Every residence has a problem area. My disadvantage area is the laundry room and hallway. There is plenty of doorways, in a small space, and to get all one of the simplest ways inside the laundry room it’s essential to shut the door. Awkward. I needed some space monetary financial savings choices, and no amount of group would help. My laundry room door was the problem. I decided to unravel this by making a barn door. It would treatment my points and add some style to my hallway.

The plan was to make it R ft tall, and A ft huge door. This permits the door to cowl the doorway and the door trim. So, barely greater than a traditional door. There isn’t any window in my hallway or laundry room, so I wanted in order so as to add a window to the very best of the door. I moreover am going to proceed the detailing on the door that is working down my hallway, a board and batten picket factor all through the door. With these plans in ideas it was time to get my offers.


  • One big piece of plywood
  • Seven J ft prolonged A×M boards
  • Two 7ft prolonged C×S boards

One ready made barn door hardware package deal purchased from Ebay. They could also be purchased at many on-line retailers.

The first step is slicing the plywood proper right down to measurement. I used a desk observed, measured the sides and scale back it to my desired measurement and width.

Next was using the prolonged A inch giant and C inch thick boards. These are going to be on the left and correct sides of the front and back. Cutting A proper right down to the dimensions of the plywood.

Once they’ve been scale back, I set them of their spot to make sure it was the suitable measurement. I did this with all of the cuts I did. Before one thing was attached double confirm to confirm all is true with measurement. When I observed they’re scale back appropriately, I used some picket glue. Using enough to make a line of glue alongside the place the board will lay.

Pressing down for quite a lot of seconds to make it stick. Then I have a air nailer I utilized in quite a lot of spots, Just to make sure all is protected.

Next step is in order so as to add the detailing for the underside and the very best of the door. I wanted the underside to be just a bit bulkier, so that piece was scale back greater using plywood. This supplies a visual layered look to the door. All of that’s as a lot as personal selection, do what will work in your residence and your space.I set the plywood down, measured and scale back the size I wanted. Gluing it down and securing it the equivalent means.

There was one portion of this enterprise I was nervous about, slicing the glass I had purchased. I acquired a glass cutter from the native home enchancment retailer I purchased the glass from. I drew a line using a white board marker, to create the scale back line. This technique as quickly because it’s reduce I can wipe away the marker line.

Taking a tool oil and smearing it over the street written. This permits the cutter to slide alongside the glass with out breaking it. Then run the glass cutter alongside the street. Putting enough pressure to make an indentation.

Once that had been outlined. I used a tile cutter press. Setting a towel down beneath the glass after which the glass on the press. This is to protect the glass. Using the press, lining it up with the scale back line. This allowed the cleanest reduce. You can snap it by setting one fringe of the glass off of the counter after which pressing down. Either strategy should get the job completed.

With the glass reduce I now have a template to measure and scale back out the door hole for the window.

Using a jig observed, chopping alongside the drawn out strains. Be constructive to take care of the ground protected in another case the observed can slip.  There was some sanding needed on the edges, all of it have to be as clear and clear as attainable for the window to go in.

In order to make the window as protected as attainable I needed to make a physique the glass may sit in. I have three small kids who will slam and abuse this door every day. I purchased M inch by M inch sized boards. Measuring the dimensions of the glass and chopping them to go well with that measurement.

Then with the newly reduce boards, I needed to make a small scale back out line to have the glass set in. Being able to wedge the glass contained in the A boards.

I achieved this by way of using my desk observed, nevertheless reducing the blade. Making constructive the blade does not bear the size of the board. Once the observed was in place it was as simple as working the board by way of the observed.

After they’ve been reduce I decided to paint them sooner than the glass was in them. This made my life easier by not having to tape up the window as quickly as all of the issues was put collectively. I was cautious to not get any paint inside the sawed out line. It may impression how the glass sits in there.

Now that I had the opening and glass scale back, I needed in order so as to add the boards which will sit on the very best and bottom of the window on all sides of the door. These boards are what the window physique shall be hooked as much as.

Measuring and chopping the boards was truly straightforward and straight forward. I scale back them after which used picket glue and some nails to protected them in place.

Once these have been in place on both sides. It was time to protected the window. First securing the glass into the physique. With the glass being wedged in, there was no need to nail the physique collectively. It is all going to be secured by the other boards already hooked as much as the door. Pushing and nudging the physique into place little by little. It was a comfortable match, which is what was needed.

Then laying a folded towel beneath the glass and one on the very best of the glass. This is to cease vibrations whereas nailing it that might in all probability shatter the glass. Probably not essential, nevertheless I was not going to do all of this work to then have the glass break. Using my trusty air nailer I nailed the inside of the physique putting in nails to the outer physique.

With all of it accomplished I should drill inside the holes that the sliding hardware will go into. Using the instructions from the hardware I purchased. I measured the holes 150mm in, then one hole 40mm and the other 90mm down. Be constructive to look at and double look at this. These are the problems which will keep your door up. With the hardware already with holes it is extremely necessary have them aligned appropriately.

Then, the barn door is constructed! It is time to paint it. I decided to go along with a traditional white, to match the trim and board and batten in my hallway already. I laid the barn door down after which painted two coats of paint, both sides. Be constructive to not glop on an extreme quantity of paint. With all of the particulars there could be plenty of drips and gathered paint inside the corners. So keep in mind to take your time and by no means slather on the paint too thick.

This door is constructed and painted, it is time to make it flip right into a sliding barn door. I reduce and painted a small board left over from the framing of the window. This shall be set on the wall, and the prolonged piece of metallic for the door will hook up with this.

This board is required because of the metallic bar the door slides on has pre reduce hole in it. The holes do not line as a lot as any studs in my wall. With my sturdy door, that’s going to be needed to hold quite a few weight. And merely nailing the hardware into the drywall will not keep it. So each you got lucky and the pre scale back holes match as a lot because the studs inside the wall. Or you will should do what I did.

I found the place the studs have been by means of using a stud finder and working it all through the wall. Then marking when the stud finder goes off. The instructions for the hardware stated for the board to be 100mm from the underside hole that was drilled into the door. So by cautious measurements I knew the place to screw it in. Before attaching one thing moreover confirm it with a leveler to confirm it is straight from one facet to the other.

With the board up, I marked with a pencil the place the metallic bar has its holes. Using a drill and drilling in holes into the board and the wall.

Then taking the spacers given for the hardware, set it in entrance of the opening. This is the place a serving handy is required, usher in an assistant with muscle mass. The metallic bar is heavy and have to be common. Setting the bar and specific hole over the spacer. Screw the bar and spacer collectively. Attaching the metallic bar to the spacer and wall. The metallic bar have to be sitting about S inch out of the wall with the spacers separating the bar from the wall.

The sliding roller have to be hooked as much as the barn door. Almost completed! Holding the roller in place after which screwing the roller into the opening. The rollers has specific screws which were merely prolonged enough to be a comfortable match.

Then merely place the rollers on the metallic bar. Hold your breath, let go and see if it stays up. Mine did! I was so excited and relieved. I had visions of the wall being torn down and the door falling and breaking. But, none of that occurred. So go me!

The door hardware I had provided door stops to go on each facet of the ends. Moving the door forwards and backwards to see the place the stoppers needed to be then screaming them in. This could also be modified if important.

The remaining step is putting on the handles. I purchased two matching handles which have screw holes to the doorway. Making it as simple to attach as attainable.Setting the cope with and marking it with a pencil by way of the holes. Just to make sure you maintain it even whereas securing all of it.

Once that was all completed, I formally have a barn door!

I achieved my goal of together with some quite a bit needed space to my disadvantage area in my residence. And some sort, using the white paint and darkish barn door hardware makes this stand out quite a bit. I may need made this additional trendy, or acquired super nation with it. Really any style works good.

There is a variety of strategies to simplify this course of and nonetheless get a barn door. Using a gift door, a earlier door, or not putting in a window. Any of those may drastically simplify your barn door endeavor, making it attainable for anyone to do.

I additionally must level out that if you’ll purchase ready made hardware (which I advocate) adjust to these specific instructions, not mine. I broke it down for the people who need to create their very personal hardware or seeing what it is all about. There was a few troublesome parts to it, a couple of of my very personal doing. However the considered a sliding barn door is fashionable, fashionable, and an outstanding space saver.

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