How to Install Interior Sliding Barn Doors


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Can you hang a barn door with anchors?

If you’re fastening the rail of your sliding barn door to brick, concrete, or another form of stone, you’ll need these masonry mounting bolts with anchors to accomplish the job properly and securely. These can be used in place of ordinary mounting bolts to guarantee that your track is securely placed and correctly secured to your wall.

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Tracks And Hardware For All Tastes

Sliding-door hardware has its origins in rustic architecture, but high-style, ultramodern hardware is also available. Hiding the track with a valance also can change the look or help a new sliding door to fit in with existing decor.




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  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!

Guide Bit For The Guide Groove

Cut the slot. An L-shaped guide mounted to the floor prevents the door from swinging and hitting the wall or the casing as it’s opened and closed. The guide aligns with a groove made with a slot cutter in the door bottom.

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.

How to install a barn door

Removing door trim can be a daunting and expensive task so this tutorial on how to install a barn door will blow your mind!

Removing door trim can be expensive as you will need to repair the sheet rock and possibly replaster the area. Door trim when removed, typically leaves the wall underneath the trim in need of TLC. The sheetrock will need significant sanding, patching and repainting.

That is why this sliding barn door installation is perfect as you do not need to remove the trim.

As many of you may know, we are planning a move in the near future (Update: You can see our new mediterranean house here) so I reached out to a friend to see if she was game for a kitchen door makeover.

My friend has a beautiful kitchen but unfortunately, their basement door (which leads to their finished basement) swings right into their kitchen island area creating a major traffic jam when the door is in use.

As you can see below, the door swing is completely annoying and not functional at all.

My friend Sophia and Gerry were thrilled when I told them about this opportunity with JELD-WEN and couldn’t wait to tackle the project. At first when I told Sophia about us sharing how to install a barn door here on the blog, she giggled and said “what?” ha. 

The JELD-WEN Design Glide Barn Door kit has easy to read instructions and took just a Saturday morning to install.

How to Install a Barn Door Without Removing Door Trim – Just A Quick Spackle

We removed the standard sized existing basement door as well as the door hinges. The nice thing about the JELD-WEN barn door kit is you can install the door right over your existing door trim. You do NOT need to remove the trim!

You will need to use some spackle (we used the quick dry version) to fill the area where you remove the previous doors hinges but that is all. It took about 15 minutes to fill the holes, sand and add touch up paint to the existing door hinge spots.

Be sure to reference JELD-WEN’s site for appropriate sizing.

Barn Door Wall Decor Ideas

We wanted to install a barn door to replace the door leading into our bathroom. Our room has a cottage farmhouse vintage feel so I didn’t want a new door and I wanted it to serve as a focal point and feel more like wall decor.

I turned to Facebook Marketplace and found an antique door for $35. One side had already been stripped but the other side was chippy white paint. Both sides were really cool and perfect for what we were going for!

The guy told me it was 3 feet by 7 feet but he was off on his measurements. When we got the door home it was too short so we had to add a section on to make it long enough.

At first, I was bummed because I thought I would have to paint both sides since the added piece didn’t match the door. But then I decided to just paint a strip of white on the top where the new piece was and see how it looked.

We ended up loving the look! Dipped furniture is really popular right now and so I took that idea and applied it to the door and it worked well! Now it was ready to hang!


Nathan installed the Z-Bar Knotty Alder Wood Interior Sliding Barn Door Slab with Hardware Kit that can be found at The Home Depot. The kit comes with all the materials required to assemble and hang the door, though Nathan choose to add additional 3/4 inch stock in this application because the wall was not plumb and the door would have hit the baseboard otherwise.

For a finish, Nathan and Stephanie stained the door using a water based stain by Minwax. Both the stain and the rags and brushes needed to apply it can be found at home centers.

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.

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. 

How to Install Double Barn Doors

Installing double barn doors works much the same as a single, you just have a longer rail. You will need to measure the rail to get the length for your header. This time instead of lining it up against the trim, it will need to be centered so it hangs over evenly on both sides of the opening.

As mentioned above, you will locate the studs to screw the header into directly on top of the trim (you can adjust this if your doors are taller). Attach the rail to the header following the directions for your hardware. Refer to previous steps for installing the doors.

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