DIY Barn Doors

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

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. 🙂

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

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

Step 1)

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.

Step 2)

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.

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

Take a measurement of the width that the door will be and write it down.

Step 3)

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

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.

Step 4)

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

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.

Step 5)

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

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.

Step 6)

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

Drill your wood screws through the pilot holes to secure the wood together.

Step 7)

Flip over your door and repeat these steps, positioning your top and bottom wood at the same measurement.

Step 8)

(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.

Step 9)

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…

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

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.

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

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.

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

Next measure a straight line across, flush with the wood underneath.

Repeat this for your other door, with your diagonal in opposite direction.

Step 10)

Cut the wood where you marked it across.

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

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.

Step 11)

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

Fill your nail holes if desired, and then stain with your favourite colour stain!

Step 12)

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

Attach your choice of door handles, and hang your door!

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

We are thrilled with how they turned out. They are light weight and easy to slide.

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

They make a fun feature for our master bedroom! But would look GREAT in a main area of a home.

DIY Barn Doors - (Nest of Bliss)

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!

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  1. Great tutorial! I’m curious, do they drag along the wall? Did you use any kind of spacer at the bottom? Love the doors and the finish…and I love the shot of your room through the doors …it’s so cozy looking!!!

    • Hi Elieen,

      When building your doors, when you measure the height you need to take into account how much space you want separated from the bottom of the floor. We went with about an inch. Also, we don’t find the doors drag because the 90 degree elbows bring the pipe out from the wall, allowing some space between the walls and the doors.

      Hope this helps!

  2. beautiful doors!!! I have been wanting sliding barn doors for our office that opens to our family room, but the price of the railing alone has held us back! This looks totally doable (especially with my handy retired daddy!) Can we email with questions if we embark on this?

    Thank you for Sharing! Would you consider giving a cost break down or just total cost?

    annette in Cali

    • Hi Annette,

      Thank you so much! I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed this tutorial! Unfortunately, I don’t have a cost break down, but I can assure you building both the doors & the hardware was fairly inexpensive!
      Feel free to e-mail with any questions you may have and we will do our best to answer them 🙂

      Good luck!


  3. These turned out so beautiful! I wish I had the room that I could do this my self!

  4. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    So gorgeous and I forgot to tell you how much I love your linens too….. beautiful all around. Now I am going to reread the tutorial again……. I can dream.

  5. These are A-MAZE-ING Brandi!! Great tutorial- pinning!!

  6. Breathtakingly beautiful!! You did a fabulous job!

  7. I love love love these! I’ve racked my brain about where we can put sliding barn doors in our house. I’m still thinking especially now that you posted these! So gorgeous! You’re house is beautiful!
    Treadway Made

  8. I’ve been dreaming of adding some barn doors to our home for years. Your tutorials were so helpful and thorough. And they look fantastic! Maybe I will give it a try now. 😉

  9. Love the doors and what a fabulous tutorial. I would love for you to link up to my ongoing Inspire Me Tues. party.
    Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  10. The doors look so, so good and add the perfect bit of drama to your master entry!!
    You guys nailed it!!

    Bravo :)))

  11. Beautiful doors! I love how they are featured in your bedroom.

  12. WOWZA, absolutely stunning! I love how it looks as you peek into the master, just beautiful!

  13. love these and would love to make some to separate our playroom from the living room. My question is that I didn’t see in your tutorial where you said what the horizontal piece of wood is on the backside of the doors at the top? Maybe I missed it. In your picture it looks to be a 1 x 4 or 2×4 that is attached at the top on the backside of your doors (facing the hallway or some other room than your bedroom.) What is that piece for again? I apologize if you described it and I just missed it. Everything is very well explained. Thanks for such an easy tutorial to follow.

    • Hi Heather! If you use thinner wood like I did (which allows the doors to be lightweight) adding this piece of wood adds thickness and security for the sliders to hold onto the door. 🙂 Thank you for your comment! xo

  14. These are AMAZING!! Pinning this right this freaking second. Great job!!

  15. How completely dreamy!!! Featuring you tomorrow!!! XO, Aimee

  16. Amazing! You have a lovely style…

  17. Incredible doors. The tutorial is fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Kristin says:

    Awesome. Where did you get the hinges?

  19. I’m not sure how that works, try googling the problem – my platform is WordPress if that helps!

  20. This tutorial was so helpful. I built these for our master Bathroom, cant wait to hang them once the master bath is finished.

  21. Did you just use standard lumber or a more finished pine material? Did you have any trouble with the wood taking up the stain?

    • The wood absorbed the stain just fine. Some people prefer to use a conditioner on their wood prior to staining to ensure the stain takes to the wood evenly.

  22. I absolutely LOVED your tutorial and think it explains everything very clearly. I’m in the process of building my own barn door and this is the best step by step I’ve seen so far! Couple of quick questions though: I’ve seen some people install U brackets or a track on the floor to keep the door from swaying outward but it doesn’t look like you guys used anything in your pictures. (I actually prefer not to have anything on the floor if possible) I’m just wondering how you guys prevented the door from swaying outward without using some sort of attachment on the floor?
    Also, it looks like a lot of people have installed a reinforcement header board to mount the hardware to for extra support. I like the way yours doesn’t show that because I think it looks cleaner. How did you install your hardware so you didn’t have to add the extra support board?

    • Our could sway forward if pushed, but we considered creating something so that wouldn’t happen but never thought it seemed overly neccessary.

  23. What kind of hardware did you use? Yours look nice and simple. Some options seems like they can run $300 plus for each door. Think I know what I’m doing this weekend…


  24. I just built a door using your instructions and it looks fabulous! The only things I did differently was I didn’t pre-drill the screw holes (I used pine and it is soft enough to go through without any problems) and, the best part, I screwed the Z boards from the BACK of the door = no visible screw heads! 🙂

  25. hi! Thanks for the tutorial! Could you please tell me where you got these awesome handles?? 🙂

    • Hi Ashley,

      I bought them from a little country store called Grampie’s country store or something similar in Nova Scotia.

  26. what stain did you use?

  27. Hi Brandi, I absolutely love the stain you used on the doors. I was looking through your post and couldn’t see anything with regard to what type of wood you used. Would you mind letting me know when you have a chance? Thanks!

  28. Hi Brandi,

    Love the project. How many coats of stain did you have to apply to achieve this color. Also how long did it take to dry? Thanks!

  29. I have been looking for something to do with a living room close to my front door that is open. Now I have an idea thank to you, my husband can totally do this and it will look really cute. Thank you


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