How to Install a Sliding Barn Door
Interior sliders are a stylish and functional alternative to pocket doors
Sliding doors aren’t just for barns anymore. When there’s not enough space for a traditional swinging door or when a pocket door isn’t a good option, you may want to consider a stylish interior slider. In this article, contributing editor Gary M. Katz describes the hardware and door installation for this project. To start, determine the location of the casing and mount the track, which is attached in one of three ways: to solid 2x blocking behind the finished wall; to a length of solid stock attached to the finished wall; or to the wall studs, with the track mounted directly on the finished wall. Next, install standoffs that space the door away from the wall so that it can slide without hitting the casing. Then, install the bottom guide, which prevents the door from swinging on the track and makes it easy to remove the door. With the track mounted, it’s time to install the door. If the door is being installed in a room under construction, be sure to account for the height of the finished floor if it’s not in place yet. With the door cut to size, install the rollers on top of the door, then make a groove in the bottom for the floor guide. Then, you can finish the job by installing the door and attaching the casing. This article includes a list of sources for sliding-door hardware.