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DIY door track hardware. It’s d’bomb dot com.

Do you love old doors on track hardware? Could you full frontal smooch them?!!

Welcome to an epic world of Barn Door Track Hardware.

Do you want to know how to create your own funky door track hardware!?

  A Do-It-Yourself

Door   Hardware  Tutorial

Why put doors on tracks?

Because a door on track hardware is as sexy as it gets.

 ALMOST as sexy as chocolate.  Almost.

Chocolate sexiness in Paris France

 

Want to create your own DIY DOOR TRACK HARDWARE?!

 

 I can show you how.

~ Cheap cheap cheap ~

Kinda.

 

Do it yourself door track hardware on old doors

You Can Do It !!

HERE IS THE PLAN OF WHAT YOU NEED TO DO :

 Sneak in new {old} doors into your home.

One by one.

The  Grand  Scheme :

 

Change every door in the house when your partner isn’t looking.

Ohh, hells yeah.

*

Like this : Mission accomplished #1

barn door on track hardware tutorial

Find a vintage door

Need some door-gasmic inspiration??!!  Have you checked out doors on track hardware on Pinterest ?

You only need about a week day on pinterest to truly see the magnificence of barn doors on track hardware. Any door on any track hardware ACTUALLY.  It is enough to make you lose your mind.  

 

door porn envy

 

Here are a few pix of doors on track hardware in pinterest.  Your welcome.  I’ve saved you some time.  I hope you have a few extra minutes to brush your hair today.  My hair looks like a birds nest, but hey… my pinterest door track board is smokin’ hawt.  That’s right.

My imaginary world priorities are in order.

 

 

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Stare  at  door  track,  jump  in  tub

 

 

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Who  Can  resist  that?  Not I,  said  the  Frenchie

 

Last year, when we were building our treehouse, I started to collect old doors :

 

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It’s  all  in  the  Details

 

My intention was to find some reclaimed doors for the treehouse.

Well. Well. Well.

Have you seen how many stunning doors are out there are in salvage yards, garage sales, repurpose shops, AND your neighbours garage ?!

 

Nuff   said.

 

They aren’t just on barns, people.  They are everywhere !!

Even my friends have them.  That’s right.  I have friends.  Okay, maybe two.

Check out their DIY Chalkboard Doors <- über cool.  They created kitchen pantry doors with inexpensive hollow doors and chalkboard paint.  Yessssss.

 

 

 

 Creating a DIY DOOR TRACK ….

 

has one rule.

 

K.I.S.S.

Keep  It  Simple Stupid

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Why did I decide to create a simple door track ? Made of simple, rustic materials? Quite simply….

The price of buying door track hardware is about twenty nine trillion dollars.  Or something like that.  It is freakin’ expensive.  I double dare you to google it.

 E.X.P.E.N.S.I.V.E.

 

 

#DIY Do-it-yourself TRACK DOOR tutorial on how to create your own track doors. Inexpensive. Learn how: lynneknowlton.com

Do you want to know how to make the door tracks?

I can SORT OF tell you.

 

This is how the story goes.

I like doors to tell a story.

Like…. if the walls could talk…..but they are doors.

P.S. If my walls could talk, I would be in big shit.

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Wall art

 

A door has a 100 years of character in it.  GORGEOUSNESS.  It can be seen every single day.  Door Art !!

 

 Here’s what you need to make it all happen :

DIY DOOR TRACK HARDWARE

 

SUPPLIES :

1.   Two 3 inch wooden wheels.

 

#DIY Do-it-yourself TRACK DOOR tutorial on how to create your own track doors. Inexpensive. Learn how on lynneknowlton.com

 

 

2.   Flat bar :

 

Width  = 1/8 inch thick x 1 3/4 inches wide.

Length = Double the width of your door and add a few inches for safe measure.  You don’t want to cut it so short that your door will fall off the track.  That would just be embarrassing.  I would never do that.  I totally did that.

 

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3.   Nuts/bolts to attach flat bar to the wall.  I put in a ton of photos for you to stare at so you know exactly what they look like.  If you want EXACT numbers, you better come over to my house.

Be forewarned : You can expect popcorn for dinner.

 

The flat bar is one inch out from the wall :

 

#DIY Do-it-yourself TRACK DOOR tutorial on how to create your own track doors. Learn how here : lynneknowlton.com

 

 

4.   Two flat bar hanger brackets to hold the door on the wheel/track.  Each bracket is 12 inches long and has an offset bend at the wheel.  Just look at the photos.

This tutorial is  like an Ikea instruction manual.  No words, it’s all in the photos.

 

Note :

Ikea = Swedish for divorce.

 

#DIY Do-it-yourself TRACK DOOR tutorial on how to create your own track doors. Learn how here : lynneknowlton.com

 

 

5.  Extra flat rod to create a door stop.  This prevents your door from flying off your track.

 

Been there.

Done that.

Got the poster.

It was an ugly poster.

Pffft.

 

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6.   Use an old door.  Preferably a sexy one.  Think door porn.  You will be fine.

 

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Such  Character

 

7.    Lightly sand the door in places to clean it up a bit.  Varathane it for extra sexiness and make the colours pop.   I used a matte finish varathane.  { The choices are endless though }  Be careful to ask and make sure that the varathane is not going to yellow.

It can happen and when it does….Grrrh….

 *temper tantrum ensues*

#DIY Do-it-yourself TRACK DOOR tutorial on how to create your own track doors. Learn how here: lynneknowlton.com

The  inside  scoop  of  nuts  &  bolts

 

Blog post update:

Don’t want to make your own DIY Barn door hardware?  I found a company online who sells them… and you don’t have to give up your first born child to pay for the door hardware.

Start high five-ing and fist pumping the air.

 

Check it out : Reclaimed Lumber Products.  Tell them I sent you.  If you mention DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE they will give you a FREE handle set valued at $50.

I love the word FREE.  Faaahreeee.   It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

This company created their own flat track that is designed with more flexibility and strength and at a lower price.  Believe me, I know.  I have trolled the internet for f.o.r.e.v.e.r to try and find a decent price on track hardware.

They also sell Sliding door handles and privacy locks if you want to lock the kids out of your room.

Just sayin’.

There.  My work is done.  I’m off to steal find another door.  If only I can find them with a little less dust on them.

May the force be with you.

 

Want more ?

Click on the photo for more free DIY’s.  Yup.  It’s THAT easy.

Have a beauty day !!

Lynne

 

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  1. Cindy French says:

    LOVE your DIY barn door hardware!!!! Want to borrow the idea but stuck on how to make the 3″ wheels work on the track???? Did you use two wheels to make each roller? Please share your secrets!!!

  2. corrie says:

    What fun tutorials!
    Thanks for sharing….we’re converting a 100 year old hand hewn log horse barn into our house….been looking at track systems and I love your design. I am a DIY kinda girl with tools….(and a carpenter husband!)…gonna keep an eye on your blog….cheers.

  3. David says:

    Just my own set of these based on your images. Thanks for the knowledge!

    Here is a cheeky shot of them pre install and a pdf I knocked up to help me get my head around where holes needed drilling etc…

    http://davidsorley.co.uk/hanger/photo.JPG
    http://davidsorley.co.uk/hanger/door-hanger.pdf

    I’m in the UK. For anyone interested I ordered my steel from these guys… http://www.metals4u.co.uk/mild-steel-flat-bar/40mm-x-3mm-mild-steel-flat/50/2263/detail.asp

    and the wheels (I love your wooden ones, but didn’t have the time)… http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/320986479037?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

    peace out,
    David

    • David,

      You are lucky that I don’t live in the UK, because I would run over to your house and smooch you right smack dab on the lips. Your links and drawings rock out loud!!!

      I am putting together a video this summer on this DIY and hope to add PDF drawings like this. Is it okay if I use your drawing in my pdf file?

      You are d’best. Mwah !

      Wait… even better, I could maybe even possibly add this drawing into the blog post for other peeps to see. How about that? Is that okay ? Say yes, and I will double smooch you.

      Lynne xx <— that’s a double smooch

  4. Sandy says:

    I love your site! The commentary is extremely funny! You have a gift. I’ve been looking for a way to divide a room and you are so right – the expense on the hardware is outrageous (and I don’t have a first born..) Lynne, I do think if you have a contractor that makes these components for you. You have an incredible sales opportunity. Just make the kit yourself and sell it on this site! Even if you sold the bars, wheels, bolts and (the thingly that holds the flat bar away from the wall at 1 3/4 inches) for $50 excluding postage – I bet you’d make a mint….Just send m the 3% for coming up with the idea. Good luck to you, you should also put up a disclaimer “People try this at your own Peril – all who enter here- beware DIY = Danger Will Robinson Danger!” Great ideas – Thankyou.

    • Great idea Sandy !

      I need you to come on over to my treehouse and be my business advisor. Ha! You have inspired me. I’m heading over to Amish country this weekend ( we have many Amish who live near us) and see if they can make the wheels for me in their wood working shop.

      I think the metal bars would be wicked difficult to mail, but it may be worth a look.

      I’m doing a video DIY series this summer, and I thought about doing this one on video to really help people. Hmmmm. I’d have to keep the video off of the Amish, but the process could be shared.

      Oh la la. You have my thinking wheels spinning. This is what I love about my bloggy pals. You peeps come up with brilliant ideas. I think I love you. :)

      Lynne
      PS.
      I have cupcakes in the treehouse this summer, if you want to come and hang out :) http://www.lynneknowlton.com/?s=treehouse teehee

  5. CLICKED ON YOUR LINK TO RECLAIMED LUMBER PRODUCTS HOPING TO FIND THE INEXPENSIVE HARDWARE YOU TALKED ABOUT ONLY, TO MY SURPRISE & DISAPPOINTMENT, FOUND THE PRICES TO BE JUST AS EXPENSIVE AS EVERY WHERE ELSE ON THE NET! THANKS FOR BUILDING MY HOPES UP & FOR THE BIG LET-DOWN!

    • Hello Jessie,

      The folks at reclaimed lumber products sell their door tracks for $265 as a complete kit. They also offer the door handle set for free, which saves $50 as well.

      When I searched online, other companies sell their door tracks for $600-$800 for a complete track and the price went up from there.

      Lynne

  6. Heide Johnson says:

    Just a safety addendum – many old, vintage doors have leaded paint (often chipping…) on them. Either have them professionally stripped to remove the leaded paint, or seal them so the paint won’t flake and be a source of contamination. Be especially careful of this if you have young children in the house!

    • Good point Heide !

      Thank you ! Yes, we wore a mask and just did a light sanding outside. We then sealed it.

      For many of our doors, I like the look of the worn out paint etc, so I don’t even sand them. I just give them a good wipe and then seal them. Voila.

      Thanks for your input. It’s a great point ! Safety first :)

      Lynne

  7. Kyle Hightower says:

    Hi Lynne,
    Awesome site and I really love the DIY Barn door hardware.
    I have a question concerning the B D Hardware, how did you make the offset bends for the door brackets?

    • Hey Kyle,

      Our contractor made the bends in his shop. I hope to do video work of the making of these door tracks this summer.

      Just waiting for the snow to melt… it may be 2024 before that happens :)

      Best of luck,

      PS. If you are signed up for the blog

      http://www.lynneknowlton.com/subscribe/

      You will be notified when the DIY videos come out. Woot woot !

      Cheers!
      Lynne

  8. Isabella says:

    Where did you buy the wheel for the barn door slider?

    Did you use an old bed frame for the metal or can u buy that at hardware stores?
    Thanks for posting this, I knew there had to be a way to do this without spending $165.00 to $300.00 for hardware.

    • Hi Isabella,

      My contractor made the wheel but I have seen from other blog post comments here that people have found the wooden wheels online too.

      I think it would be SWEET to make the wheel from a hockey puck too (you may just love that idea!)

      I bet you could use an old bed frame if it was sturdy enough. Good thinking !

      We bought our metal from a local welding shop.

      I hope that helps!
      Lynne xx

  9. I just found 2 awesome vintage doors for my laundry room at a
    Steal but don’t want to spend a fortune getting them hung.
    They need to split versus slide to one side. The doors a very light and approximately 15″ wide and just under 8′ tall. Can you possibly
    Send a shopping list of what’s need to hang these barn door style.

    Regards,
    Cari

  10. Devlin says:

    Besides great ideas you pull it off well with funny commentary keeping me laughing while I read.. Thanks for the inspiration it’s off to get in trouble with my tools ;-}

  11. Amy says:

    Hi Lynne! Loved your site. Been looking for an inexpensive way to hang sliding doors. I found these doors on craigslist for $25 bucks (HOme Depot had them for $400) http://www.eriashomedesigns.com/products/sliding-framed-closet-doors/model-2240
    I want to mount them on the wall so they slide rather than swing because I have a very narrow bathroom and closet (the doors now take up way too much space). Paying $25 bucks for the doors made me not want to spend $200 on the hardware. I’m glad I found your page! I’ve already found the wheels at Hobby Lobby for $3.99 (this will hopefully be my project this weekend).

    Question: When you put the two wheels together, are they just tightened onto the flat rail or is there something between them that the rail moves on?

    I also have another “sliding” project in mind that maybe you can help me with. My closet doesn’t have alot of storage space. So I found 2 bookcases on craigslist from IKEA. Not wanting to put them side by side and take up alot of room in the closet, I thought about mounting one to the wall, then mounting a track/sliding system to the other so it can slide back and forth in front of the other one. I want to attach a “rail” to the front of each shelf and use them as shoe shelving (someone did this as an Ikea hack.. here: http://www.howtodiyright.com/diy-shoe-rack/) I want to go a step further and put one of the shoe racks on a track to maximize space in the closet. It would look similar to this except this one has a bottom track and I’m not sure how you would make that.
    http://www.archiproducts.com/en/products/56156/wall-mounted-bookcase-rima-raumplus.html

    Do you think the sliding door track system would work for a bookcase? It would either have to mount to the bookcase that it will be sliding in front of or I would have to use a track on the ceiling. Since it will also be heavy, I’m thinking I’d either need a rail on the bottom so it doesn’t fall or maybe add casters onto the bottom to help it slide? Any thoughts or ideas?

    Thanks in advance and love your ideas!!

  12. John Ruppert says:

    You are the best. And very helpful. I just would not want to reside inside your head. Ha.

  13. Jocelyne Lemieux says:

    Love your querky sense of humor.

  14. Carol Stockham says:

    You rock!

  15. Deb says:

    Love this site.

  16. Maria Rowe says:

    You are hysterical! I’m definitely doing the barn door. I’ll let you know how it goes! Cheers

  17. kathy ann says:

    Love your expressionality … remodeling an old farm house and historic barn of course needing lots of tips and tricks and on the fly–cheep cheep! Thanks for your devotion Lynne

    • Thanks soooo much !! You’re right, remodelling an old farm house and barn does need some tricks and tricks along the way.

      We did the same tricks for our treehouse and they are so handy !

      Cheers!
      Lynne xx

  18. Lisa says:

    I love your enthusiasm! This was a wonderful posting. I have been wanting a track door for my guest bathroom for a long time. Maybe now I’ll actually do it.

  19. Patty O'Toole says:

    Thanks for the info on the DIY hanging barn door. I couldn’t afford anything found on the internet…. then I found you. Yea! This door is going into my new pottery studio (in an old 10 x 12 shed) – I needed one that would simply slide out of the way. THANKS!

    • So sweet Patty !

      I’ve seen some doors made for studios with the barn hardware from the local farm supply store (like the one in my blog post, by my friends with the chalkboard doors).

      The studio doors that I have seen were also made with old tin roofing as an accent. So purrrrrty.

      Cheers!
      Lynne xx

  20. Amy Sjolander says:

    Stumbled upon your page. Now obsessed. Will send pics of my project when it’s complete. You’re SHAMAZING!!

  21. Paula says:

    Love love love this!!!

  22. Erin says:

    What is spacer between wood wheels?

    • The wood wheel is simply carved out with a slat so that it will run along the track.

      I hope that helps answer your question. If not, write again… and I can add more details.

      Cheers!
      Lynne

  23. downhome says:

    It is completely random that we stumbled upon this blog but such a small world as we are near Owen Sound as well!! We have a door being made as we speak and just wondering if you had any success with the flat door track at Home Hardware using the link that was provided by another responder?

    • Very cool !!! You are officially the CLOSEST blog commenter in the history of ever on the bloggy.

      Woot woot !

      You know, I haven’t tried the home hardware track/supplies yet. My friend who has the chalkboard doors in the blog post has used them and loved them.

      My fave is Dan Duquette. He is a local guy about 20 minutes south of Owen Sound. He makes EPIC stuff with a blow torch and welding awesomeness :)

      xx

  24. Afshin says:

    Hello Everyone!
    Many many thanks for your great posts and specially to Lynne!
    My question is about the bottom of the Barn Door! do you recommend to put two wheels on it? also is there any mechanism behind the door to prevent it from swinging?
    Cheers,
    Afshin, Canada, Ontario, Mississauga

    • Hello Afshin,

      To tell you the truth, I don’t have any wheels on the BOTTOM of the door. There is a little stopping mechanism at the base of the door, so that it keeps it tight to the wall and stops it, but that is it. Very simple :)

      Cheers !

      PS. You are in Mississauga ? I am just near Owen Sound. We are a couple of hours away from each other (almost neighbours, by Canadian standards LOL)

  25. Frank says:

    So the wooden wheels are custom made? Well that wood be sad. I mean I was ready to hop in the Flex and head to Home Depot. Are there any alternative wheels I could use? Also, the metal bar you use that comes off the wheel and screws to the door, did you bend it of buy it bent? Thanks so much.

    • Hey Frank,

      Yes we had to custom make our wheels (just based on where we live, there isn’t a lot of selection to shop & we got creative)

      Some readers have made their wheels from hockey pucks, wheels from laundry lines and even the wheels from the pulleys at their gym work out stations.

      You can also buy metal and wood wheels online.

      Hope that helps !
      Lynne

  26. Chloe says:

    Hey Lynne~~ what a brilliant idea! I brought some chinese screens to use as my barn doors and wondering if i can use curtain rods as my barn door hardware? Cuz they just look like they might work?

  27. doorhandle says:

    Great collection of door hardware which delivers the new look to your house and will enhance the sight of the house.

  28. Moyra says:

    I’m all about budgets, http://www.rwhardware.com/ has these door tracks for $43! In Canada no less! We’re pricey up here with 13% sales tax on top of purchases.! Sold at Home Hardware … http://www.homehardware.ca/en/rec/index.htm/Hardware/Farm-Supplies/Sldg-Barn-Dr-Trk-Sys/Flat/Tracks/6-Flat-Door-Track-with-Brackets/_/N-ntjmm/No-24/R-I5213610?Num=0#

    Love the chaulk board too, is that the Rustoleum chaulkboard paint?

    • Hi Moyra !

      Very cool !! I’m in Canada too, so I am heading to Home Hardware this week to check it out ! Thanks for sharing.

      I’m not sure what brand of chalkboard paint that my friend Jill used on her chalkboard. There are so many great brands out there. You can even make your own.

      Cheers!
      Lynne

  29. carol clark says:

    hi– cool site…. love the DYI doors… I have a quick question about one of the doors you have on your site. I have been looking for a by-pass stainless set for a room divider and have not had much luck. Any chance you know where the hardware is from on the chalk board doors? I love the idea of using old doors too. thanks of your ideas and help. greatly appreciated! cheers carol clark

    • Sure thing Carol,

      That hardware is from a farm supply store called TSC. It is the actual hardware that farmers use to hang barn doors. It is very inexpensive (as in around $50) and works like a charm.

      It is a great look, isn’t it?

      Cheers and happy shopping !
      Lynne

      PS. Not sure where you live, but our local farm supply stores also sell the best Canadian maple syrup evvvvah. I’d buy that too if you get the chance. xx

  30. Rose says:

    Love the DIY tutorial111 Sounds like you would be a blast to take on projects with lol….lol….lol!

  31. Sal says:

    How did your contractor make the wheels? We have the material to make them but are trying to figure out assembly…please help.

  32. Lilly says:

    Looking for barn door system that hangs from ceiling for a fabric design board that will be floor to ceiling. Seen anything like that in your travels?

  33. Bentley Parker says:

    Sharing the love from Alabama, thought you could share with all the Lynne followers if you wanted. When you look at the materials here, it does not take long to figure out, somebody’s making some money on these kits. You can go to Tractor Supply, the are national, and go to section for actually putting up a real barn door! This is good, bc most likely your door is not heavier than an actual door that goes on a barn to keep those horses inside! They have 8, 10, 12 foot tracks in silver! They also have round and square. You want the square, bc the wheel attaches better to the inside. The 8 foot ones are 29$, yahooooo! Then they have a box of wheels, 2 to a pack, which is 59$ this wheel goes up inside the railing, so you don’t even have to attach anything to your beautiful door and costs less! Then all you need is brackets! I think it’s safe to put one every 2 feet, but the good news is…….. They cost 6.00$ So, do the math! 84$ if all goes according to plan! I’ll send pics later if you want. Oh yea, if you don’t want silver, you can spray paint with black or another color, made to spray on iron. Bc the door is attached to the inside, it won’t rub paint off, when it is rolled!

  34. Bentley Parker says:

    Thank you for replying! You have fans all over the map. I’ll go today and see what I can find. If I buy online, the hardware will cost more than my beautiful doors, lol. I did locate a source in the Outwater plastics catalog, that may come out cheaper, depending on the parts I have to buy. I tend to go simple, so as not to take away from the door. Farm store I checked only had silver. Pine doors look better with black, I think bc hardware is black on door. I’ll let you know how Outwater turns out. If you are not familiar with them, they have awesome architectural stuff, you can share with the passé! Thank you again.

    • Thanks Bentley,

      I’d love to hear more about Outwater. I have never heard of them. I am prepping another DIY barn door hardware blog post for the new year… so that could be handy for then! I am still slowing {sneaking} doors into our house. hahaha. Shhhh.

      I wonder if there is a way to spray paint the silver ones from the farm supply stores and make them black? Hmmm. Hey, if cars can be painted, why not door hardware? LOL. I can’t wait to see how your doors/hardware turn out.

      Have you seen some of the other blog comments where readers made their wheels from hockey pucks? So cool!

      Talk soon :)
      Lynne

  35. Bentley Parker says:

    Ok, so sorry, i just read previous comments and im sorry i asked thesame question for the 1,000 time. How fun is this site, and i love how you make unfun things fun. I would say on your advertisement page, yourcontractor should sell this stuff! My husband is a contractor, and im a decorator, and we don’t have a clue how to do it. I guess the real question is how does paying someone to make this, with the added time of running all over town, compare to ordering one. Who sells darker pieces of metal that would cut them? Im not sure they wiuld have a clue at home depot? Im trying to Kiss, but i must be stupider than most, bc im not sure even what to ask them for?

    • That would be so cool to advertise my contractor, but the truth is ~ it is expensive to ship and co-ordinate all the goods. It is less expensive to source it locally for yourself and do the same thing that I did or buy from the online store that I linked in the post (they had the best price that I could find online).

      For us, we live in the countryside in Ontario so the cost of a contractor is considerably less than in the city. The cost of living is lower in this neck of the woods. That is a nice advantage and ALMOST makes up for the 1 hour drive to have to go and buy a loaf of bread. LOL.

      Dark metal : We just used the raw metal with nothing on it. It seems pretty dark without doing much of anything with it. The ones that are sold at farm supply stores like TSC are super inexpensive ( like $50 ) but are much shinier and much more basic. As a decorator, you could definitely have some fun with that one. The look is quite funky for some applications.

      I think you are right. Home depot and big box stores are too ‘in the box’ for this one. I would stick with local welding shops, local contractor and farm supply stores that sell barn door hardware.

      I hope that helps !!

      Write to me again, if it doesn’t :)

      Cheers!!
      Lynne xx

  36. Bentley Parker says:

    I got so excited reading your blog, bc i bought all old doors for my house without knowing how much the roller hardware was. I have 5 to buy, but really more, bc some are double doors. But, when i pulled up your door site, the hardware kits are 270$ Where in the world do you get all this stuff, that is so specific. I don’t think hardware stores will do this?

    • Hiya !

      I bet the old doors for your digs are epic! They have such character, don’t they? Some online stores for barn door hardware can run up to about $700. I was thrilled when I found one for $270 to buy. I found the site AFTER we made our door hardware :)

      Where you can get the stuff is a local welding shop. They have all the pieces and bits and bobs and the ability to cut and bend all the awesomeness together.

      I see your other comment. On my way there now too :)

      Cheers !!
      Lynne

  37. Nancy says:

    Where on earth did you find 3″ flat wheels. I have looked at Stockade and they only have 2 1/2″ flat….everything else is contoured. Next question is how did you bend your metal. I have no heat source strong enough to bend metal. Let me know cause I love your doors and also love to save money.

    • Nancy,

      I was lucky enough to have a contractor who cut out my 3″ wheels and did the metal bending. I WISH I personally had those super powers. Do you have any farm supply stores near you? Like TSC stores? (or maybe one online) They sell metal wheels and door tracks for barn doors too and they are super inexpensive.

      Good luck (and merry HOHo)

      Lynne xx

  38. Amy says:

    Ooh, I was thinking make the wooden wheels using a 3″ hole saw on your drill! They would even already have the hole drilled in the middle.

  39. patty says:

    Where can you find the wheels? The only thing I have been able to find are toy wheels and chair castors. Thank you.

    • Hi Patty,

      I haven’t bought my wheels online, but many readers have and they put their links in the comment section. We had our wooden wheels made by our contractor. You can also make them from funky recycled materials like hockey pucks. I haven’t tried that one yet, but other readers have. Coolio idea !

      Cheers!
      Lynne

  40. Lori says:

    Great site! We are assembling our own DIY door track and purchased a 10′ steel rail for $3 at our local steel guy’s shop. He cut it for us with bolt cutters. We are going to try using it even though it is only 1/2″ wide, 1/8″ thick. We’ll see if it bends. We are also going to try a dado in the top of our door to stick a pulley-wheel into the center of the door, held with nuts and bolts thru the door, so the weight is even. Our door will only be 3/4″thick, homemade, T & G panels with trim. Two pulley-wheels were like $6 each and 4 metal “straps” were $2 each. So we’ve spent about $25 and still need to buy the right lags and bolts. Will let you know how it works. Thanks for this site! Lori

  41. chanda says:

    Hello
    Are these materials available at the Hardware Store? What about the wood wheels? Where did you find those?
    Also, how did you create the bend in the 12 inch flat rods?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Chanda,

      My contractor made the bend in the flat rods. I am thinking it would be cool to VIDEO him on the next round. Now that would be coolio !!

      These materials wouldn’t be available at a small hardware store but a big box store would likely carry them. Speaking of hardware stores, we can buy door track hardware (typically meant for barn doors) at TSC supply stores. They are quite inexpensive too. It is a much more basic look but it does the trick at a low price.

      Cheers!
      Lynne

  42. Rosalee says:

    Ok…am I totally dense? I see all the info I need except where in creation you get 3inch round wood wheels??? Curious minds want to know

    • Rosalee Helmer says:

      Hello again…
      After I posted this I did a search on wood wheels…you can find them everywhere!!! Below is one example!! :) http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/370200670455?lpid=82
      I found the most selection at website that sell parts to make kids toys!! Yipeeee!

      • Hi Rosalee,

        Great research! I was just about to answer your question, and you beat me to it. LOL.

        My contractor actually made the wheels on his own. I have seen a few people post in the comments that they searched out wooden wheels on line and bought them that way. Some even made their wheels from hockey pucks! Okay, they must be Canadian like me. We have a lot of hockey pucks around here.

        Ha !

        Cheers !
        Lynne

  43. Pete says:

    Perhaps the pictures are deceiving, but is that flat bar really only 1/8″, and not actually 1/4″? Would also think the thinner metal would “cut” through the wooden wheel over time with a heavy door pulling down

    • Hi Pete,
      I just went and re-measured (you had me wondering) and it is in fact 1/8 th inch..
      Note : The wooden wheel cut out is 1/4 inch thickness.

      We have never had an issue with the bar cutting through the wheel, even though it is a very heavy door.

      Cheers,
      Lynne

  44. Hi Lynn, I was searching for barn door hardware…. yes, you’ve totally been there/done that! Now I don’t have to recreate the wheel…. HaHa No pun intended…. Wow! Love your post, its so fun! love the pictures— where did you get that amazingly awesome knob and latch hardware? Was it on the door when you found it? I just found a new-to-me salvage shop in town ( live near Atlanta Georgia) and OMG!!! so many doors so little time! (one door still had all the Disney princess and flower stickers from its previous owner) :-) Bought four old doors all with windows on top and 3 panels below, a couple still had hardware– BONUS. I’m going to use two of them together as closet doors. I built a closet into a knee wall space in my house and wanted to do the sliding door thing…. so happy you shared these great images and experiences!! Keep Hangin! Shannon

    • Hi Shannon,

      Yes.. we got lucky and it was already on the door. Not all of the old doors that we have come with door knobs and cool stuff. So… I hunt them down at salvage shops and auctions and stuff. They are usually the things at the bottom of the box. You have to dig deep. LOL.

      LOVE your idea for the closet doors. Good thing I don’t live near you. I’d steal those doors from you. haha !

  45. Emma Bell says:

    OMG can’t believe I just found this! I just bought this from http://www.realslidinghardware.com. If I would have seen this I might have tried making it!!

    BTW, glad my walls can’t talk either…especially the bedroom walls…LOL!!

    • Hi Emma,

      I checked out the link to real sliding hardware too… and the video was kinda cool showing how they do the whole process. I would love to do a video like that in AMISH country where we live and show the making of the door tracks. So fun! I will have to sneak the video camera in my pocket. haha!

  46. Sam Leone says:

    OOps, meant to address last post to Lynne…
    Have a question…
    Going to attempt to put a barn door going into my laundry room (ours fell off the hinges and is tight space there) so thought this would be a great idea, not to mention, I’ve wanted one for a zillion years!
    Do I have to remove the molding from around my doorway? Or can I leave it up?
    Thanks,
    Sam

    • Hi Sam,

      I have a couple of these doors up at my house (one door at a time, LOL)… and one has trim and one doesn’t.

      The one with the trim, has a wide solid wood trim and the track sits on top of it, so the trim doesn’t get in the way.

      Both of our doors are mounted on a solid strong surface. Because the doors are so heavy, we wanted to be sure that they were on solid.

      Great idea to put it into a laundry space. This style of door is a real space saver.

      Cheers,
      Lynne

  47. Sam Leone says:

    Fran,
    Have a question…
    Going to attempt to put a barn door going into my laundry room (ours fell off the hinges and is tight space there) so thought this would be a great idea, not to mention, I’ve wanted one for a zillion years!
    Do I have to remove the molding from around my doorway? Or can I leave it up?
    Thanks,
    Sam

  48. Mike says:

    What a creative spirit you have! Enjoyed browsing thru your sliding door presentation. Just trying to gain insight on hanger systems to help a friend. Thanks for sharing! Mike

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  50. Fran says:

    Kinda seem to be glossing over some details here …
    - I notice your door hanger is flat bar stock bent to an offset. What is the offsetting and does it depend on the door thickness? Was it bent with heat or a vice or something else?
    - It looks like the wheel center bolts are ground down? How does the nut stay on then? Tack welded?
    - Wood strikes me as quiet, but a poor choice as it would likely crack in the groove. How long have you had yours up and have they held up.
    I suspect you paid you contractor as much as the door hardware would otherwise cost in a kit, unless he’s unusually inexpensive.

    • Hello Fran,

      Yes, the offsetting depends on the door thickness. It has to be able to catch the door, so the thickness should accommodate that.

      After the nut is put on the bolt and attached tightly, the bolt is then cut to size… leaving about 3/4 inch of the bolt exposed.

      The wood has been excellent and quiet. We have had ours up for about 2 years and it holds a very heavy vintage door.

      I do live in the countryside in the middle of nowhere in Canada, so yes… the cost of labour is less expensive than in the city.

      Most door hardware is very expensive to buy. If you have a look at the link in the blog post, I have linked to a very affordable door hardware company to help my readers out.

      Lynne

  51. Kris Koppy says:

    Make your own wooden wheels out of oak plank. Cut the wheels with a saber saw and then put a grove in the wheel with a table saw. The metal banding is easily purchased at your local hardware store. All of it can be purchased for less than $30 bucks. Make your own door with pallets or tongue and grove siding.

    • Brilliant ideas Kris and soooo true. You can make the wheels etc so inexpensively if you have the tools. I have had others write to me and say they made their wheels from hockey pucks too. Cool huh?

      Cheers!
      Lynne

  52. James Williams says:

    I have soooo been looking for a door hanging idea on the web. I went to my local hardware stores in Alaska and come to find out…..they do not carry any here…nice. Needless to say every kit I have found would cost a second mortgage. I finally came across your article and I do believe I can make it a reality! Thank you sooooo much for this wonderful idea, you have saved my sanity and possibly my marriage lol. ;-)

    James

  53. lance says:

    dammit! anyone who knows me knows i’m a project hound.. dammit. (did i say that, already?) it’s not as if i don’t already have a natural fertilizer-load of projects, uh, projected. and then… and then, here you are. thanks. thanks a whole heck of a lot. dammit! there; i said it.
    (ok; ok. really: thanks. very cool! i think i’ll make some more doorways just for these doors. or maybe i’ll remove the doors i already have. or maybe i’ll build a pond, and crochet a gazebo… wanna help?)

  54. denis says:

    was planning on buying expensive hardware but now having second thoughts
    about DIY thanks for the inspiration

  55. dafrah says:

    Hi!
    I love this and want to make one in our new home. I may have totally missed it, but how much did it cost you to do this DIY?
    Thanks!

    • Oh darn Dafrah,

      Good question. I didn’t add up the costs, but I know they weren’t a whole heck of a lot for the materials.

      The basic materials aren’t expensive, but the labour costs can add up if you aren’t doing it on your own.

      The time it takes to cut the wheels, etc can be time consuming but the look is soooo gorgy gorgeous :)

      Lynne xx

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  57. Kris says:

    Love this tutorial- planning to do the hardware and Barn door all by myself now! I just had to leave comment to say I love your humor and witty way of writing this- had me cracking up at 4 a.m. in my bed trying to not wake up my babies and hubby. So I signed up to get a regular dose of your great finds and a belly laugh at the rest.

    • Ahhhhh Schmankkkks Kris !!

      4 am ?! I hope you got back to sleep. :) I do the same thing, (THANK YOU….grh…. hot flashes and menopause) haha… but it is nice to be entertained in the middle of night.

      If you can’t sleep, then why not have some fun?

      Have a beautiful rest of the weekend,
      Lynne xx

  58. Mark W. Scharff says:

    I love your site, and your outlook on life. Too many folks have forgotten how much fun it is to be creative, funky, and design things that match their personality. I too love sliding doors, besides the fact that they take up so less room. Thanks again-I’m off to hang a slider on my new shop door (most of my materials come from a Habitat for Humanity Restore).
    Peace be with you, Mark
    pS My Mother died of cancer when I was 20, so I too am a survivor. Love

    • Hey Mark

      The shop door with reclaimed doors from habitat for humanity sounds über cool !!!

      I bet you can find some super unique ones there… and what a great cause !! LOVE it.

      I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your Momma. Cancer is a ‘you-know-what-errrh’

      Much love right back atcha,
      Lynne xx

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  60. Wendy says:

    Hi Lynne Love this concept. Re-doing utility and bathroom downstairs off of our recroom. I am wanting to do this barn door effect but I looking to have these barn style doors close off my storage that will be open to the hall going to the bathroom. I will need at least 3 of these doors across my storage space and need each one of them to allow complete access. Can you help me with this?

  61. Lester says:

    Just love the old barn door look of there doors. I have a large door opening beween my parlor and dinning room,there is were I want my track doors.
    .But I have come up with my own plan,, hang a 2″x 4″ grooved out the center so a 3/4″ conduit pipe will fit same size as two-by. at each end 1/8″ by 1 1/2″ flat stock as the stopper. Your idea for flat stock from the pulley wheel, but I’m useing a closeline pulley to roll on my conduit pipe.Amen.

  62. Melanie says:

    Thanks so much for your post! Wondering if I can go smaller than a 3 inch wooden wheel? I want to do one in a basement, and inches are precious.
    Thanks,
    Melanie

  63. Jaya says:

    Just stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely adore this post! I want to convert our conventional (aka “boring”) laundry room door to a track-style to capture lost space inside the small(-ish) room. Your instructions and photos are clear–your wit and real-talk are refreshing, too! Oh, bother–it looks like the hardware site is down at the moment…I’ll hope it’s back online soon. Love me some barn-door DIY!

  64. Christine says:

    OMG you are FABULOUS. What a happy surprise stumbling onto this blog! Ok, we are going to attempt DIY sliding doors. Your directions are by far the simplest out there I could find. I like the site you linked to for the hardware, but it’s still more than I’d like to spend. To do this myself, I’ve got just one question for you – step #4 above – where did you find these “flat bar hanger brackets” that have an offset bend at the wheel? These are key and I can’t find them! And a aside – does your door roll smoothly on just that little track?

    THANK YOU!!!
    Christine

  65. Maxie Anderson says:

    Love your site.! So glad I found it by mistake. Love the doors and hopefully I can make one. I want to do this to a pantry door. HOW COOLIO…………

    Maxie

  66. Love your website. Love your sense of humor and passion. I’m signing on !!

    • Ahhhhhh shucks Leslie

      I am totally doing the happy dance. Can you see me? LOL.

      My dog thinks I am nuts now :)

      Thanks for signing on to the blog. I am thrilled!!

      I hope you enjoy !!

      Lynne xx

  67. wesley rapciewicz says:

    Hi i loved the tutorial. I am going to attempt this for a pantry door. Just curious if you could tell me where to get the hardware at? I would really appreciate it. thanks again.

    • Hi Wesley
      I added a link into the post of an awesome barn door hardware supplier. If you click on the link in the post, you can buy directly from Titus. He has great hardware.

      Another option is to make your own. I have bought the hardware from our local farm supply stores for barn doors. It is not very fancy, but it does the trick too.

      Cheers!
      Lynne

  68. Laurie Grant says:

    My husband and I are making our door and the hardware. One place suggested the metal wheel out of a pulley, however we are now considering the wooden wheels. Where do you get the hardware that fits inside your wooden wheel? What is that called? Love the details! Thank you!

    • Hi Laurie,
      In my head, I answered your question. Today, I realized that I didn’t put those thoughts on ‘paper’ to you. Whoops.

      *Insert more coffee*

      My contractor bought the hardware that fits inside the wheels. I think it is a washer of some sort. We shop at our local TSC farm supply store and they sell wheels for barn door hardware too. They are quite inexpensive but not too fancy dancy.

      Let me know how it goes ! :)

      Lynne

  69. Linda says:

    Love the site, made barn door before but the hardware was a lot chunkier. Love your tongue and cheek. So glad I found your blog.

  70. Billie says:

    What a beautiful blog you have created and a wonderfully instructional post about barn doors. I recently posted an article on my blog about barn doors ( http://billiemakesahome.info/?p=299 ) and you my friend have provided me with even more inspiration to create a barn door.
    Thanks
    Billie

  71. Wendy says:

    I just found your blog and I LOVE IT you are very funny and you made me laugh out loud. I t was like talking to my sister. Thank you!

    • Hi Wendy!
      I need a sister. Like a legit real sister to laugh with. LOL. I have a brother. He rocks out loud… but there is no way that he will wear a skirt and sip wine with me while snorting laughs out of our noses. Want to be adopted? Lynne xx

  72. Veronica says:

    Just wondering where you got the wooden wheels and the flat iron. Building a house and LOVE LOVE LOVE your directions for the doors!!

    • Colleen Greeley says:

      I absolutely love your site and that I found it at just the right time. Your instructions for making sliding doors are amazing. One question, where did you find the supplies? Did you shop at a big box store, local hardware etc.?

  73. vangie says:

    So where did you get the flat metal?

    • Hi Vangie !
      I recently found a company called reclaimed lumber products … http://www.reclaimedlumberproducts.com/product/barn-door-hardware-rlp-flat-track They sell the flat track ! Woot woot !
      Lynne :)

      • Mikie says:

        hi lyn,
        i am just looking for a simple rail and pulley for a small door in the back of my workshop that won’t get jammed-up by winter soil erosion. Everything seems so over-done and expensive.
        Can u help me?
        luv,
        Mike

        ps:
        Did you have cancer?
        I am confused about your website;
        are you just into hanging doors or is there another motive?

        • Hi Mike,
          A simple rail and pulley for a small door could be found at farm supply stores. A lot of farmers use them on their workshop doors on barns. They are quite inexpensive, and not fancy looking… but for a workshop door it sounds like what you would be looking for.
          As far as my website goes.. it is a design and lifestyle site. I write about DESIGNING a LIFE that is inspiring and full of positive energy :)
          I have not had cancer, but most of my family has, so that is why I write so much about that too. You can see more here : http://www.lynneknowlton.com/dear-cancer-i-hate-you-and-i-thank-you-2/
          My husband (his name is MIKE too!) has cancer. I like to write about cancer since soooo many people are affected by it. Even though my site was originally designed for design inspiration and ideas, I write about other things too that are just a part of life :) I hope you enjoy!
          Lynne

  74. J David Baldinelli says:

    Hi There & Greetings—-thanks for your site. Have been looking to make an under deck storage for snow blower,lawn mower,lawn chairs. Needed to close in to keep out rain-snow etc. Sliding doors–by passing would be ideal to allow easy access in winter and eliminate snow shoveling. Was getting frustrated trying to find affordable hardware, pricey as you say when located. Now THANKS to You, I’m on a search to come up with a make my own. Sometimes all one needs is a push in the right direction–except when building bridges. Again Thanks. America-First-Last-Forever-Now-Then-Always All The Best J David

    • Hey David,
      That’s a great idea for using a sliding door for a storage area. Do you get a ton of snow in your area too? Crazy winters! Let me know how it turns out. I may just try to do the same. All this time I have been putting sliding glass doors on the INTERIOR of our house and totally forgot to even put them outside.LOL.
      Cheers,
      Lynne

  75. Almost too much fun. I am on a door project and this is the way, the truth and the light. And it was fun to read even if I was simply engineering the top off a beer.

  76. Jenny Yasi says:

    I really enjoyed this. I agree, sliding barn style doors totally turn me on. Can’t wait to do it to the doors I’ve already collected. Too bad you weren’t nearby, I’d give you some of my extras.

    • Jenny !….I think you should move nearby and bring me all your old doors. I would love to have a neighbour like you. I wouldn’t have to steal the doors from any more local farmers. LOL. xx

  77. Rachel says:

    You are hilarious! And awesome! I love old doors, especially ones on tracks! When we eventually buy a house, I totally plan to put them everywhere! Thanks for the tutorial! Can’t wait to do it myself!

    Rachel from FarMorePrecious.com

  78. Laurie Ann Cully says:

    OMG! Remodeling my stepson’s room so he can perm move in before college. My daughter just closed on a 250 year old house and “oh, mom. There are some old doors in the shed…Want them?” The picture of cool sliding doors instead of curtains popped into my head at 4 am during my nightly insomnia. When I googled how to possible put them up, I never even thought of the barn door concept (city girl). Came across your sight and have spent the last hours laughing out loud. I was actually saying out loud (in my head) “how am I going to do this withoout my husband catching on?” Then read your exact comment! Thanks for making me laugh.
    I also have only 1 friend!

    • Yay Laurie !!
      We can start a self help group of women with one friend. LOL !!! You and I can go together. With our one friend. hahahaha! Glad you loved the DIY tutorial ! Many hugs, many laughs….right back atcha. xo

      Cheers!!
      Lynne xx

  79. Art says:

    Love the doors. I get how to do the flat bar part of your tut. But how or where did you get the wooden wheels.

  80. stacy daniel says:

    GREAT JUST WHAT I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR….CAN’T WAIT TO GET MY HUSBAND TO START ON PLANS…..APPRECIATE THE PLANS!

  81. Lexie says:

    Are you my mother?

    • Ha Lexie
      It’s possible. I checked out your blog and you are a hoot. Then I saw your bandaid tattoo and thought – nope – we can’t be related. I am way to chicken shit for a tattoo.

      Keep bloggin! Love your style !
      Lynne

  82. Jeanine says:

    Really cool stuff. Getting ready to hang two “barn doors” in our house and your information is really helpful! ( and your comments quite entertaining and refreshing)

  83. scott says:

    I LOVE your DIY barn door hardware!!

    I’ve spent the last hour on the web hunting wooden wheels like you used and I canlt find ANY! Any suggestions as to where to get them?

    Also, did you have the flat bar hangers built for you or did you find them already offset?

    I can’t wait to hear from you! I’m ready to start building.

    Thanks!

    Scott

    P.S. Glad you guys kicked cancer’s ass! My 31 year old daughter-in-law wasn’t able to.

    God Bless!

  84. Brenda says:

    Wow! What great information! Definitely marking it as a favorite! I want a barn door for every room in my new house! I think I can find plenty of old doors in this town! Thank you again! I agree with Kristie, I think you and I would get along famously!

  85. kristie says:

    I have really enjoyed reading this post. your sense of humor is so much like my own that reading along I could just SEE what you were saying. I do so many projects that I may have ADD Remodeling condition. I design things as I go along. I have just discovered Pintrest……I now realize I’m not as smart as I thought I was. lol.

    Well thank you for your post.

    • Hhahahaaha Kristie !

      You are not alone :) It is so fun to have ADD remodelling condition. So funny !! My husband hides my credit card when he sees that ‘look’ in my eyes. haha !

      Isn’t pinterest dangerous living ? So inspiring !!! Love it. I have found so many great blogs from pinterest. LOVE it !

      Cheers !!
      Lynne

  86. Mike says:

    Wow Lynne!!!
    All of these sexual references made my Levi’s rise off the floor about 8 inches!!!
    Great ideas…love your tracks.
    Mike

  87. Rebecca Labinpuno says:

    its was soooo beautiful you really give me an idea!!!!I have plans to redo my door in my bedroom and its give a brilliant idea!!!!

  88. sarah smile says:

    love this site

  89. bianca says:

    you are hilarious. you entertained me, gave me a great idea and i love your writing style, it’s so real.
    cheers bianca

    • Thanks so much Bianca !

      Glad you love my blog. It is so much easier to keep things real in life, isn’t it?

      Life isn’t about rainbows and unicorns, but I sure try to have a laugh along the way.

      Cheers to you !!
      Lynne

  90. barry says:

    she’s smart, crafty, and sexy!!

  91. Ruth Rolland says:

    Cool site. Exactly what I was looking for and more. Beat cancer, I did! I will check your site often.

    Ruthi

  92. Georiga Harden says:

    This blog rocks. I have old doors in my equipment shed. I’m gonna count them when I get home to make sure they are all still there. all kidding aside, I do want to change out the exterior doors on my barn. This has helped with me details I need to get it done.
    Thanks

    • Thanks for the blog rocks compliment !! Glad you love the door DIY !

      You have a barn ? Aren’t they gorgeous ? I love using our barn for parties. It sure is easy to hammer a nail in the boards to hang a picture. LOL.

      Cheers !
      Lynne x

  93. Alan Hartt says:

    Found these metal wheels that may help if you are using heavy doors:

    http://www.zorotools.com/g/00057010/k-G2330867?utm_source=google_shopping&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Google_Shopping_Feed&kw={keyword}&gclid=CMvM1sKxorYCFaI-MgodQCcANw

    • Hey Alan
      The metal wheels look super cool ! Let me know if you buy some and if they look great. I would totally think about buying those as well. Love ‘em !

      Cheers !
      Lynne

  94. Alan Hartt says:

    Thank you Lynne very much for the design above…can’t wait to use it on the building I am working on for my art studio and my wife’s sewing studio…It’s called “Da Barn” so very suiting…
    THANKS,
    Alan

  95. Delmy says:

    I found this website that sells wheels but not sure if they will work for this project…

    http://www.americanwoodcrafterssupply.com/wooden-products/wheels-axle-pegs.htm

  96. K says:

    Hi Lynne,
    Great post! Did you buy your hardware and wheels somewhere or did Dan make all of that for you? I have craved these doors for a year now. I too am addicted to Pinterest!
    -K

    • Hi K
      The doors and hardware are gorgeous aren’t they ? No, I didn’t buy these anywhere because they are so dang expensive to buy. I had them made by a local contractor. He is no longer available to make more door tracks and wooden wheels, so Dan stepped up to the plate and offered to make them for me. He teaches welding at a local college and has his own welding shop so he was perfect for the job. He also lives amongst the Amish and can have the wooden wheels made by local Amish. Coolio, huh?

      Oh my, pinterest is dangerously fun, isn’t it? What’s your pinterest user name? I can follow you :)

      Cheers !
      Lynne

  97. Candice says:

    Before I stumbled across this page, I thought I had to keep my passionate love for sliding barn doors a secret. Now I am confident enough to stand on my front lawn & shout, ‘Sliding Barn Doors are Da Bomb Diggity Bomb!’ We are building a new home & one of my 1rst requests was for one of these awesome doors…somewhere…anywhere in the house. My husband didn’t seem to get it, but I kept pleading for understanding. Just when I was ready to give up, he decided it would be cool to have one close off our mudroom shower. Fab right? But then the cost of the track! I thought I’d lose my lover(door) again. Then your site…thank ya Jesus!!

    • Oh my Candice, I think I love you ! LOL…with ‘da bomb Diggity Bomb’ hilarious !! The track can be crazy expensive, you are right. It is waaaaay cheaper to make your own, or buy the barn door tracks from a local TSC store or farm supply store. Those rock out loud !

      Cheers !
      And come back and tell me about your mudroom doors when you are done. I can’t wait to hear about it !
      Wooohhoooo !!

      Lynne

  98. Beth says:

    Hi Lynne,
    I just love this!!! I am in the process of building a pantry and I plan to use an old barn door I found as the door. So of course, I need the hardware. I plan to inquire with your friend Dan to see if this is something he could do for me, because it looks great!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Beth

  99. Mara says:

    OMG!
    Love this!
    Did this!
    Well, I really didn’t do it … but I know people with power tools;)
    Who knew hanging wood and metal could do that do a person?
    Love your site!

  100. Jason says:

    Thanks for the ideas. One question I have: with the depth of the thread on your wooden wheel does that prevent the door from teetering outwardly? I have seen some barn door style hardware that doesn’t prevent this resulting in the doors banging against the doors, more so I have little kids and I don’t want them flinging doors off the walls onto themselves. Please let me know.

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  102. Sue says:

    LOVE your ideas! I’m planning barn doors for my bedroom and can’t deal with the prices I’m seeing. I’ve figured everything how except the wheels. Did you make the wooden wheels or get them somewhere? I’ve searched all over and can’t find them.

  103. Kristine says:

    Hi Lynne,
    I hope this is not too stupit of a question, but what about the bottom of the door? Do you put wheels on the bottom or is all the weight of the door on top? Did I miss those instructions. I really, really LOVE this concept and want to give it a try!! Thanks so much!

    • Hi Kristine ~
      Not a stupid question at all. No, we don’t have any wheels at the bottom of the door. It rolls on the wheels at the top only. We have a little stopper on the bottom though. You can see it in the photos of the blog post. It sort of looks like a bent square thing. It stops the door from rolling too far and keeps it close to the wall. Let me know how it goes. I hope you will be thrilled. The doors really do look fantastic installed. Cheers, Lynne

  104. Lolidesign56 says:

    Hi! Lynne,
    Gosh,, you’re hilarious, soooo awesomely entertaining,!!!! You have such an amazing talent incorporating “materials” with such authentic/rustic finish on all your doors. I love, love doors myself, When I travel overseas, am always drawn to DOORS with their “unique” character/style. Anyhow, you got my attention on your post. Are you in DESIGN by profession.? Keep posting! Thanks……

  105. Leslie Snyder says:

    Omg I love this whole page! Soooo funny! I LOVE doors too and I will be adding some to my new house soon. I tried Dukes link and it works but there is no info on his page. Just the name and some graphics. Is he still selling these? Thank you so much for the tips and the laughs!

    Leslie

  106. Thanks heaps for the instructions AND visual aides tah-boot.
    .I need them more then the Monster Man. LOL

    We just came home from the builder supply with materials to make our own barn door hardware! We received an email with a quote from a company for the track….$312…………..I dont think so!
    We’re DIY folks on a retirement budget who look for creative ways to add personality to our homestead.
    And thanks to helpful folks like you, we git instructions too. LOL

  107. These are fantastic, Lynne!! I can’t wait to see them hung in place. This would be a fun idea for my pantry when/if we ever give it a country kitchen makeover!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Great idea !!! TRUTH. I think they would look fantastic (almost anywhere). No joke… I keep removing doors in my house to make way for doors on tracks. LOOK OUT, once you get up on set of track doors you will want to change ALL the doors in your house. It is awesome ! Lynne xx

  108. Pamela Haar says:

    What is in between the wheels? Is there some type of bearing? Thanks for posting this :).

  109. Ann Campos says:

    Lynne,
    I haven’t laughed this hard in a while. I love your writing style…and your doors. Now if I can just find a place to hang such a door in my 1970′s boring ranch home!
    Ann
    aka: nellie (really my grandmother, but my barn sale customers think it’s me).

  110. patti schneider says:

    Hello Lynne. You rock! love your inside idea with the rails. Very cool. Look forward to seeing your future creative ideas. have a great holiday! patti schneider

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Thanks Patti !!

      Did you have an epic holiday?

      I spent most of mine HIDING from the snow. It is EVERYWHERE. Oh to be a {frozen} Canadian. Eeeeek. Yuck.

      I have a few creative ideas up my sleeve. Can’t wait to share !

      Many hugs,
      Lynne xx

  111. Sarah says:

    This has made my day!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Thanks Sarah !
      Geesh, where have I been. I just saw your comment now. Only a MONTH late. :)

      I am not normally this SLOW. LOL.

      Happy New Year !

      See you on the blog again soon. xx

  112. Judy Barnett says:

    Well, I have a bit of problem in that I live in Castle Rock, Colorado. Lots of doors around here since it’s an old ranching community, but, alas, need a welder guy! Anyone out there have a name or two? My idea is to use barn doors for the doors on our entryway coat closets (there are 2) with a large space in between which is the entrance into the living room.. Conceivably, the doors, when open, would slide across the entrance into the living room; then, when closed over the closets, the entrance into living room would be wide open. Anyway, hard to explain… As I said, need a good (and reasonable) welder; I’m already blessed with a handy Andy i.e. Steve, to do the rest of the work.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Judy
      I LOVE LOVE LOVE your idea for the use of the doors.
      If you get realllllllly stuck, you can buy the whole sha-bang from Dan Duquette. The link to his site is DuKE IRON in the sidebar. He can ship it to you. He also sells the wheels separately if you need em.
      Until then….I hope you find some local awesomeness to help you bring it all together !! Woohhhoooo !

  113. Ann says:

    LOVED this – I know YOU know you’re wonderful, but I just wanted to give you a heads up that someone else just noticed too!

  114. Lori says:

    LOVE UR DOOR! WHERE DO I GET THE WHEELS?

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Lori
      You can buy the wheels from Dan Duquette. His website/contact info is in the right sidebar of my blog under DUKE IRON. The Amish will make the wheels and Dan can ship them to you.
      Have fun !
      Cheers~
      Lynne :)

  115. summer says:

    HI! Love love love your tutorial! Very funny :) You’ve helped with one small step in the mountainous staircase that will eventually lead to my some day – on my favorite island – built from cargo containers (I hope) – awesomely beachy – rustic – shabby chic dream abode!!! I am in love with the whole door thing too, especially the barn variety. I had the day off to take my daughter to the doc and had an extra few hrs this afternoon. This I spent at the antique mall and the local goodwill. The former had several gorgeous old doors, even a couple double sets and a kickin ass farmhouse style screen door. the latter had abundant old sheets/pillow cases for the big ol’ rag rug I intend to dive into to pass all those 1ong 43 hr. evenings this winter. Anyhooo, Thanks a bunch and I will be checkin out your handy door fella cuz this whole bidness does look like da’bomb!! Happy pinning, I have to go try some projects as that damn pintrest tends to BECOME the hobby if you don’t enter with caution! Thanx, Summer

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Summer !!!
      I LOVE LOVE your cargo container idea !!! So be achy-rustic- is right ! Send me photos when you do it !!! Sounds gawwworgeous.
      I have seen islands made from upcycled old doors too. They look fab. I don’t dare search it on pinterest…I may never escape alive. LOL.
      Keep up the amazeballs ideas. They rock out loud.

  116. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
    I do not know who you are but definitely you are going to a
    famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

  117. luke says:

    i want to make a sliding bookshelf…. using the track tech. what do u think is it possible?

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hey Luke
      I LOVE how you think. Ohhhh hells ya…I think you can do it. Tell me more about what you have in mind. If I can help with some input, I will give it a shot.
      Have fun !
      Lynne

  118. Leroy McKane says:

    Great! I can’t wait to get started on my own!

  119. Hi love the character of the doors, amazing what you can do with a bit of imagination and that personal flair you have, you should pin it up on Pinterest

  120. Bugs says:

    Hey – I’m waiting for the book, I’m willing to eat popcorn until it’s done (yeah, for breakfast too). As interesting as a door can be, your writing style trumps it, move over Mark Twain, Ellen DeGeners, Shade’s of Grey . . . Lynne, Guess what’s coming your way, YES ! ! ! November, hurrah ! (Write a novel month, you knew that.) So, should I put on the coffee, margaritas, popcorn? Put you behind the jailhouse doors? I’ll be looking for it in my email come December 1st. Ho ho ho.

    P.s. I am looking for a welder to make the iron work and a sexy dorn

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Book ?! You just made my heart skip a beat with excitement. It’s a GREAT IDEA, but I would have no idea where to begin. NONE. If I could write a book, while wearing my pyjamas & drinking excessive amounts of coffee (read : Margaritas) while sitting on an island…wellllll….hells ya – I’m in. LOL. Any ideas? xx

  121. Nicolas says:

    Very cool these doors !
    We love your posts.
    A lot of kisses to the whole family.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Merci beaucoup Nicolas,
      Much love and bisous to you and your beautiful, beautiful incredible family.
      We all miss you dearly.
      Sending kisses from Canada to Paris.
      Lynne xx

  122. clarinda says:

    koool barn door hardware…i love it…shhhhhhh dont tell anyone but i steal doors too lol my inlaws were storing there farm doors at our farm sooooooo i said u guys really dont want these right cuz they have 5-6 layers of paint on them..there dirty, they said we only want 2 yipppppppeee i got the rest..i worked for weeks on the dang doors an in the end i made a king size bed frame …then went an visited my menite friends to make some fancy top pieces it looks awesome ..3 doors standing up right for head board an 3 shorter for foot board..my inlaws were in awwwwwwwwlol
    so i see the duke left durham or maybe he is in hiding as i got a few lessons from him then he set me on a project i was sooo nervous i screwed up crap i felt aweful an ran away now i wish i hadnt cuz i loved it but he is a awesome guy does great work ill pass the word on for his place for door hardware maybe he will come outta hiding…lol thks for the instructions am off to steal more doors in the dark………..shhhhhhhh….

  123. Kim Bee says:

    Dudey this is awesome. I have serious door track hardware envy. I’m going to be up all night daydreaming about door porn and track porn. Hope you’re happy with yourself. I drive by a ton of barns on the way to our barn, I wonder how many doors I can steal on the way…

    you help with bail right??

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Oh hells ya, I will bail you out Kimmie !! I will come with a pitcher of margaritas. We will have a blast in jail. :) xx

  124. Dominique says:

    Lynne! i didn’t think I’d like this idea…but but but…now – how do I convince my hubby? do you have a tutorial on that ? (hubby convincing 101?) I have 3 areas that could use these!

    Thisis better than rainchains right now (since winter is coming I won’t need rainchains for about 6 months and I’m renovating the bedroom/ensuite and those doors…great idea!)

    • Dominique says:

      Well that was easy! He likes the idea! Took less than 2 minutes…actually I didn’t have to convince him…he just liked the idea!

  125. Lio says:

    Practical intructions… When I was finally able to get to them. I’m sure it’s all part of your blogging persona and your regular readers find you quirky and adorable, but maybe you could add a linkdown for the rest of us neurotic assholes who just want to just. Get. To. The. Instructions. ALREADY.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hello Lio

      As the author of this blog, I view this blog the same way that I do about life. It’s about the journey, not just about the destination.

      To give the instructions at the beginning of a blog post is like reading the last chapter of a book, first. :) ok- that is tempting sometimes.

      Unfortunately, it is not possible to link directly WITHIN a blog post – otherwise – that is a great idea ( for some readers like yourself ) I get that. :)

      Sorry that you didn’t enjoy the photographic story telling journey of the blog post.

      Cheers, and have an epic weekend !

      Lynne

  126. I know I am not supposed to say this in the modern world of DIY superwomen (which I am so not) I am going to email this to my husband and see if I can convince him to make us a set of these in the second opening to our kitchen. Or in a future home. Preferably in a future home that has its own barn in the backyard. Til then I live vicariously through you!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Woohoooo Alex !
      I hope it works for your kitchen. I bet it will be GORGEOUS ! Barnyard?! Well….if it makes you feel any better there are a lot of ‘smells’ out there, with crazy squirrels and barn yard madness :) I may be the only person with a barn and NO ANIMALS in it :) LOL
      Have a fantastic weekend !
      Lynne

  127. bliss, I too have a fetish for old doors and hardware, any hardware as well as door hardware. I love old door hinges, door knobs, bells, identifying plates, and so on. I love french doors, pocket doors and sliding doors just like these. I once brought home some rusty old track that I found while walking in the woods but have a feeling the ex discarded it. I must find a way to include these in my decor!!!! Thanks!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      So beautiful, aren’t they? …old door hinges, knobs, bells…the character is so puuuuurty. Little conversation pieces. Even if you have the conversation with yourself. LOL. P.s. The old doors also look great as headboards on your bed !
      Lynne

  128. Fiona H. says:

    I don’t know what I like best, the way you make me LAUGH so MUCH or the beautiful DIY lesson that you are sharing here.
    I think I am going to knock a hole through one of my walls just so I can make space for this door.
    Bisous chere Lynne xxxx

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      haha Fiona,
      If you need me to travel to Paris to help you out…well…I am here for ya sista!! I am GAME, when it comes to knocking walls down.
      Merci mon amie
      Lynne xx

  129. Michael says:

    So…. You’d trade me for doors eh? I guess this means you won’t give me the Handy Andy nickname anytime soon?
    P.S. I saw you poking around in the barn with the contractor last week. Is there something you need to tell me?

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi darling,
      Don’t you need to travel somewhere, sometime soon?!! I have a little sumthin’ sumthin’ planned for some mysterious doors that appeared in the barn. Just sayin’….
      xx

      • Michael says:

        Sorry Doll. No travel plans anytime soon, unless you’ve snuck around (as usual) and made plans for me (us) to travel ?

  130. Kevin says:

    This is amazing! You are amazing! I love these doors too… so much character. Thanks for the ideas and the smiles !!! Rgds, Kevin…

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hey Kevin !
      Thanks for the amazeballs compliment ! Stop it. I will never get my head through the door. Well…at least it will be a sexy door on a door track. hahaaa
      Lynne xx

  131. I hope this doesn’t come off as too forward… but I think I love you!

    Humbly – I’ll admit. I had my own pocketless door installation go awry. I was being impulsive (Try to grow). This however is brilliant and beautiful.

    Wall Jewelry! well done and now I am going to Share.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      *blush*
      Jokes…. you can never be too forward to me. LOL. I’m the one describing doors as door porn sexiness. haha!
      Have you tried using barn door track hardware as well? It is a simple installation (especially for YOU). So inexpensive and simply beautiful. They sell the door tracks at TSC farm supply stores. Technically they are for barn doors, but who the heck needs to follow THAT RULE ?
      Thanks for sharing the blog post !
      Big smooch
      Lynne xx

      • Lynne if you know me a little you’d know I love doors and hardware and referring to these things as “porn”. The issue with my installation was the way I installed the cap on my wainscot … I needed the door to pivot and wife just eventually shut me down. I wrote about it, but like a few things in those rooms I am not proud. I eventually cut the door in half to make a bifold.. It works but … I still want to install a barn door one day. Just haven’t had another occasion … yet. ha! thanks for the support. Signed (a recovering impulse remodeler) ~jb

      • Dominique says:

        But if you permanently borrow a friend’s barndoor for a home renovation project, you’re technically hanging a barndoor thus it’s fair use!

  132. Suzanne says:

    Beautiful, wow those door tracks are amazing and those red doors are beyond beautiful. I sell historic homes one that I listed has the most beautiful hardware, all original to the house i will try to remember to take a photo and send to you.. I am obsessed with doors and door hardware. I love this post!!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hey Suzzzz, pug lover….
      Those red doors are dead sexy, aren’t they? Like red lipstick,but even more gorgeous !
      I would love it if you sent me a photo ! Waiting…waiting…LOL. xx
      Thanks for sending the blog post LOVE !!

  133. Thank you, thank you! I have two 100 yr old barn doors (with etched glass centers I may add!) that have been sitting in my basement for 10 years waiting for this post! I too am a door porn addict. Can’t get enough!
    On a side note- I have something I want to send you- can you email me your address/po box?

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hey Stef
      I am looking forward to the soap {for my potty mouth} hahahaaaa….in the mail.
      Seriously tho, I may just be standing at my door for the next week waiting, wagging my tail, waiting for the parcel of awesomeness. Much better than bills. :)
      Thanks for thinking of me !!!!!!!

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