Who would have thought that a sliding barn door closet was the solution to this awkward bookcase in the kitchen. I will show you how these double sliding doors made a full storage pantry in our kitchen in just a couple hours!
I am sure many of you have often wondered what barn doors would look like in your home. I absolutely love barn doors. They are perfect for covering a bookcase, adding character and charm to a room, hiding a TV that is mounted on the wall or simply just as a decoration. Yes, you can hang a sliding barn door on just about any wall for no reason other than, adding character to a space. These barn doors are by Masonite and I will share product source links below in case you want to get a pair for yourself. This post contains affiliate links – see disclosure here.
Sliding Barn Door Closet
This space with the bookcase was part of a living room wall when I was a kid. Over the years, the house was renovated and this room became part of the new kitchen. One of the issues I had with this bookcase wall was the large opening in the middle. It didn’t really serve a purpose and we needed a spot to store small kitchen appliances, large bowls, baking dishes ect. That’s where the interior sliding barn doors came into play! We really needed a closet so this was the solution.
First step to installing sliding barn doors in the kitchen.
First, we needed to enclose the top of our built-in with a 2×10 board in order to have a solid surface to mount the barn door hardware to. We cut 2×10’s to create cleats on either end of the unit as well as in the middle for extra support. The black sliding barn door kit comes with a support backboard if you are simply mounting the doors to a wall. We didn’t use the backboard they provided, we needed to do a little work first in order to create a structurally sound area for mounting. If you choose to use the backboard they provide, simply screw it to your wall but make sure it’s attached to the studs to ensure proper support.
Step 2: Next we added the long 2×10 and fastened it to the cleats.
Step 3: we added a 1″ piece of primed pine cut to size on top of the 2×10 board to create a finished look.
Step 4: we fastened the black sliding door track supplied in the kit to our backboard.
The directions are self explanatory and very easy to follow. Use the bolts and screws they provide for installation.
The installation of the sliding barn door closet track was easy peasy.
Double Sliding Barn Doors for Closet
Keep in mind, we installed two interior barn doors which consisted of two different kits to create our closet. The picture above is of the two tracks joining together in the middle. They just touch each other. Be sure to install the “door stops” before hanging the doors, otherwise, your doors will roll right off!
You can create a sliding barn door closet out of any oversize bookcase or a standard closet that is already in place (just remove the regular door and install a sliding door if you have enough wall space for the slide).
Step 5: fasten the roller to the barn door.
This part requires a second hand so having a helper is key!
Step 6: hang your interior sliding barn door on the track.
Once the door is hung, you can adjust the door stop with the allen wrench provided in the kit.
That’s it! Fastening the track to the wall and hardware to the doors took under 30 minutes. Not only was this quick and easy, it made a new storage closet that is functional and stylish. Our sliding barn doors are a natural pine door “Z bar” style. Here is an alternative that is very similar on Amazon and has great ratings AND it comes with the sliding track hardware. If you want a white door that is already finished and solid core (you want solid core otherwise it’s flimsy) then check out this modern sliding barn door . It’s a great price and comes with the sliding door track.
Aren’t the doors gorgeous? The doors come all set ready to paint or stain but we decided to leave the pine natural for the time being. I absolutely love the warmth of the natural wood and they look amazing in the new kitchen.
Barn Door Hardware
The sliding barn doors will come with barn door hardware and/or a sliding hardware kit. If you need double closet sliding barn door hardware, we have used this set and for laundry room closet barn doors. If you are looking for just a single track (1 closet door) we have used this set as well and it’s great! Just be sure you order the size necessary for your wall length and door size. We used 8′ (for the double closet doors) but they have shorter and longer tracks depending on your need.
Some of the features that I love about this barn door closet are it’s made with quality wood, thick premium wood veneers and it’s all ready to be painted or stained. You can customize this sliding barn door which ever way you want. One of the best features is the fact that the door has the holes for the hardware already pre drilled. The hardware is included so everything fits like a glove! There is some assembly involved regarding the hardware but all in all, it’s fairly simple.
Here is a sneak peek of what’s inside. Stay tuned, a kitchen organization project and shelving after the holidays will take place behind these doors!
UPDATE: Check out these sliding barn doors in our new kitchen reveal (it’s a STUNNER!)
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Here are the closet doors in our kitchen during Christmas. You can see that full Christmas kitchen post here.
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A sliding barn door closet is the perfect solution to create hidden storage in any room. We just installed 3 gorgeous white modern doors called Livingston by Masonite (see barn doors here) in the basement of our new house and they are gorgeous! They are 3 panel style white “regular” doors (not barn style) and we purchased these black sliding barn door tracks to create a sliding closet door – they look so good!