DIY Barn Door Hardware for $20

You read it right! $20 Barn Door Hardware 🙂 We love adding barn doors to just about anything, lately, and I have been determined to figure out how to make a DIY version of hardware for you guys. The hardware can be so pricey and when you are trying to build budget-friendly pieces, sometimes it just can’t be done. It took me a full two days of work and four trips to Home Depot to get this hardware just right! And, I’m so excited to finally be able to share it with you!

Isn’t it gorgeous! And, they are totally customizable! Make them for any piece of furniture you want (even a full door). All you have to do is make the track piece longer or shorter. If you make it longer, just add a few more spacers with hex screws, along the track for added support.

This is a project that is better taught in a video so, Whitney and I made a how-to video for you! Click HERE or the image below to watch how easy it is to DIY your own Barn Door Hardware!

So cool right!?

The supplies can be a little bit overwhelming so, I’m listing them below, with links, so that you can find them in hardware store.

Here are the supplies you’ll need for ONE barn door. If you are building two barn doors, double the supplies.

The star of the show are these Clothesline Pulley’s. You will need two and you can find them HERE. These babies are only $2.38 at Home Depot. Just take them apart (watch the video to see exactly how) and you’ve got yourself a barn door wheel! *Note: These pulley’s are from Home Depot. We tried to take apart the pulley’s at Lowe’s and had no luck. They are made differently so if you can, try to get them at Depot.

Next up, you will need one package of these 2″ hex screws. Find them HERE.

You’ll need two 1″ spacers. These can be metal also. My Home Depot only had nylon material but it’s going to get spray painted, so it doesn’t matter. You can find them HERE.

Next, you’ll need a 1″x1/8″x96″ Aluminum Flat Bar. You can find it HERE. If you are building two of these, you still only need one flat bar.

For the wheel assembly, you’ll need:

2 – 1/4″ x 1″ hex bolts: find them HERE

1 package of  – 1/4″ washers: find them HERE

1 package of 1/4″ locking nuts: find them HERE

You’ll also need a few baby hex screws. You can find the box HERE 


We used a speed square and a pencil to mark for our cuts. You can find the speed square we use HERE on Amazon.

You’ll need a jigsaw blade that will cut metal. You can find one HERE.

Clamp the flat bar down to cut it.

It cuts through the flat bar like butta!

Use metal drilling drill bits to predrill your holes in the flat bar. You can find the drill bits HERE. Refer to the video for the placement of the holes!

Now you can assemble the wheels.

Refer to the video for the wheel assembly.

You’ll also need a nut driver bit to drill the hex screws into the barn door track. You can find a set of bits HERE.

Once all of the holes are predrilled and the wheels are assembled you can attach the barn door track to the piece of furniture.

Test it out! We made sure everything fit, just right, before taking the track down to paint all of the hardware.

We used two coats of Rust-Oleum Flat Black Spray paint. You can find it HERE on Amazon. *Tip: make sure you spin the wheels around, as they dry,  to get full coverage!

Once the spray paint dried, we mounted the track back on the furniture and attached the barn door (refer to the video for that, too)!

That was it! Custom DIY Barn Door Hardware and we didn’t break the bank 😉

Make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel so you don’t miss our next video: How to build this awesome Barn Door followed by the light sconce!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Building!


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  1. Shelby Ford on November 9, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Can I use this hardware on a full-size bedroom door?

    • David S on January 2, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Where can I get the baskets?

  2. Karen McKinnon Teeter on November 1, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you!!! I was looking for some examples of this b/c I want to do a pair of these over each window in one room, each door sliding in opposite directions. I am hoping to make it work. Thanks again.

  3. kelly on October 21, 2017 at 2:07 am

    By The Way…..the way to spell the word is “pulley” and the plural is “pulleys”. So where do you get off correcting anyone Won Word?

  4. Dana Spiers on July 16, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I am not seeing th measurements for how long to cut then aluminum bar….can anyone help there? Thanks

  5. Robert Rhonda Poetker on May 31, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    This is so cool !!! Thanks for the Share !!! I’ll keep this bookmarked and also share it on my diy site too 🙂 This is another reason why i follow you ladies 🙂 So inspiring !!!

  6. Kallie Jackson on May 13, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve made two sets of these for doors in my house using a similar technique but I used garage door pulleys. I have two reclaimed wood doors with a wrought iron panel in each on my pantry using the garage door pulleys so needless to say, it gets a LOT of use and those doors are heavy. I used an “L” bracket screwed in the floor to keep the doors from swinging out and a hex bolt in the ends of the aluminum strip as a stop. They’re truly beautiful.

    • Tboss on August 7, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      Can u show me a pic of how the brackets look. I’m wanting to do a pantry door as well.

    • Laura Anne on September 8, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      Can you clarify the L bracket with a picture? I have a toddler as I’m worried that she’s going to pull on the door that already swings out

    • Lise D. on September 14, 2017 at 7:59 am

      I really like your
      post. Just seeing it this fall and am replacing my garage doors. Was just looking at what I could do with the pulley system! Could you post a picture or 2? Especially interested in the L-bracket at the floor interface. Thanks!

    • kelly on October 21, 2017 at 2:09 am

      Was it very difficult to do? I’m renting and need more room, for my bathroom door, and my little storage area door. Thank you.

  7. Kashonna Gordon on May 8, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    What color and brand of paint is on the walls? I’ve been looking for a grey paint color to paint my living room.

  8. Hayley on May 6, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Love this! Such a fantastic share! My husband and I are in the midst of converting a walk-in attic to a bathroom, creating a “Master Suite” in our 1880’s FarmHouse. We would love to do this for the Bypass doors for our closet. I was thinking we could use the spacers and space a second bar out from the first… but then it occurred to me that the door wouldn’t be able to slide passed the spacers. Any suggestions???

  9. Leslie Whitt Comer on April 28, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    It cost me total $31 at a Texas Home Depot in April 2017. I still appreciate your channel, but the title about the hardware costing $20 is false.

    • Shanty2Chic on April 28, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      You can make 2 sets for $40 after tax. I built two nightstands 😉 you should have enough flat bar to build another set.

      • Leslie Whitt Comer on April 29, 2017 at 6:01 am

        I see…I’ll post pictures of my screen porch door conversion when I finish. Thanks, girls!

    • Jenna Spadt on May 20, 2017 at 8:32 am

      It is not false. I just bought the supplies yesterday at Home Depot and spent $39 for everything I need to make TWO.

      • Shanty2Chic on May 20, 2017 at 8:36 am

        Happy to hear ???????? Can’t wait to see yours! Send us pics when you finish 🙂

  10. Brittany Boyd on April 23, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Did the price for the aluminum bar go up? The bar that is linked here is $18 alone…

  11. Carole Bélanger on April 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I know what I’m doing this week-end. I have been waiting for a long time to find an idea like this on pinterst. I’ll send you a picture of what I’m doing.

  12. Marc-Andre Gauthier Merk on April 5, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I’m thinking of doing the same thing but on a larger scale 2 closet doors built of 1/2″ sanded birch plywood with framing around the edges. Would you girls suggest a thicker gauge aluminum?

  13. Jana Taylor on March 23, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Tried to subscribe for e-mails & it says the option has been deactivated

    • Shanty2Chic on March 23, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Sorry about that! We are working on some back end stuff with our subscription list. It should be working soon!

  14. JJ Rubalcava on March 11, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Any plans for this nightstand?

  15. Won Word on March 9, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I wonder how you keep the paint from wearing off the pully wheels over time. This is why metal wheels are ideal, albeit more expensive.

    BTW, the plural form of “pully” is “pullies,” not “pully’s.”

    • Leslie Whitt Comer on April 29, 2017 at 5:58 am

      Try “pullies,” Won Word.

      • Stephen on July 25, 2017 at 3:20 pm

        thank you! I was amazed and confused when I saw Ms. Jackson’s spelling correction…. :/

      • Chris Schimick on October 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm

        The correct word is “pulleys,” but thank you for playing.

        “In an age where Google dominates the Internet, how are so many grammatical errors still made on a daily basis?”

      • Wendy Envik on November 18, 2017 at 7:45 am

        Isn’t that one word, not “won” word?

    • Kallie Jackson on May 13, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      Pulleys. The plural of pulley is pulleys.

    • Jody Johnson on July 20, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      I’m having the same issue. I didn’t do a good job sanding the metal before painting it. I’m going to try sanding, repainting and then doing a clear coat. I’m hoping it helps.

      • Jessica Jahns on August 8, 2017 at 7:05 pm

        im curious about this too…have everything ready to put on but conflicted because i dont want the paint to chip when the doors roll. Has anyone come across this problem or have a solution??

        • Jody Johnson on August 8, 2017 at 8:23 pm

          So I went back and carefully followed the spray paint instructions. Sanded, washed and dried all the pieces. Primed with Rustoleum black primer, then 2 coats of rustoleum oil rubbed bronze spray paint and then a clear coat. The paint held up much better than my first attempt but no matter what I think that the paint will chip off slightly where wheels meet metal. I just figure that it’s a bit of a distressed look to begin with so it should be fine.

    • Debi Reeves on September 16, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Some times we have au to correct to thank for our spellong error but hey ….to error is human!!!!!

  16. Jack on March 9, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Just thinking out loud here: To keep the door from coming off the track backwards(or forward for that matter)maybe you can use a longer hex head bolt instead of the hex head screw, put it thru a drilled hole in the piece with the head staying on the outside, use a second-but shorter- nylon spacer between the head of the bolt and aluminum cross piece so it sticks out just a little bit farther then the wheel. I know, I know maybe a stretch but the door not stopping as it reaches the outside edge is a big problem in my mind.

    • Shanty2Chic on March 9, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Yep! That’s what we have been suggesting on social media. This piece doesn’t need a stop. The door is so small 😉

    • Shanty2Chic on March 9, 2017 at 7:41 am

      Briarsmoke by Varathane 🙂

  17. Kim Harnagel on March 9, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Smart way to get a good look. I know this is crazy but….where did you get the baskets? I’ve been looking for these exact ones!

  18. Николай баранов on March 9, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Excellent work) But you need to think of something, so that the door does not swing backwards.

    • Shanty2Chic on March 9, 2017 at 7:29 am

      It’s so light weight that it doesn’t swing backwards 😉 I would have added a guide at the bottom if it needed it.

      • JJ Rubalcava on March 11, 2017 at 2:04 pm

        Any plans for this particular nightstand? Looks nice and simple.

  19. Lynn Bui on March 8, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    What stain did you use for this? I like the color.

  20. Ashlee Lindstrom on March 8, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Love thanks so much for this! I’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time now I actually can ????????

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