The DIY barn door craze is in full gear! Barn doors add add rustic charm, elegance and style to the outside or inside of any home. Even better, they are an excellent way to save space when used in place of a traditional hinged door.

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Our barn doors in the main hallway allow for maximum space. The back doors we built with corrugated metal to add a unique look.

When we designed our simple house at the farm, barn doors were a must. With limited square footage, they were an easy way to save on swinging door space. The lone hallway in the house is a great example of just how well they work. The main hall connects the bathroom, master bedroom and back control room. By using a set of sliding barn doors for the control room, and single barn doors for the bedroom and bathroom, the hall space is always clear and open. 

And the benefits go far beyond the functionality. The doors also give a warm, rustic, industrial look and feel to the entire hallway space. We loved them so much, we used more barn doors to close off our closet space in the loft.

Speaking of that “look and feel,” a barn door can be created or purchased in almost any style imaginable. They can be used to close off closets, doorways hallways and more. Or even used as to create a headboard or as a decoration for a bare wall. No matter the decor, there is a barn door style that can work. 

A DIY Barn Door Doesn’t Have To Cost A Fortune!

The best part of all – barn doors don’t have to break the budget! Using our step by step barn door plans – we created every single barn door in the house for about $50 a piece.  See : OWG Step By Step DIY Barn Door Plans

They are surprisingly simple to create. It took about an hour or two to build each doors – with just a few basic tools and lumber found that can be found at any standard lumber store. 

Barn Door Hardware

Barn tracking and hardware kits have come a long way in the last few years. No longer are you limited to only big, bulky, expensive hardware intended for exterior applications. You can now choose from offset rollers, traditional horseshoe hardware, trolley rollers, and more.

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We really like the offset flat rollers. They are easy to install and hang

We have become partial to the hanging offset rollers hung on flat metal bars. They can be mounted in about 5 minutes, and hanging is as simple as placing over the flat bar that serves as the rail. Not only are offset rollers quiet, they are extremely sturdy. The complete set we found on-line – EWEI’S Homewares 6-Feet Country Steel Sliding Barn Door Hardware – Black included two rollers, a 6′ metal flat bar and mounting hardware, all for about $60.  A far cry what you find in most retail stores.

 So take a look around your house and see if a barn door might be in your future! It’s a great wintertime project to add a touch of rustic charm to your space. 

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10 thoughts on “How To Build A DIY Barn Door With Hardware On The Cheap!

  • December 16, 2016 at 8:41 pm
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    Can the bedroom doors be locked?
    Love your new home~ Gail

  • December 15, 2016 at 6:09 pm
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    I, too, would love to know where you sourced your hardware. At our church I suggested barn doors (along with a very cool farm theme) rather than those awful accordian walls to optionally separate 2 preschool spaces. A low cost option would seal the deal!

  • December 15, 2016 at 1:15 pm
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    How did you get the $50 average? Hardware was$60. Did you mean just the door itself was $50? They all look amazing! I think you also have to keep wall space in mind. You can’t hang photos or art on walls where the door slides or can you?

    • December 15, 2016 at 8:08 pm
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      Thanks so much for the compliment on the doors, we really love the way they look. As for the cost – Yes, the $50 was for creating the actual doors. The hardware would be in addition. They do take up a little more room on the walls – but we still had plenty of room to hang pictures and art. Hope that helps! Thanks so much for the comment – Jim and Mary

  • December 15, 2016 at 12:52 pm
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    ok, I’ll bite… Other than Walmart, where can I find inexpensive hardware? I have a moral objection to shopping there, as I would guess many of your other readers do as well. The least expensive offset rail I found 6 months ago was in the $300 range. Trolley rail is much less but still comes in at about $150.

    I ended up making my own for $30, but I’m a blacksmith and have tool that most people don’t have access to.

    • December 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm
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      We actually found them on Amazon and had them shipped right to the house. If you search barn door hardware there are all kinds of options. Hope that help! Jim and Mary

  • December 15, 2016 at 12:18 pm
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    I have 2 areas that need closing off, and the barndoor solution seems to be the best. I would like the link where you found you hardware. I thought about Home depot, but their kits are 150$+. Thanks, and Merry Christmas when it gets here…Tanya

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