How to Make a Sliding Barn Door

Instantly transform your space with a sliding barn door. This project may seem daunting, but just wait until you see how easy it can be!

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Slide into style with this rustic DIY weekend project. A sliding barn door adds dimension to any home with a farmhouse flair. Perfect for a kitchen or den entrance, a sliding door provides privacy when needed or acts as eclectic decor when not in use. Our step-by-step instructions make it possible to make this stylish door yourself. 

What You Need

Hardware and Supplies

  • 1-1/4-inch coarse thread panhead pocket-hole screws
  • 1-1/4-inch brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Door track kit

Wood Products

  • (9)  1" x 6" x 8' wall stud

Tools

  • Miter saw
  • Drill/driver
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Speed square and/or carpenter square
  • Sander
  • Tape measure

Cut List

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  • (2)   Rail    1 x 6 x 38-1/2-inch pine board
  • (2)   Stile   1 x 6 x 73-3/4-inch pine board
  • (1)   Angled Stile   1 x 6 x 78-11/16-inch pine board
  • (5)   Vertical Backer Boards   1 x 6 x 83-1/2-inch pine board

Step 1: Cut Rails and Stiles

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Cut two Rails and two Stiles to length. Drill pocket holes for 3/4-inch material into the ends of the Rail pine boards. Attach the Stiles to the Rails with wood glue and 1-1/4-inch pocket screws.

Step 2: Mark Angled Stile

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Flip frame assembly over so that the pocket screws face downward. Lay the full (not yet cut) 8-foot-long Angled Stile board under the frame assembly. You can use our approximate measurements of where the board is located.

Cut the board, but don't install it yet.

Step 3: Cut Backer Boards

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Flip assembly again so that the pocket screws are facing up. Cut Vertical Backer Boards to fit the length of door, and attach with wood glue and brad nails.

Step 4: Attach Angled Stile

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Flip door one more time. Insert the Angled Stile, and attach with wood glue and brad nails.

Step 5: Put Door on Track

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Attach barn door hardware and wall track according to instructions.

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