Prepare the Barn Door

If you purchased a barn door kit, it may contain templates for locating the hardware on the door. Others may have doors with predrilled holes. Whether you’re using a complete kit or purchasing the hardware and door separately, attach all the hardware before you try to hang the door.  

Start with the rollers, which will allow your door to glide over the metal track:

  • Attach the rollers according to their manufacturer’s instructions. Some rollers are screwed to the top edge of the door. Others use strap hangers that are held in place with decorative nuts and bolts.  
  • Use a speed square to ensure the strap hangers are straight. 

Install the door handle:

  • The center of the handle should be about 36 inches from the bottom of the door. 
  • Place the outside handle near the edge of the door. 
  • For the inside handle, keep in mind that the door is wider than the opening. Place it with enough space so that it doesn’t hit the door jamb when the door is closed. Some barn door kits contain recessed pulls for the inside of the door. 
  • If your door doesn’t already have holes, place your handle where you want it and use a pencil to mark the screw locations. Pre-drill the holes. 
  • Attach the handles using their accompanying screws.