How to Install Barn Doors

Things to Consider

Learning how to install a barn door is not difficult, but it does require attention to detail to ensure the door operates properly and safely.  

Sliding barn doors work best when there is enough empty wall space next to the opening that the door can slide completely open. Double barn doors require open wall space on both sides of the doorway. Keep in mind that light switches, electrical outlets and heating and cooling registers on the walls next to the opening could be in the way. Fortunately, you may be able to relocate these fixtures. 

The barn door should be wide enough to completely cover the doorway with an inch or two of overhang on both sides and about one inch at the top. It should be tall enough so that when it’s hung on the track, there is about 1/2-inch of space between the bottom of the door and the floor. 

Safety Tip: Barn doors can be heavy and difficult to maneuver alone. Work with a helper when lifting heavy pieces or standing on a step ladder during this DIY project.