Y'all, I had NO IDEA how these barn doors would transform this attic space! Having two wide-open closets puking out all of our off-season junk was subconsciously strangling me. And I hadn't considered barn doors until recently, because I naively thought that you had to have wall space off to the side of the doorway for the barn door to slide.
After doing some research, we learned that there's an amazing thing called BYPASS BRACKETS for sliding barn door hardware that allows the doors to slide in front of and behind each other as double sliding doors! It's amazing! We're going to show you how these got popped up in place.
You can either watch the video below (be sure to stay tuned at the end for the outtakes… they're everything), or scroll down for the tutorial on installing this barn door hardware!
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Hey, Hey, Nick here, to walk you through how we installed these Drool-worthy sliding barn doors!
Supplies for Installing Barn Door Hardware
- Miter saw
- impact driver
- 1/16″, 1/4″, 1/8″, 7/16″ drill bits
- Standard SAE / Inch Wrench set
- Standard SAE / Inch Socket set
- Tape Measure
- Laser Level
- Stud finder
- Impact driver socket adapter
Let's get into this! First, we used our laser level and marked 2″ above the door opening. We marked the studs with our stud finder and marked the angle/distance of the header board. Then we cut our 1×6 header board to length for us, the length was the width of the wall. Yours might be different. If you are just using one kit, it will be 72″ the length of the barn door hardware.
Mount the header board with three #8 trim screws in each stud location.
Move your laser level to 1 3/4″ taller than the door. Aligning the center of the rail we marked the hole on the end that is not slotted (on end is slotted for level adjustment). Next, we lined up to marked circle with the circle of the bypass bracket, marked the four mounting holes and drilled pilot holes (1/4″ drill bit) for the lag bolts.
Then we installed the bracket, using the lag bolts and flat washers. I was missing my impact driver's 3/8 drive socket adapter. Sad Face 🙁
There were several times throughout the process of installing this sliding barn door hardware that we looked at each other and said ‘this hardware is BEEFY! And so sturdy!' It gives us confidence hanging such heavy doors!
Mount a bracket onto the other end of the rail and mount the rail/bracket assembly to the bypass bracket you just installed. You will likely need a helping hand for this. Then, making sure it is still level, mark the location of the mounting bracket holes, pilot drill and mount the bracket. Lastly install the last two brackets.
Let's move onto the doors shall we? National Hardware provides a mounting template, you can use it to locate your holes for the rolling hardware. Once located, drill pilot holes with a 1/8″ drill bit in the top bolt location, then drill with a 7/16″ drill. Slide the bolt through the hole and mount the rolling hardware, then drill the bottom hole. Do the same for the other side.
Add Anti-skip discs (Not shown) and hang the door.
Stand back and admire your work!
Repeat this process for remaining doors. Then install the door stops, door guides and plugs (for exposed holes in rails). Finally, Stand back and admire your work…. Honestly this was a simple project, that took about 10 hours to complete. If it was one door, you could easily know it out in an afternoon… woot!
And friends, these barn doors glide sooooo smoothly on this hardware. It's amazing! And it hides all the junk in our storage closets!
The attic is coming together beautifully, and we just have a couple more projects before we can share the full room reveal. So exciting! For more info on this sliding barn door hardware, hop on over to National Hardware for all the details!
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