One trend I’m so loving is the barn door look. When farmhouse decor became popular, replacing regular interior doors with sliding barn doors was born. However, finding them can be a challenge and they can be very expensive. So, we decided to make our own and it’s surprisingly pretty easy if you have the right tools. What I really think makes the door is the gorgeous hardware. I am so happy I could partner with National Hardware for this project . It all came with easy installation directions. So let’s learn how to build that beautiful DIY barn door.
To get started you need to measure your door and decide the size door you need to build. Be sure to make it wide enough to cover the trim and that you have clearance for when the door is fully open.
- 4′ x 8′ plywood and cut to the size of the door you are making
- 1′ x 6′ pine boards- we needed 6 boards to frame both sides
- trim of your choice
- staple gun
- brass wood screws 1 1/2- 1 3/4
- circular saw
- miter saw/box
- stain color of choice. We used Dark Walnut
- Barn door hardware. Ours is the Designer set from National Hardware https://www.national-hardware.com/
Cut the plywood to the size of door you need.
Trim the door with your 1’x 6′ boards cut to the size needed. We laid side one down on the floor and stapled them together to keep then stable and in place.
Place your plywood on top of the side one trim and attach with screws.
Lay the side 2 trim boards on the other side of the plywood and attach with screws
Cut your trim pieces and finish out the inner frames of the door panels
Sand your door and apply a wood stain pre conditioner. This will help the stain go on better and not grab the grain too much.
Stain your door the color of your choice. You can also paint and distress it to look like a worn barn door.
Add your hardware starting with the door roller hardware brackets on top of the door. Make sure the rollers are facing away from the front of the door. Follow all the directions on your hardware manual for details and more information. We love this designer series set from National Hardware https://www.national-hardware.com/barn-door-hardware
Attach a header board the length of the mounting bracket to give the door more stability. Be sure to hang it high enough to give your door clearance of the floor so it doesn’t drag on the bottom.
Add the top guide rail onto the header as suggested in your installation directions.
Hang your beautiful new door! Oh and add the handle once it’s hung so you know the height you want once it’s hanging.
It’s amazing what a difference just a new door with character makes in a room. I am so excited and loving how this turned out and the rich warmth it adds to the entire room. The hardware is so gorgeous and added the perfect touch to the entire look.
Making big changes yourself can be so much more economical and can change a builder grade look to a custom home so easily. I highly recommend https://www.national-hardware.com/ when you are searching for the perfect hardware for all of your home projects.
Are you ready to build your own door? Add that to your list of 2021 projects to try. You will love how a small project can add a big impact to spaces in your home. Be sure to subscribe to my weekly newsletter to stay updated on all the latest Hip & Humble Style projects.
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Hope that helps
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I will definitely use these tips to build BARN DOOR
Oh good, glad it was helpful.
Adding barn doors to a bedroom closet is an instant way to add more character to the room. It’s a great alternative to a tight space that uses bifold or mirrored closet doors. It’s a simple clean design with added windows on top, which really make it stand apart.
No doubt, this is looking so beaitufll and amazing DIY idea to make the door design attractive. I really like it. Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas.
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It looks fantastic! Great job!
Great post, this is a great idea to decorate your home interior. Barn door looks amazing. Thanks for the idea!
Thanks, so glad you enjoyed it.
Appreciate you following along…
Can you double the plywood for durability? I only ask because this will be my first big diy project on my own. Thanks!
You really don’t need to double, it would just add more weight to it. Once you have 1/2″ thick plywood and add the trim the door ends up being about 2″ thick.
Thanks and best of luck with your project.
You do not say the thickness of the plywood you used. Looks like 1/2”. Curious what the finish thickness of your barn door was. With 3/4” trim on each side and 1/2” plywood would have been 2” thick. Please let me know. Thanks!
You are exactly correct on all measurements. Thanks for following along.
This is such a great tip to build a beautiful barn door and it helps to save money by taking a “DIY” approach.
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Wow, this is looking so cool and amazing DIY design. I really like it. Thank you for sharing this amazing way to design barn door.
You did an amazing project. Although I know it costs a lot of hard work. Can you please tell me which miter saw you used here?
It was an informative article for me and thank you.
Beautiful! Also, what is the paint color in your room?
The main walls are Gossemer veil and the featured wall is Urbane Bronze, both by Sherwin Willilams.
Wow Great Idea. Home design works really well.
Beautiful door! Did you install a track or guide at the bottom of the door? If so, what did you use?
Thanks, yes we added a guide at on the floor and it came with the hardware kit for the door.
I agree with you
Do you find door bows at all? Beautiful!!
This could be the best idea for my farm house.
I’ll try it. Thank you a lot, I have learnt something beautiful..
Hi, your door looks great from the front! I’m wondering about the edges. Are they raw plywood? I did not see where there was a trim added to cover that. If it is a plywood edge, how does it look?
Thank you for a beautiful idea!
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