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How to properly install a barn door for Australian homes?

Sliding barn doors are becoming a trendy fashion for home renovations, as they add a certain farmhouse charm to a home while offering practical, space-saving qualities. But how easy are they to install? We’ll show you how you can get it done in just one afternoon. Get some Gallery Here

2 hrs 2 hrs
Medium Easy Carpentry Skills

install a barn door Tools needed: 

Step 1: Add the Supporting Board for Plaster Walls

Supporting boards are used to indirectly mount the track onto the studs, to ensure which ensure the strongest attachment for your tracking system. Especially hardwood barn doors and pine barn doors , I recommend this. Unless you have concrete walls, we highly recommend a supporting board behind your barn door track.  

  1. Take a 20mm thick piece of pressure-treated timber and cut it to the length of your barn door’s track. It can be wider or at similar width of the track. 
  2. Paint the supporting board to match the wall or door color.  
  3. Using a stud finder, locate the vertical studs behind the wall. 
  4. Hold the supporting board level above the opening and mark the stud locations along the board.
  5. Along the supporting board’s marked stud locations, pre-drill holes on the center line. 
  6. Align the track on the board on the center line, and mark locations of track’s mounting holes onto board. 
  7. Predrill holes for the track as well. 
  8. Install the board to the wall studs at door height + 43mm, with a power drill and interior screws. Make sure it is level. 

Step 2: Install the Track to the Supporting Board

  1. Slide stoppers on both ends of track. Secure with set screws using the allen wrench that is included with stoppers. 
  2. Align and install the tracks onto the holes drilled into the supporting board, using the spacers, bolts and washers provided. 

Step 3: Install the Hangers onto the Door

Choose the barn door hardware style you like first.

  1. Lay the door face up on a work table, and put the first hanger on it. Mark a parallel line from the door edge. The distance depends on where your door stops. Usually it is 50mm from the door edge. 
  2. Line up the hanger along the line and hold it in place. The distance from the upper door edge to the holes on the hanger is shown below: 

  1. Mark the centre of both hanger holes and repeat for the other hanger. 
  2. Drill a pilot hole all the way through the door at the marked point, and repeat for other points. 
  3. Install the hanger using hex bolts with washers, and then tighten the acorn nuts by hand. 
  4. Using a wrench for the hex bolt and another wrench for the acorn nut, gently tighten up. Repeat for the other hanger. 

Step 4: Install the Anti-jumper

  1. Place the anti-jumper on the top of the door near the hanger. Loosely attache the wood screw with the anti-jumper to the door. 
  2. Swing it to the other side so you can hang the door onto the track. Swing back to the position and tighten it up after hanging the doors. It can help prevent the door falling off from the track. 

Step 5: Install the Floor Guide

  1. Lift the door up to your track and slide the door into open position. 
  2. Use a level to plumb your door. 
  3. Place the floor guide half way into the door slot. 
  4. Hold the floor guide firmly in position and mark centres in the middle of both floor guide holes. 
  5. Drill holes on the floor at the centres marked and install the floor guide. 

At the end

you are choosing your barn door handle and lock , if required.

If you have further questions, you can consult the professional barn door sellers, such as Rustica and Barn Door Outlet.