How to Hang a Barn Door!

Y’all, I am so thrilled with our barn door!  It is seriously so fun to have in our entry way.  It just adds so much character.

You can follow our instructions on how to build a barn door HERE.
how to hang a barn door

We had been wanting a barn door in this space for a long time, but didn’t have time to build it and get a rolling door kit.  But finally, we were able to get the door built and work with the wonderful Rolling Door Designs company to create our barn door.

Rolling Door Kit


The first thing that Cy did was to cut the rail the length we needed it for the space.  He also measured and marked where we wanted to install the brackets. 


We hung our door a little differently than most people do.  When a door has a door frame, you will  need to install a matching piece of trim to the right or left of the door (depending which way your door is opening) to attach the brackets to.

However, I do not like the look of the extra piece of trim, so I asked Cy to install small wooden blocks behind each of our brackets to allow clearance for the barn door to slide past our door frame.  He put Gorilla Glue on the back of the wood blocks and nailed them to the wall.  Then he pre-drilled holes into the blocks before screwing the brackets on to avoid splitting the wood. 


We painted the wood blocks the same color as the wall to make the less noticeable.  

Be sure to use a level when installing the rail.


We screwed the metal straps to the top of our barn door per the instructions and then hung the door on the rail.


Because our floors and walls are a little uneven, our door looked a little crooked and Cy had to make a couple of minor adjustments to the straps to “fool the eye” into making it look straight.  


The last thing we did was install the door guides in the floor.  We drilled a hole first and then screwed them in.


We are thrilled with how our door turned out, and I love how it quickly covers any clutter in our mudroom!  :)


The boys think it is super cool, and I love how it glides back and forth as smooth as butter. 


If you would like to see a more detailed description on how to install a Rolling Door Kit, watch the video below by Custom Service Hardware.   (Custom Service Hardware is the manufacturer of the Rolling Door Kits.)  It is super easy to follow!


  1. Ok I am totally going to use your husband to “DIY shame” my husband, as in “look, Cy did this for Traci, wouldn’t that(insert various projects) look good in our house?”
    Wish me luck.

  2. Hi!
    Looks amazing! We are doing this in our house and we were wondering what was your trick to “fool the eye” ?!


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