6 Easy Steps to Installing Sliding Barn Door Hardware Like a Pro

Barn Door Installation Cost by Project Range

Low
$400

36” panel chalkboard barn door installed on an interior wall

Average Cost
$1,200

36” solid-wood mid-bar brace barn door installed on an interior wall

High $4,000 Double solid-wood double-X brace door installed on an exterior wall

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Barn Door Costs by Design

Barn doors come in many styles and designs. These can vary depending on the design. Doors fall into three basic categories – paneled, flush, and glass. Paneled doors are the most common and come in the most styles and options. Paneled doors can be made of many plank styles or in more traditional designs, so you have many choices. Flush doors are often a better choice for modern homes, with their sleek finishes, while glass is a good choice for contemporary spaces. Each type has costs and considerations. Below are the average costs and installed costs for the different doors.

DesignAverage Costs (Materials Only)Average Costs

DesignAverage Costs (Materials Only)Average Costs (Installed)
Flush$100 – $2,000$350 – $2,550
Paneled$250 – $2,500$500 – $3,050
Glass$450 – $4,000$900 – $4,600

Flush Barn Doors

Flush barn doors cost between $100 and $2,000, depending on the style and material. Installed, they average $350 to $2,550. Flush doors are more modern than panel doors and may be favored by those with contemporary homes. They have no panels or indents, basically just a big slab of materials, such as wood or metal. Chalkboard doors are one type of flush door, with a smooth, sleek surface for writing on. Other styles include metal, vinyl, and some types of wood.

Paneled Barn Doors

The cost of paneled barn doors ranges from $250 to $2,500. Installed, they cost $500 to $3,050. Panel doors have been around for centuries and are made by combining several pieces of material into one larger structure. They can be constructed in many ways, depending on the door material and style. Wood is the most common material for these doors, but they can be made of MDF and vinyl. They can have inset or overlaid panels or a combination of plank designs. These are often the most decorative style and the most traditional.

Glass Barn Door

Costs for glass barn doors average $450 to $4,000. Installed, they range from $900 to $4,600. They have sheets of glass incorporated into their design. Typically, they have a large frame of metal or wood around the outside edges and then a large central pane of glass in the middle. However, they can have different designs with several panes. The glass is usually frosted to let light through but maintain privacy. They may also be mirrored and are often used in small spaces to help make the room look larger. They can also be used for closet doors.

Locate The Hardware

Stand up the door. First, cut the door to length so that it’s 1⁄4 in. below the track and 1⁄2 in. above the finished floor. Next, shim it plumb, and place the rollers on the track. Center the mounting brackets in the door’s stiles, and trace the screw holes for drilling.

Instructions

  1. First, be sure you have enough room for barn doors! You’ll need at least as much space on the outside of the door as on the inside, to allow room for the door to slide out of the way. For double barn doors, you’ll install two full sets of hardware, centered in the middle of the door opening.
  2. Once you’ve bought the correct size door and hardware, open the package and make sure you have all the right pieces. Gather your tools so you’re not climbing off your ladder to find a screwdriver in the garage.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the instructions. Keep in mind that one of the doors will be hung as a mirror image of the other, so keep this in mind while reading instructions.
  4. Take your time making measurements and markings!
  5. Your laser level is your best friend! The key to barn doors that operate well is getting them exactly level. Hang your laser level on the opposite end of the wall from where you’ll be working, so your hands don’t get in the way of the beam.
  6. Get a buddy to help you with the actual installation. There are some parts that seem to require more than two hands.
  7. You can modify a door stop (included) to cover the gap between rails, if you prefer a seamless look. Or you can get a track joiner if you want the doors to be able to slide to either side.
  8. Install the soft close mechanisms before hanging the door slabs. (This step may not be included in your hardware instructions if you bought them separately.)
  9. Use the included floor guides to keep your doors from banging against the wall or door frames!

Pros and cons

There are admittedly lots of pros to installing a sliding barn door in your home. They’re great in tighter spaces, such as hallways, and they’re a relatively simple DIY project, so you won’t have to hire out a contractor (unless you’d prefer to not do this project yourself!). However, they do require enough extra wall space for them to roll along, and might potentially obscure any artwork you have on that wall. Below, we’ve gone into the questions you should consider before embarking on the project.

Steps for installing a sliding barn door:

  1. The door in the kit comes untreated, so start by applying a desired stain/finish to the door with a rag.
  2. Attach the mounting board over the opening with 4 inch structural screws. Keep a level on the board and loosely screw the board in until it’s roughly in the right place. Once the board is mostly attached to the wall and level, secure all the screws.
  3. Attach the mounting hardware to the mounting board. Again, only secure the bolts loosely until the entire rail has been attached. Then secure them all with a wrench.
  4. Slide the stops onto the mounting hardware. This will ensure the door doesn’t slide off the rail.
  5. Attach the door hardware to the door and hang it in place on the rail.
  6. With the door in position, put the floor guide in the correct position on the floor to help guide the door from the bottom. Mark its location with a pencil.
  7. Remove the door and secure the floor guide to the floor with the drill and some screws.
  8. Rehang the door. With it in the correct position, make sure it’s perfectly over the floor guide.
  9. Add the anti-jump blocks that come with the kit onto the railing to prevent the door from sliding off the rail.

When to Call a Professional

If you need to widen the doorway or create a new doorway in a load-bearing wall, you may wish to hire a contractor to perform the work since additional support must be added. Pulling back and opening walls may also require moving electrical outlets and light switches; you may want to hire an electrician for this work.

Codes and Permits

Interior door installation generally does not trigger the need for a building permit. But to be on the safe side, check with your local permitting department. One of the values of a pair of barn doors is the extra width. So if you need to widen an existing doorway or create a new doorway, you may need to apply for a building permit since this may compromise the wall’s structural integrity.

The Final Details

Hang the door. Aided by a helper, put the heavy door on the track. Unlike swinging doors, which are partially supported by their jambs, barn doors rely solely on their hardware and its connection to the framing. It’s important to correct any weak framing before hanging heavy doors like this one.

Mount the guide. Space the bottom guide from the wall so that it aligns with the track above. One of its two mounting screws is accessible with the door fully open, and the other is accessible when the door is fully closed. This ensures that the door can be removed in the future.

Finish up with casing. Barn-style doors are cased like conventional swinging doors. Secure the inside edge of the casing with 18-ga. brads, then fasten the outside edge with

15-ga. finish nails.

Shopping List

Sliding barn door hardware

Isn’t the black sliding barn door hardware gorgeous? The black door hardware coordinates perfectly with the black kitchen island and black stools. It is truly amazing how the barn door hardware draws your eye to the ceiling (that normally is a white blank space) and creates a cohesive look throughout the kitchen. My door is out of stock but this white modern barn door is available on Wayfair. 

Can a barn door go over molding? Yes! Many of you have emailed asking if the barn door trim designs matter when it comes to a barn door installation and the answer is no. So to answer your question, “should barn doors cover trim,” you can install a barn door over any door trim or molding. 

Will you have enough privacy?

Before you consider installing DIY barn doors, Cynthia Peller Hum, Associate at Hirsch Bedner Associates, the global leader in hospitality interior design, reveals a major detail you need to keep in mind: Sound and privacy. Unlike a traditional door, sliding barn doors don’t block out the majority of sound and noise.

“Don’t forget you will hear more sound through a sliding barn door than a traditional swing door, since the edge isn’t sealed as tight,” Hum pointed out.

As far as privacy goes, you also won’t be able to lock a sliding barn door in place as easily — which could prove to be annoying if you are trying to keep your family or roommates out. If you are installing the barn door in the entryway to a bathroom or bedroom, consider hook and eye closures or a latch with a strike plate.

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How to install a sliding barn door

Once the old door was removed, we installed the wood header piece above the door frame. JELD-WEN also supplied a matching white wood header but Sophia wanted the header to match the wall color so she purchased a piece of 3/4 inch pine and had it custom cut to the length we needed.

She added two coats of paint (same as wall color) and we were good to go! We used the wall screws that JELD-WEN provide to attach the base/header to the wall.

You can fill the screw holes with wood putty or spackle and touch up with paint.

Barn Door Installation Without Removing Door Trim – Attach The Rail

Next we attached the sliding black rail to the wall.

We then fastened to the door sliding track and soft close feature to prevent the door from slamming open or closed. The kit comes with a bottom door track as well which we opted not to use as it wasn’t necessary for our install. The Soft Close feature is by far one of the coolest features on this door.

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