Happy Wednesday! I am THRILLED with this latest project turned out! As many of you know, I am blessed with 6 kids. Space is a hot commodity at our house! My kids love switching rooms. I remember loving that at their age too… It’s almost like getting a new house! The most recent switch was requested by my two youngest daughters. Y’all may remember the built-in bed I designed years ago. That is the room where today’s project is. I love this room. It was originally a loft when we built the house that overlooked the living room. We built the house when we had only 3 kids and thought we were done. Fast-forward 10 years, and that loft is now walled in and is a bedroom. So, my 15 year old will be the new tenant in this space, and the only problem with this room was the lack of a true closet. The only closet space in the room is a very small hot water heater closet that I was able to squeeze a few poles in. I had an epiphany a few weeks back though! I realized that if I pulled that built-in bed out, it would give me the perfect space to put an over 6ft long closet with bypass doors. So, I got to work, and here is the outcome! Check out her new closet with double bypass sliding doors!
Before we get started, be sure to download and print the FREE PLANS by clicking here!
This plan makes doors for 6.6’ barn door hardware with an 8ft ceiling. Make sure to measure your own space and modify dimensions and hardware to fit your opening.
The first step is to build the frame of the doors. These are 1×4 boards. Add 3/4” pocket holes to each of the shorter horizontal boards, and attach them to the longer boards using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws. Your spacing on these do not have to be exact. I used my favorite model of Kreg Jig for this project! You can find it HERE on Amazon!
Next, attach the 1/4” plywood to the top of your frame. Use wood glue and 3/4” staples to attach this. The plywood will create the stable surface for you to attach the wood planks.
Attach the wood planks next. I used one of our VERY FAV wood products for this part! Reclaimed Designworks is an awesome company that sells barn wood. It’s been cleaned and prepped and it’s ready to go. Their mixed softwood blend is our go-to for lots of projects! Attach the wood planks using wood glue and brad nails. Make sure to use brad nails short enough to not go through the plywood back. Work your way down and measure and cut as you go.
Attach the trim boards next. These are 1×2 boards and they will have a slight overhang on the back of the door. You want the front of the 1×2 to line up flush with the front of the wood planks. Attach the trim boards using wood glue and 1.25” brad nails. Attach the top and bottom trim boards first.
The final step is to attach the side trim boards. Attach both sides the same way using wood glue and 1.25” brad nails. Again, you want the front of these boards flush with the front of the wood planks.
Once the doors are finished, you are ready to install the hardware. I found my hardware HERE on Amazon!
That is the best price I found for the style I was looking for. I am a review junky, and I noticed the negative reviews were for lack of installation instruction. I knew I could probably figure that part out, so I decided to go for it. I will agree 100% that the instructions are useless haha. However, I am going to walk you through how I got it installed.
The first thing you will need to do is frame and prep your space. I found the studs in the ceiling and attached a 2×6 board to it. I then attached a 2×4 board that acted as my stud to attach the hardware to. For the trim, I used a 1×10 pine board and attached it to the 2×4 using construction adhesive and 2″ Spax screws through the back and into the frame. Now I had a totally supported “wall” to attach my hardware to. EVERY space is different. I won’t even give you dimensions here, because none of yours will be the same as mine. My biggest advice is that your hardware is mounted to studs in the wall or boards that you attach to those studs as I did. This hardware is heavy and the doors will be as well.
Now for the hardware…
The first step I did was finding center of the open space. Once I had that, I held one of the two bars (they are identical) up to the center mark and used a pencil to mark the holes of the bar. I attached a small level to the top of the bar during this part to make sure my hardware sits nice and straight. Then, I used a small drill bit to pre-drill where I made those marks. This help keeps the wood from splitting, and it makes installation easier.
I attached the 5 wall brackets first. I used the included screws for this part. (they send tons of pieces you may not use depending on your installation)
Once all of these were in place, I attached the first spacer with the longer screws through the first metal bar and into the bottom holes.
I repeated this for all 5 brackets.
Now I attached the second set of brackets. The
instructions confusing piece of paper included with the hardware tell you to install the first door before doing this. You may want or need to do this, but I thought it would be easier to attach these brackets first.
The small bolts go through the top and into both brackets and tighten with a washer and a nut on the bottom side. Each set of brackets will have two screws on the top like you can see in the picture above. I repeated this with all 5 brackets.
Next, I attached the second spacer and the front bar by using the long bolts through the front of the front bar and into the front brackets. These also tighten with a washer and nut. You can see this better in the picture below.
I repeated this with all 5 bolts and I was set! The rollers for this set are really simple because the attach to the top of the doors which removes the guesswork from figuring out where they go on the front of the door.
I found the great pulls on Amazon as well! You can find them HERE! I just cut some scraps from the barn wood to back it and attached the scraps using wood glue and brad nails. Then, I attached the pull with black screws.
And here they are all finished up!
DIY Double Bypass