How To Make A Barn Door | DIY Project

The $40 barn door diy

You may have seen barn doors at your friend’s home, or some other place. While giving your house a new enticing look, there’s so much to consider. People generally aren't very concious about the types of doors they’d like to have installed. Fortunately, the professional architects they work with, realize that Barn doors are a very useful that factor the overall look of your house. That’s why so many architects and woodworking geeks have started to turn to sliding barn doors to complete their projects.

Just read out, and follow our step by step tutorial guide, that will help you create a beautiful and aesthetic barn door. Our focus is to provide you with the guidance so that you can explore new creative things from basic tools. All you need is some wood, screws, and drivers. Just be ready to create your own adorable barn door.

Join your hands and get ready to work like a professional wood cutter. Let’s start the whole massive, but simple job from scratch. Following is the size of a barn door, that help you anticipate the overall end resultant product. Imagine the task from wood pieces to a barn door. Don’t be nervous. Be confident and follow on!

The Dimension is 36 ¼ W” x 84 H”

Don’t construct in dreams, it’s the time to tie up in reality. Follow the guideline.

Material Needed:


You need the following material, to make a catchy and adorable Barn door.

  • Six 1”x8” x8ft boards
  • Three 1”4”x8ft boards
  • One pack 1 ¼ trim head screw
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filter
  • Sanding block
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane

All things are common. You must be confident that you are going to make a unique product, by assembling these common and daily using products. Find the hardware store, make a list of all these things and get the stuff. You can search via online, that also help to compare the products. A consultation with your friend may be good, as to ensure that you are paying the actual cost of every product.

Pro Tips

Here are some tips for you, that you must have to follow, during the purchase of raw material for barn doors.

  • Choose the best wood. Try to search the market and compare all the prices. Ensure that you got the best quality wood boards at affordable prices.
  • Screws are considered as the basic building blocks. So select the best standards of screws.
  • Focus precisely on the wood glue. Wood glue is to bind the wooden pieces. From many alternative options from the market, pick up the right glue, that has a strong binding force.
  • Don’t compromise on the quality of wood filters.

My advice is to buy all the things from a reliable hardware shop. Get quality products for a quality barn door construction. As you are not going to make it daily, so assure the standards. You may be thinking of any other alternative material, rather than wood. Don’t compromise on that, as the wooden barn doors are the most realistic art, as well as they a have a huge life. So lets’ get started with our mission.

Step by step instruction:


By following the simple step by step instructions, I assure you that you are constructing and fitting a handmade barn door. Thanks to DIY solutions.

Step 1: Cut equally


Using the lumber cut the following pieces to make it happen:

1”x8”:

  • Five pieces 84” long
  • Three pieces 29 ¼” long

1”x4”:

  • Two pieces 84” long
  • Set aside the third 1”x4” board for later.

These big blocks should cut down into small units. Relax, it’s not a too much difficult job. Wear some relaxing and old clothes, and get back to work. Are you ready to work like a carpenter? The feel is amazing. In case of alternative, you can resize them from the hardware store, but it may cost you a little. I prefer that you should try it by yourself, as it increases the experience to handle the jobs.

Step 1 cut equally

Pro Tips

  • Measure the exact length.
  • Place the board pieces on the ground, and then measure it.
  • No two pieces are of different length. This will spoil the overall look and quality.
  • Mark the areas, and cut them into pieces with precise handling.

After cutting all of them, you must have a stack of boards, that look like the board in the pieces. If so, then smile, as you are done with your first part of instruction. Without wasting any time, let’s move on to the second step.

Step 2: Arrange the boards


Five 1”x8”x84” pieces side by side

You have to arrange the 5 big board blocks, side by side. This means that one block sides, touches to the side of another block. They are kept in order to attach them. I know it’s not easy to wait until the bar done is done. But, patience is needed and hard work is required. Till now, I am sure that all the stuff is going well with you.

Two 1”x4”x84” pieces of each other

This may seem as a simple step. Yes, it is quite simple. You just have to arrange these two, as they surround the five closely placed pieces. Never take any step so simple, as the simplicity is forwarding you in the accomplishment of the project.

Step 2 arrange the board

Pro Tips

  • Make sure that every board piece is lying near to the other.
  • They are closely placed near, so they will give a strong reinforcement, in the future end result.

Step 3: Border around the door


This step is really simple, and like an art. You are going to create a border. These borders are quite good to see. You just have to place glue on the 1”x4”x84” pieces, and then pull over at the last 1”x8”x84” board, that is the leftmost board. Screw the 1”x4”x84” piece, tightly and strongly. Repeat the process again at the other right end. Glue the 1”x4”x84” piece, and pull over on the last 1”x8”x84” board, that is at the right most corner. Screw it also, in order to ensure its strong binding.

Grab 1”x8” and end up boarder. Repeat the whole process, from glue to screw. Place these two 1”x8”X29 ¼” boards, one at the bottom, and another on top. This time, use at least 4 screws, one at each corner. Fix the two pieces at the bottom and top.

Step 3 border around the door

Pro Tips

  • There you must keep a good level of glue on both pieces, as it helps to attach them.
  • Screws must be tight, and placed according to proper spacing. This ensures that the two wood pieces are attached strongly, with each other.
  • Assure the smoothness of sides, before attaching the borders.
  • The perpendicular placement of the board helps in strong attachment and binding of boards.

After having arrangement and a little parallel binding, let’s move ahead further to our next step. In brief words, the process is divided into three phases:

  • Glue
  • Place
  • Screw

Step 4: Measure 34" down and fix it


You have to strengthen the door. For that, just have to place another board piece. Don’t just get yourself just to work. You can enjoy your favorite song. Once you have tuned into the song, measure 34”inches down from the top of your door, and place a pencil mark. You just came to know about why all the carpenters have pencils with them. Do it, from the right and left side of your door.

Now take 1”x8” and install some glue in it. Right after that, find the pencil mark and keep that on it. You may enjoy putting the glue, by writing your name with the glue. These are kiddy stuff, yet sound good. Never forget to screw that guy.

Step 4 measure 34 down and fix it

Pro Tips

  • Try to measure the exact center
  • Place a good amount of glue and screw it tightly.

Step 5: Diagonal placement of 1"x4"


You have to strengthen the door. For that, just have to place another board piece. Don’t just get yourself just to work. You can enjoy your favorite song. Once you have tuned into the song, measure 34”inches down from the top of your door, and place a pencil mark. You just came to know about why all the carpenters have pencils with them. Do it, from the right and left side of your door.

Now take 1”x8” and install some glue in it. Right after that, find the pencil mark and keep that on it. You may enjoy putting the glue, by writing your name with the glue. These are kiddy stuff, yet sound good. Never forget to screw that guy.

Line up the saw, and then cut. Explore the beauty of your work. Cut the other remaining 1”x4” board according to the instruction, and then you all need to repeat the following process:

  • Glue
  • Place
  • Screw

Place the other board, don’t join it now. Just find the intersecting point of first diagonal. Repeat with precision, the angel cutting process. Now the 1”x4” is dissected into two pieces. Fit them to make a better X. Make sure, by placing one on another, the X is quite similar to the real alphabetical one.

Step 5 diagonal placement of 1 x 4

Pro Tips

  • You need precision in making measuring
  • The use of saw to cut the angles is some difficult. You can practice it in small pieces, to avoid any loss.

Step 6: fill holes with wood filter


This is the finishing step. You need a better finish, to show your real talent. Filter the spaces and screw spots with the filter. This will hide all the spots of screws. Wait to dry. You can have some meal in the meanwhile.

Step 6 fill holes with wood filter

Pro Tips

  • Make sure that you have filtered all the screw spots.

Step 7: Sand and down the entire process


Well, all you need is to sand it. This is really amazing to give a finished touch to your woodwork. The beauty in your art is evident. This door is not a door, but a piece of art for you. I hope you like it so much, as this is your creativity show.

Step 7 sand and down the entire process

Pro Tips

  • Sand in the direction of grains

Step 8: Stain and poly


For a glossy look, follow on this step. You are done with the construction. This is only a finishing step. Stain it properly. Cover all the sides. After you are done, wait to dry, and then put some poly on it. Is it amazing? Yes, it is.

Pro Tips

  • Stain properly
  • Cover all the sides
  • Wait for dry and then apply poly.

Helpful tips

If you lack in the experience of woodwork, just start up with the smaller projects. A drilling or attaching two wood board pieces may be good practice.

  • Learn the work world, or you can get the assistance of your friend.
  • Assure, the quality of everything is good.
  • Use some gloves and make sure your safety.

These tips are really helpful to make a barn door. You must say thanks to the author ‘The rehab life’. Here is the link of the video that will inspire you. We hope that we try our best to guide you. The video helps us to write step by step, tutorial to make barn door.

To assist in guiding anyone, by step to step instruction is a good experience. It is really good, when you are going to make a constructive product. I have enjoyed a lot, while making the instructions. I am pretty much sure that all the readers are very much excited and, motivated. Be motivated, as this will make you to plan out further more such products. I value your feedback. So for any query, you can ask. I will write again some new DIY project in future. Till then, take care.

YouTube Source Video


This video is presented by The Rehab Life, in which they finley explained step-by-step that how one can easy get the new Barn Door Build by himself.

  • April 11, 2017
  • DIY
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