It’s Friday again!
Today I am sharing with you the tutorial on how we built our barn doors for our bedroom! I’ll have a link for our DIY sliding door system at the end of the tutorial.
To build your barn doors you will need:
12 – 8 ft 1×6 (For two 32″ wide doors – if yours are wider you may need more wood)
5 – 8 ft 1×4
1/2 inch wood screws
Stain (We used Minwax – Special Walnut)
4 doorhandles of your choice
Take your measurements. You want to measure:
Measure width – If you are creating double-doors, you’ll want to measure how wide you want both doors when they’re closed together. Make sure if you are creating these doors to go along with the sliding track that there is enough room for them to open.
For those who are creating double-doors, divide your width measurement to determined the width of each individual door.
Note: This is an approximate measurement – the amount of 1×6′s you use will determine the actual width, you just want to make sure you don’t build anything too thin, or too wide.
Next, measure how tall you want your doors to be, and take into account about an inch for space between the door and floor.
Lay your 1×6′s down side-by-side until you get close to your width measurement for one door. Remember this will probably be a bit less or a bit more than the measurement you took, since it’s determined by the amount of wood you are using. For our 32″ wide doors we used 6 pieces.
Take a measurement of the width that the door will be and write it down.
Once you know how many pieces of wood you plan to use for each door, mark each individual piece by the height measurement you took before. Mark this off with a ruler evenly. Ours were cut at 80″, but this will depend on how tall you want them.
If you plan to use the sliding door system you will need to keep into account where the stud is that the track will be mounted to, as well as the length of the sliders.
Cut the 1×6′s to the height that you marked off.
Next, you’ll need your 1×4 cut into 10 pieces to your width measurement. You’ll use the rest of it in a moment.
Put aside five pieces of your cut 1×4 per door. The barn door shape is similar to a ‘Z’ shape. Decide how far in you want the top and bottom of the ‘Z’ shape that goes across the door, ours go in about 8 inches down from the top and up from the bottom.
Position the pieces of 1×4′s where you marked them, and make sure that your 1×6′s are straight and tight together. Drill pilot holes through the 1×4′s into each of the 1×6′s. We used a 3/32 drill bit.
Drill your wood screws through the pilot holes to secure the wood together.
Flip over your door and repeat these steps, positioning your top and bottom wood at the same measurement.
(Optional) Take a remaining piece of 1×4 for each door and position these flush with the top of the door. This is to create extra support to hang your doors if you are hanging them from the sliding track. You want to attach these the same way with the pilot holes and screws.
This step is how you will measure the diagonal piece of wood that attaches the top and bottom of the ‘Z’ shape. If you are doing double doors, you want these to mirror each other.
Now, there are two ways to do this…
The easier way is to draw a straight, diagonal from one corner of the 1×4 to the opposite corner of the other 1×4.
Next, take a protractor and measure the angle that you will have to cut your wood, and mark the angle straight across with a pencil.
The other, probably hard way… the way WE did it (haha) is this…
This is a bit difficult to explain, but I hope the photo above can help show what I am trying to say. Lay an 8 ft piece of 1×4 diagonally across your door from one corner to the other, the same way you would have drawn a straight line. The outer sides of the wood should be matched up with the corners.
Mark on both sides of the diagonal piece where it meets with the wood that is across. Mark this off with your pencil from the sides. Do this on both ends of the wood.
Next measure a straight line across, flush with the wood underneath.
Repeat this for your other door, with your diagonal in opposite direction.
Cut the wood where you marked it across.
When you’re finished, attach the wood in between the two horizontal 1×4′s that are attached across your door. Again, drill pilot holes through the diagonal piece into each vertical 1×6, and then drill your screws through your pilot holes.
Fill your nail holes if desired, and then stain with your favourite colour stain!
Attach your choice of door handles, and hang your door!
We are thrilled with how they turned out. They are light weight and easy to slide.
They make a fun feature for our master bedroom! But would look GREAT in a main area of a home.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Be sure to let me know if you try it out for yourself!
Be sure to check out how we hung the doors with our DIY Sliding Doors tutorial!