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How to Install a Barn Door Track System

How to Install a Barn Door Track System

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There’s no denying the allure of having a sliding barn door in your home. They’re the perfect blend of country charm and contemporary class, not to mention a unique and stylish way to add privacy, divide rooms and save space. And the best part – they’re fairly easy to install on your own. So, stop dreaming and start doing with this easy-to-follow barn door track installation tutorial guide.

But before we get started, it’s important to make sure you have all the necessary hardware. Your sliding barn door system should come with a kit containing a flat steel track, track joint brackets, spacers, screws, bolts (carriage and lag), rubber bumpers, hanger rollers, bottom rollers and bottom roller guide.

Have everything you need? Good! Let’s get started on our DIY barn door track installation walkthrough! (For visuals of this process in action, check out our video on how to install a barn door track system.) [Recommended to embed the video directly into this page as well].

Step 1:  Anchor your mounting board

The first step to making sure your barn door track system is properly installed is to ensure the track is securely mounted to the wall. To do this, add support by attaching a mounting board to the wall that’s approximately 1×4 inches. Your mounting board should be roughly the same length as the track, but a little wider. Use drywall anchors, spacers and your lag bolts to secure the board. You can even paint or stain your mounting board for a more finished look.

Step 2: Prep the track

Next, using the manufacturer’s instructions, assemble the flat steel track with your joint brackets. Go ahead and use a handsaw to cut the track to the desired length.

Pro tip: You’ll want to cut the track at least twice the width of the door to allow the sliding door to open the entire width of the door space.

Step 3: Drill pilot holes

Once you’ve situated the track where you want it on the mounting board/wall, now it’s time to measure and drill holes with a metal-cutting drill bit. It’s wise to use an awl or punch to create a seat for the drill bit, ensuring that it doesn’t slip on the metal when you begin drilling.

Pro tip: Consider applying some oil to the drill hole in order to keep it cool to the touch during the process.

Step 4: Install the track and place your spacers

Making sure the track is perfectly level on the wall above the door opening. You are sure it’s properly aligned, use your lag bolts to install both the track and spacers to the mounting board and wall. Attach the rubber bumpers that came with your kit to both stops near either end of your track.

Step 5: Attach the hanger rollers

Now that the track is firmly level and secure, it’s time to attach the hanger rollers to the actual door using the supplied carriage bolts, washers and nuts. Tighten them with a socket wrench.

Step 6: Install the bottom roller guide

Just one more step to go! Now it’s time to install your bottom roller guide. Without it, your door will slide – and swing – when opened. A bottom roller guide helps keep the door in place when someone slides it open or closed.

Step 7: Hang the door

The last step to installing your barn door track is to finally hang your door from the hanger rollers and line it up onto the track. Make sure there’s no bend in the track and that all of your components are level and secure before opening and closing your door.

And just like that, you’ve knocked out a DIY barn door track system project in relatively no time flat! Now, simply sit back and enjoy having an attractive and practical sliding door that will add visual interest to your home and wow your guests.

Ready to install your sliding barn door? Check out our DIY Sliding Barn Door Kit.


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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.

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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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