We see them all the time on shows like Fixer Upper or magazines like Dwell. Adding a DIY barn door to a room can really transform your home. Create a rustic-chic feel to your home by building your own custom DIY barn door. Emily Yeates, a Phoenix-based interior designer shows us how!
- 6-inch x 8-foot common boards
- 3-inch x 8-foot common boards
- 1 inch wood screws
- door handles
- pipe-twice the width of door opening
- 2 elbow fittings and wall plates
- Paint all common boards and allow to dry before beginning. Decide what you want your door dimensions to be. The width will need to be a multiple of 6 inches, given the size of the common boards. Measure and mark each of the 6-inch boards at the desired length.
- Wearing protective eyewear, cut your boards at the markings.
- Lay your boards together in a straight line. Then measure and mark how long your trim should be. Cut your trim boards.
- Using a nail gun or good old-fashioned hammer, nail on the trim pieces. This will act as a glue holding the door together until the screws.
- With the edges and middle trim nailed in, hold a 3-inch common board at a diagonal and make a line where the cuts should be. Do this for both top and bottom sections.
- Cut diagonal trim.
- Nail on final diagonal trim pieces.
- Reinforce all trim with 1-inch wood screws around the entire perimeter and zigzag pieces. Don’t skimp on screws! This really holds your door together.
- Apply caulking where the boards meet. A little goes a long way! Keep a wet rag on hand for clean up.
- Screw door handles to the sides, eye bolts to the top, and casters to the bottom.
- Stand the door up on its casters to determine where pipe should be hung.
- With one elbow fitting place, thread the pipe through the eye bolts, then screw in the other elbow fitting. Note: This is a two person job! Apply touch up paint as needed.
Photography by Erica Velasco