Sorry I’ve been MIA for the past little while – we had an issue with our internet so I wasn’t able to connect with you as much as I usually like… but I’m back now, and am SO excited to share this DIY Sliding Door tutorial with you.
When we opened up the wall in our master bedroom I knew I wanted sliding barn doors. We shopped around for tracks to hang them, and man o’ man, they were expensive. We looked at a few tutorials, but they were either too-expensive or just not practical for us.
Luckily for me, I have a very innovative fiancé who came up with an amazing & inexpensive alternative for us! I love that boy.
So, here’s how he built our DIY sliding doors! Please keep in mind in the photos our track is already installed on our wall – this is because we did part of this project before I started this blog.
Come back later this week to see how we built the barn doors themselves!
For this project you will need:
2 Galvanized threaded pipes 3/4 – inch
1 Galvanized iron tee – 3/4 Inch
2 Galvanized iron 90 degree street elbows -3/4 inch
3 Galvanized iron floor flanges – 3/4 inch
1 Galvanized pipe nipple – 3/4 inch (1 1/2 inch long)
Screws to mount
Spray paint (Optional)
2 Clothes line spacers
8 Straight brackets
4 Bolts (a size that fits the hole in the clothesline spacer wheel)
4 Nuts for the bolts
4 Bolts for your doors (size depending on the size of your doors)
You need to determine how long you want your pipes to be/how far your want your doors to open. You need to be sure that each end and middle have a stud to support the weight of your doors. Write down your measurements and divide by 2, but subtract the rough sizes of your elbows and tee.
Get galvanized pipes cut and threaded on both sides to your measurements. We had this done at Home Depot (Where we also picked up our supplies)
Connect your threaded pipes using your tee and make sure they are secured tightly. Then connect your two 90 degree elbows on either end of the threaded pipes facing the same way. Secure tightly.
Optional: This is a great time to spray paint if you decide to do so!
Connect your tee to a floor flange using the galvanized nipple. Next, connect each elbow to the other two floor flanges.
Tip: Once each flange is put on and the track is put together, put the flanges facing down on a flat surface to make sure they are even.
Screw the track you’ve built to the wall via the floor flanges. Be sure to screw into studs!
Note: In our photo there is cardboard attached because we decided to spray paint after we installed it.
Once your track is up you can create your sliders for the track by taking the clothesline spacers and removing the wheels. You may have to break the bracket to do this. Try not to damage the wheels.
Assemble your sliders by sliding your straight bracket by a hole on the end onto your bolt. After the straight bracket is on the bolt you will need to put washers on – the amount of washers you need will depend on how thick your door is. We only used one washer on either side of the wheel.
After the washer is on, slide on your wheel and finish it off with another washer and bracket. Secure with a nut. Be sure not to tighten the nut up too tightly as it will cause the wheel to be unable to spin, but tighten it up enough to be secure.
Proceed with these steps until all four sliders are assembled.
To attach your doors to the track (You will probably need two people to do this!) start by deciding what distance you want your doors you are hanging to be off of the floor. We went with about an inch, and then used wood to prop up our doors against the wall for assembly.
Once your doors are propped up, put your sliders over the bar where you want them to be, and mark where you are going to drill your holes through the slider with a pencil or pen.
Take your doors down from the wall and drill your holes where you marked them previously. Make sure this is large enough for your bolts to go through.
Put your doors back up on whatever you used to prop them, and match your straight bracket holes over the holes you drilled in the door. Put a bolt through the sliders and the door and secure with a nut on the other side, tighten securely.
Take your prop out from underneath and make sure your doors close evenly and slide smoothly! We applied a bit of WD40 to lubricate the sliders.
Also, to make sure the doors stopped shut where they were supposed to and not move to far to one side or another, we added a couple of hose clamps to the inside so they close evenly.
This is the view from our bed. I’m happy with how it all turned out!
I hope this tutorial was fairly easy to follow & works out smoothly for you. If you decide to try it yourself, be sure to send me your ‘after’ photos! I would love to see them!
Be sure to check out how we built our DIY Barn Doors!
Have a fantastic day!
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