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DIY Barn Door Hardware for $20

You read it right! $20 DIY 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!

DIY Barn Door Hardware

This is a project that is better taught in a video so, Whitney and I made a how-to video for you! Just click PLAY below to watch how easy it is to DIY your own Barn Door Hardware!

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.

So, let’s build it!

DIY Barn Door Hardware – The Supplies

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.

DIY Barn Door Hardware

The star of the show are these Clothesline Pulleys. 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 pulleys 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.

DIY Custom Barn Door Hardware

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

DIY Barn Door Hardware -supplies

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.

DIY Barn Door Hardware - track

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.

DIY Barn Door Hardware - the supplies

DIY Barn Door Hardware – Wheel Assembly

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

DIY Barn Door Hardware

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

DIY Barn Door Hardware

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

DIY Barn Door Hardware

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

DIY Barn Door Hardware

Clamp the flat bar down to cut it.

DIY Barn Door Hardware

It cuts through the flat bar like butta!

DIY Barn Door Hardware

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.

DIY Barn Door Hardware

Refer to the video for the wheel assembly.

DIY Barn Door Hardware

DIY Barn Door Hardware – The Track

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.

DIY Barn Door Hardware

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

DIY Barn Door Hardware

DIY Barn Door Hardware – Painting

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

DIY Barn Door 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)!

DIY Barn Door Hardware For $20

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

DIY Barn Door Hardware - For $20
DIY Barn Door Hardware

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!

106 Comments

  1. Lisa on January 28, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Could you use this way with slide behind doors?

  2. Luis A Zambrano on January 18, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    I think you can curve the ends to an L shape either way to stop it from falling.

  3. Bill on January 13, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Is anybody else finding that the 1” hex nuts don’t fit through the wheel

  4. Virginia on November 5, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    How much weight will this support? I’m looking to hang a full sized door made of 3/4″ T&G with some coat hooks plus a light mirror.

  5. Carole on September 19, 2018 at 7:11 am

    I love this website, thank you for the great ideas, I have two doors that I would like to install on our lean/open barn type garage, no doors at either end, so would like to add these two door to the floor to hide the junk but would need a longer bar, how would I connect two or three bars together and have the doors slide all the way, any idea

  6. Wendy on September 11, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    What did you use to stop the doors from falling off the track at the ends ?

  7. L L on July 31, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    THERES THOSE WHO DONT HAVE FILTERS. THEYRE JUST ARROGANT.. GIVES THEM GRATIFICATION PICKING OTHERS APART..

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  9. Michelle on July 20, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    I had a ton of problems with this. I think the flat pieces that connect the pulleys to the doors need to be steel rather than aluminum as the aluminum just didn’t hold up well. I followed the plans to a T and the pulleys just don’t slide well. Very disappointing.

  10. Heather McConnell on July 13, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Hi ladies, Could you provide me with the height measurements on the barn wood door nightstand. I believe it will be to short for beside my bed, I don’t really want to have feet added to the bottom just wondering so I can make my purchase for the plywood according to what I will need.

    Thank you
    Heather

  11. Emily Johnson on June 22, 2018 at 8:28 am

    My “locking nut” doesn’t seem to be locking. I have to keep tightening the wheel or the door falls off. Did I do something wrong? ?

  12. Ethan Sims on June 21, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Is there anything on these that prevents the door from sliding off the rail on each end? If not what could I use to solve that problem?

  13. Jesse on April 30, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Might want to add a stopper so ur door isnt rolling off the cabinet. I can see a small child rolling it straight off the cabinet.

  14. Dee on April 26, 2018 at 4:18 am

    I’ve been looking for a stand like this. Did you build it yourself? If so, is the plan available for purchase?

  15. NickMan1313 on April 4, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    people are insulting WOW she just saved you $100 dollars and you complaining that it was over $20 in your area. I am going to charge you $50 for the free infromation. Great site loved the project. Thank YOU!

  16. Brenda on March 10, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    That’s awesome!!! is there a way to make them bypass for like four doors

  17. Wayne on March 5, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Assembling the wheels as shown, my vertical track is hitting the hex heads for horizontal bar. What am I doing wrong ?

    • Cameron on September 14, 2019 at 10:42 pm

      Did you use the spacer?

  18. Amber on February 18, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Question I know you need 2 9in from the flat bar, but was is the measurement for the 3 long piece.
    Thanks In advance 🙂

  19. Jon on February 12, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Wow, I am going to try the barn wheels and sliding door on a tv console my wife wants me to make and I was dying looking at the prices they want for the hardware alone! You guys are awesome for sharing! Thanks a bunch

  20. Carolyn on January 24, 2018 at 10:46 am

    How did your paint hold up ?…did it scratch off with the moving wheel ?

    • Jamie on January 27, 2018 at 10:17 am

      I have the same question about the paint. I am concerned the paint will scrape off. Is there a way to protect the paint AFTER I’ve sprayed it on (like polyurethane)?

    • Michelle on July 20, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      Yup all scratched off

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