DIY Sliding Doors

 

 

DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss

Hi friends!

Sorry I’ve been MIA for the past little while – we had an issue with our internet so I wasn’t able to connect with you as much as I usually like… but I’m back now, and am SO excited to share this DIY Sliding Door tutorial with you.

DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss
DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss

When we opened up the wall in our master bedroom I knew I wanted sliding barn doors. We shopped around for tracks to hang them, and man o’ man, they were expensive. We looked at a few tutorials, but they were either too-expensive or just not practical for us.

DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss

Luckily for me, I have a very innovative fiancé who came up with an amazing & inexpensive alternative for us! I love that boy. ;)

DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss

So, here’s how he built our DIY sliding doors! Please keep in mind in the photos our track is already installed on our wall – this is because we did part of this project before I started this blog.

Come back later this week to see how we built the barn doors themselves!

For this project you will need:

2 Galvanized threaded pipes 3/4 – inch
1 Galvanized iron tee – 3/4 Inch
2 Galvanized iron 90 degree street elbows -3/4 inch
3 Galvanized iron floor flanges – 3/4 inch
1 Galvanized pipe nipple – 3/4 inch (1 1/2 inch long)
Screws to mount
Spray paint (Optional)
2 Clothes line spacers
8 Straight brackets
4 Bolts (a size that fits the hole in the clothesline spacer wheel)
4 Nuts for the bolts
8 Washers
4 Bolts for your doors (size depending on the size of your doors)

Step 1)

You need to determine how long you want your pipes to be/how far your want your doors to open. You need to be sure that each end and middle have a stud to support the weight of your doors. Write down your measurements and divide by 2, but subtract the rough sizes of your elbows and tee.

Step 2)

Get galvanized pipes cut and threaded on both sides to your measurements. We had this done at Home Depot (Where we also picked up our supplies)

Step 3)

DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss

DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss

Connect your threaded pipes using your tee and make sure they are secured tightly. Then connect your two 90 degree elbows on either end of the threaded pipes facing the same way. Secure tightly.
Optional: This is a great time to spray paint if you decide to do so! :)

Step 4)

Connect your tee to a floor flange using the galvanized nipple. Next, connect each elbow to the other two floor flanges.
Tip: Once each flange is put on and the track is put together, put the flanges facing down on a flat surface to make sure they are even.

Step 5)

DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss

Screw the track you’ve built to the wall via the floor flanges. Be sure to screw into studs!
Note: In our photo there is cardboard attached because we decided to spray paint after we installed it. :)

Step 6)

Once your track is up you can create your sliders for the track by taking the clothesline spacers and removing the wheels. You may have to break the bracket to do this. Try not to damage the wheels.

DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss

Assemble your sliders by sliding your straight bracket by a hole on the end onto your bolt. After the straight bracket is on the bolt you will need to put washers on – the amount of washers you need will depend on how thick your door is. We only used one washer on either side of the wheel.

After the washer is on, slide on your wheel and finish it off with another washer and bracket. Secure with a nut. Be sure not to tighten the nut up too tightly as it will cause the wheel to be unable to spin, but tighten it up enough to be secure.

Proceed with these steps until all four sliders are assembled.

Step 7)

DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss

To attach your doors to the track (You will probably need two people to do this!) start by deciding what distance you want your doors you are hanging to be off of the floor. We went with about an inch, and then used wood to prop up our doors against the wall for assembly.

DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss

Once your doors are propped up, put your sliders over the bar where you want them to be, and mark where you are going to drill your holes through the slider with a pencil or pen.

Step 8)

Take your doors down from the wall and drill your holes where you marked them previously. Make sure this is large enough for your bolts to go through.

Step 9)

DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss

Put your doors back up on whatever you used to prop them, and match your straight bracket holes over the holes you drilled in the door. Put a bolt through the sliders and the door and secure with a nut on the other side, tighten securely.

Step 10)

Take your prop out from underneath and make sure your doors close evenly and slide smoothly! We applied a bit of WD40 to lubricate the sliders.

Also, to make sure the doors stopped shut where they were supposed to and not move to far to one side or another, we added a couple of hose clamps to the inside so they close evenly. :)

DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss

This is the view from our bed. I’m happy with how it all turned out!

DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss

I hope this tutorial was fairly easy to follow & works out smoothly for you. If you decide to try it yourself, be sure to send me your ‘after’ photos! I would love to see them!

DIY Sliding Doors - Nest of Bliss

Be sure to check out how we built our DIY Barn Doors!

Have a fantastic day!

B

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Comments

  1. I love these doors. I have always wanted to do this. You did a great job.

  2. Love those doors!
    We have been wanting to do this project for awhile now but our issue was also
    the track system…Those suckers are ridiculously expensive..who knew???
    We’ve been back & forth on how to diy it on our own & my hubby ususally comes
    up with some great ideas we just have put that project to the side for now..
    I am definitely gonna show him this and maybe bring that project back alive!

    • I know, right?! They are so, so expensive! If this tutorial works out for you be sure to let me know – I’d love to see your results! :) Thank you, Jen!

  3. Wow, great job on those doors. I’ve seen the hardware for sale but couldn’t quite picture how they could be used inside. Did you make the doors too?

  4. You guys are amazing!! this is inspired and lovely…too bad doors like this don’t fit into our decor, I totally would do this…..
    Very cool!
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

  5. Wow! You did a fabulous job. It looks great!

  6. I do wish I had an area to use doors like this, yours looks awesome!

  7. I love these! This looks really great. Thanks for a great tutorial and pictures!

  8. Beautiful job on the hardware. Barn door hardware is ridiculously expensive so it is much appreciated that you guys went through the creative process and explained how to do it inexpensively. I am just a bit confused about step 6. The clothesline spacers part, I’m having trouble picturing what you are trying to explain. The final picture looks like you used the spacers the way they came. Thanks so much, love your blog!!

  9. Those look amazing! I love that you figured out how to make your own track together! So smart.

  10. Love your doors!
    Debbie

  11. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    Wow, how absolutely fantastic/gorgeous! I wish I could do a mini version. Do you think this would work on the inside of my tiny bathroom over a door frame and light switch? How much did you actually spend on yours? I am showing this to my boyfriend ……. won’t do any good, but will show him anyway. lol

    • I don’t think you would want the door to cover your light switch if that is what you mean, but could probably go over a frame as long as the 90 degree elbows stuck out far enough.
      I can’t recall how much in total the track cost us, but it didn’t break the bank – that’s for sure! :)

  12. I love, love, love your barn doors! I do wish I had a place to do one, your tutorial is great!

    • Thank you so much! I just hope we have room in every home to do one! even just a one-slider would be great! :)

  13. Those doors are gorgeous!!! I LOVE them. Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday. This was the most viewed link last week, so we’ll be highlighting it at tomorrow’s party. I hope you’ll stop by and check it out!

  14. I’ve been dying to do a barn door in our bedroom going into our bathroom. It’s got an open arch right now and I think it would be perfect. I’ve had it on my to-do list for years now! One day we’ll get around to it. I’m bookmarking your tutorial now! It’s just gorgeous!

  15. I would have never thought about this and I have some very large openings in our downstairs layout that would look beautiful with this! I’m kind of thinking of closing off the “man cave” from the living room with this now. Beautiful! Love it! Pinned.

  16. SO over the top gorgeous – I thought of barn doors and you’re right – the cost is pretty exorbitant !
    What geniuses you both are – they’re just perfect – off to pin now!!!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

  17. These are sensational!! They look absolutely beautiful. Great juxtaposition with your damask print comforter! Thanks for showing all the steps to building these.

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home. I’m featuring you this week!

  18. Hello! Just stopping by to let you know that I featured YOU today over on my blog! Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday! :)

    Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com

  19. Those are gorgeous! I wish I had a place to use them in my house. But, should I even add on, I know where I will be using them! Now, to talk the hubby into my plans. ;)

  20. This is genius and I think I love that boy too for coming up with this idea! i want to do something like this for my pantry but I was also surprised at the expense. Thank you for an excellent tutorial. And your bedroom is gorgeous as well btw.
    Kim

  21. Great job. loved the tutorial. How much do you think you have wrapped up into the hardware? I appreciate that you took a pic of both sides, so often they only show one side, Bravo to You! I’m wondering, do the doors hang straight down and require no floor guides? I can see my little ones running and pushing on the doors, lifting them away at the bottom. Does that make sense? Excellent job and thank you.

    • Hi Marce,

      Unfortunately we didn’t tally up the expenses as we gathered our supplies. But I can assure you that it was inexpensive & certainly MUCH less pricey than the barn door hardware from the farm supply stores. :)

  22. hi there – just a quick question…did u attach the doors on the bottom at all to the wall?? If not, do they swing away from the wall when u use them?? thanx…

    • They do not sway – but could if pushed on! My fiancé has come up with something to help with that for those with little ones, should update soon. :)

  23. Love these doors and the track! We have been on the hunt for several years for doors and tracks that didn’t cost an arm and a leg! Now we can go ahead with this project! Thanks to your fiance for his innovative idea!

    • I hear you there Amber! We were in the same boat for a long time. I’m so glad you are able to go-ahead with your project now. Good luck! :)

  24. veronica says:

    HI!
    great tutorial. Wondering about the handles on the outside (not in your bedroom)
    . How do you make sure that theyre arent flung off when the doors are open (opened)? Is that what the hose clamps were for ? Thanks!

    • Hi Veronica,

      The handles are pretty sturdy and I don’t see anyone swinging them open so far that that would happen – it’s honestly not something that I have run into. The hose claps allow the doors to close evenly in the centre without going too far one way or the other – if that makes sense at all. :)

  25. Awesome barn doors and id like to do this myself but have 1 question. I am having trouble finding these metal clothes hangers. Where can I find these? Great work

    • Hi Michael, if you check out a home improvement store such as Home Depot, etc and ask them where their clothesline supplies is you should be able to find them. :) Best of luck!

  26. Love these barn doors! We are almost finished making them from your tutorial, but we cannot find those metal clothesline spacers! I have checked our home good improvement stores to no avail. Would you happen to know the brand you purchased? Thanks for the great tutorial!

    • I don’t know the brand Kim, sorry! You need to check out the clothesline sections of home improvement stores. I would find it strange that they wouldn’t have the products to create a clothesline, how strange! Maybe you will be able to find them online? So sorry to hear you are having trouble!

  27. Freaking love this… beautiful job that’s soooo affordable!

  28. wow, Brandi… this is about the best resource i have yet seen about barn doors… so detailed, i am impressed to say the least, nice work :)

  29. I am loving this tutorial! I am just about finished with mine in my studio! I’m also looking for the clothes line spacers! Can’t find them at Lowes or Home Depot! They had clothesline hardware just nothing that looked like these or that would work for this particular use! Would love to hear if others have found them elsewhere! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! :)

    • Interesting to hear Stephanie, keep on the look out and let us know if you find em’! I wonder if they could be found online somewhere? Only issue with that may be shipping fees…

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