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
- 1x6x8 (qty 2)
- Sliding barn door hardware (Qty 4)
- Bypass Brackets (Qty 8)
- T10 2″ trim screws
- 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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Adam wagstaffe says
Question if I may?. Did you need to weld tracks together to cover the whole length… It seems that there would be a break in the track..or do the doors roll over the break?
Thanks very much
Bethany Sy says
No, there is a connecting adaptor that aligns the two rails. Here is the Link for that https://amzn.to/2WQ9eG9
Adam Sullivan says
Very good tips on installing sliding barn door hardware. Just read the post and got a very good idea and for that I’m very thankful to you.
Its a very useful guide for installing sliding barn door hardware. I hope this guide help me to install a sliding barn door in my house.
Thanks for your good share!
These look great and I’m looking to use barn doors for a similar purpose – hide a storage area instead of building enclosed cabinets.
Is it possible to have double doors that meet without overlappping, so that it looks more ‘finished’ – but at the same time can open overlapping the other side – sharing the same track? Imagine if you will a wall space with the double doors, could the doors move only to the left?
It’s hard to explain – hope this makes sense.
Bethany Sy says
I can’t figure out how that would work. It seems that they would have to be on separate tracks i one is going to bypass the other.
James Williams says
Thank you so much for sharing the awesome installation guide. Looking for more DIY guide from you. Keep up the great work.
Thank you so much for making this! I have wanted to enclose our loft game room opening for some time now but the project seemed so difficult. I honestly didn’t even know that bypass tracks existed either! I thought we’d have to get creative (which meant it might never happen). This video makes me confident that we can do it! Thanks for breaking it down!
Bethany Sy says
Awesome! We’d love to see pics when you’re done!
I am in love with those doors! I could lie on the floor and stare at them all day! What a beautiful job you guys did! I wish I had someplace in my house to put a set! Again, I am so very jealous!
Bethany Sy says
Thank you Renee! You’re so sweet! <3
Ashlee Denae Scarborough says
Hey there. We are wanting to build these and I had a curious question before starting. If we use these for like a bathroom and closet opening side by side, could you open bathroom side at same time of closet side and it work ok? I just wanted to check to make sure you wouldn’t get stuck inside the bathroom, lol. Thank you so much and love love this idea!
Bethany Sy says
Yes you’ll be fine! They’re ‘bypass sliding doors’, which means they have two tracks and can go behind each other. Does that make sense?