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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. Daniel on September 27, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    I had a rough time with these. They did not turn out well. The wheels don’t move very well, and when they don’t they can damage the paint you have on the bar. They also want to unscrew the nut at the back side as they turn. Not sure if I didn’t something wrong.

    In the end I decided to buy some hardware off of Amazon. 2.5 feet kit for 30 bucks, which is pretty good considering the quality over this diy solution and you get rubber bumpers at the end.

  2. Jeannie McQuaid on May 27, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    How do you keep the pulleys from getting knocked off the track? They appear to be just resting there by force of gravity.

  3. Stephanie on May 18, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Are the steps written out anywhere, or just have to watch the youtube?

  4. Leah on April 11, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    My wheels don’t spin and the locking kit is falling off… send help ??‍♀️

  5. Shaunda Babson on January 15, 2020 at 8:45 am

    Exactly what I was looking for
    Thank you

  6. Michelle G on January 5, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    The link to the pulley y’all used is no longer available, but it appears from the photo that the pulley was a 4” size??? Is that correct?

  7. Ben Engelman on July 9, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Having an issue with the wheels not rolling properly.

  8. Liyan Song on April 17, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Hi Friend,
    This is Lianne, And we are a hardware factory named Jiaxing Moran Hardware Co.,Ltd is located in Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province.
    Main in doors, windows and furniture hardware parts. We are specialized in manufacturing Barn door hardware and all the accessories. We supply to the two biggest barn door company in USA. We can promise the quality and service for sure.
    Attachment is our catalog and if you have any question or idea please contact me any time.Thanks.

  9. Matthew on March 18, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Install the locking nuts backwards. That will allow for a tighter fit but room for wheel to spin freely.

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