Sliding Barn Door

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Project by April Wilkerson posted 02-01-2014 07:53 PM 5950 views 17 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This last summer I made a sliding barn door to give me a way to close off my laundry room when I wanted to. I made the door from a sheet of 1/2” exterior siding then added 1/2” wood as decorative trim. It’s massive in person and really adds a cool focal point in my kitchen.

I made the sliding hardware from flat bar steel, idler pulley wheels, and some basic hardware. I threw on a small 1” right angle bracket with a piece of rubber glued on it to create a stop so it won’t roll off track.

Instructions are posted on my blog here if you would like to check out the step by step details of the build.


-- Wilkerson

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#1 posted 02-01-2014 08:04 PM

That is really sexy, well done. I can’t think that Rebarn could have done better (and they do great stuff)

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#2 posted 02-01-2014 08:06 PM

Nice, I need to do the same as my laundry is right off the kitchen.
The price of hardware is high though. Were you able to find reasonable rolling hardware.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 02-01-2014 09:05 PM

I was on a very tight budget for this build and I had a few things already (like the paint and wood for trim) but I only spent $110 on the entire thing, so I was very happy. The pulleys were around $24 if I remember correctly, then the flat bar was $14 for a 80” but I bought it from a local steel supplier instead of the hardware store. Check out my blog post if you are interested in seeing more of a break down. I tried to be very detailed. : )

-- Wilkerson

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#4 posted 02-02-2014 02:04 AM

Really nice work

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#5 posted 02-02-2014 08:35 AM

Really nice door, excellent design!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#6 posted 02-02-2014 09:20 AM

LOVE it! Love It! Love it! Super cool and even better since you made yer own hardware. I even love the color!

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#7 posted 02-02-2014 03:22 PM

Great project and your blog is the best I’ve seen on line.

Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing more of your projects.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#8 posted 02-06-2014 02:22 PM

Awesome barn door! Beautiful and clean work on it. Like the color and the hardware, they complement the house.

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