line. This manner as soon as it’s reduce I can wipe away the marker line.

Taking a device oil and smearing it over the road written. This enables the cutter to slip alongside the glass with out breaking it. Then run the glass cutter alongside the road. Placing sufficient strain to make an indentation.

As soon as that had been outlined. I used a tile cutter press. Setting a towel down underneath the glass after which the glass on the press. That is to guard the glass. Utilizing the press, lining it up with the minimize line. This allowed the cleanest reduce. You’ll be able to snap it by setting one fringe of the glass off of the counter after which urgent down. Both method ought to get the job achieved.

With the glass minimize I now have a template to measure and reduce out the door gap for the window.

Utilizing a jig noticed, slicing alongside the drawn out strains. Make sure to hold the floor safe in any other case the noticed can slip.  There was some sanding wanted on the sides, all of it must be as clear and clean as potential for the window to go in.

With a view to make the window as safe as potential I wanted to make a body the glass might sit in. I’ve three small youngsters who will slam and abuse this door each day. I bought 1 inch by 1 inch sized boards. Measuring the size of the glass and slicing them to suit that size.

Then with the newly minimize boards, I wanted to make a small minimize out line to have the glass set in. With the ability to wedge the glass inside the 4 boards.

I achieved this through the use of my desk noticed, however decreasing the blade. Ensuring the blade doesn’t undergo the dimensions of the board. As soon as the noticed was in place it was so simple as operating the board by means of the noticed.

After they have been minimize I made a decision to color them earlier than the glass was in them. This made my life simpler by not having to tape up the window as soon as the whole lot was put collectively. I used to be cautious to not get any paint within the sawed out line. It might impact how the glass sits in there.

Now that I had the opening and glass reduce, I wanted so as to add the boards that may sit on the highest and backside of the window on both sides of the door. These boards are what the window body will probably be hooked up to.

Measuring and chopping the boards was actually easy and straight ahead. I minimize them after which used wooden glue and a few nails to safe them in place.

As soon as these have been in place on each side. It was time to safe the window. First securing the glass into the body. With the glass being wedged in, there was no have to nail the body collectively. It’s all going to be secured by the opposite boards already hooked up to the door. Pushing and nudging the body into place little by little. It was a cosy match, which is what was wanted.

Then laying a folded towel underneath the glass and one on the highest of the glass. That is to stop vibrations whereas nailing it that would probably shatter the glass. In all probability not crucial, however I used to be not going to do all of this work to then have the glass break. Utilizing my trusty air nailer I nailed the within of the body placing in nails to the outer body.

With all of it finished I have to drill within the holes that the sliding hardware will go into. Utilizing the directions from the hardware I bought. I measured the holes 150mm in, then one gap 40mm and the opposite 90mm down. Be sure you verify and double examine this. These are the issues that may maintain your door up. With the hardware already with holes it is very important have them aligned correctly.

Then, the barn door is constructed! It’s time to paint it. I made a decision to go together with an ordinary white, to match the trim and board and batten in my hallway already. I laid the barn door down after which painted two coats of paint, each side. Remember to not glop on an excessive amount of paint. With all the particulars there could be loads of drips and gathered paint within the corners. So make sure you take your time and never slather on the paint too thick.

This door is constructed and painted, it’s time to make it turn out to be a sliding barn door. I reduce and painted a small board left over from the framing of the window. This will probably be set on the wall, and the lengthy piece of metallic for the door will hook up with this.

This board is required as a result of the metallic bar the door slides on has pre minimize gap in it. The holes don’t line as much as any studs in my wall. With my sturdy door, that is going to be wanted to carry numerous weight. And simply nailing the hardware into the drywall won’t maintain it. So both you bought fortunate and the pre reduce holes match as much as the studs within the wall. Or you’ll have to do what I did.

I discovered the place the studs have been through the use of a stud finder and operating it throughout the wall. Then marking when the stud finder goes off. The directions for the hardware said for the board to be 100mm from the underside gap that was drilled into the door. So by cautious measurements I knew the place to screw it in. Earlier than attaching something additionally examine it with a leveler to verify it’s straight from one aspect to the opposite.

With the board up, I marked with a pencil the place the metallic bar has its holes. Utilizing a drill and drilling in holes into the board and the wall.

Then taking the spacers given for the hardware, set it in entrance of the opening. That is the place a serving to hand is required, usher in an assistant with muscle tissue. The metallic bar is heavy and must be regular. Setting the bar and particular gap over the spacer. Screw the bar and spacer collectively. Attaching the metallic bar to the spacer and wall. The metallic bar must be sitting about 1 inch out of the wall with the spacers separating the bar from the wall.

The sliding curler must be hooked up to the barn door. Virtually achieved! Holding the curler in place after which screwing the curler into the opening. The rollers has particular screws that have been simply lengthy sufficient to be a cosy match.

Then merely place the rollers on the metallic bar. Maintain your breath, let go and see if it stays up. Mine did! I used to be so excited and relieved. I had visions of the wall being torn down and the door falling and breaking. However, none of that occurred. So go me!

The door hardware I had offered door stops to go on both aspect of the ends. Shifting the door forwards and backwards to see the place the stoppers wanted to be then screaming them in. This may be modified if vital.

The ultimate step is placing on the handles. I bought two matching handles which have screw holes to the entrance. Making it as straightforward to connect as potential.Setting the deal with and marking it with a pencil via the holes. Simply to be sure to hold it even whereas securing all of it.

As soon as that was all executed, I formally have a barn door!

I achieved my objective of including some a lot wanted area to my drawback space in my house. And a few fashion, utilizing the white paint and darkish barn door hardware makes this stand out a lot. I might have made this extra modern, or received tremendous nation with it. Actually any type works nice.

There’s a few methods to simplify this course of and nonetheless get a barn door. Utilizing a present door, a previous door, or not placing in a window. Any of these might drastically simplify your barn door endeavor, making it attainable for anybody to do.

I also needs to point out that if you are going to buy prepared made hardware (which I like to recommend) comply with these particular directions, not mine. I broke it down for the individuals who wish to create their very own hardware or seeing what it’s all about. There was a couple of difficult elements to it, a few of my very own doing. Nevertheless the thought of a sliding barn door is trendy, trendy, and a superb area saver.

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