Did you know that the Romans built sliding barn doors some 2,000 years ago? That’s right: Pantheon, Parthenon, and IKEA all have something in common. In fact, many homes still have these doors today. However, if yours doesn’t (and you’d like it to) then this is the guide for you. We’ll show you how to build a wall for your sliding barn door and even offer some tips on selecting the hardware. So get ready to start building
1. Measure for the door
First, measure the opening. You want to know how large it is and how high up on the wall it goes in order for you to frame out a door that’s going to fit properly.
Second, measure your sliding door. If this is an existing sliding barn door from another location or house, then you’ll need to know its width and height so you can make sure it fits into the opening where you’re building it into now.
Thirdly (and lastly), measure all of the clearance spaces around both sides of the track that runs along each side of your opening—you don’t want anything else getting damaged by being too close.
2. Consider structural requirements
- Consider structural requirements. A slanting barn door can be a great way to add a touch of rustic charm to your home, but it’s important to consider the structural requirements before installing one. In order to make sure that you choose the right size and style of sliding barn door for your wall, think about how heavy your old door is, what size and weight it will be when you’re ready to move it over into its new home on the wall. Do you want an oversized frame? If so, what kind of lumber will work best for this project? What kind of hardware do you need? Do not forget about these details when framing walls for a sliding barn door because they can affect how well everything works together once installed.
3. Test the studs
- Check the studs for strength. If the studs are not strong enough, you will have to add more.
- Test if your sliding barn door can be easily opened or closed from both sides of the room (or at least one side). You don’t want a door that’s too heavy for anyone in your household to operate easily.
- Make sure that it doesn’t block light or air flow to other rooms by placing it properly on its track, making sure there’s a gap between the tracks and wall so that they don’t touch each other during movement.
4. Frame for the door
You can use a 2×6 frame for a sliding barn door, but it’s better to use one that is 1-1/2″ smaller than the width of your door. This will leave room for hinges and ease in installation. For example, if you have an 8′ wide door, you would need to use a 6’7″ long frame rather than one that measures 7′.
You can use any variety of beams and posts to support your barn door: 2x4s or 2x6s, standard stud spacing (16″) or 24″. You can also choose whether you want vertical supports (posts) or horizontal ones (beams). We recommend going with vertical supports wherever possible because they help keep the surface flat and make it easier to install hardware into them later on down the road when things like hinges need adjusting after being installed at varying heights across multiple panels throughout the span of your project.”
5. Use a box frame
The next step is to install a box frame. A box frame is a piece of wood that you can use to hold the door in place when it is closed.
To create this piece, figure out where the top of your door is and measure down from there on each side. Use these measurements to cut two pieces of 2x4s (again, don’t forget to account for kerf!) so that they’re about 3″ wider than your door width. Then screw these together at their ends—you should end up with something like this:
When you’ve done this, line up your new box frame with one end of the opening and clamp it down so that it doesn’t move around as you work with it later on
6. Install hangers
The last step is to install the hanger. The best way to do this is to place the hanger on the wall, mark its location, and then drill holes into your wall. You will have to use a strong pair of pliers or something similar in order to remove the fasteners from each end of your barn door so that you can rehang them in their new positions.
Once you’ve done this, you’ll want to make sure that all of your hardware works properly before moving on! If everything seems fine and dandy, go ahead and install it by screwing back onto each side with a powerful drill (and maybe some wood glue).
Make sure the wall is sturdy enough to hold up a sliding barn door.
- Make sure the wall is sturdy enough to hold up a sliding barn door.
- Make sure the wall can support the weight of a heavy door and frame, which can sometimes weigh more than 50 pounds.
- Make sure your wall is sturdy enough to withstand regular use. You don’t want it falling down on someone’s head or crushing an unsuspecting foot.
This is a lot of information to take in at once, but you can do this. It may seem like a long process, but the steps themselves are mostly easy to follow. Remember that if you have any questions or concerns, our experts at Home Depot are available by phone or in-store to assist you. We know that with these tips and tricks, you can make your barn door installation smooth and stress-free.