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How to Install Double Sliding Barn Doors {Closet}

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Today I am demonstrating how to install double sliding barn doors to create a pantry with a sliding barn door. We had a large built in bookcase that was perfect for storing small kitchen appliances, bakeware, and serving items but it was so messy looking! We found the perfect modern farmhouse double sliding barn doors to solve our problem! Barn doors for closets are ideal for tight spaces and an excellent way to make a new closet.

Have you ever wondered what barn doors would look like in your home? I absolutely love barn doors, especially sliding barn doors.  Barn doors come in varying styles and colors. Everything from rustic style, farmhouse, modern and traditional.

Double Sliding Barn Doors

These natural rustic style double sliding doors can be painted or left natural. I originally planned on painting them but the warm natural wood tone looked great in the kitchen so I opted not to paint.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

This is our old kitchen at our previous house and the kitchen renovation was one of the largest projects we did before we sold the home. You can see that full kitchen renovation here

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 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.

The interior double sliding barn doors created a kitchen pantry that we desperately needed. We were lucky as the existing bookcase had enough wall space for the door to slide in either direction so it worked out perfectly!

Double Barn Door Installation

We installed a 2×10 board along the top of the bookcase 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. 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.

We didn’t use the backboard they provided as we needed to create a more supportive structure to mount the track to.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Step 1: Next we added the long 2×10 and fastened it to the cleats.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Step 2: we added a 1″ piece of primed pine cut to size on top of the 2×10 board to create a finished look.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Step 3: we fastened the black sliding door track supplied in the kit to our backboard.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

The directions are self explanatory and very easy to follow. Use the bolts and screws they provide for installation.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.
DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.
DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Step 4: fasten the door track roller

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.
DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Step 5: hang your interior double barn doors on the track.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Once the door is hung, you can adjust the door stop with the allen wrench provided in the kit.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

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!

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 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 door hardware.

If you want a white door that is already finished and solid core (you want solid core otherwise it’s flimsy – also solid wood is heavier and more sturdy ) then check out this modern sliding barn door .  It’s a great price and comes with the sliding door track.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

What do you think of our new kitchen pantry with double sliding barn doors?

Barn Door Hardware

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

The doors come with barn door hardware and/or a sliding hardware kit and door handle. If you need double closet sliding 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.

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Features that I love:

  • the wood barn door is made with quality wood, thick premium wood veneers – ready to paint or stain
  • pre drilled holes for the hardware – easy installation
  • sliding barn door hardware is included
  • A floor guide is also included but we opted to not use it
DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

UPDATE: Check out these sliding barn doors in our new kitchen reveal (it’s a STUNNER!)

DIY sliding barn doors by Masonite. Easy to install kit which includes all rolling door hardware.

Barn door closet ideas can range from covering a bookcase to make a closet, installing bifold barn doors or adding sliding doors to a traditional closet.

Related: Got a traditional door with an awkward swing in a tight space? You must read this blog post, How to install barn doors without removing door trim. We installed a removed a kitchen door that lead to a basement and hung the sliding door over the door frame and didn’t remove the trim which made this project very quick and easy.

Here are the double doors in our kitchen during Christmas. You can see that full Christmas kitchen tour post here.

Christmas Kitchen 2016 | Featuring hanging wreaths on the barn doors, hanging wreaths on the stools and windows along with a mini boxwood Christmas tree as a centerpiece on the island | Four Generations One Roof

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Many of these doors on Amazon have free shipping which is nice because wood doors can be heavy and pricey to ship.

A sliding barn door is an easy solution to create hidden storage in any room especially a barn door kitchen pantry. If you are looking for more inspiration, we just installed 3 gorgeous white modern doors called Livingston by Masonite (see barn doors here) in the basement of our new house they are gorgeous!  

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11 Comments

  1. David Trafford says:

    It appears the barn doors cover part of your heating system’s radiators. Has this had any effect on the doors? Also, would it have not been more practical to make adjustable shelving instead of using “L” brackets?

    1. The heat doesn’t bother the doors as they don’t cover the entire book unit. Not sure what you mean by making new shelves. This is an old picture and as noted in the post , it’s getting re-done ;).

      1. David Trafford says:

        With regards to the unpainted shelving shown in the picture, I just thought that making them adjustable rather than fixed might be more practical.

        1. Hi hun, I’m curious too why you chose non adjustable vs. adjustable shelving from the start. Thank you Jessica?

  2. What a lovely addition to your kitchen! I love barn doors, too, and yours looks amazing!

  3. Suzette Lambert says:

    Can you install the hardware for barn doors directly onto existing molding