Easy How-To and Hardware for Hanging a Sliding Barn Door

October 24, 2017
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Oh my word, friends! I did it!! I finally finished hanging Lauryn’s sliding barn door! I don’t know about you guys, but when I have something I am dreading, I will find any and everything else to do to avoid it! Clean all the kitchen cabinets, inside and out–Check! Wipe down all the baseboards–Done! De-Ice and thoroughly sanitize the freezer we rarely use in the garage–That’s next! No! I have to get this door hung! And I did! And it honestly, wasn’t that bad!

Give me a building project any day! Give me something to assemble and follow directions on…tomorrow! Not my cup of tea. So when I was challenged by Everbilt Hardware to NOT call Max (my handyman) and, rather, tackle this sliding barn door myself, I began to break out in hives….No, not really. I accepted the challenge.

It was fun to peruse through all of the many choices of sliding door hardware available from Everbilt. I finally decided on this one…Stainless Steel Decorative Sliding Door Hardware (model #60012).

I’ve always stuck with black hardware, so it was kinda fun to change things up a bit. And the stainless steel definitely fit with the style I was going for in Lauryn’s room.

While waiting for the sliding door hardware to arrive from Home Depot, I built and painted the barn door for Lauryn’s room….

how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

Barn doors are honestly my favorite thing to build. They are so easy and add so much character to any room. A conversation piece through and through. I have an easy to follow, step by step tutorial on how to build your own sliding barn door right here on the blog. My obvious obsession for these things shines through in my home. Three of them! With plans to hang many more….

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

And now that I have tried my hand at hanging one by myself, I will never hire Max to do this again! Sorry Max 🙁 There’s just no need. It really was simple. And why pay someone to do this, when I can do it!

My first inclination was to scrub the internet for a YouTube tutorial on “how to hang a sliding barn door”. But I honestly didn’t find one that caught my eye. So I resorted to following the paper instructions provided by Everbilt. I should have looked at those first, because they were actually very descriptive and easy to follow. So let’s dive into this….

HOW TO HANG A SLIDING BARN DOOR:

STEP ONE: Measure up from the floor the length of the door plus an inch and a quarter.

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

Using a level, draw a horizontal line, the length of the sliding door track…

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

STEP TWO: Secure a 2×4 across the center of the line you drew in Step One. Be sure to drill your screws into studs, so as to ensure the tracking can sustain the weight of the door. Because of the board and batten wall treatment, I had to cut 2×4’s to fit in between each vertical board on Lauryn’s wall…

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

STEP THREE: Measure from the floor again…Length of door PLUS 1 3/4 inch (to allow door plenty of floor clearance to slide smoothly). Draw another leveled horizontal line.

STEP FOUR: Drill pilot holes…This part is kind of a 2-man job, at least for this girl…those tracks are heavy! So, I actually solicited my son, Chase’s, help with this. Holding the track, mark with a pencil where each of your pilot holes will go.  Be sure to use a level to ensure your track is straight. Then drill your pilot holes.

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

HUGE TIP: Paint your boards at this point to match your walls. Much easier to do it before your track is attached!!! I can’t stress this enough because I didn’t do that and had to be very meticulous in painting around the track. NOT EASY!!

One more…HUGE TIP: Slide your door stoppers on each end of the track before attaching your sliding door track. Unfortunately, we didn’t think to do this and therefore only have one door stopper on the track. We were not able to add the other door stopper because it was already tight up against the corner wall. Thankfully, because it’s up against the corner wall, the door isn’t going anywhere. But it would be better to have the door stop on there to give the door a smooth stopping point.

STEP FIVE: Ready to attach the sliding door track… I found it easiest to keep Chase handy for one more task—holding the track while I screwed the center bolt in first. Once the center of the track was attached, I could easily line it up with the remaining holes and screw in the last 3 bolts….

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

Now your track is hung!! Notice the bare wood…remember the HUGE TIP earlier. At this point, you’re happy you already followed that advice. 🙂

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

STEP SIX: Ready to move onto adding the hardware to the door…Determine where you want your hangars to be attached to the door. Then ensure that you have about an inch and a half space between the door and the wheel. For me, that was 6 inches….

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

Make sure your hangar is straight and mark your holes….

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

Drill your pilot holes….

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

Screw in your bolts…

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

STEP SEVEN: Now you are ready to hang the door. The EASIEST step of the entire process. Pick up your door and place the wheels on the track. It’s that simple!!

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

To keep your door from swinging out when opening and closing it, attach the floor guide to the floor. Ensure that you have enough space for the door to slide through with ease….

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

You cannot even imagine my excitement once this thing was hanging and sliding effortlessly. I remodeled Lauryn’s room from floor to ceiling, (you can see the before pictures here) but to accomplish this…I felt like I had conquered the world. To say that I was a bit intimidated in taking on this challenge is an understatement. But I am so grateful that I did. It was probably one of the easiest projects I have taken on.

Let’s just say, adding the door pull was ten times harder than hanging this door. Who would have thought? But that task took enormous muscle power. Crazy! I’ll save that story for another post.

But I do love the finished look of this stainless steel door pull….

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

And Lauryn’s room….

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

With the barn door…

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

Perfect…

easy how to and hardware for hanging a sliding barn door

As always, feel free to email me with any questions. I love to help people realize we can do this stuff!! Let’s figure it out together!

Until next time,

Happy Building!!

Huge thank you to Home Depot Everbilt for providing me with this sliding door hardware and the push of confidence to install it on my own.

Click here for the Step-By-Step Tutorial on How to Make a Sliding Barn Door–Awesome Post!! Very Helpful!! 

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4 Comments

  1. Tracy

    I love the farmhouse desk you did for one of the Challenges. Do you have a tutorial for the desk? I was unable to locate it on your website or the list of projects?
    I love all of the great furniture you build. Thank you and keep posting

    Reply
    • Nicole Nigg

      Thank you! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. Unfortunately, I don’t have a tutorial for that one. I plan on putting one together. The furniture builds tutorials are a little more involved and detailed and therefore, take a little longer to put together. I’ve kinda slacked off on putting those out there. Something I’m hoping to work on over the summer. Thank you for your interest. Look for the desk one to come out over the next month or two. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Danielle

    I’m so curious. Where did you get the wreath on your barn door with the fabric?

    Reply
    • Nicole Nigg

      Hi Danielle,
      I got that one at Crate and Barrel years ago. Not sure if they carry it anymore. But maybe something similar to it. Hope this helps!
      ~Nicole

      Reply

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