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Converting a Hinged Door to a Sliding Door

Go from swing to sling in a few easy steps

Taking the initial plunge into a DIY sliding barn door project may seem like a big dive, but we’re here to show you how easy it can be to convert your hinged doors into sliding doors in five easy steps.

Sliding barn doors are the perfect way to spruce up your home’s sense of style, whether you’re going for a modern minimalist look or classic design. And beyond their timeless good looks, they’re not just all fashion – they offer space-saving functionality, as well.

So, if you’re asking yourself how to make a regular door into a sliding door, look no further.

Step 1: Remove the trim

To get this hinged barn door DIY project party started, begin by gently removing the interior door trim with a pry bar and hammer. However, don’t just toss the trim when you’re done as it may be something you can use for a future DIY project.

Once you’ve taken the trim off, you’ll want to cut away any old caulk on the door frame/wall and remove the casing nails that secured the door jamb to the wall.

Step 2: Measure the top and install the railing system

Next, you need to measure the door opening from top to bottom and add this measurement to the thickness of the tracks within the sliding door hardware kit you’ve purchased. The railing system should extend twice the width of the door opening so that the door isn’t obstructed by anything when fully opened. If you don’t have the room, check out our tutorial on how to install a bypass barn door and hardware.

When installing the railing system, you must make sure that it’s level across the top. Once it’s level, locate the studs above the door opening and install the headboard. Now you can screw in the railing system for a nice and secure hold.

Step 3: Trim any added door length

When converting your hinged door to a barn door, you may or may not need to adjust the length of the door to ensure that it slides smoothly on the railing (and ground track) without scraping across the floor. To do this, measure the door lengthwise and score a line across the bottom. Trim along this score line using a circular saw for a precise cut.

Step 4: Install door hardware

Once the railing is up and the door is cut to form (if need be), the next step is to screw in the door rollers and brackets to the upper end of the door according to the hardware kit’s specific install instructions.

Then, attach the bottom door guides/track so that the door doesn’t wildly sway to and fro when being slid open and closed. Again, make sure that you check for level alignment.

Step 5: Check to ensure it’s level

You’ve measured, you’ve cut, you’ve leveled, you’ve screwed and you’ve hung. You’re probably thinking, what’s left to do to convert my hinged doors to sliding doors? The last step is to double check that it’s all level, plumb and ready for use. If everything checks out then your old single hinged door has now been successfully converted into a sliding barn door.

The only thing left to do is pat yourself on the back for a DIY project well done and enjoy the fresh style you’ve brought to your home. Read Rustica Hardware’s blog for more DIY tips!


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Rustica Lock Measuring Guide

Measuring Distance

This is the measurement from the top of your door to where you'd like the lock handle. This measurement allows you the flexibility to place the locking mechanism where it will not interfere with any existing handles or fixtures pre-mounted to the door. You'll need at least 2-1/8" clearance below. See Picture

Hole Placement

Introducing an easy solution to little ones slamming your barn door! Our new Closure soft-stop system slows you door down before it makes contact with the track stop. This ensures a smooth stop every time. The Closure system has been specially designed to be universal with all Rustica Hardware flat track systems, no matter the length of track this product will work with your flat track system. Product comes with (2) Closure mechanisms (one for each side of the track system) to protect your system whether it’s being opened or closed.

Placement is measured from bottom of the door to the door bore hole.

Placement is measured from bottom of the door to the door bore hole.

Standard is 5'-1/2" above door knob boring.

Our designer corbels are sold in pairs. Each pair of mantel corbels is made of solid alder wood and designed for use with our floating mantel shelves. Corbels are easy to install and add a substantial design feature to your mantel space. Corbels will come finished to match the color and texture of your selected mantel.

All of our solid wood doors are made from the finest grade knotty alder or poplar. The species of wood that a door is made from is based on the finish that is selected for that door. Knotty Alder is more rustic and full of knots that are prevalent in the finished look. Poplar is a cleaner wood in that it has less knots for a more seamless look.

Please use the below guide if you're interested knowing what species of wood your door will be made from and the type of look you should be expecting:

This is the width, height and thickness of the door itself. If you are replacing a slab (door without the jamb), fill in the exact measurements of the existing slab.

To measure rough opening height, measure the distance from the stud above the door opening to the floorboard at the bottom of the door opening.

To measure rough opening width, measure the distance from the stud on one side of the door opening to the stud on the opposite side of the opening.

Measure the existing slab, that you're wanting to replace, from the top of the door to the top of each hinge. You will format your entry in this format: Hinge 1- 10" from top of door. Hinge 2- 22.

We Recommend:

3-1/2" hinges for 1-3/8" doors, 4" hinges for 1-3/4" doors and 4-1/2" hinges for 2-1/4" doors.

Select which side of the door you'd like your pull/handle to be located when facing the front side of the door (the side of the opening in which you can see your track/rolling system). The back side handle will be placed on the same side of the door as your front side handle.

NOTE: The current lead time for Brushed Steel and Brushed Stainless Steel on the Box system type is 7 weeks.

Hinge Placement Instruction

To identify hinge positions, measure from the TOP of the door to the top of each hinge.

Door Accessories

Spice Rack

The spice rack is great for holding an assortment of items.

Stories Told Bookshelf

Four shelfs total, our biggest bookshelf.

Steam Engine Bookshelf

Two shelfs, with a beautiful design.

Coat Hanger

The perfect coat hanger for any office or home entry.

Modern Industrial Floating Shelf Dark

Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

Modern Industrial Floating Shelf Clear

Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

Modern Industrial Floating Shelf Grey

Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

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