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Sliding Barn Doors

Sliding Barn Doors

These days many people are opting for sliding doors for their barns. This is due to the versatility these doors offer. This article tells you how to build them on your own.
Geeta Dhavale
Be it interior or exterior sliding doors, they have been very popular with people who wish to have a neat and unique look for their barns. And why not, when they add a classy vintage look to the overall architecture of a particular building. There are many materials with which you can build them. But it is advisable to buy heavy and strong materials. Further, make sure that the material you choose is durable and can bear the weather changes. Given below are some of the benefits of these doors.


Sliding doors are more beneficial compared to swinging ones when it comes to barns built for horses, other animals, or general farm storage. They are more feasible and dynamic. Handling livestock is much easier. You can keep the door open slightly for ventilation making sure that no animals escape from that gap. Conversely, in swinging ones animals can easily push the doors and come out. Apart from that, you can try various sliding door options for better livestock management. You can go for single large ones or try Dutch style ones in which you can keep the upper door open for ventilation and feeding, and close the lower one to lock the animals inside the barn. When you go for a large single sliding door, you may build a window in it to take a look inside the barn occasionally. If not, you may keep a small horizontal swinging door above the sliding door for ventilation and light. There are many designs you can choose as per your needs.

Building Process

Given below are some of the steps that you need to follow to build the perfect and well-finished sliding door for your barns:

Step #1: Purchase the Materials and Tools
First, you need to buy the following materials and tools:
  • Boards
  • Planks
  • Saw
  • Screws
  • Metal Braces
  • Power Drivers
  • Hammer
  • Nails
Step #2: Take the Measurements
Now, you need to take the measurements of the door frame that you wish to build. With the help of a measuring tape, get to know its length and width, and note it down. You also need to consider the design of the door while taking the measurements.

Step #3: Cutting the Boards
Here, first you need to cut the board for the frame as per the measurements taken. You can use double or multiple stack wood beams, depending on the weight and strength of the door you require.

Step #4: Assembling the Frame
In order to assemble the door, you will need galvanized screws, metal braces, and nails. A crossed cut brace can be installed in the center of the frame that provides more stability to the door. For larger doors, you may require two frames to fit in two halves of the door.

Step #5: Planking the Door
Now, you need to get started with planking. Cut the planks with the help of a saw to the height of the door and place it on the frame properly. Fix the planks to the frame using screws, nails, adhesive, and wood glue.

Step #6: Mounting the Track and Wheels
Mounting the track is one of the most important tasks when it comes to sliding doors, as it makes them sliding. With the help of a carpenter level, wood screws, and power driver you need to mount the track on top of the frame. You also need to mount the wheels at the bottom of the barn door.

Step #7: Mounting Wall Tracks
This is the final step of installing sliding barn doors. As per the measurements of the frame, install similar length tracks on the barn walls where they retract.

These were the primary steps that will help you install the doors with ease. You can paint them decoratively as per your choice to enhance the beauty of the same. You many also paint your name on them to give an identity. So, go ahead and build the best sliding barn door ever that will make your barn look the best!