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Do you want to create your own DIY BARN DOOR TRACK HARDWARE?!

 I can show you how to make sliding barn door track hardware!!

~ Cheap cheap cheap ~



Sneak in new {old} doors into your home. Not that I would do that.

I totally did that.

One by one.  Door gorgeousness.  The goal is to change every door in the house when your partner isn’t looking.

Ohh, hells yeah.

Do you need ideas first?

Do you need door-gasmic inspiration??!!  Have you checked out door track hardware that others share on Pinterest ?  You only need about a week day on Pinterest to truly see the magnificence of barn doors on track hardware.  Any door on any track hardware is pretty gorgeous, ACTUALLY.

It is enough to make you lose your mind.  

I’ve saved you some time.  I hope you have a few extra minutes to brush your hair today.  My hair looks like a birds nest, but hey, my pinterest boards are smokin’ hawt.

That's right.

My imaginary door priorities are in order.

Well. Well. Well.

Have you seen how many stunning doors are out there are in salvage yards, garage sales, repurpose shops, AND your neighbours garage ?!

Nuff   said.

They aren’t just on barns, people.

They are everywhere !! <– I screamed that!

Truth is, I’ve convinced my friends to have sliding door hardware too.  Check out my pals DIY Chalkboard Doors. Such a good idea!

If I can do it, and my pals can do it, then, my friend… you can do it too!!


It is completely do-able and you will save a boat load of moola. Why did I decide to create a simple door track made of simple, rustic materials?!

Quite simply, the price of buying door track hardware is about a bazillion dollars.  I double dare you to google it.



Until now …

Do you want to know how to make the door tracks with wooden wheels ? I can SORT OF tell you.

This is how the story goes.

I like doors to tell a story.  Like…. if the walls could talk…..but they are doors.  Btw’s, if my walls could talk, I would be in big shit.

What are the benefits of using an old doors?

Some doors have 100 years of character in them.  GORGEOUSNESS.  They are perfect for creating door art beauty in your home.  They are just oh so beautiful.

DIY barn door track hardware tutorial & supplies needed


Two 3 1/2 inch (one set ) wooden wheels.

PS.  29,000 months, 300 days, 62 hours and 59 minutes of setting up an ecommerce store and having wooden wheels made, we have a FANTASTIC way of selling the wheels or full door track hardware kits to you.  The only part that you would need to purchase is the flat track.  (less than an additional $20 in supplies)


Flat bar :

Width  =    3/16 inch thick  x  1 3/4 inches wide.

Length =   Double the width of your door and add a few inches for safe measure.  You don’t want to cut it so short, that your door will fall off the track. That would just be embarrassing.

 I totally did that. I would never do that.


Nuts/bolts to attach flat bar to the wall. I put in a ton of photos for you to stare at so you know exactly what they look like.  If you want EXACT numbers, you better come over to my house.

Be forewarned, you can expect popcorn for dinner.

Note:  I have also just recently created a new Ebook instruction manual for the door track hardware installation.  It’s 50 pages of exact instructions and detailed photos.

Here’s the book right here: How to make your own door track hardware.

Sample from the Ebook

Wooden How to make your own door track hardware. Save hundreds of dollars by building your own barn door track hardware. We’ll show you how to create the most beautiful door track hardware ever.   The ebook available in the blog post, provides a full list of the tools and supplies you’ll need;  making the hangers and door stops; planning and installation. for sale for door track hardware

Save money and time

In this book, I show you how we made our door track hardware for a total cost of $140.

Track $20 in supplies + one set of wheels/hangers/door stops $120  = $140 total

Boom.  Done. 

Compare that cost of up to $800 for sliding door track hardware on the market today.

You’ll save moola. Big time.


Two flat bar hanger brackets to hold the door on the wheel/track. Each bracket is 12 inches long and has an offset bend at the wheel.  

*** The nitty gritty details are in this eBook.  I pinky swear promise.***


We use our extra flat rod to create door stop . This prevents your door from flying off your track. Been there. Done that. Got the poster. It was an ugly poster. Pffft.

Door Track hardware kit: Wooden wheels, hangers, bolts, jam nuts, door stops, screws.

Use an old door.  Preferably a sexy one.  Think door porn.  You will be fine.


Lightly sand the door in places to clean it up a bit. Give it a finish for extra sexiness and make the door colours pop.   I used a matte/satin finish.

May the force be with you.   The door force.

Remember, when one door closes, another one opens.  Excuse the pun. hahahaahaha.

Have a beauty day !!



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  1. Antoine Cecil Mccoy says:

    Love the wooden wheels! Where can be be ourchased?

    • Hi Antoine, so sorry but we no longer sell the wooden wheels. We had them made by the local Amish, so we aren’t sure if they are available in other areas/stores. Warmly, Lynne

  2. Fiona says:

    Thanks Lyn,
    That is really helpfull, I will be sure to use this idea as I hate spending money on what I could make for less than half the cost.

  3. Debbie says:

    Do you have instructions on how to do DIY low clearance barn door hardware? Thanks!

  4. Lawan says:

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you…..
    I can’t thank you enough!
    So…..thank you!

  5. Tony says:

    Make sure door is not too heavy. A heavy door will wear flat spots on the wood wheels.

    • Hi Tony,

      We have been using heavy vintage wood doors for years, and have never had flat spots happen with our handcrafted Amish made wooden wheels. The wooden wheels that we sell here on the blog, are made from a super strong Sapeli heart wood.

      Did you make your own wheels and this experience happened to you, or is it what you are imagining would happen?

      I’d love to hear more.


    • Pete and Amelia says:

      Good point Tony – we had the same experience using the wheels and hardware we purchased from LynneKnowlton.com several years ago for a very heavy barn-style door. Everything was very high quality, but wooden wheels can only support so much weight and we exceeded that limit. We ended up adding some Low Profile Trundle Caster Wheels (Google that phrase for options) on the bottom on the back side of the door so they are usually out of sight. Now the weight rests on those caster wheels, and the wooden wheels at the top serve to secure the top of the door by running along the track. The only downside is the caster wheels are wearing out the floor a bit due to the weight of the door, but we are okay with that.

  6. Jessica says:

    Hi LYnne, I’ve come across your post while looking for DIY Bipass Barn Door ideas. Have you ever done bipass barn doors? 2 doors on 2 different tracks that slide infront/behind each other? My hubby and I are in the process of redoing the master bedroom in our new house. The closet is about 9′ long, with a door opening of 5’6″. I’m planning on 2-36″ doors.

    Do you think its possible to modify your hardware plans to work with 2 tracks or in a bipass fashion?

  7. Elizabeth Amezcua says:

    This is a great turtorial! Thank you 🙂 do you have a list of materials in a simple (like “recipe”) form so I can take it to Home Depot… rather than gathering a list from the blog? Silly question I know- but I tend to not catch all the materials in blog form

    • Sach A. says:

      For these types of DIY projects, I would imagine you can use any type of material. That is part of the idea behind the DIY – you add your own creativity into the work.

  8. Mary Seymore says:

    I just received your barn door kit. It’s beautiful. Can’t wait to install it. Only one question. We didn’t get the flat bar that attaches to the wall. Do you provide that with the kit. We don’t know where to get one here. Love the wooden wheels.

  9. Emily says:

    Any idea on how to now make this install to a ceiling for floor to ceiling doors?

  10. John says:

    I want to try this project.

  11. Love your writing style Lynne! This is by far the best article I have read on making awesome use of old doors! Keep up the good work 😉

  12. Carrie says:

    Oh, the guide is just what I need – installed a barn door using a kit, but the door is a good two inches short (making the track useless) and I’m not horribly interested in drilling into my floor anyway. Alas, I also lack any equipment to make my own z(?) bracket and am having a time finding what I need ready-made.. Still, this is getting me in the right direction at last. Soon I’ll be able to actually lock my food-crazed, counter-hopping cats out of the kitchen. Right now, they can just pull the door away from the wall and slide on in. Turkeys.

  13. Jim Snyder says:

    Great info- exactly what I am looking for. I have a master bathroom opening 36″ wide and 2 24″ closet doors to hang to close the opening.

    Any other ideas that might be better? Thanks

  14. Sheryl says:

    My husband & I are building a new home in AZ. There is not a door between the master bath & master bedroom. We decided to put a sliding barn door there. Much to our surprise, the wall is not completely flat. The area around the doorway sticks out from the wall about 3 or 4 inches. Is there a way we could hang a single barn door from a track on the ceiling? Really need to figure something out for that doorway. Thanks –

    • Michael says:

      Hi Sheryl:
      It’s Michael writing today, Lynne’s hubby. Your project sounds like fun, even with a wall that is not straight. A couple of thoughts. Could you mount the flat bar for the door out a sufficient distance from the wall to clear the 3 or 4″ you need? You could shim it so it could overcome that it’s not a flat wall. As far as a ceiling mount, there are a number of good options that you can find at farm supply dealers. They’re not all real pretty but they can be very functional. Good luck!!!

    • Al says:

      Add furring strips on the short side till it’s even then attach a 1×6 to cover the strips. Make it the full length of door and track to attach to.

  15. William Link, Fonthill, Ontario says:

    Hello Lynne – I just now discovered your really funky site. Very well done. Not a comment but a question. I’m considering building a telescoping two-piece barn door, using a single track. Here’s what I’m thinking of making: ( http://1925workbench.com/blog/?tag=bypass-barn-door-hardware ) I think I would need the hangers to have a wider offset than what I see in the photos on your blog. I’m quite interested in purchasing two of your hardware kits, but I’m wondering if I could have the offsets a bit wider to accommodate the bypass of the doors? Is that possible? Thanks.

    • Hi William.
      It’s Michael writing today, Lynne’s hubby. I know we’ve already replied to this by email but I thought I would pop over and answer it in the blog in case others have a similar question. Thanks so much btw for your note and your question.

      I’m so happy you discovered Lynne’s site and her DIY door track. Not sure if I can help you. We do get requests for how to run two doors on the same track and up until now, I’ve suggested folks try the ceiling mount like is shown in this post. This hardware is readily available from farm supply stores.

      My Amish pals have built a jig to make our hangers and I’m not sure about making them with the offset you need.
      If you provided me with a drawing of exactly the dimensions you would need and the quantity, I can ask about my guys making it. It would take a minimum of 3-4 weeks to have made if they can do it. I expect there would also be a premium to the current track price.

      Let me know.


  16. Sandy says:

    Hello Lynne. How could I use a folding screen (80 inches wide, total of 5 folding panels x 60 inches tall; 50 pounds) as a “sliding barn door”? The wood folding screen is carved in a design that includes many openings in the screen.

    This carved screen with many perforations may be just the right “barn door” to hide the 70 inch wide utility alcove off the condo’s hallway. This utility alcove contains the condo’s heat pump, so I want to cover this unsightly alcove with a perforated door that allows easy air flow in and out.

  17. Sandy says:

    Hello Lynne. How could I use a folding screen (80 inches wide, total of 5 folding panels x 70 inches tall; 50 pounds) as a “sliding barn door”? The wood folding screen is carved in a design that includes many openings in the screen.

    This carved screen with many perforations may be just the right “barn door” to hide the 70 inch wide utility alcove off the condo’s hallway. This utility alcove contains the condo’s heat pump, so I want to cover this unsightly alcove with a perforated door that allows easy air flow in and out.

  18. Christal says:

    Hello! Thanks for this info. One question – I need to cut a couple of inches off the railing to make it fit into my space. I’m assuming this rail is steel or iron. How do I cut it? Dumb question? I appreciate some guidance on the tool or blade or whatever I need to do that.

    • Al says:

      You can use a hack saw and do it manually for cheap. Also a circular saw, reciprocating saw, jig saw, oscillating tool, or a miter saw all could be used if you have one of those. Just make sure to use a blade for metal. If I were to buy one I’d get the oscillating tool since it’s so useful for home projects. Harbor freight has a good one for cheap that I have abused with great results. Hack saw can be found at Home Depot or harbor freight and Walmart.

  19. […] https://lynneknowlton.com/diy-door-track-ha… →Barn door track DIY tutorial: How to create your own door track hardware. This sliding door track can be made for under $100 including wooden wheels amp track. […]

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  21. Kenneth Epps says:

    Seriously one of the best and most entertaining tutorials I’ve ever read. I have not attempted the barn door build yet, but will. If you are helpful as you are funny, I think I’ll be just fine, Thank you for the great read. I am looking forward to this project more so after havin read this.

  22. Dawn Womack says:

    I am building a bypass barn door. I am trying to build one with the wheels for easy sliding. Any suggestions on how to make it? It’s for my closet. Thanks

  23. Betty says:

    Oh my goodness, I have been salivating over the whole barn door look for over a year as we redo a beach cabin that my husband’s grandfather built in the 50’s/early 60’s. And I just found your site, thank you pinterest.
    The upstairs has one whole wall that is a closet, we have already pulled out the 2 sets of bifold doors to recreate them to sliding barn door style, but haven’t found a double bypass option that costs less than a mortgage payment.
    Is there a way to configure your kit to create a 2-door bypass sliding barn door? Because of design of closet space they must open by passing behind each other, one side or the other.
    Thank you for your response and help.

  24. Diana S says:

    Hi Lynne!! I love the tutorial! I’m actually researching how to go about adding sliding barn doors. Thanx a lot.

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  26. KELLY COTY says:

    this is kinda a kick ass site. kudo’s


  27. Nicole Milliken says:

    So if you buy the whole kit, does it come with any Instructions at all or do you have to buy the eBook instructions separately to know what to do with the kit when it arrives?

    • Hi Nicole,

      If you buy the kit, it includes the wheels/nuts/bolts/hangers and you only need to buy a metal rail/lag bolts for it to roll on. The ebook is not necessary to buy but it is still helpful for the installation. The ebook is also designed to show you how to make the hangers etc all on your own, while only needing to buy the wheels. Much of the DIY is in the blog post itself, and the ebook tells all the nitty gritty details.

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  29. Lynn Otto says:

    Hi Lynne! Love the name…..
    I like your idea of making my own door track. I am re-doing a small guest room now that my adult son FINALLY moved out. I want to make a sliding barn door like covering for the closet. It is not an ideal situation for this application, but doggone it….I will make it work 🙂 I think I will need to make two separate doors for a 53″ opening in order to access both sides of the closet. Therefore – I would need another set of wheels and hanger to create that. Do I need to buy a whole kit? Just planning it out in my head….and that is scary in and of itself.

    Thanks for your thoughts – I love running into your blog and tutorials – they are so awesome and so detailed! Just what I need. And who knew wheels could be so stinkin beautiful??

    DIYer with you,

    • Hi Lynn:
      It’s Michael writing. Loved your comment and so happy you love Lynne’s blog and videos!
      If you put two doors on, you will need 4wheels and 4 hangers. Sounds like two doors 26..5″ would split the 53″. You just have to make sure there is enough space for your track to accommodate the doors opening up fully. We sell the full hardware kit which means all you would need is to get the flat bar steel track from a local machine shop. You can likely get them to pre-drill it for your 1/4″ lag bolts if you measured the exact location of your studs (that sounded bad haha).
      Let us know if you have any other questions.

  30. samantha says:

    Hey Lynne,

    Love the article (and your website.. how did I not know about you before?!). Is there a way to configure your kit to create a 2-door bypass sliding barn door?

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  32. Cathy Hamilton says:

    ok, so where is the link to order the hardware??

  33. Hi Tom,
    The downloadable link to the Ebook is in your invoice that was emailed to you.

    I will email it to you again, to be double sure that you have the book.

    The way it works, is that when you purchased the Ebook, a confirmation email is sent to you with the link to the book.

    Hope that helps! Sending you another email right now.

    THANKS for your lovely purchase! Much appreciated!

  34. Deb Durrant says:

    Wonderful article! We are remodeling a little Charlestonian cottage and need to separate a long open room into two rooms. We want to add three 6′ high x 4′ wide sliding barn doors, yet need them to be on a ceiling mount system. And we need to drop them / keep a 12″ distance from the ceiling for added ventilation. Any ideas!?
    * I found only one ceiling mount system online, but costs more than a $1000 per door! More than we want to spend.

  35. […] DIY door track hardware. It’s d’bomb dot com. […]

  36. […] Lynne Knowlton– This tutorial has both a picture-based instruction list and a video tutorial. This tutorial is focused on building the hardware, and is great for those who have a vintage or salvaged door in mind and need to hang it. […]

  37. Renee says:

    Hi – Thanks for this “door porn”. I’m working on hanging 100+ year old doors in my living room (salvaged from an old library). I LOVE THIS PLAN, esp the amish made wheels. 2 quick questions – What is the clearance from the top of the door to the top of the wheel? Also, is there a weight limit? I think my doors are approx. 150 lbs each. Thanks again – looking forward to buying and using the kits if the clearance works for me.

    • Hello Renee:
      You are so welcome for the ‘door porn”. Your project sounds amazing.. I love that you’re using beautiful old doors.
      I measured our installations and the clearance from the top of the wheel to the top of the door is a minimum of 5 1/4″. We’re using a 1 3/4″ flat bar and there is a 1/4″ between the top of the door and the bottom of the track.
      As far as weight goes, 150 lbs does sound heavy. Are your doors extra wide? We have a 2″ solid door that is 36″ x 80 and it rolls well on the track with no issues. Some of our customers have installed a third wheel and hanger for wider doors however the door style needs to be accommodate the extra hanger. Sure hope that helps.

      Lynne xx

  38. Janet Hewitt says:

    how do I order 2 sets of wheels & hardware.
    That would be $ 25.00 per set correct?
    I would need 2 sets for $ 50.00

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  40. Nicole says:

    I just found this online. Do you still sell the wheels and track?

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  42. Michael Cheer, Owner, The Craftsman Way says:

    Lynne, hoping this finds you well, and able to give me a response post haste ( I have a PhD in life and weird nomenclature…lol). Being the wild and wacky Xmas season, what is the approximate time frame for orders placed today? Do you offer 2-day air, etc? Sipping my coffee and awaiting your reply. Beautiful family, by the way! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

    • Hi Michael:

      Sound like you and I would get along great!

      I can check to see how fast Santa’s elves can deliver to you.. Were you looking at the wheels or the door track hardware kit? Just one set? Also, what State are you in?

      I’ll be able to give you some options as soon as I hear back.

  43. KN Crowder says:

    Hello Lynne,
    Wow Wow Wow!!!!
    No word to explain your blog, It’s incredible. Love to see youor picture , design, tools and Equipment. Each and everything is perfect. what a creativity that can’t be measure. so awesome…..

    Thanks for sharing the information and good looking pictures.

  44. Julie says:

    You are too funny Lynne! Love the look here. I need to mount two (or maybe three) bypassing doors. Do you have any idea of how to do that with your hardware?

  45. Jess says:

    Love this. How would you mount it from the ceiling?

  46. […] above, is an old door inspiration from ‘Lynne Knowlton’. She also has a tutorial for DIY track hardware at the bottom of her […]

  47. Jeff Palumbo says:

    Thanks for posting, where do you get the flat iron bar?

    • Hi Jeff:

      To source your flat bar, you can try a metal machine shop or a welding shop near you. Both should have it in stock or easily be able to find it for you. Have them cut it to length and you could ask them to pre-drill your holes for the lag bolts. You’ll have to measure and locate your studs ahead of time so they drill the holes in the right spots. You can also have them make you the hangers using the same flat bar. You can get them to pre-drill holes for the wheel (ours is 5/8″) and for the screws to anchor the hangers to the door. Let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck!

  48. Robin says:

    Thanks for the info

  49. Casey says:

    omg. This tutorial is exactly what I needed – thank you! I love this look but refuse to pay a gazillion dollars for the hardware. I just came across your blog on Pinterest and you made me laugh out loud on my train to work – so many funny looks from strangers – totally worth it. Can’t wait to keep reading ?

  50. steve caudle says:

    My 13 yr old daughter has been asking for a room with barn doors for a year. Went to home depot yesterday and found out it was $360 just for the hardware. Depressed, I sat down in the patio furniture section at HD and searched the web and your site came up. I read the info a couple of times and this is EXACTLY what I need. Well written and lots of detail and helpful hints. Thanks!

    Ottawa, Canada

    • Hi Steve!

      So happy to help and thrilled that the details and hints helped you out! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Happy D-I-Ying of your door track hardware 🙂

      Lynne xx

  51. […] Barn door track hardware HOW TO – Lynne Knowlton – Barn door track DIY tutorial: How to create your own door track hardware. This sliding door track can be made for under $100 including wooden wheels & track. […]

  52. Melissa Filippone says:

    Hi, wondering if you’ve ever covered a window? I am going to use a “shutter style” there will be two of them each 25″w x 48″h. My question is: any ideas on how to secure the bottom?

    • Hi Melissa:
      That is a great idea to use a door track for a window. I did it in the Latree’n by putting the track on the outside. You can see an pic in this blog post in the second last image.
      As far as securing it, you could use a plain old eye hook latch or maybe get creative like we did with the window over the sink at the treehouse. Check out this blog post and look for the photo with the footer that says “vintage sink in the treehouse”. You’ll notice we’ve installed two wood blocks at the bottom of the window to secure it from the inside. Maybe you could try something like that? Sure hope that helps. Let me know what you figure out.

  53. Susan says:

    You are very humorous and keeping it real with your postings and its appreciated instead of reading boring “blah blah” words! It’s like when you go to a doctor or lawyer- give me real people talk not the professional words even though thats what you get paid for! I will keep reading your blog! Here’s a question I haven’t read from anyone in the recent posts- forgive if its been answered- what about door weight#—- for 8ft doors any extra out of the norm support needed (wheel rolling wise that is)? Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day!! Blessings to you !

    • Hi Susan:
      I’m so happy you like the bloggity and keeping it real!
      Regarding your 8′ doors, my hunch is that if your track is well installed and supported properly to studs, you can get away with using normal hangers and two wheels. I have never weighed our doors yet they are solid wood and some are almost 2″ thick and they roll well.
      Also, we just have our first set of hangers in stock which we’re selling as a set along with the wheels, bolts and nuts, door stops and screws. If that interests you at all, please send me an email and we can talk about the details. I haven’t got them listed on the blog as of yet. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  54. Christine says:

    Hi Lynne!! I love the tutorial! I’m actually researching how to go about adding sliding barn doors to my sons’ closet. They share a long closet that has two separate doors with wall space in between. My vision is to have one track and two doors. The doors would slide towards each other so that only one door could be open at a time. I saw that you mentioned you were going to be offering a hardware set that included the door hangers. Is that available yet?

    • Hi Christine:
      Your project sounds perfect for a door track install.
      We now have our first set of hangers that we can sell along with the wheels. The set includes two wheels, two hangers, bolts and nuts, 2 door stops/guides and screws. The price for the complete set is $119.97 plus shipping (approx $25). I haven’t even listed these on the blog yet so if you’re still interested, please send me an email and we can get you organized. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  55. Babs Flowers says:

    Great article! Just what I needed…will be ordering wheels from you. Thanks! By the way…enjoyed the way you worded the article. Smartassey and funny.

    • Ahhhh thanks love!

      I lurve that word smartassey haha. I may have to quote you on that one. I’ll send some giggle with your sliding door hardware wheels in your shipment. LOL.

      Lynne xx

  56. Carolyn says:

    Hello Lynne,
    I am curious about the offset on the hanger brackets and its purpose. I’m assuming the offset is to align the wheels with the center of the door to assure the door hangs straight, avoiding having the door sway towards or away from the wall. Is this correct? I did notice in one picture the offset was towards the wheel and another picture showed it away from the wheel. Is there a particular rule we should follow in which way to direct the curve in our hanger bracket?
    Thank you for your very informative blog, but more importantly (to me anyway), your marvelous attitude. It is infectious, in a good way!

    • Hi Carolyn:
      Great question. I had to go and look at my installations to figure out the offset myself :). You assumptions about the bend are correct. Because all our installations were done differently, we tried a variety of bends on the flat bar hangers. You’ve likely also seen installations with straight hangers which can also work. The main variables are the amount of spacing between the wall and the track, the door thickness, and any door trim you need to clear. We chose to put the angle in for two reasons. First because we think it looks more beautiful and artistic. Second, to get the alignment right.

      We’ve just organized ourselves to start selling the hangers on the blog although we haven’t listed them yet. We have decided to pre-bend them and we do anticipate some customers will choose to hang them with the angle going out, others with the angle going in, depending on their application. Our set will include 2 wheels, 2 hangers (bent and pre-drilled), 5/8″ bolts and nuts to host the wheels, and wood screws to attach the hangers. All you’ll need is to get is a door, and a flat door track roughly double the length of the width of your door available from a local welding shop for $15-20, and some spacers. Your door track will need to be drilled to line up to your wall studs so it can be anchored with lag bolts. Our price for the set is $119.97 plus shipping. Let me know if this interests you and if you have any other questions. Thanks!
      Lynne xx

  57. Jeff Northam says:

    If we purchase a set of the wheels on Amazon are we able to
    purchase the How to make door track hardware directly from you for $9.97?

    • Hi Jeff:
      Sorry about the delay getting you a reply to your question. Unfortunately, the coupon code COMBO doesn’t work in Amazon. It would be best to place the wheel order and instruction book order through the blog to save $10.00 off the book. I also want to let you know that we have just finalized our preparation to sell the flat bar hangers on the blog (yippee), although we’ve not yet listed them. The set includes 2 wheels, 2 flat bar hangers (bent and pre-drilled), 5/8″ bolts, nuts, 2 door stops/guides, and wood screws. We are going to sell the full set for $119.97 plus shipping. You would then just need a long piece of flat bar steel about twice the length of your door width drilled to accommodate your lag bolts to attach to studs and spacers to install your door track out from the wall. By the way, the additional long track is only $15-$20 from a local welding shop. Let me know if this interests you and if you have any other questions. Thanks. Lynne

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  59. Michelle says:

    I love the door Idea I think I am going to do the same thing in my bathroom! Also love your blog humor I was laughing out loud at my desk!! 🙂

  60. Michael says:

    Love these barn door ideas. It’s awesome some of the creative ways that these are being used inside our homes.

  61. Kevan Hagen says:

    Lynne –

    I am hanging TWO barn doors that I will make to cover pantries in our kitchen. I have only 2 1/2 inches of clearance between the top of the pantry openings and the ceiling, so I am needing a j- or v-track railing (12 foot length). Do you have any ideas about making one of those? If you have a great idea, I will download your ebook so I can build my own hardware instead of paying boku bucks. to one of those fancy-shmancy restoration hardware sites.

  62. […] another alternative to door track hardware?  I have a coolio free DIY sliding door track hardware tutorial right here on ze blawg.  You’ll save a bucket load of moola and have some gorgeous Amish made wooden wheels too. […]

  63. Lori skaggs says:

    Hello, I recently purchased wood wheels from your site and they look beautiful. I also purchased your ebook but did not receive it in my mail box could you please resend it? Thank you so much! Lori Skaggs

    • Hi Lori

      I just sent you an email too 🙂

      Yes, the door track hardware book is an instantly downloadable book. The link to the book is in your order confirmation. It’s a beauty !!

      Just to be double sure, I emailed you the book as well.

      Happy sliding door hardware creating :)))))

      Lynne xx

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  65. Danielle says:

    Your blog is fabulous. I stumbled upon it today while researching barn doors. I was going to order the wheels from you but I have a question. Im trying to do this in a garage. I will be putting shelving up and great big doors to hide the junk! The doors will be ceiling mounted. Will this work? I am doubting myself.

    • Hi Danielle:
      I’m so glad you found the blog. Faboosh!

      In answer to your question, I don’t think our wheels would work for your application since they are designed to run on a flat bar attached to a wall. In Canada we have TSC stores which are farm supply. Like most farm supply stores, they have a variety of door track for garage doors and barn doors. For example, check this link out to see a track that can be mounted to the ceiling. The also supply hangers like theses that should work for you.
      Please let me know if you have any other questions and I sure hope to see you on the bloggity!

  66. Is it safe and secure? Usually an old wood door can be broken easily. It’s better to be used for decoration purpose in my opinion.

    • Hi Stanley

      I have used old doors for years and find them to be super strong and durable. They sure knew how to build them back then. They are solid wood.

      When you hang an old door on sliding door hardware, it really does showcase it as ‘art’ and decoration too while being functional.

      Hope that helps!

  67. Barbara & Richard McLaughlin says:

    Dear Lynn,
    We stumbled upon your site (Love It!) while looking for barn door hardware for our daughters room. It used to be our playroom but with 2 teenage girls in the same small room, war began to break out! I would love to use your wooden wheels but our issue (there are truly no problems like this in life) is we only have 4.25 inches from ceiling to opening for doors. I made 2 closet doors into X type barn doors (came out Really Nice! toot toot). Now I need to “create” a method to hang them. Have toyed with the idea of using closet track for it but would need a track at least 128 in. in length. (doors are 32″ wide) and we really would like to have the “barn door hardware” look. First,not sure where to find a closet track that long (like this post,Lol) Second,wondered if there is any hardware out there/makeable to give it the BDH look. We would be very grateful for your opinion/help/advice that you may have.
    Kudos to you for so many awesome tips,trick & teqniques.Marvelous,simply marvelous!

    • Hi Barbara and Richard:

      We have 4 kiddos so I completely understand your teenage girl’s dilemma 🙂
      Regarding your question about space and only having 4.25 inches from the ceiling to the door opening, a couple of ideas. First, if you use a 3/16″ x 1 3/4″ metal flat bar for your door track (available at most machine shops very inexpensively in your required 128″ length) with our wheels mounted on it, you would need 5 1/2″ from the bottom of the door track to the top of the wheel (includes 1/2″ of clearance for the wheels at the top). Since you have less space than that available, you could consider mounting a header board slightly lower than your current opening. The header board would need to be anchored to studs and you could then mount the flat bar to the header board. Check out the photos on the instruction book page of the blog and if you look closely, you’ll see how we mounted a header board to accommodate the white (painted) door track. Click here to see the door track hardware photos It would mean you would have to do a bit of framing and drywall work to close in the lower opening. Also, we will be selling flat bar hangers soon on the blog that you could use to mount the closet doors you’ve made. Let me know if this answers your question.

  68. Andrea says:

    OMG, I just ordered your book and your wheels. I’m in a race with my husband who thinks he’s gonna order a kit from Home Depot. Our guests arrive Aug2. I have a door. We’re replacing a broken sliding door from when my 20-year old daughter had a New Years party and someone broke the door. Hmmmmm.

    • Hahahaha Andrea…

      And the race is ON !!

      Sounds like your life around home is kinda like mine. LOL.

      I will ship the wheels out to you right away. Did you click the link in your order confirmation for the book? Start reading. STAT. haha. Get two steps ahead of him 🙂

      You can buy your track now before your wheels arrive. The raw steel track is only about $12 to buy.

      Guess what? I’m listing the door hangers for the wheels this week too. They will come with all the nuts and bolts and all that shenanigans.

      Gotta run. I’m off to ship some wheels. LOL.

      Lynne xx

  69. […] has given philosophy, theory, visuals and material support for barn-mounted doors here – lynneknowlton.com/diy-door-track… June 10 […]

  70. Shannon says:

    Hi again,
    Thanks for the response. I’m still not entirely clear if you bent the hangers at all, or how. I’d be keen to purchase wheels and hangers, so I’ll wait to hear if that’s an option.

    • Hi Shannon,

      Yes, we bent the hangers. They are hammered out while in a vice. I don’t actually do it.. the Amish do… 🙂

      Give me a few more days, and the hangers will be on sale on the blog too.

      We have been just waiting for a bolt to come in stock. It arrives today (hopefully).

      I have the hangers and door stops in stock now too. Just one little wee bolt and we will be all set.


      Lynne 🙂

  71. Shannon says:

    Hi there,
    I’m unclear if you made the hanger brackets or bought them with the required bend in them? Keen to do this and order up the wheels but not clear if I need special tools for those pieces and the door stop?

    • Hi Shannon,

      Thank you for writing your comment. I’m actually working on an updated blog post about that very fact… and you totally inspired me to add that detail in.

      Here’s the thing.. we made ours by cutting the steel track and having 2 pieces left over for the hangers.

      Having said that, many people get hung up (excuse the pun) on having to do the bend in the hangers.

      This week, I will be selling the hangers on my blog. We had them made by the Amish and they are uber coolio.

      That was the loooooong way of saying… you can make them on your own, or wait a week or so and they will be on my blog too.

      My ebook also gives exact instructions on how to make the whole shebang.

      Here’s the link to the book…

      Gosh, I hope that helps, and didn’t confuse things more. LOL.

      Cheers!! and happy door track hardware making 🙂


  72. […] finished the entire house while you weren’t looking! If only! But we have installed Lynne Knowlton’s  gorgeous sliding barn door wooden wheels, and we now have an amazing sliding door in the […]

  73. Lynette Henk says:

    I have been to your blog a few times, and I just love your comments and your amazing ideas. I tried to order 2 sets of the wood wheels and use the discount code to get $10 off your e-book. Just so you know, it will only give me the discount if I order one set of wheels. If I order two sets of wheels, it takes off the coupon and says it is not valid. I was not sure if you noticed that. I guess I will just order the two sets of wheels and try to follow your blog post. I am hoping to make the wheels work for my project. I have a 6 foot space where a sliding door used to be and we added on an office where our lanai used to be. I want to be able to close it for privacy but I don’t have an extra six foot of space to store the door when not in use. I am trying to figure out how to create a bifoldtwo door barn door. If I can’t figure that out, then I am going to try to do your idea but with two doors. Have you done any projects with a large opening where you had to use two doors? I am so sorry to hear about your husband, being sick sucks. My husband was disabled 14 years ago but the C word, that is hard. I will pray he gets better soon. Thankful for your blog and you. I hope you don’t mind, I wrote a blog post about your blog and your wheels that you can order and linked it to your site to order. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Lynette!

      Gosh, I didn’t know that. THANK YOU for telling me. I’ll go in this morning and fix that. If I get stuck, I’ll ask my web guys to fix it for me… so it should be done soon. Great hot tip! I owe you one.

      I wrote a comment in your blog post for some coolio ideas for you too.

      You can definitely do it. I have seen double doors hung on door track hardware in Bali and it looks beautiful. I pinned a couple of ideas for you right here on this pinterest board.

      Hope that helps!

      Creating door track hardware is such a creative project. It will blow your mind how many things you can do.

      Woot woot!

      Lynne xx

    • Howdy again Lynette 🙂

      Okay, I think I fixed the shopping cart so that if you buy 2 sets of wheels plus the door hardware book, you can apply the coupon code COMBO and save $10 buckeroos.

      Hope that helps 🙂 and thanks again for the heads up. xoxoxo

  74. […] really should check out these wheels at Lynne Knowlton’s site, they are stunning!  If you have any ideas or photos of how you […]

  75. Andrea says:

    Hi Lynn,
    I’ve been following you ever since I read your squirrel story. That day I was actually searching for “how to keep squirrels out of my treehouse” and laughed and laughed when I read your story! I see now it’s prolly not possible.
    My question about this very cool barn door project is, if using this for a bathroom door, how private is it? I mean, will there be gaps? I want my guests to have enough privacy when doing their business.
    Thanks! Love the email updates I get from you. They always make me smile and laugh out loud.

    • Oh my goodness Andrea!

      You are amazeballs and THANK YOU for following my blog for so long. You and I may be the only two people on earth who search for squirrel solutions in treehouses. LOL. So funny!

      I have used the same door track hardware for two bathrooms in my home. It’s quite private, but not a tight seal like you would see on a typical door. The way that I get around it, is to hang a door that is wider than my door frame.

      Hope that helps!

      Big love !!

  76. Tom says:

    You did not say where you got the flat bar

    • Hi Tom

      Whoops. My bad. The flat bar is just from a local welding shop. It was literally $12 and does the entire door track, door track hangers and all.

      Hope that helps!

  77. Patricia says:

    Hey, thanks for the great lessons! I’m wondering if I can borrow your brain for storming? I have a weird space to close off: a staircase with a twist at the bottom and no headspace at the top. So the only place a track could go would be at middle height somewhere. And I could only have one wheel mounted at the left edge of the door (or two close together?) because when the door is pulled right to close it, the wheel would stop inches before the wall ends and the opening begins.. Question is whether that would work, or if it would tip over? If it works, then I’d have to figure out ways of supporting the door with stationary brackets when it’s opened or closed. I plan to do this only seasonally, to close off space I don’t need to heat in the winter. whatya think?

    • Hey Patricia,

      I think that sounds like patting your head and rubbing your tummy… all at once. Complicated. LOL.

      I have an idea! Send me an email with a photo! That will help meeeeee head to imagine an idea for you 🙂

      My email is lynne knowlton at me dot com 🙂

      Lynne xx

    • Thanks for sending me photos Patricia!

      I’m going to draw on them and email you back.

      Wish me luck 🙂

      Lynne xx

      • patricia says:

        Hi Lynne,
        how’s that head-patting and tummy-rubbing working out? No rush, just curious if you found a miracle cure for this funky get up! Maybe I should just invest in wool blankets, eh?

  78. Katie says:

    I am trying to do 2 things with my sliding door and I am wondering if you can help me figure out how… I want to have 2 or 3 doors on the same track that can slide so they stack or at least so 2 of the 3 can stack. I noticed you have a pantry door that does this…is there a tutorial for that?

    Also, I am wondering if it is possible to make the track free hanging? I won’t be putting it up against a wall. I am wondering if I can suspend it from 2 posts…do you have any experience with that?


    • Hi Katie,

      I haven’t tried a double track yet or suspending the track, but it sounds uber cool!

      The chalkboard door photo in the blog post is from a door that my friend made. She has been using it for years and it works like a charm.

      There are so many interesting ways to do door track hardware. I hope you figure it out. It sounds like a wonderfully creative project.

      Lynne xx

  79. Bianca says:

    Hi Lynne,

    Thank you for your inspiring post – love your door details!! I wondered if you have any experience with curved doors? I am currently working on a student project that requires the challenge of bespoke curved doors… I’m considering testing your technique, as it’s very clever and might solve some problems for me. Any advice would be amazing!


    • Hi Bianca

      With a bespoke curved door, do you mean that the door has an arch at the top of it? I bet that’s gorgeous!

      I have never made a door track for an arched door, but I bet it can be done. I put a window on a door track this year. It works fab. So therefore, I think anything is possible 🙂

      Let me know what you come up with!

      Maybe, you could run the track on the inside of the door, just at the spot where the door begins to arch(?)


      Lynne 🙂

      • Bianca says:

        Thank you for your quick response! 🙂

        Sorry I don’t think my description was very clear – It’s quite difficult to describe! It’s actually not an arched door, but a flexible door that would slide along a curved wall.

        Thanks for your help 🙂

        • Ahhhhh that sounds even easier Bianca!

          What if you had a track made, and it was bent in the same arch as the wall? As long as it was a soft bend and not a harsh bend, it just may work!

          Now I want to try it 🙂

  80. […] Diy how to create your own barn door track hardware […]

  81. Gina says:

    Love the site! Cute, whimsical and informative! Creating a barn door in the near future and needed some How-To, fresh ideas! My goal is to do it for less than $50, HELP!!! LOL :o)
    Thanks Lynne

    • You can do it Gina!

      The door track hardware that I share in this DIY is made from steel… and it is less than $25 in supplies. We bought the raw steel bar for $12! You would need to take it to a welding shop to have it cut for your brackets and bar length.

      Wheels.. our wooden wheels are $60 so that will go over your budget. They are truly gorgeous tho. There are other options online, but they are metal and very basic. You can also make wheels from hockey pucks, skateboard wheels, pulley wheels.. there are a ton of creative ways to think outside the box.

      I hope that helps and happy DIY..ing 🙂

      Lynne xx

  82. Melissa says:

    So, you had me at “bird’s nest hair vs. smokin’ pinterest boards. Fast friends. Totally following.

  83. Mary says:

    you actually make this look do-able! Thanks!

    • It really is doable Mary! Woot woot!

      I’ve created 4 sliding door hardware projects in my home… and love love love them!

      The door track hardware really saves space too. I’ve put the door tracks with old doors on bathrooms, bedroom closets and oh la la .. so many places.

      I hope you create one! If you do, send me photos 🙂

      Lynne xx

  84. Shellie says:

    Hello, Lynne,

    Thank you for this inspiration. I live in a tiny urban apartment (read: no room for handyman gear, let alone talent) so I will need to outsource our sliding door project — which includes custom doors for the oversized opening we want to close off.

    One question about the wheels you sell: When you say “one set is two wheels” do you mean the two wheels joined by the ball bearings or do you mean one set will give you both the wheels you need for one door? In other words, if I am hanging two doors, would I need to buy two sets (one set for each door) or four sets (two sets of wheels times two doors)?

    Or maybe each wheel is really more like a yo-yo, rather than two separate wheels joined together? Sorry to be dim, it’s hard to tell in the photo!


    • Hi Shellie,

      That’s not a dim question at all 🙂 It makes me wonder how great my descriptions are. LOL.

      One set, is two wheels… so the one set would work for one door. Two sets would do two doors, because you need two wheels per door.

      Hope that helps 🙂

  85. Jeff Brant says:

    Thank you for sharing this post. I am really impressed by your creativity. I am not that creative like you, so got them customized by Loft Doors.

    • Very cool, Jeff!

      How did the doors turn out? Are they beautiful? Did you make your own door track hardware or did you buy a custom made set?


      • Jeff Brant says:

        Yes I purchased them. They have turned out to be cost-effective. In fact, when I hosted a party at my place, all the guest liked them too. You must try once.

      • Jeff Brant says:

        Hi. As I said I am not that creative, so I purchased them. These doors turned up to be cost effective. In fact, when I hosted a party at my home, all the guest fell in love with these doors.
        You must try once.

  86. Lorry Hood says:

    Thanks for the info.. Loved the ideas.. And now need to be as creative as you!!

    • You can do it Lorry. You can do it 🙂

      It’s a hoot. I pinky swear promise annnnnnnnd door track hardware is über pretty when it’s installed.

      I’m on my 4th door track installation. LOVE.

      Lynne xx

  87. Chris says:

    Very witty blogging ! Love the work that went into this site… looking for someone to build a sliding wood or opaque panel door. Dimensions are..77″ wide X 90″ high. and 2 inches thick. Any suggestions where I can look online ?

    Thank you for your time !


    • Hey Chris,

      Where are you located? Our Amish friends can build a door like that for $250-$300.

      Online.. I haven’t sourced any doors yet. I usually buy old doors and gussy them up 🙂

      Hope that helps!

  88. Jenny says:

    great site!! Have a question tho, what do you put on floor to keep door from swinging?

    • Hi Jenny

      We actually don’t put anything on the floor to keep the door from swinging. We don’t really have a problem with the swinging because our wheels are built with a groove in them.

      I have seen it done though. If you cut a slice along the base of your door on the underside, it can then roll along a metal piece jutting out from the floor. Sooooo hard to describe. LOL.

      I wrote a DIY book here on how we did ours. We have used two styles of door stoppers. Metal ones and wooden ones. They are both great and look pretty too.

      Here’s the book that I wrote: DIY barn door track hardware instruction book.

      I hope that helps!
      Lynne xx

  89. OK – I may be missing it – but where in the world do I find the doors? I need 4 – I’m doing one room with two open spaces that I want sliding doors to close off…

    • Hi Kerry

      I find my old doors at estate sales, garage sales, reclaimed/reuse centres and occasionally my neighbours back yard. LOL.

      You can also buy a new door and use that too.


  90. Moonflower H. says:

    Love love Luvvv your blog. Sounds like I wrote it (that’s my idea of the highest compliment, by the way)!

    This is Exactly what I’m needing for my “new” pantry door door I “borrowed” (with permission) from old abandoned falling-in house down the road.

    May be hitting you up for wheels. Haven’t decided between that and old iron pulley wheels yet.

    Hubby will be forced into service to torch holes in flat steel soon!

    Thanks again, and keep up the good work!

    • Ahhhhh schmanks for the epic compliment !


      The new AKA old pantry door sounds divine 🙂

      Have you found any old pulley wheels yet? I looked for some last year, but didn’t find any puuuuurty ones.

      We changed our wheel bearings to 1/2 inch from 5/8 inch so they would be easier to torch a hole in the flat steel. Your hubby will be happy to hear that. LOL.

      I’ll be posting a new blog post next month with another flat steel track that we DIY’d. Same as this one, but we painted it white. So gorgeous. The whole track supplies came to $12 🙂 Yeah!!

      Lynne xx

  91. Doug D says:

    Found your site when looking for inexpensive barn door hardware. I guess I’ll take a shot at making some myself. Just wanted to say I enjoyed reading your tutorial. And you even have a cool typeface in your comments box.

    • Hey Doug!

      I love your sketch in your avatar! That’s über awesome!

      The typeface in my comment section is called Architects daughter. It’s a free font. 🙂 Yeah!

      Lynne xx

      • Doug D says:

        Oh, that. I’m not artistic enough to do that by myself. Did it on this website: http://www.sp-studio.de/

        Made them for all my close cell phone contacts. Fun process. Some of them are uncannily accurate-looking.

        Got my door hardware finished; it turned out great! I just used garage door spring pulleys for my wheels. Not as elegant as the home-made wooden wheels, but hey, it works, and my bride is happy, so I got THAT goin’ for me. Thanks again for the tutorial.

  92. I am getting one of these…either the barn door, or that green one, or one with windows…I want them all!!! The wheels are gorgeous too, I am going to send this on to the hubby for the techy stuff, but I am making sure that I bookmark it so I can drool. Over the doors & your treehouse & your decor…wish I lived closer I would drop by for a cup!

    • A cuppa would be awesomeness Nikki!

      Stay tuned on the blog, I am going to be posting another blog post on the DIY door hardware. We did another door hardware project recently and it’s so puuuuurty. It’s with a painted white track. Oh.La.La.

      I’ll also have an ebook coming out soon with all the nitty gritty details. Your hubs will love that 🙂

      Lynne xx

  93. Colleen says:

    Great idea, I like the hardware, I have price hardware for sliding door and could never figure out why they were sooooo… expensive looking forward to more of you ideas.

    • Fantastico Colleen!

      The track truly works out to be $12 in supplies too! We just made a new one recently and it’s ahhhmazing how inexpensive it is.

      We are working with the Amish to create the brackets now too. Cross your fingers and toes. LOL. We may be able to sell those too, so peeps won’t have to make their own brackets. Super affordable awesome sauce 🙂

      Lynne xx

      • Sarah says:

        how did this turn out? From your write up it seems I will need to find a local welder to help drill the holes in the bar, and I would prefer to just be able to source them from you

  94. Jane wade says:

    We found 2 doors like the one in your pic. No Amish around here so we are gonna use metal wheels, hope they work.. Thanks

  95. Mohammad says:

    Thanks so much for your idea about barn door it was many days that i was looking for simple explenation of how to do one myself and i find your blog this morning it is the easy and simplest one
    Thank you so much from Canada, Montreal
    Mohammad Kamali

  96. Melissa Angel says:

    I wish we lived closer, I would love to be your friend. <3 So inspirational, So filled with wonderful ideas! I especially loved the part shared in the video about laughing and making the best of the situation while your husband was getting his treatment in the hospital. There is no other feeling of happiness and love when two people understand each other and can make light & laughter out of the darkest of times. thank you Lynne for sharing your heart…

    Sincerely, Melissa

    • Ohhhh Melissa, I am so happy you said that. I’m always nervous to share that video, because it is personal and a tad sad. At the same time, it is real and full of love and that is what I think is GREAT about life.

      I truly am über happy with my beautiful guy (cancer and all)…

      THANK YOU for reminding me that it is safe to share my heart. xoxoxoxox

      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  97. Sherri says:

    Hi, I really don’t do any of the Facebook or computer stuff. I was looking at barn door stuff and clicked on your site. This is the first time I’ve EVER contacted or thrown my e-mail address out there to anyone!!!! Your site just spoke to me! You made me smile and apper to have the life I would totaly LOVE. Thank-you for grins and smiles!!!!

    • Ahhhh that is so sweet Sherri!

      No worries, your email is safe with me. I guard email addresses like a newborn baby. No one sees emails, other than me, myself and I 🙂

      Keep on smiling and THANK YOU for leaving a beautiful comment.

      Lynne xx

  98. […] Diy how to create your own barn door track hardware […]

  99. Judy Thompson says:

    I totally loved your site! I am sharing it with my daughter and my friend! Your site inspired me, and I want to be your friend! ; )

  100. Rebecca says:

    If I were to purchase two sets of the wooden wheels, would I be able to finish them in a black or stain color of my choice? Thanks!

    • Hi Rebecca,

      You sure can. I just installed one in my house and was sooooooo tempted to do it in a white wash. LOVE your idea!

      What you can do, is when you are on the wheel page


      leave a note in the comment section that you are going to finish your own wheels. We hand oil every wheel, so we will be sure to leave your wheels bare. They will be PERFECT for you to add a stain color of your choice.

      Lynne xx

  101. Colin says:

    My fault, I failed to see a comment made January 5th where you said you had them made by a local welder.


    • Ahhh, no worries Colin… there are a lot of comments to sift through to figure that out.

      I have a new blog post coming out this month with a new door track hardware that we did. You’ll love it!

      It is similar to this one, but the brackets and track are painted white, and there are a ton of details in the blog post too 🙂

      Hope that helps!
      Lynne x

  102. Colin says:

    Hey there,

    Helpful post with good pictures!

    Just curious, where did you find your steel? Particularly the steel with the bend at the end of it that attaches to the wheel?

    Thank you kindly,


  103. Kyle Jamar says:

    Great stuff. Love the details and pics. Please visit my webpage. I re-purpose and create things to make them look old. I would really like to collaborate on some projects.
    I’m building a barn door for some friends and they turned me onto these tight little wheels.
    My webpage is a direct link to my brain and what rattles around inside.

    • I checked out your site Kyle!

      You did a track door in a yoga studio.

      Whoooohooooo !!!

      Isn’t it great having a site and a direct link to your what rattles around inside?

      Creativity is awesome sauce!


  104. I like your ideas. THE tree house and sliding door is looking great.

  105. Jim Bardini says:

    Can’t wait to get started making a cool hangers for doors. Way better than pocket doors.


    • You are so on the money Jim! The barn door hardware is waaaaaay prettier than a pocket door.

      I’m working on a new one this week too. I actually thought about a pocket door originally, because of furniture placement in the room.

      I made a new style of sliding barn door hardware instead. This one is WHITE and holds a vintage white door. It’s like wall art. Woot woot!!

      Let me know how your project works out!

      Lynne xx

  106. Christine says:

    What sweet little ones you have. I’m sure you’re worn out! 🙂

    Trying to reply to you re: paint base.
    You know when you buy paint, they walk back to the wall of cans, arbitrarily pick on off the shelf, squirt colors into it and BOOM! MAgiC! Paint. Well, that mystery can is base. Light colors have white it in, dark colors have less + black sometimes, and the darkest is clear.

    Like I mentioned, though, it goes on white. Dries matte, matte matte. and clear. I’ve used it on my chippy creations (natural: I leave them in the yard for a year.) and it does glue down the chips without being goopy.

    I also use it, or clear polyacrylic, for the craqueleur to which I alluded. Simply put a coat on. Dry. Apply some crackle that needs to dry completely. Then wax or glaze to highlight the cracks. All being clear, the wood or either your painted base coat shows through. No need for a 2nd or 3rd color of paint. Am I making sense?

    Fussing with finishes, I’ve also created smaller, chippy pieces with egg shells. Go figure. 🙂
    Love your stuff, girl. Keep up the great work.

    • Hiya Christine!

      I’m totally doing your paint trick this week! I’m installing door track hardware on a closet door. The door is a vintage (okay, OLD crackled paint) door in white and cream colours.

      I want to preserve all that old-ness, so I am off to the hardware store to get some paint base. Woot woot!!

      Thank you!! I need to blog that!


  107. lizette says:

    Could you email me read this in car and decided you were really creative and I need your help…putting in barn doors on place of door into utility room…

  108. Jo Wood says:

    Love your posts!

  109. Denise says:

    I love those wheels! My only worry is not belong able to find the other parts needed. Did you have them custom made or can yuu point me in the direction of where to look? I have 3 doors being made now that I need to hang.

    • Hiya Denise,

      We had ours custom made by a local welder. Although that may sound complicated, it’s actually very straightforward for a welder to make. It was inexpensive too. It is literally a straight track, and two brackets. He predrilled the holes for us to mount it and gave us the 5/8 in bolts to mount the wheels to the brackets.

      We thought about making them and shipping them with the wheels too. It would be a bit nutty to mail the long metal tracks, but maybe the brackets and nuts/bolts with our wheels.

      Just in the process of checking that out with our local welder (he’s Amish too, like our wheel maker) LOL!

      I lurve working with the Amish, and can let you know if we get a solution. Leave me a reply in the comments if you would like me to inquire further for you 🙂


  110. Danika says:

    Hey thanks for the info we are about to do our own bypass sliding doors and will need your tips to get it done.
    Hubby planning on using skateboard wheels!

    • Skateboard wheels are a great idea Danika! I’ve seen it done with hockey pucks too! Let me know how it goes with cutting the groove for the wheels. I’d LOVE to see a picture when you are done. I bet it will be gorgeous!!

      Lynne 🙂

    • Karyn says:

      Were you able to build the bypass doors?
      I am in need of bypass doors for a 10′ space and am having a heck of a time finding tracks. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated

  111. Sue Walton says:

    Love your sight and how you came up with your ideas.

  112. Christine says:

    Love love love doors!
    I have made 15 pocket doors out of antique, 6 horizontal panel doors. I’ve got 2 (more) French doors and some odd, 1/4 panel, 3/4 window doors in the yard where they’re aging beautifully. I love doors and have to figure out what to do with the ones I cannot help collecting!

    A tip for you and your Chippy Highness: Get some latex, exterior (for the UV, water repelling and other exterior paint properties), DARK flat paint BASE. It goes on bright white, but dries so invisible you can’t tell it’s there. Really, it’s freaky it’s so invisible.

    I’ve found that my miracle paint base will also (this is for you, oh, Sister-in-Doors:) glue down chips without the gummy shine that even satin top coats leave. You can’t pick ’em off with your fingernail! Great for my bathroom doors, my water closet door, and the 2 exterior mahogany front doors I stripped down to bare wood., (God Bless Citristrip!) They look like raw wood, but they’re beautifully sealed.

    I’m Pinning and BlogLovin’ you, since 1) I love your sense of humor and 2) you’re so clever! and finally, 3) you love doors.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Errrhmergerd Christine!!!

      I love your idea. Tell me more, tell me more. What kind of dark flat paint base do you use? I was imagining a dark paint primer, but you must mean something else. 🙂

      The easy way to solve this, is for you to come to my house and help me with all my doors that I am sneaking in this winter, when the hubs isn’t looking.

      Shhhhhhh 🙂 xx

      Thanks for your EPIC tips!!!!

      Lynne xx

      • Christine says:

        I’m always up for a road trip! 🙂 I’m in MD. And you are…!?

        Base is what they put the pigment IN. Know when you buy paint and they walk to the back, pick out some mystery can and squirt colors into it? That’s a can of base. The base for the darkest colors has no pigment in it at all. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Lighter colors have different degrees of white in them.

        I have used BM’s 4 and 5 base, Olympic, Valspar and Behr’s “dark” base. BM’s is usually on sale! I think the important thing is that it’s exterior, since that has all the protective gunk i

      • Christine says:

        I really can’t believe no one else seems to have thought of this. I read about the idea on a guy-blog where someone was trying to find durable clear-coats for their exterior front door. I said, “hmmmm…..”

        You know when you buy paint, how they walk to the back, pick out some mystery can, then squirt even more mysterious colors into it and Ta DA! Magic. Paint.

        Well, those are cans of base. i.e. paint minus pigment. The light colors’ bases have a degree of white in them. The dark colors have no color whatsoever. Hence the saturation of color.

        I’ve used BM’s 4 or 5 (frequently on the clearance page), Olympic, Valspar and Behr’s “dark” base. I always choose exterior for the protective qualities.

        At this very minute I’m looking at an antique credenza upside down in my MBR, where I’m repairing it, stripping the finish off the doors and will be chippy-ing the rest of it. I have a magic craqueleur formula, too. [evil snicker] But the stripped doors will get the paint base so it looks unfinished.

        Love reading you!
        Oh – and I’m always up for a road trip… I’m in MD. You? 🙂

      • Christine says:

        I’ve responded to you several times here, regarding the paint base. Are your posts screened? Or should I give you more of my secret [eyebrow wiggle]?

        • Oh la la Christine 🙂

          Secret [eyebrow wiggle] sounds pretty awesome!

          Nah, nothing is screened… I have been delayed by SNOW.

          Check out my instagram http://www.instagram.com/lynneknowlton

          All the munchkins have been home for the WEEK (after being home for weeks already for hohoho holiday time) and the snowed in life is pretty cray cray.

          I owe you one.

          🙂 xx

  113. Fred says:

    Wheels look great but would be last a heck of a lot longer if the wood sandwiched a more durable material.

  114. […] is Lynne Knowleton’s inspiring tutorial page. She gets these wheels made up by her local Amish community and sells them to like minded people. […]

  115. Bobbie Jean Minard says:

    Thank you for posting this…I just KNEW there had to be a way to make it yourself. The kits are very expensive, not too mention ‘buying a kit or prefinished’ is completely obsene to people like us.
    I have to say, your first sentences totally had me…I am ALWAYS ‘sneaking’ in items to redo. He says “where did that come from?” I hug him and say–“OH THANK YOU, what a great surprise!!” I am making your favorite for dinner tonight…WORKS EVERY TIME..OVER 35 YEARS!

  116. Ron Pascucci says:

    Here’s my problem….
    I live at the beach and my grandchildren track sand into the house, via our sliding screen door (bottom rollers.) I feel that a door hung from above will be a better solution. Our current door track gets filled with sand constantly. Do you have a SCREEN DOOR application that will resist salt air rusting and is reasonably priced?
    I feel that this is a huge untouched market for overhead rollers.
    Ron P.

    • Hi Ron,

      Nice problem to have, living at the beach. May I come live with you? I’m surrounded by snow today. LOL!

      I love your idea! Having a track that the screen can slide along like door track hardware, but not a track on the ground, would be a great solution.

      You could possibly take a framed screen door and put it on a track, like I did with my window. You can see more of it in this post :


      I hope that helps!
      Our Amish friend that makes our wheels, also makes doors. I could always ask him if he would make a screen door for you, if you get stuck.


  117. Heidi Wadsworth says:

    We’re can you buy the flat bar hanger and brackets ????
    thank you

  118. Haig says:

    Hi Lynne,

    thanks for your web-site. I’m looking for bypass barn doors. Have u found anything like this or built any. If a single track is a bazillion dollars, I hate to think how much a bypass would be …..

  119. kelly says:

    Hey Lynn

    Love your blogs look forward to them.
    i am building a barn as mine burnt down last feb 🙁
    roof is up tin on so i can relax for the winter ha ha.
    i am going to be putting big sliding doors on front and back as well as all the stall doors. had a look at your rip site for hardware……are you kidding me……..homehardeware sells tracks and all the hardware for readonable prices. very industrial looking but for a real barn it will do. i wad wondering if a good quality ypyo would work. drill a hole put in a

    • Hi Kelly,

      Yes, Reclaimed Lumber Products really does have great prices on their door tracks.

      Totally agree.

      If you are doing tracks for a barn, you could get super inexpensive sets from farm supply stores. They are meant for barn doors LOL.

      We have TSC stores in Canada that supply farmers. They are very basic tracks, (very) but they do the trick for barns 🙂

      Hope that helps !

  120. […] a free tutorial here if you want to read how to make your own door track hardware for your bathroom door.  It’s […]

  121. Amanda says:

    Yeah Im tackling this beast on my own. When you screwed the track into the wall, I am assuming you only did so in places where you could find studs, correct? The wheels and the track I totally get, but Ive never “bolted” into a wall before… thought id ask before I make a peg-board out of my wall 🙂

    Any advice you have is appreciated!!


    • Hi Amanda,

      Yes, you need good support for your track. You would need to support your track by securing it to studs or something that will structurally hold it.

      Wow, I sound smart this morning. LOL.

      Lynne x

  122. Val says:

    I couldn’t sleep so decided to do more research on barn door hardware. The first site I went to wanted my first born male child so I moved on! Upon further research I found your article which was not only educational but it also made me chuckle, not an easy feat at 2AM
    Thanks – barn door bound

    • Hi Val,

      You crack me up! So happy to be your late night entertainment. Wait. That sounded wrong. LOL.

      Menopause keeps me awake at night. What keeps you awake? We are entertained by the strangest things, aren’t we? LOL.

      Lynne xx

  123. Amanda says:

    Hello! I stumbled across your barn door page and loved your ideas! I was wondering if you’ve seen any solutions for installing a double barn door when the opening is wider than the wall on both sides. I haven’t measured yet, but the opening is probably eight feet, but the available wall side on each side is about two feet. Have you seen or installed double doors with four separate doors/panels? I’m wondering if you could double up the rods so there are two doors for each side. My other idea is four doors again, one rod, but hinges connecting two together on each side. If you’ve accomplished this or seen it done, could you please share a solution you’d recommend? I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

    • Hi Amanda,

      I think it can be done if you have more than one track and you roll them over each other. Like layers. It would be similar to the idea of hanging two curtains. You have two rods, and hang one in front of the other.

      Did I just make that sound more complicated? LOL.

      If you made your own tracks and used the wooden wheels that I have on the bloggy


      it could be quite affordable.

      It sounds like a beautiful project !!

      Lynne x

  124. Kaishia says:

    AWESOME!!!!! Clever and Funny. I was cringing at the though of paying upto $1000.00 for my rolling door project. The wooden wheels stole my heart. I am so happy I fell upon this site. So doing this!

  125. Linda says:

    Great, but have you ever used a discarded sliding patio door, just one side and put a frame on it and maybe a board across middle?

    • Tell me more Linda,

      It sounds super interesting. I love the idea of using anything discarded. The frame could support it and then set it up to slide on a track.

      Do you need a board across the middle?


  126. Rhéal Delaquis says:

    I like all the cool things you have on your website. Quite inspirational!

    I am considering doing a DIY garage door hardware for the door I will be building for my garden tool storage area integrated within the studio and workshop I built at our country residence. Hence, I will be ordering the wheels from the that you have linked in your website. I need to know the inside diameter of the wheels so I can prepare the hole in the flat bar accordingly and buy the proper size bolts.

    Your quick response would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards,

  127. kim robinson says:

    ok, i am using two doors on one track. because each door is to a separate bedroom. so, I’m thinking i need two sets of wooden wheels right??each door needs two wheels. so i need two sets. let me know what you think

    • Hi Kim!

      Yes, you got it ! You would need two sets of wheels. One set for each door.

      Are you doing the look like the photo of the red doors in the blog post? If so, WOWSERS!

      Let me know how it goes with two doors on one track. I bet it’s gorgeous. I haven’t the two door thaaang {{yet }}



  128. Mme l'Abeille says:

    Sought out door porn today, and Miss October is in the garage, leaning on something. So far I’ve only had the gumption to take the staple out of her navel.

    Want to install this wooden trollop in a doorway that goes all the way to the ceiling–there would be space above the track. Plan: lag-bolt a 2×6 about 80″ long across the opening, and bolt track to this. Bolt a second 2×6, to this, to fill part of the opening. Bolt bolt bolt.

    We would the fill space above the 2x6es by framing in a Victorian beveled glass beauty that was once a transom.

    The Victorian beauty will look down on the trollop, and both will be stabilized by studs.

    Questions: Is this a tremendously bad idea? Is there anything I haven’t thought of?

  129. […] Diy how to create your own barn door track hardware […]

  130. Hello Dean,

    The only kind of slapping that happens, is slap happy 🙂

    With many smiles,

  131. Rick says:


    We are building a new house in Colorado and using/making all sexy barn doors. As you clearly know the hardware will break the bank.

    I love your idea on making them, how did you bend/cut all that metal and where did you by it?

    Your new fan,


    • Hi Rick !

      A new house in Colorado sounds gorgy gorgeous!! Congrats!!

      We had the metal cut and bent by a local welder, and it is quite straightforward { if you are a welder LOL }.

      So many people asked where to buy the wooden wheels, so we started having them made by the Amish. I sell them in my blog shop now. They are super pretty and look great with the door track.

      Here is a link to my bloggy shop if you need to buy wheels…



      .. AND … thanks for becoming a new fan !! …

      Lynne xx

  132. brian says:

    am interested in you sending me some details re a SLIDING MECHANISM FOR 2 BARN DOORS TO GO ON A BARN

    360 CM WIDE AND 250 HEIGHT


    • Hi Brian,

      So sorry I missed your message until now. I usually answer right away. My bad.

      I don’t sell the sliding mechanism (we had ours made by our local welder/contractor) but I do sell the wheels for ours.

      Here is a link if you would like to see the wheels.


      I hope that helps! There is more info in my blog for a company called Reclaimed Lumber Products. They sell door track mechanisms. They are LOVELY to deal with and make fabulous door tracks!


  133. […] you have any questions, please leave a comment or message me! I had a look at this DIY tutorial to get me […]

  134. kele giles says:

    hi I ordered and paid for the wheels for your barn door tracks back on August 28th and I’ve received nothing could you please advise or update me on the whereabouts of this productthanks so much

    • Hello Kele,

      Because we have the wheels made by the local Amish they take 2-3 weeks.

      We shipped your wheels last week. Thank you for reminding me though, because I totally forgot to mention that in my product listing. I will be sure to add that today.

      I hope you LUUUURVE the wheels! They are truly looking fab!

      Lynne xx

  135. jonathan falk says:

    great stuff on here. just what i was looking for. barn door hardware. did you use ball bearings in the wheels? i can see how to do everything but the details on the wheels , can you help me out?

    jonathan@living designstudios.com

  136. Clay Martinek says:

    I have an old Victorian. I am fixing it up with imagination and parts from salvage yards. I love your vibe. Thanks for the advise!

  137. dale says:

    cut boards with hole cutter use 2 per wheel and trim as desired
    insert metal in center for longer use life and cinch together with bolt during attachment

    • Thanks Dale!

      Thanks kinda sorta super helpful to me too. We have been getting the wheels made by the local Amish. They are looking GORGY GORGEOUS :


      The Amish love new ideas too. What do you mean by cinch together with bolt during attachment?

      They cut the wheels for us, and insert a 2 bearings for the center. They are nice and strong and roll beautifully.

      I’d love to hear more about the cinch and bolt part of your description.


      • dale says:

        being minimalist I would just use a pipe style spacer, although a bearing unit qualifies and cinching is just my term for putting a bolt thru wood and “spacer” and tightening them into a single unit.

  138. wow… that’s helpful and very detailed… country or not barn/track doors are great and like you i also love the word freeeee 🙂

  139. Caleb says:

    Where do you get the wooden wheels from????

  140. Kathleen says:

    I will definitely make my own barn door hardware!! I was planning to do this but you made it so much easier. What did you use as a spacer to bolt the iron one inch from the wall?
    Thanks, Kathy

  141. Gary Williams says:

    I needed this info for my doors on my pole barn. A huge thank you for your simple design. I think I can do this! Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend and kudos for being gracious enough to share your wisdom. Gary

    • You are most welcome Gary! It is a super cool project. We have just finished our fourth door track in our house. It is officially getting outta control. LOL. They are just THAT coolio 🙂


  142. Amelia Goff says:

    Any ideas for having a double track? Want to have barn doors for my bedroom closet, but because of the size of the room and the off set location of the closet It has to be hung inside the facing. I had the closet opened up all the way to the ceiling and as far out as possible on the sides, hence, no doors from the big box stores will fit. I plan to make the doors slatted from pallets. They need to by-pass each other.

    • Hi Amelia

      Double door tracks. Good question!! What if you used electrical piping like the piping that I used here in this blog post:


      You could also use other industrial/electrical fittings to rig it up to hold the pallets on to the rod/track. That could be stunning!

      Another option is to ask Titus from Reclaimed Lumber products. His link is in the blog post. I bet he would come up with a genius idea for double tracks. I just installed his V track and it is GORGEOUS!

      I hope that helps!
      Lynne xx

  143. Cappie says:

    It is refreshing to not only have something informative but funny, thank you. I look forward to reading more. Cheers Cappie

  144. rg says:

    Great job on describing the hanging door project. Very inspiring and I loved your writing style.

    So, I see the wood wheels appear to have some kind of metal hub. Care to share where you got the piece parts from?

  145. Amy says:

    I have been searching for DIY information for indoor barn doors. I actually have a barn and used sliding doors for both entrances. For those who aren’t as savvy with the power tools many agricultural stores sell tracks that are not expensive. Agri Supply sells the kit and the bar separately, together they end up being around $85.00. That is A LOT cheaper than I have found elsewhere. You can spray paint them and make them your own! On another note…the wooden wheels you sell are BEAUTIFUL! I’m not sure I could manage the rest of the metal work though!


  146. Steve & Tina Ferrill says:

    OMG, this site just made our day. I guess we can take one of our kids off ebay now. We just read this about an hour and a half ago and we are still laughing. Your design examples are beautiful and inspirational. Thank you for taking the time to share with us, look forward to exploring your site(s) further.

  147. Amanda June says:

    Soooo, I just accidentally stumbled uopn your site when I googled “barn door hardware” (you’re right, high-dolla!) and I have a confession to make. I might have sort of, kind of, a little bit fell stupid in love with you and your blog!! I feel like we might be soulmates. Not to put the pressure on or anything, just sayin.. Thanks for all the inspiration!!

  148. Donna Eckerman says:

    Do you have the wheels for sale yet?

    • Almost there Donna 🙂 We had them made by the local Amish (the wheels are beautiful) and we are picking them up tomorrow. *crossing fingers* We need to confirm that the ball bearings fit and then they will go up on sale on the blog 🙂 woot !

      Lynne xx

  149. Regina Seward says:

    I need wheel info! Gotta have some of those!

  150. Candace says:

    Howdy Lynne 🙂
    I am very fortunate to have a craft husband, that also works in the metal business *** insert happy dance here *** I too wanted to make sure I have not missed out on these fabulous wheels of yours. Any news on getting the ball bearings in?

    Thanks and you rock!!

    • Hi Candace,

      The bearings are in and the wheels are going up in my blog store this week. If you are subscribed, you will be the first to know :)))) Woot ! Woot !


  151. Rebecca Fry says:

    Let me just kiss your ass now and say how amazing I find your writing! I know we would be fast friends in the “real world”. Love your spin on things and diy tips!

  152. Robin Urheim says:

    I too would love to have the wheel information- and I just subscribed to your blog, but wanted to make sure I didnt miss the sale of the wooden wheels :). I think i may have missed where to get the railings too- was that a welding shop? I gotta make some new friends !! Thanks for sharing the know-how!

  153. Dan Anderson says:

    Send me wheel info and how to mount with open door frame

  154. Dan Anderson says:

    Any idea how to do barn door hardware where opening for door is open at the top?

  155. Pat Cahill says:


    Like you, I have been searching for how to make sliding barn doors. My son-in-law can help with the metal parts but where do I find the wheels? As usual, grandma’s getting in trouble again!

    Thank you for any info.

    • Hi Pat,

      I searched high and low, and then asked a billion people about getting them made LOL (everyone asked me, but we couldn’t find any decent ones on line) so I just had them made ..

      THEY ARE COMPLETE woot woot (and made by the local Amish) I am waiting on ball bearings and then I will be selling them on the blog.

      If you are subscribed to the blog, you will be the first to know. Weeeehheee.


  156. Helena says:

    Great ideas!!

  157. Pamela Fodel says:

    You did an awesome job; very impressed with the final product. Can’t seem to find the wood wheels. Where did you get them?
    thx, pam

  158. netty says:

    Hello, Where did you get the flat bar and brackets from. I loved your idea…I feel inspired…thanks

  159. Awesome awesome awesome…….. Love it all and can’t wait to install my barn doors, and with your guidance I will be able to keep it simple and bee a u tee full…..!!!
    Many tanks, Heather

  160. Brooke says:

    Hi Lynne!
    I see you’re waiting on the wheels… Since I am currently a subscriber, I’ll get notification, correct? I’ve found the doors (using 2), and need to get ALL the supplies together and then have my hubby put it together. Looking forward to it! Thanks for the idea – keep on keepin’ on, for sure! Now…to find a welding shop…

    • Hi Brooke,

      Yes, since you are currently a subscriber.. you will be the first to know. Woot woot !

      I will be sending out an email to my subscribers only to let them know when the wheels are available. There will be a link through to my site to buy them directly.

      There will be a limited quantity, and subscribers will be the first to be notified.

      I’m super excited, and LOVE working with the Amish to create the wheels. This is going to be GREAT!


  161. Tom Burnham says:

    very interisting

  162. Massina says:

    Good Lord woman…you are freakin’ hilarious. I’m not sure what part of your tutorial I enjoyed most, your commentary or the hardware tutorial…oh hell, both actual! Thanks for the laughs and the insightful information…(p.s. as interior designer…I think you’re a great resource for inspiration!)

    • Helloooo Massina 🙂

      You crack me up ! PS. I just saw your other note too, and THANKS for subscribing.

      * I’m happy dancing it out, right now… on the living room floor.. as I type*

      I’m coordinated like that … as I inject more energy mud coffee …


  163. jennifer says:

    Regarding your barn door tutorial, you failed to mention that the wheels have to have ball bearings. I made my own wheels out of wood and cut a groove in them. My door doesn’t roll. Where might I find the wheels that you show in your photo…clearly they have ball bearings. Had I looked at the photo more closely, I could have saved myself a lot of time and energy…

    • Hello Jennifer,

      My bad. You are right.

      The ball bearings show in most of the photos but I didn’t list it in addition to the photos.

      To tell you the truth, until I had the wheels recently made, I never paid attention to the ball bearings.

      Because so many people have asked how to buy the wheels, I had extras made by the Amish. I am just waiting on pricing and will have them in about 10 days.

      Hope that helps.
      Sorry about the mix up.


  164. LESLIE says:

    Where do you buy the flat bars and have the holes drilled?

  165. LESLIE says:

    Where do you find flat bars to make barndoor hardware??

  166. Crystal Anderson says:

    Love the wooden wheels and already have the hubby cutting me up some flatbar (helps that hes a welder) but I went online and ordered metal v groove wheels which are meant to run on either angle or flatbar gives it a still cool industrial look for about $5 each just as another option 🙂

  167. Dale McKibben says:

    Hay Lynne,

    Gotta give your contractor a bit of a shove….I have 9…count em…9 doors to make for our new container house and NEED the wheels ! Already subscribed….but HURRY !!

    Impatient Dale

    • You have the patience of a Saint, Dale 🙂

      Soooooo sorry for the delay.

      I have jumped through a few million hoops but finally landed on a great option.

      The Amish are making the wheels for me, and will have them ready in 10 days.

      Is that too late? Or okay?

      Lynne 🙂

    • Dale !!!

      The wheels are ready (sort of) LOL. I had the local Amish make them (they are beautiful) and I am just waiting on the ball bearings now.

      Too late? Or all good? xx

  168. Stacy says:

    Where do you find the flat bar and flat bar hanger brackets? And will they come with the holes for the nuts and bolts, and bend for the wheels?

    • Hello Stacy

      Our contractor made the brackets and put the holes in them. You could have the flat bar and flat bar hanger brackets made at a local welding shop… they would do the bends and all.


    • Corey says:


      I went to a local metal shop (www.metalsrus.ca) and bought 2″x 1/4″ aluminum flat bar (aluminum because I’m using them outside and don’t want it to rust).

      for the spacer behind, I bought a piece of aluminum pipe big enough to fit my leg bolts through and cut it into 1″ pieces, put a washer between the wood and the pipe and bolted it into place…

      You can check out the link below to see what I’ve done.



  169. Stephanie says:

    I almost choked on my popcorn that I had for dinner (for the second time this week), from laughing while reading your blog. I enjoy your writing, great instruction and tips! Thank you

  170. […] my gosh! I so love the vintage door on sliding barn door hardware! Lynn Knowlton created another of my absolute […]

  171. Corey says:

    I’m building a screen house and I’m planning on putting these doors on it. I’m going to put something around them to make it “bug tight”. My issue is that it’s outdoors. I’m using 1″ x 1/4″ aluminum flat bar but not sure about the wooden wheels where it’s going to be outside…any thoughts on what to use for wheels?

    • Hi Corey

      If you check back on the blog, and look through the recent comments in the blog post, another reader mentioned that they bought industrial style wheels that are metal ( I think). That could be a great alternative.

      The wheels that I’m having made by the Amish are white oak, which is a very durable hardwood. I could ask them if they would be okay outside. Do you have a lot of snow?

      I just put track door hardware on my window on my outside treehouse bathroom. It looks FAB, and is totally functional outside.

      The track is from reclaimed lumber products. Here’s the link :

      If you tell Titus that you came from my site, he’ll give you free door handle hardware too! He is A FABULOUS guy and his door tracks/wheels are ahhhhmazing.

      Lynne 🙂

  172. Mary Kratzer says:

    Would love to know when you have the wooden wheels for the DIY barn doors. We used them in our cottage about ten years ago, costs now are phenomenal, Mary 🙂

    • Hi Mary 🙂

      So many people have asked me about the wooden wheels so I finally started having them made. I am just waiting to see them and make sure everything looks gorgeous, and then I will be selling them on the bloggy.

      If you are subscribed, you will find out via email soon. I’ll be writing a blog post about them 🙂


      Lynne xx

  173. Dan Anderson says:

    Great idea! Where can u get wheels for track door?

    • Hello Dan,

      I am in the process of having the wheels made right now, as we speak.

      Can’t wait to put them up on the blog. Are you subscribed ? If you, you will notified when they arrive, and I’ll be writing a blog post about them.


      • sharon says:

        waiting for the wheels. barn door project on hold.

        • Hello Sharon,
          Me too … so sorry for the delay. I have two options that I am working on ~ wheels from my contractor AND wheels from Bali. I’m waiting on both.

          I think it must be the time of year. Spring time for contractors/wood workers is über busy.

          I hope they come in soon.


        • Guess what?!

          NO LUCK with my Bali wheels and other options.

          Then, ohhh then… I remembered my Amish pals. I went to the Amish Auction this weekend and they are making the wheels for me!!!!!! It will take 10 days.

          Is that too late? Did you find another alternative?


  174. Roni says:

    Oh my gosh! You just saved me. I want to change my pantry door. Looked at hardware prices and almost died. I am going to make my own. And your comment about changing things while your spouse is out. That is exactly what I do! Love Love Love it. Roni

  175. Cindy Lewis says:

    Thank you for the lesson on sexy doors and how make a door track system! Love how you explained the whole concept and what our priorities should be (i haven’t brushed hair today yet). We are turning our basement in to a small apartment, so I will need to read all of your post!
    Thank you again,

    • Hello hello d’er Cindylew…

      Love how you spell your name from your first and last … very cool !! We should be neighbours! We could drink coffee in the morning, plan our door tracks and laugh at our hair. haha!

      Lynne xx

  176. Gloria says:

    I love your blog, your ideas are amazing and you are freaking hilarious!!! Keep it coming girlfriend!!!!

  177. billie redden says:

    I love barn doors and I love your blog. Please keep writing!

    • Hello Billie

      It always baffles me when I sit and contemplate whether or not I should keep writing … and then I receive a comment like yours. YOU INSPIRED ME !! Thank you for shouting out to me. Big love,


  178. Laura Harper says:

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed reading your post on “DIY Door Track!” Loved every word! And besides your great writing talent, you have some fantastic ideas, too! Thank you so much for the fun and info. 🙂

  179. Liz Amran says:

    You are so funny!!! I actually LOLed reading this! You are awesome.

  180. Lorraine Harasymchuk says:

    just wanted to say that i love your blogging and you sound like you’d make the best, funniest, friend ever. i added you to my favorites so i’ll be checking your posts all the time now!!! i’m a welder by trade so i love to mix wood and metal to all my decor, so i loved your tutorials!!

  181. tara says:


    LOVE your website!
    I agree with you, to buy the whole hardware package, stupidly expensive! I would much rather do it myself.

    I hope to find other great ideas here!


    • Hi Tara,

      So true ! The least expensive online option that I have seen is via Reclaimed Hardware Products.

      The DIY for the barn door hardware is super inexpensive. We are currently having some extra wooden wheels made because so many people asking to buy them.

      I will be doing a blog post about that too 🙂

      If you are signed up here


      you will be the first to be notified.

      Woot woot !!!

      Lynne xx

      • Kristal Hall says:

        I would like to find out if you are selling those wheels for this project yet. I tried looking on you site but couldn’t find them. Thanks!

  182. Carl says:

    I would like to know where you got the wheels for you barn door project. I really like those. Thanks

    • Hello Carl,

      We actually made the wheels. To tell you the truth, I have had sooooo many people ask me about the wheels, we are now looking into ways to have them made for sale on the site. Check back with me in the next few weeks and I will let you know how it goes.

      If you subscribe to the blog here https://lynneknowlton.com/subscribe/ you will be notified by email when/if they go on sale.


  183. […] Okay.  Brace yourself.  I have a bit of door porn to show you.  The full blog post on how to make this DIY barn door hardware is right here. […]

  184. Amanda Johnson says:

    That was truly entertaining as well as some great inspiration!! Way to put sexy back into diy!! Cant wait to to give it a shot!! Thanks so much 😉

    • Ha ! Good one Amanda….

      I totally have that song stuck in my head now.

      I might have to add the SEXY BACK music into my DIY videos this summer 🙂

      Thanks for the inspiration ! LOL


  185. cathy b says:

    It doesn’t seem like reclaimed lumber products has affordable kits. They are all around $200+. Do you have the link to a specific affordable kit and/or is the recommendation out of date?

    • Hi Cathy,

      Other than making the kit on your own, I couldn’t find a super affordable kit on line.

      I found that Reclaimed Lumber Products were the best, lowest price that I could find online.

      Another option is to go to a farm supply store. We have TSC farm supply stores here in Canada that sell the barn door hardware for quite an inexpensive price. ( The track is like the chalkboard door track that you see in this blog post ).

      I think the price would be around $50 or so if you went that route.

      Best of luck and happy shopping …
      Lynne xx

  186. becky mckool says:

    YOU are my new best friend!!! I’ve searched for this forever!! Thought thru it like I was in labor, picturing every possibility. Tried explaining it to some antique dealers……. My famous saying is Oh we could do that in an hour!! haha. THANK YOUUUU

  187. Cindy French says:

    LOVE your DIY barn door hardware!!!! Want to borrow the idea but stuck on how to make the 3″ wheels work on the track???? Did you use two wheels to make each roller? Please share your secrets!!!

    • Hi Cindy,

      It is just one wheel if you can believe it. If you are subscribed to my blog, you will see a blog post tomorrow with a home tour of my place. In that blog post, will be a close up of the wooden wheel. I hope that helps 🙂

      PS. there are also a bunch of pics of the wheels if you can through my instagram at http://instagram.com/lynneknowlton


  188. corrie says:

    What fun tutorials!
    Thanks for sharing….we’re converting a 100 year old hand hewn log horse barn into our house….been looking at track systems and I love your design. I am a DIY kinda girl with tools….(and a carpenter husband!)…gonna keep an eye on your blog….cheers.

    • Hi Corrie,

      Your 100 year old hand hewn log horse barn sounds GORGEOUS !! I bet your house is going to be gorgy gorgeous !! Need company? 🙂 I’m on my way …

      Lynne xx

  189. David says:

    Just my own set of these based on your images. Thanks for the knowledge!

    Here is a cheeky shot of them pre install and a pdf I knocked up to help me get my head around where holes needed drilling etc…


    I’m in the UK. For anyone interested I ordered my steel from these guys… http://www.metals4u.co.uk/mild-steel-flat-bar/40mm-x-3mm-mild-steel-flat/50/2263/detail.asp

    and the wheels (I love your wooden ones, but didn’t have the time)… http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/320986479037?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

    peace out,

    • David,

      You are lucky that I don’t live in the UK, because I would run over to your house and smooch you right smack dab on the lips. Your links and drawings rock out loud!!!

      I am putting together a video this summer on this DIY and hope to add PDF drawings like this. Is it okay if I use your drawing in my pdf file?

      You are d’best. Mwah !

      Wait… even better, I could maybe even possibly add this drawing into the blog post for other peeps to see. How about that? Is that okay ? Say yes, and I will double smooch you.

      Lynne xx <--- that's a double smooch

  190. Sandy says:

    I love your site! The commentary is extremely funny! You have a gift. I’ve been looking for a way to divide a room and you are so right – the expense on the hardware is outrageous (and I don’t have a first born..) Lynne, I do think if you have a contractor that makes these components for you. You have an incredible sales opportunity. Just make the kit yourself and sell it on this site! Even if you sold the bars, wheels, bolts and (the thingly that holds the flat bar away from the wall at 1 3/4 inches) for $50 excluding postage – I bet you’d make a mint….Just send m the 3% for coming up with the idea. Good luck to you, you should also put up a disclaimer “People try this at your own Peril – all who enter here- beware DIY = Danger Will Robinson Danger!” Great ideas – Thankyou.

    • Great idea Sandy !

      I need you to come on over to my treehouse and be my business advisor. Ha! You have inspired me. I’m heading over to Amish country this weekend ( we have many Amish who live near us) and see if they can make the wheels for me in their wood working shop.

      I think the metal bars would be wicked difficult to mail, but it may be worth a look.

      I’m doing a video DIY series this summer, and I thought about doing this one on video to really help people. Hmmmm. I’d have to keep the video off of the Amish, but the process could be shared.

      Oh la la. You have my thinking wheels spinning. This is what I love about my bloggy pals. You peeps come up with brilliant ideas. I think I love you. 🙂

      I have cupcakes in the treehouse this summer, if you want to come and hang out 🙂 https://lynneknowlton.com/?s=treehouse teehee


    • Hello Jessie,

      The folks at reclaimed lumber products sell their door tracks for $265 as a complete kit. They also offer the door handle set for free, which saves $50 as well.

      When I searched online, other companies sell their door tracks for $600-$800 for a complete track and the price went up from there.


  192. Heide Johnson says:

    Just a safety addendum – many old, vintage doors have leaded paint (often chipping…) on them. Either have them professionally stripped to remove the leaded paint, or seal them so the paint won’t flake and be a source of contamination. Be especially careful of this if you have young children in the house!

    • Good point Heide !

      Thank you ! Yes, we wore a mask and just did a light sanding outside. We then sealed it.

      For many of our doors, I like the look of the worn out paint etc, so I don’t even sand them. I just give them a good wipe and then seal them. Voila.

      Thanks for your input. It’s a great point ! Safety first 🙂


  193. Kyle Hightower says:

    Hi Lynne,
    Awesome site and I really love the DIY Barn door hardware.
    I have a question concerning the B D Hardware, how did you make the offset bends for the door brackets?

    • Hey Kyle,

      Our contractor made the bends in his shop. I hope to do video work of the making of these door tracks this summer.

      Just waiting for the snow to melt… it may be 2024 before that happens 🙂

      Best of luck,

      PS. If you are signed up for the blog


      You will be notified when the DIY videos come out. Woot woot !


  194. Isabella says:

    Where did you buy the wheel for the barn door slider?

    Did you use an old bed frame for the metal or can u buy that at hardware stores?
    Thanks for posting this, I knew there had to be a way to do this without spending $165.00 to $300.00 for hardware.

    • Hi Isabella,

      My contractor made the wheel but I have seen from other blog post comments here that people have found the wooden wheels online too.

      I think it would be SWEET to make the wheel from a hockey puck too (you may just love that idea!)

      I bet you could use an old bed frame if it was sturdy enough. Good thinking !

      We bought our metal from a local welding shop.

      I hope that helps!
      Lynne xx

  195. I just found 2 awesome vintage doors for my laundry room at a
    Steal but don’t want to spend a fortune getting them hung.
    They need to split versus slide to one side. The doors a very light and approximately 15″ wide and just under 8′ tall. Can you possibly
    Send a shopping list of what’s need to hang these barn door style.


    • Hi Cari

      I wish I could help you out with a shopping list but you’d probably end up hanging them upside down and backwards if I gave you a custom list. That’s not my strength. LOL.

      If you contact Titus at Reclaimed Lumber Products sales@reclaimedlumberproducts.com he may be able to help you out with what you would need. I’m not sure if he sells just the parts, but he definitely knows his stuff when it comes to door track hardware.

      The link to his site is in my blog post. He sells the finished track, etc and awesome handles for the doors.


  196. Devlin says:

    Besides great ideas you pull it off well with funny commentary keeping me laughing while I read.. Thanks for the inspiration it’s off to get in trouble with my tools ;-}

  197. Amy says:

    Hi Lynne! Loved your site. Been looking for an inexpensive way to hang sliding doors. I found these doors on craigslist for $25 bucks (HOme Depot had them for $400) http://www.eriashomedesigns.com/products/sliding-framed-closet-doors/model-2240
    I want to mount them on the wall so they slide rather than swing because I have a very narrow bathroom and closet (the doors now take up way too much space). Paying $25 bucks for the doors made me not want to spend $200 on the hardware. I’m glad I found your page! I’ve already found the wheels at Hobby Lobby for $3.99 (this will hopefully be my project this weekend).

    Question: When you put the two wheels together, are they just tightened onto the flat rail or is there something between them that the rail moves on?

    I also have another “sliding” project in mind that maybe you can help me with. My closet doesn’t have alot of storage space. So I found 2 bookcases on craigslist from IKEA. Not wanting to put them side by side and take up alot of room in the closet, I thought about mounting one to the wall, then mounting a track/sliding system to the other so it can slide back and forth in front of the other one. I want to attach a “rail” to the front of each shelf and use them as shoe shelving (someone did this as an Ikea hack.. here: http://www.howtodiyright.com/diy-shoe-rack/) I want to go a step further and put one of the shoe racks on a track to maximize space in the closet. It would look similar to this except this one has a bottom track and I’m not sure how you would make that.

    Do you think the sliding door track system would work for a bookcase? It would either have to mount to the bookcase that it will be sliding in front of or I would have to use a track on the ceiling. Since it will also be heavy, I’m thinking I’d either need a rail on the bottom so it doesn’t fall or maybe add casters onto the bottom to help it slide? Any thoughts or ideas?

    Thanks in advance and love your ideas!!

  198. John Ruppert says:

    You are the best. And very helpful. I just would not want to reside inside your head. Ha.

  199. Jocelyne Lemieux says:

    Love your querky sense of humor.

  200. Carol Stockham says:

    You rock!

  201. Deb says:

    Love this site.

  202. Maria Rowe says:

    You are hysterical! I’m definitely doing the barn door. I’ll let you know how it goes! Cheers

  203. kathy ann says:

    Love your expressionality … remodeling an old farm house and historic barn of course needing lots of tips and tricks and on the fly–cheep cheep! Thanks for your devotion Lynne

    • Thanks soooo much !! You’re right, remodelling an old farm house and barn does need some tricks and tricks along the way.

      We did the same tricks for our treehouse and they are so handy !

      Lynne xx

  204. Lisa says:

    I love your enthusiasm! This was a wonderful posting. I have been wanting a track door for my guest bathroom for a long time. Maybe now I’ll actually do it.

  205. Patty O'Toole says:

    Thanks for the info on the DIY hanging barn door. I couldn’t afford anything found on the internet…. then I found you. Yea! This door is going into my new pottery studio (in an old 10 x 12 shed) – I needed one that would simply slide out of the way. THANKS!

    • So sweet Patty !

      I’ve seen some doors made for studios with the barn hardware from the local farm supply store (like the one in my blog post, by my friends with the chalkboard doors).

      The studio doors that I have seen were also made with old tin roofing as an accent. So purrrrrty.

      Lynne xx

  206. Amy Sjolander says:

    Stumbled upon your page. Now obsessed. Will send pics of my project when it’s complete. You’re SHAMAZING!!

  207. Paula says:

    Love love love this!!!

  208. Erin says:

    What is spacer between wood wheels?

    • The wood wheel is simply carved out with a slat so that it will run along the track.

      I hope that helps answer your question. If not, write again… and I can add more details.


  209. downhome says:

    It is completely random that we stumbled upon this blog but such a small world as we are near Owen Sound as well!! We have a door being made as we speak and just wondering if you had any success with the flat door track at Home Hardware using the link that was provided by another responder?

    • Very cool !!! You are officially the CLOSEST blog commenter in the history of ever on the bloggy.

      Woot woot !

      You know, I haven’t tried the home hardware track/supplies yet. My friend who has the chalkboard doors in the blog post has used them and loved them.

      My fave is Dan Duquette. He is a local guy about 20 minutes south of Owen Sound. He makes EPIC stuff with a blow torch and welding awesomeness 🙂


  210. Afshin says:

    Hello Everyone!
    Many many thanks for your great posts and specially to Lynne!
    My question is about the bottom of the Barn Door! do you recommend to put two wheels on it? also is there any mechanism behind the door to prevent it from swinging?
    Afshin, Canada, Ontario, Mississauga

    • Hello Afshin,

      To tell you the truth, I don’t have any wheels on the BOTTOM of the door. There is a little stopping mechanism at the base of the door, so that it keeps it tight to the wall and stops it, but that is it. Very simple 🙂

      Cheers !

      PS. You are in Mississauga ? I am just near Owen Sound. We are a couple of hours away from each other (almost neighbours, by Canadian standards LOL)

  211. Frank says:

    So the wooden wheels are custom made? Well that wood be sad. I mean I was ready to hop in the Flex and head to Home Depot. Are there any alternative wheels I could use? Also, the metal bar you use that comes off the wheel and screws to the door, did you bend it of buy it bent? Thanks so much.

    • Hey Frank,

      Yes we had to custom make our wheels (just based on where we live, there isn’t a lot of selection to shop & we got creative)

      Some readers have made their wheels from hockey pucks, wheels from laundry lines and even the wheels from the pulleys at their gym work out stations.

      You can also buy metal and wood wheels online.

      Hope that helps !

  212. Chloe says:

    Hey Lynne~~ what a brilliant idea! I brought some chinese screens to use as my barn doors and wondering if i can use curtain rods as my barn door hardware? Cuz they just look like they might work?

  213. doorhandle says:

    Great collection of door hardware which delivers the new look to your house and will enhance the sight of the house.

  214. Moyra says:

    I’m all about budgets, http://www.rwhardware.com/ has these door tracks for $43! In Canada no less! We’re pricey up here with 13% sales tax on top of purchases.! Sold at Home Hardware … http://www.homehardware.ca/en/rec/index.htm/Hardware/Farm-Supplies/Sldg-Barn-Dr-Trk-Sys/Flat/Tracks/6-Flat-Door-Track-with-Brackets/_/N-ntjmm/No-24/R-I5213610?Num=0#

    Love the chaulk board too, is that the Rustoleum chaulkboard paint?

    • Hi Moyra !

      Very cool !! I’m in Canada too, so I am heading to Home Hardware this week to check it out ! Thanks for sharing.

      I’m not sure what brand of chalkboard paint that my friend Jill used on her chalkboard. There are so many great brands out there. You can even make your own.


  215. carol clark says:

    hi– cool site…. love the DYI doors… I have a quick question about one of the doors you have on your site. I have been looking for a by-pass stainless set for a room divider and have not had much luck. Any chance you know where the hardware is from on the chalk board doors? I love the idea of using old doors too. thanks of your ideas and help. greatly appreciated! cheers carol clark

    • Sure thing Carol,

      That hardware is from a farm supply store called TSC. It is the actual hardware that farmers use to hang barn doors. It is very inexpensive (as in around $50) and works like a charm.

      It is a great look, isn’t it?

      Cheers and happy shopping !

      PS. Not sure where you live, but our local farm supply stores also sell the best Canadian maple syrup evvvvah. I’d buy that too if you get the chance. xx

  216. Rose says:

    Love the DIY tutorial111 Sounds like you would be a blast to take on projects with lol….lol….lol!

  217. Sal says:

    How did your contractor make the wheels? We have the material to make them but are trying to figure out assembly…please help.

  218. Lilly says:

    Looking for barn door system that hangs from ceiling for a fabric design board that will be floor to ceiling. Seen anything like that in your travels?

  219. Bentley Parker says:

    Sharing the love from Alabama, thought you could share with all the Lynne followers if you wanted. When you look at the materials here, it does not take long to figure out, somebody’s making some money on these kits. You can go to Tractor Supply, the are national, and go to section for actually putting up a real barn door! This is good, bc most likely your door is not heavier than an actual door that goes on a barn to keep those horses inside! They have 8, 10, 12 foot tracks in silver! They also have round and square. You want the square, bc the wheel attaches better to the inside. The 8 foot ones are 29$, yahooooo! Then they have a box of wheels, 2 to a pack, which is 59$ this wheel goes up inside the railing, so you don’t even have to attach anything to your beautiful door and costs less! Then all you need is brackets! I think it’s safe to put one every 2 feet, but the good news is…….. They cost 6.00$ So, do the math! 84$ if all goes according to plan! I’ll send pics later if you want. Oh yea, if you don’t want silver, you can spray paint with black or another color, made to spray on iron. Bc the door is attached to the inside, it won’t rub paint off, when it is rolled!

    • Holy Batman Bentley,

      Great minds think alike. I just wrote about spraying the track black BEFORE I read this comment. We are brilliant, aren’t we? hahahaaa. Do you have a link for your awesome find?? Maybe you put it in the comment already, but my blog might have booted it out. If you get stuck sharing the link, email me 🙂 I’m at lynne@lynneknowlton.com 🙂


      PS. you rock out loud.

  220. Bentley Parker says:

    Thank you for replying! You have fans all over the map. I’ll go today and see what I can find. If I buy online, the hardware will cost more than my beautiful doors, lol. I did locate a source in the Outwater plastics catalog, that may come out cheaper, depending on the parts I have to buy. I tend to go simple, so as not to take away from the door. Farm store I checked only had silver. Pine doors look better with black, I think bc hardware is black on door. I’ll let you know how Outwater turns out. If you are not familiar with them, they have awesome architectural stuff, you can share with the passé! Thank you again.

    • Thanks Bentley,

      I’d love to hear more about Outwater. I have never heard of them. I am prepping another DIY barn door hardware blog post for the new year… so that could be handy for then! I am still slowing {sneaking} doors into our house. hahaha. Shhhh.

      I wonder if there is a way to spray paint the silver ones from the farm supply stores and make them black? Hmmm. Hey, if cars can be painted, why not door hardware? LOL. I can’t wait to see how your doors/hardware turn out.

      Have you seen some of the other blog comments where readers made their wheels from hockey pucks? So cool!

      Talk soon 🙂

  221. Bentley Parker says:

    Ok, so sorry, i just read previous comments and im sorry i asked thesame question for the 1,000 time. How fun is this site, and i love how you make unfun things fun. I would say on your advertisement page, yourcontractor should sell this stuff! My husband is a contractor, and im a decorator, and we don’t have a clue how to do it. I guess the real question is how does paying someone to make this, with the added time of running all over town, compare to ordering one. Who sells darker pieces of metal that would cut them? Im not sure they wiuld have a clue at home depot? Im trying to Kiss, but i must be stupider than most, bc im not sure even what to ask them for?

    • That would be so cool to advertise my contractor, but the truth is ~ it is expensive to ship and co-ordinate all the goods. It is less expensive to source it locally for yourself and do the same thing that I did or buy from the online store that I linked in the post (they had the best price that I could find online).

      For us, we live in the countryside in Ontario so the cost of a contractor is considerably less than in the city. The cost of living is lower in this neck of the woods. That is a nice advantage and ALMOST makes up for the 1 hour drive to have to go and buy a loaf of bread. LOL.

      Dark metal : We just used the raw metal with nothing on it. It seems pretty dark without doing much of anything with it. The ones that are sold at farm supply stores like TSC are super inexpensive ( like $50 ) but are much shinier and much more basic. As a decorator, you could definitely have some fun with that one. The look is quite funky for some applications.

      I think you are right. Home depot and big box stores are too ‘in the box’ for this one. I would stick with local welding shops, local contractor and farm supply stores that sell barn door hardware.

      I hope that helps !!

      Write to me again, if it doesn’t 🙂

      Lynne xx

  222. Bentley Parker says:

    I got so excited reading your blog, bc i bought all old doors for my house without knowing how much the roller hardware was. I have 5 to buy, but really more, bc some are double doors. But, when i pulled up your door site, the hardware kits are 270$ Where in the world do you get all this stuff, that is so specific. I don’t think hardware stores will do this?

    • Hiya !

      I bet the old doors for your digs are epic! They have such character, don’t they? Some online stores for barn door hardware can run up to about $700. I was thrilled when I found one for $270 to buy. I found the site AFTER we made our door hardware 🙂

      Where you can get the stuff is a local welding shop. They have all the pieces and bits and bobs and the ability to cut and bend all the awesomeness together.

      I see your other comment. On my way there now too 🙂

      Cheers !!

  223. Nancy says:

    Where on earth did you find 3″ flat wheels. I have looked at Stockade and they only have 2 1/2″ flat….everything else is contoured. Next question is how did you bend your metal. I have no heat source strong enough to bend metal. Let me know cause I love your doors and also love to save money.

    • Nancy,

      I was lucky enough to have a contractor who cut out my 3″ wheels and did the metal bending. I WISH I personally had those super powers. Do you have any farm supply stores near you? Like TSC stores? (or maybe one online) They sell metal wheels and door tracks for barn doors too and they are super inexpensive.

      Good luck (and merry HOHo)

      Lynne xx

  224. Amy says:

    Ooh, I was thinking make the wooden wheels using a 3″ hole saw on your drill! They would even already have the hole drilled in the middle.

  225. patty says:

    Where can you find the wheels? The only thing I have been able to find are toy wheels and chair castors. Thank you.

    • Hi Patty,

      I haven’t bought my wheels online, but many readers have and they put their links in the comment section. We had our wooden wheels made by our contractor. You can also make them from funky recycled materials like hockey pucks. I haven’t tried that one yet, but other readers have. Coolio idea !


  226. Lori says:

    Great site! We are assembling our own DIY door track and purchased a 10′ steel rail for $3 at our local steel guy’s shop. He cut it for us with bolt cutters. We are going to try using it even though it is only 1/2″ wide, 1/8″ thick. We’ll see if it bends. We are also going to try a dado in the top of our door to stick a pulley-wheel into the center of the door, held with nuts and bolts thru the door, so the weight is even. Our door will only be 3/4″thick, homemade, T & G panels with trim. Two pulley-wheels were like $6 each and 4 metal “straps” were $2 each. So we’ve spent about $25 and still need to buy the right lags and bolts. Will let you know how it works. Thanks for this site! Lori

  227. chanda says:

    Are these materials available at the Hardware Store? What about the wood wheels? Where did you find those?
    Also, how did you create the bend in the 12 inch flat rods?

    • Hi Chanda,

      My contractor made the bend in the flat rods. I am thinking it would be cool to VIDEO him on the next round. Now that would be coolio !!

      These materials wouldn’t be available at a small hardware store but a big box store would likely carry them. Speaking of hardware stores, we can buy door track hardware (typically meant for barn doors) at TSC supply stores. They are quite inexpensive too. It is a much more basic look but it does the trick at a low price.


  228. Rosalee says:

    Ok…am I totally dense? I see all the info I need except where in creation you get 3inch round wood wheels??? Curious minds want to know

    • Rosalee Helmer says:

      Hello again…
      After I posted this I did a search on wood wheels…you can find them everywhere!!! Below is one example!! 🙂 http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/370200670455?lpid=82
      I found the most selection at website that sell parts to make kids toys!! Yipeeee!

      • Hi Rosalee,

        Great research! I was just about to answer your question, and you beat me to it. LOL.

        My contractor actually made the wheels on his own. I have seen a few people post in the comments that they searched out wooden wheels on line and bought them that way. Some even made their wheels from hockey pucks! Okay, they must be Canadian like me. We have a lot of hockey pucks around here.

        Ha !

        Cheers !

  229. Pete says:

    Perhaps the pictures are deceiving, but is that flat bar really only 1/8″, and not actually 1/4″? Would also think the thinner metal would “cut” through the wooden wheel over time with a heavy door pulling down

    • Hi Pete,
      I just went and re-measured (you had me wondering) and it is in fact 1/8 th inch..
      Note : The wooden wheel cut out is 1/4 inch thickness.

      We have never had an issue with the bar cutting through the wheel, even though it is a very heavy door.


  230. Hi Lynn, I was searching for barn door hardware…. yes, you’ve totally been there/done that! Now I don’t have to recreate the wheel…. HaHa No pun intended…. Wow! Love your post, its so fun! love the pictures— where did you get that amazingly awesome knob and latch hardware? Was it on the door when you found it? I just found a new-to-me salvage shop in town ( live near Atlanta Georgia) and OMG!!! so many doors so little time! (one door still had all the Disney princess and flower stickers from its previous owner) 🙂 Bought four old doors all with windows on top and 3 panels below, a couple still had hardware– BONUS. I’m going to use two of them together as closet doors. I built a closet into a knee wall space in my house and wanted to do the sliding door thing…. so happy you shared these great images and experiences!! Keep Hangin! Shannon

    • Hi Shannon,

      Yes.. we got lucky and it was already on the door. Not all of the old doors that we have come with door knobs and cool stuff. So… I hunt them down at salvage shops and auctions and stuff. They are usually the things at the bottom of the box. You have to dig deep. LOL.

      LOVE your idea for the closet doors. Good thing I don’t live near you. I’d steal those doors from you. haha !

  231. Emma Bell says:

    OMG can’t believe I just found this! I just bought this from http://www.realslidinghardware.com. If I would have seen this I might have tried making it!!

    BTW, glad my walls can’t talk either…especially the bedroom walls…LOL!!

    • Hi Emma,

      I checked out the link to real sliding hardware too… and the video was kinda cool showing how they do the whole process. I would love to do a video like that in AMISH country where we live and show the making of the door tracks. So fun! I will have to sneak the video camera in my pocket. haha!

  232. Sam Leone says:

    OOps, meant to address last post to Lynne…
    Have a question…
    Going to attempt to put a barn door going into my laundry room (ours fell off the hinges and is tight space there) so thought this would be a great idea, not to mention, I’ve wanted one for a zillion years!
    Do I have to remove the molding from around my doorway? Or can I leave it up?

    • Hi Sam,

      I have a couple of these doors up at my house (one door at a time, LOL)… and one has trim and one doesn’t.

      The one with the trim, has a wide solid wood trim and the track sits on top of it, so the trim doesn’t get in the way.

      Both of our doors are mounted on a solid strong surface. Because the doors are so heavy, we wanted to be sure that they were on solid.

      Great idea to put it into a laundry space. This style of door is a real space saver.


  233. Sam Leone says:

    Have a question…
    Going to attempt to put a barn door going into my laundry room (ours fell off the hinges and is tight space there) so thought this would be a great idea, not to mention, I’ve wanted one for a zillion years!
    Do I have to remove the molding from around my doorway? Or can I leave it up?

  234. Mike says:

    What a creative spirit you have! Enjoyed browsing thru your sliding door presentation. Just trying to gain insight on hanger systems to help a friend. Thanks for sharing! Mike

  235. Fran says:

    Kinda seem to be glossing over some details here …
    – I notice your door hanger is flat bar stock bent to an offset. What is the offsetting and does it depend on the door thickness? Was it bent with heat or a vice or something else?
    – It looks like the wheel center bolts are ground down? How does the nut stay on then? Tack welded?
    – Wood strikes me as quiet, but a poor choice as it would likely crack in the groove. How long have you had yours up and have they held up.
    I suspect you paid you contractor as much as the door hardware would otherwise cost in a kit, unless he’s unusually inexpensive.

    • Hello Fran,

      Yes, the offsetting depends on the door thickness. It has to be able to catch the door, so the thickness should accommodate that.

      After the nut is put on the bolt and attached tightly, the bolt is then cut to size… leaving about 3/4 inch of the bolt exposed.

      The wood has been excellent and quiet. We have had ours up for about 2 years and it holds a very heavy vintage door.

      I do live in the countryside in the middle of nowhere in Canada, so yes… the cost of labour is less expensive than in the city.

      Most door hardware is very expensive to buy. If you have a look at the link in the blog post, I have linked to a very affordable door hardware company to help my readers out.


  236. Kris Koppy says:

    Make your own wooden wheels out of oak plank. Cut the wheels with a saber saw and then put a grove in the wheel with a table saw. The metal banding is easily purchased at your local hardware store. All of it can be purchased for less than $30 bucks. Make your own door with pallets or tongue and grove siding.

    • Brilliant ideas Kris and soooo true. You can make the wheels etc so inexpensively if you have the tools. I have had others write to me and say they made their wheels from hockey pucks too. Cool huh?


  237. James Williams says:

    I have soooo been looking for a door hanging idea on the web. I went to my local hardware stores in Alaska and come to find out…..they do not carry any here…nice. Needless to say every kit I have found would cost a second mortgage. I finally came across your article and I do believe I can make it a reality! Thank you sooooo much for this wonderful idea, you have saved my sanity and possibly my marriage lol. 😉


  238. lance says:

    dammit! anyone who knows me knows i’m a project hound.. dammit. (did i say that, already?) it’s not as if i don’t already have a natural fertilizer-load of projects, uh, projected. and then… and then, here you are. thanks. thanks a whole heck of a lot. dammit! there; i said it.
    (ok; ok. really: thanks. very cool! i think i’ll make some more doorways just for these doors. or maybe i’ll remove the doors i already have. or maybe i’ll build a pond, and crochet a gazebo… wanna help?)

  239. denis says:

    was planning on buying expensive hardware but now having second thoughts
    about DIY thanks for the inspiration

  240. dafrah says:

    I love this and want to make one in our new home. I may have totally missed it, but how much did it cost you to do this DIY?

    • Oh darn Dafrah,

      Good question. I didn’t add up the costs, but I know they weren’t a whole heck of a lot for the materials.

      The basic materials aren’t expensive, but the labour costs can add up if you aren’t doing it on your own.

      The time it takes to cut the wheels, etc can be time consuming but the look is soooo gorgy gorgeous 🙂

      Lynne xx

  241. Kris says:

    Love this tutorial- planning to do the hardware and Barn door all by myself now! I just had to leave comment to say I love your humor and witty way of writing this- had me cracking up at 4 a.m. in my bed trying to not wake up my babies and hubby. So I signed up to get a regular dose of your great finds and a belly laugh at the rest.

    • Ahhhhh Schmankkkks Kris !!

      4 am ?! I hope you got back to sleep. 🙂 I do the same thing, (THANK YOU….grh…. hot flashes and menopause) haha… but it is nice to be entertained in the middle of night.

      If you can’t sleep, then why not have some fun?

      Have a beautiful rest of the weekend,
      Lynne xx

  242. Mark W. Scharff says:

    I love your site, and your outlook on life. Too many folks have forgotten how much fun it is to be creative, funky, and design things that match their personality. I too love sliding doors, besides the fact that they take up so less room. Thanks again-I’m off to hang a slider on my new shop door (most of my materials come from a Habitat for Humanity Restore).
    Peace be with you, Mark
    pS My Mother died of cancer when I was 20, so I too am a survivor. Love

    • Hey Mark

      The shop door with reclaimed doors from habitat for humanity sounds über cool !!!

      I bet you can find some super unique ones there… and what a great cause !! LOVE it.

      I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your Momma. Cancer is a ‘you-know-what-errrh’

      Much love right back atcha,
      Lynne xx

  243. […] 1. We are loving track doors {like this one}. […]

  244. Wendy says:

    Hi Lynne Love this concept. Re-doing utility and bathroom downstairs off of our recroom. I am wanting to do this barn door effect but I looking to have these barn style doors close off my storage that will be open to the hall going to the bathroom. I will need at least 3 of these doors across my storage space and need each one of them to allow complete access. Can you help me with this?

  245. Lester says:

    Just love the old barn door look of there doors. I have a large door opening beween my parlor and dinning room,there is were I want my track doors.
    .But I have come up with my own plan,, hang a 2″x 4″ grooved out the center so a 3/4″ conduit pipe will fit same size as two-by. at each end 1/8″ by 1 1/2″ flat stock as the stopper. Your idea for flat stock from the pulley wheel, but I’m useing a closeline pulley to roll on my conduit pipe.Amen.

  246. Melanie says:

    Thanks so much for your post! Wondering if I can go smaller than a 3 inch wooden wheel? I want to do one in a basement, and inches are precious.

  247. Jaya says:

    Just stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely adore this post! I want to convert our conventional (aka “boring”) laundry room door to a track-style to capture lost space inside the small(-ish) room. Your instructions and photos are clear–your wit and real-talk are refreshing, too! Oh, bother–it looks like the hardware site is down at the moment…I’ll hope it’s back online soon. Love me some barn-door DIY!

  248. Christine says:

    OMG you are FABULOUS. What a happy surprise stumbling onto this blog! Ok, we are going to attempt DIY sliding doors. Your directions are by far the simplest out there I could find. I like the site you linked to for the hardware, but it’s still more than I’d like to spend. To do this myself, I’ve got just one question for you – step #4 above – where did you find these “flat bar hanger brackets” that have an offset bend at the wheel? These are key and I can’t find them! And a aside – does your door roll smoothly on just that little track?

    THANK YOU!!!

    • Hi Christine !
      Glad you love the site. I hope you subscribed. Then I will kiss you 🙂 Did I just scare you? The flat bar hanger brackets are just the same bar that we used for the bar that the door rolls along. It is a flat bar that is bent. It is so simple (according to people who weld and bend things). LOL. It is just a slight bend. If you need more details, you can email me at lynne@lynneknowlton.com and I can send you photos.

      Yes, the door rolls very smoothly along the track. Hard to believe, but it really does. It is like a functioning piece of art. It looks pretty and it functions brilliantly.


  249. Maxie Anderson says:

    Love your site.! So glad I found it by mistake. Love the doors and hopefully I can make one. I want to do this to a pantry door. HOW COOLIO…………


  250. Love your website. Love your sense of humor and passion. I’m signing on !!

    • Ahhhhhh shucks Leslie

      I am totally doing the happy dance. Can you see me? LOL.

      My dog thinks I am nuts now 🙂

      Thanks for signing on to the blog. I am thrilled!!

      I hope you enjoy !!

      Lynne xx

  251. wesley rapciewicz says:

    Hi i loved the tutorial. I am going to attempt this for a pantry door. Just curious if you could tell me where to get the hardware at? I would really appreciate it. thanks again.

    • Hi Wesley
      I added a link into the post of an awesome barn door hardware supplier. If you click on the link in the post, you can buy directly from Titus. He has great hardware.

      Another option is to make your own. I have bought the hardware from our local farm supply stores for barn doors. It is not very fancy, but it does the trick too.


  252. Laurie Grant says:

    My husband and I are making our door and the hardware. One place suggested the metal wheel out of a pulley, however we are now considering the wooden wheels. Where do you get the hardware that fits inside your wooden wheel? What is that called? Love the details! Thank you!

    • Hi Laurie,
      In my head, I answered your question. Today, I realized that I didn’t put those thoughts on ‘paper’ to you. Whoops.

      *Insert more coffee*

      My contractor bought the hardware that fits inside the wheels. I think it is a washer of some sort. We shop at our local TSC farm supply store and they sell wheels for barn door hardware too. They are quite inexpensive but not too fancy dancy.

      Let me know how it goes ! 🙂


  253. Linda says:

    Love the site, made barn door before but the hardware was a lot chunkier. Love your tongue and cheek. So glad I found your blog.

  254. Billie says:

    What a beautiful blog you have created and a wonderfully instructional post about barn doors. I recently posted an article on my blog about barn doors ( http://billiemakesahome.info/?p=299 ) and you my friend have provided me with even more inspiration to create a barn door.

  255. Wendy says:

    I just found your blog and I LOVE IT you are very funny and you made me laugh out loud. I t was like talking to my sister. Thank you!

    • Hi Wendy!
      I need a sister. Like a legit real sister to laugh with. LOL. I have a brother. He rocks out loud… but there is no way that he will wear a skirt and sip wine with me while snorting laughs out of our noses. Want to be adopted? Lynne xx

  256. Veronica says:

    Just wondering where you got the wooden wheels and the flat iron. Building a house and LOVE LOVE LOVE your directions for the doors!!

    • Colleen Greeley says:

      I absolutely love your site and that I found it at just the right time. Your instructions for making sliding doors are amazing. One question, where did you find the supplies? Did you shop at a big box store, local hardware etc.?

  257. vangie says:

    So where did you get the flat metal?

    • Hi Vangie !
      I recently found a company called reclaimed lumber products … http://www.reclaimedlumberproducts.com/product/barn-door-hardware-rlp-flat-track They sell the flat track ! Woot woot !
      Lynne 🙂

      • Mikie says:

        hi lyn,
        i am just looking for a simple rail and pulley for a small door in the back of my workshop that won’t get jammed-up by winter soil erosion. Everything seems so over-done and expensive.
        Can u help me?

        Did you have cancer?
        I am confused about your website;
        are you just into hanging doors or is there another motive?

        • Hi Mike,
          A simple rail and pulley for a small door could be found at farm supply stores. A lot of farmers use them on their workshop doors on barns. They are quite inexpensive, and not fancy looking… but for a workshop door it sounds like what you would be looking for.
          As far as my website goes.. it is a design and lifestyle site. I write about DESIGNING a LIFE that is inspiring and full of positive energy 🙂
          I have not had cancer, but most of my family has, so that is why I write so much about that too. You can see more here : https://lynneknowlton.com/dear-cancer-i-hate-you-and-i-thank-you-2/
          My husband (his name is MIKE too!) has cancer. I like to write about cancer since soooo many people are affected by it. Even though my site was originally designed for design inspiration and ideas, I write about other things too that are just a part of life 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

  258. J David Baldinelli says:

    Hi There & Greetings—-thanks for your site. Have been looking to make an under deck storage for snow blower,lawn mower,lawn chairs. Needed to close in to keep out rain-snow etc. Sliding doors–by passing would be ideal to allow easy access in winter and eliminate snow shoveling. Was getting frustrated trying to find affordable hardware, pricey as you say when located. Now THANKS to You, I’m on a search to come up with a make my own. Sometimes all one needs is a push in the right direction–except when building bridges. Again Thanks. America-First-Last-Forever-Now-Then-Always All The Best J David

    • Hey David,
      That’s a great idea for using a sliding door for a storage area. Do you get a ton of snow in your area too? Crazy winters! Let me know how it turns out. I may just try to do the same. All this time I have been putting sliding glass doors on the INTERIOR of our house and totally forgot to even put them outside.LOL.

  259. Almost too much fun. I am on a door project and this is the way, the truth and the light. And it was fun to read even if I was simply engineering the top off a beer.

  260. Jenny Yasi says:

    I really enjoyed this. I agree, sliding barn style doors totally turn me on. Can’t wait to do it to the doors I’ve already collected. Too bad you weren’t nearby, I’d give you some of my extras.

    • Jenny !….I think you should move nearby and bring me all your old doors. I would love to have a neighbour like you. I wouldn’t have to steal the doors from any more local farmers. LOL. xx

  261. Rachel says:

    You are hilarious! And awesome! I love old doors, especially ones on tracks! When we eventually buy a house, I totally plan to put them everywhere! Thanks for the tutorial! Can’t wait to do it myself!

    Rachel from FarMorePrecious.com

  262. Laurie Ann Cully says:

    OMG! Remodeling my stepson’s room so he can perm move in before college. My daughter just closed on a 250 year old house and “oh, mom. There are some old doors in the shed…Want them?” The picture of cool sliding doors instead of curtains popped into my head at 4 am during my nightly insomnia. When I googled how to possible put them up, I never even thought of the barn door concept (city girl). Came across your sight and have spent the last hours laughing out loud. I was actually saying out loud (in my head) “how am I going to do this withoout my husband catching on?” Then read your exact comment! Thanks for making me laugh.
    I also have only 1 friend!

    • Yay Laurie !!
      We can start a self help group of women with one friend. LOL !!! You and I can go together. With our one friend. hahahaha! Glad you loved the DIY tutorial ! Many hugs, many laughs….right back atcha. xo

      Lynne xx

  263. Art says:

    Love the doors. I get how to do the flat bar part of your tut. But how or where did you get the wooden wheels.

    • Hey Art
      You can buy the wheels on line (some of my blog readers have added links to purchase wooden and /or metal wheels…in the comment section of this post.

      Another option is to buy them from Dan Duquette. He has the wheels made by the local Amish and can ship them to you.

      Here’s his email addy : duke@bmts.com

      Cheers! Lynne

  264. stacy daniel says:


  265. Lexie says:

    Are you my mother?

    • Ha Lexie
      It’s possible. I checked out your blog and you are a hoot. Then I saw your bandaid tattoo and thought – nope – we can’t be related. I am way to chicken shit for a tattoo.

      Keep bloggin! Love your style !

  266. Jeanine says:

    Really cool stuff. Getting ready to hang two “barn doors” in our house and your information is really helpful! ( and your comments quite entertaining and refreshing)

  267. scott says:

    I LOVE your DIY barn door hardware!!

    I’ve spent the last hour on the web hunting wooden wheels like you used and I canlt find ANY! Any suggestions as to where to get them?

    Also, did you have the flat bar hangers built for you or did you find them already offset?

    I can’t wait to hear from you! I’m ready to start building.



    P.S. Glad you guys kicked cancer’s ass! My 31 year old daughter-in-law wasn’t able to.

    God Bless!

    • Hi Scott

      Thanks for checking out the barn door hardware. Our friend Dan Duquette can get the wooden wheels made by the local Amish. His email addy is duke@bmts.com . I noticed that another reader left a link in the comments with wheels that they found on line. I haven’t tried that yet. Looks like there are lots of options. Metal ones, wooden ones. If you find some on line, let me know… I would love to see how they turn out as well.

      I am sooooooooo sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter in law. That is far far far too young for anyone to leave this earth. It breaks my heart. Much love to you and your family.

      Lynne xx

  268. Brenda says:

    Wow! What great information! Definitely marking it as a favorite! I want a barn door for every room in my new house! I think I can find plenty of old doors in this town! Thank you again! I agree with Kristie, I think you and I would get along famously!

  269. kristie says:

    I have really enjoyed reading this post. your sense of humor is so much like my own that reading along I could just SEE what you were saying. I do so many projects that I may have ADD Remodeling condition. I design things as I go along. I have just discovered Pintrest……I now realize I’m not as smart as I thought I was. lol.

    Well thank you for your post.

    • Hhahahaaha Kristie !

      You are not alone 🙂 It is so fun to have ADD remodelling condition. So funny !! My husband hides my credit card when he sees that ‘look’ in my eyes. haha !

      Isn’t pinterest dangerous living ? So inspiring !!! Love it. I have found so many great blogs from pinterest. LOVE it !

      Cheers !!

  270. Mike says:

    Wow Lynne!!!
    All of these sexual references made my Levi’s rise off the floor about 8 inches!!!
    Great ideas…love your tracks.

  271. Rebecca Labinpuno says:

    its was soooo beautiful you really give me an idea!!!!I have plans to redo my door in my bedroom and its give a brilliant idea!!!!

  272. sarah smile says:

    love this site

  273. bianca says:

    you are hilarious. you entertained me, gave me a great idea and i love your writing style, it’s so real.
    cheers bianca

    • Thanks so much Bianca !

      Glad you love my blog. It is so much easier to keep things real in life, isn’t it?

      Life isn’t about rainbows and unicorns, but I sure try to have a laugh along the way.

      Cheers to you !!

  274. barry says:

    she’s smart, crafty, and sexy!!

  275. Ruth Rolland says:

    Cool site. Exactly what I was looking for and more. Beat cancer, I did! I will check your site often.


  276. Georiga Harden says:

    This blog rocks. I have old doors in my equipment shed. I’m gonna count them when I get home to make sure they are all still there. all kidding aside, I do want to change out the exterior doors on my barn. This has helped with me details I need to get it done.

    • Thanks for the blog rocks compliment !! Glad you love the door DIY !

      You have a barn ? Aren’t they gorgeous ? I love using our barn for parties. It sure is easy to hammer a nail in the boards to hang a picture. LOL.

      Cheers !
      Lynne x

  277. Alan Hartt says:

    Found these metal wheels that may help if you are using heavy doors:


    • Hey Alan
      The metal wheels look super cool ! Let me know if you buy some and if they look great. I would totally think about buying those as well. Love ’em !

      Cheers !

  278. Alan Hartt says:

    Thank you Lynne very much for the design above…can’t wait to use it on the building I am working on for my art studio and my wife’s sewing studio…It’s called “Da Barn” so very suiting…

  279. Delmy says:

    I found this website that sells wheels but not sure if they will work for this project…


  280. K says:

    Hi Lynne,
    Great post! Did you buy your hardware and wheels somewhere or did Dan make all of that for you? I have craved these doors for a year now. I too am addicted to Pinterest!

    • Hi K
      The doors and hardware are gorgeous aren’t they ? No, I didn’t buy these anywhere because they are so dang expensive to buy. I had them made by a local contractor. He is no longer available to make more door tracks and wooden wheels, so Dan stepped up to the plate and offered to make them for me. He teaches welding at a local college and has his own welding shop so he was perfect for the job. He also lives amongst the Amish and can have the wooden wheels made by local Amish. Coolio, huh?

      Oh my, pinterest is dangerously fun, isn’t it? What’s your pinterest user name? I can follow you 🙂

      Cheers !

  281. Candice says:

    Before I stumbled across this page, I thought I had to keep my passionate love for sliding barn doors a secret. Now I am confident enough to stand on my front lawn & shout, ‘Sliding Barn Doors are Da Bomb Diggity Bomb!’ We are building a new home & one of my 1rst requests was for one of these awesome doors…somewhere…anywhere in the house. My husband didn’t seem to get it, but I kept pleading for understanding. Just when I was ready to give up, he decided it would be cool to have one close off our mudroom shower. Fab right? But then the cost of the track! I thought I’d lose my lover(door) again. Then your site…thank ya Jesus!!

    • Oh my Candice, I think I love you ! LOL…with ‘da bomb Diggity Bomb’ hilarious !! The track can be crazy expensive, you are right. It is waaaaay cheaper to make your own, or buy the barn door tracks from a local TSC store or farm supply store. Those rock out loud !

      Cheers !
      And come back and tell me about your mudroom doors when you are done. I can’t wait to hear about it !
      Wooohhoooo !!


  282. Beth says:

    Hi Lynne,
    I just love this!!! I am in the process of building a pantry and I plan to use an old barn door I found as the door. So of course, I need the hardware. I plan to inquire with your friend Dan to see if this is something he could do for me, because it looks great!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  283. Mara says:

    Love this!
    Did this!
    Well, I really didn’t do it … but I know people with power tools;)
    Who knew hanging wood and metal could do that do a person?
    Love your site!

  284. Jason says:

    Thanks for the ideas. One question I have: with the depth of the thread on your wooden wheel does that prevent the door from teetering outwardly? I have seen some barn door style hardware that doesn’t prevent this resulting in the doors banging against the doors, more so I have little kids and I don’t want them flinging doors off the walls onto themselves. Please let me know.

    • Hi Jason,
      We don’t have that problem with the teetering outwardly, so that is a good point that you are making. The depth of the thread must help to prevent that. The other thing that we do is to have a ‘catch’ at the bottom of the door… You can see a photo of it in the tutorial. It looks like an L shape. This stops the door from coming off the track. I would think it would also make it less likely to teeter outward.
      Have fun with your project. This style of door hardware is really beautiful ‘in real life’… I hope it works out for you too ! Cheers, Lynne

      • Jason says:


        Thanks for the information, that helps in weighing my options for different door styles as we are building a house very soon. I realized I had one other question in regards to the wooden wheels. I noticed in the pictures (maybe I missed this in the description) that it seems as the wooden wheel has a bearing of some sort installed in it? I don’t need specifics, but just wanted to verify what I was seeing. I don’t live in the US so I can’t easily get the same ones you have here and will have to have a local carpenter make them for me.

        • Hiya Jason
          Yes, you are right, there is some sort of bearing in there. I don’t live in the US either, I’m a Canuck. My friend Dan Duquette (who lives among the Amish) can have these made and shipped for you. His email addy is duke@bmts.com. Hopefully that can help you somewhat. He ships all over the place.
          Cheers ! Lynne

  285. […] from Lynne-knowlton hung this old door with DIY sliding hardware and I think it is […]

  286. Sue says:

    LOVE your ideas! I’m planning barn doors for my bedroom and can’t deal with the prices I’m seeing. I’ve figured everything how except the wheels. Did you make the wooden wheels or get them somewhere? I’ve searched all over and can’t find them.

    • Hi Sue
      Great idea to put old doors on a track for your bedroom. You can buy the wheels from my friend Dan Duquette if you like. He can have the Amish make them for you. His email address is duke@bmts.com . I hope that helps !
      Cheers !
      Send me photos when you are done. I’d love to see them ! Lynne x

  287. Kristine says:

    Hi Lynne,
    I hope this is not too stupit of a question, but what about the bottom of the door? Do you put wheels on the bottom or is all the weight of the door on top? Did I miss those instructions. I really, really LOVE this concept and want to give it a try!! Thanks so much!

    • Hi Kristine ~
      Not a stupid question at all. No, we don’t have any wheels at the bottom of the door. It rolls on the wheels at the top only. We have a little stopper on the bottom though. You can see it in the photos of the blog post. It sort of looks like a bent square thing. It stops the door from rolling too far and keeps it close to the wall. Let me know how it goes. I hope you will be thrilled. The doors really do look fantastic installed. Cheers, Lynne

  288. Lolidesign56 says:

    Hi! Lynne,
    Gosh,, you’re hilarious, soooo awesomely entertaining,!!!! You have such an amazing talent incorporating “materials” with such authentic/rustic finish on all your doors. I love, love doors myself, When I travel overseas, am always drawn to DOORS with their “unique” character/style. Anyhow, you got my attention on your post. Are you in DESIGN by profession.? Keep posting! Thanks……

  289. Leslie Snyder says:

    Omg I love this whole page! Soooo funny! I LOVE doors too and I will be adding some to my new house soon. I tried Dukes link and it works but there is no info on his page. Just the name and some graphics. Is he still selling these? Thank you so much for the tips and the laughs!


  290. Thanks heaps for the instructions AND visual aides tah-boot.
    .I need them more then the Monster Man. LOL

    We just came home from the builder supply with materials to make our own barn door hardware! We received an email with a quote from a company for the track….$312…………..I dont think so!
    We’re DIY folks on a retirement budget who look for creative ways to add personality to our homestead.
    And thanks to helpful folks like you, we git instructions too. LOL

  291. These are fantastic, Lynne!! I can’t wait to see them hung in place. This would be a fun idea for my pantry when/if we ever give it a country kitchen makeover!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Great idea !!! TRUTH. I think they would look fantastic (almost anywhere). No joke… I keep removing doors in my house to make way for doors on tracks. LOOK OUT, once you get up on set of track doors you will want to change ALL the doors in your house. It is awesome ! Lynne xx

  292. Pamela Haar says:

    What is in between the wheels? Is there some type of bearing? Thanks for posting this :).

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Oh darn Pamela, I don’t know what you call that wee thingy between the wood and the wheels. Do you like that technical term “wee thingy” ? If you ask my pal Dan Duquette at duke iron, he could give you the legit details. His email is duke@bmts.com. Hope that helps ! Cheers ! Lynne

  293. Ann Campos says:

    I haven’t laughed this hard in a while. I love your writing style…and your doors. Now if I can just find a place to hang such a door in my 1970’s boring ranch home!
    aka: nellie (really my grandmother, but my barn sale customers think it’s me).

  294. patti schneider says:

    Hello Lynne. You rock! love your inside idea with the rails. Very cool. Look forward to seeing your future creative ideas. have a great holiday! patti schneider

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Thanks Patti !!

      Did you have an epic holiday?

      I spent most of mine HIDING from the snow. It is EVERYWHERE. Oh to be a {frozen} Canadian. Eeeeek. Yuck.

      I have a few creative ideas up my sleeve. Can’t wait to share !

      Many hugs,
      Lynne xx

  295. Sarah says:

    This has made my day!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Thanks Sarah !
      Geesh, where have I been. I just saw your comment now. Only a MONTH late. 🙂

      I am not normally this SLOW. LOL.

      Happy New Year !

      See you on the blog again soon. xx

  296. Judy Barnett says:

    Well, I have a bit of problem in that I live in Castle Rock, Colorado. Lots of doors around here since it’s an old ranching community, but, alas, need a welder guy! Anyone out there have a name or two? My idea is to use barn doors for the doors on our entryway coat closets (there are 2) with a large space in between which is the entrance into the living room.. Conceivably, the doors, when open, would slide across the entrance into the living room; then, when closed over the closets, the entrance into living room would be wide open. Anyway, hard to explain… As I said, need a good (and reasonable) welder; I’m already blessed with a handy Andy i.e. Steve, to do the rest of the work.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Judy
      I LOVE LOVE LOVE your idea for the use of the doors.
      If you get realllllllly stuck, you can buy the whole sha-bang from Dan Duquette. The link to his site is DuKE IRON in the sidebar. He can ship it to you. He also sells the wheels separately if you need em.
      Until then….I hope you find some local awesomeness to help you bring it all together !! Woohhhoooo !

  297. Ann says:

    LOVED this – I know YOU know you’re wonderful, but I just wanted to give you a heads up that someone else just noticed too!

  298. Lori says:


    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Lori
      You can buy the wheels from Dan Duquette. His website/contact info is in the right sidebar of my blog under DUKE IRON. The Amish will make the wheels and Dan can ship them to you.
      Have fun !
      Lynne 🙂

  299. summer says:

    HI! Love love love your tutorial! Very funny 🙂 You’ve helped with one small step in the mountainous staircase that will eventually lead to my some day – on my favorite island – built from cargo containers (I hope) – awesomely beachy – rustic – shabby chic dream abode!!! I am in love with the whole door thing too, especially the barn variety. I had the day off to take my daughter to the doc and had an extra few hrs this afternoon. This I spent at the antique mall and the local goodwill. The former had several gorgeous old doors, even a couple double sets and a kickin ass farmhouse style screen door. the latter had abundant old sheets/pillow cases for the big ol’ rag rug I intend to dive into to pass all those 1ong 43 hr. evenings this winter. Anyhooo, Thanks a bunch and I will be checkin out your handy door fella cuz this whole bidness does look like da’bomb!! Happy pinning, I have to go try some projects as that damn pintrest tends to BECOME the hobby if you don’t enter with caution! Thanx, Summer

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Summer !!!
      I LOVE LOVE your cargo container idea !!! So be achy-rustic- is right ! Send me photos when you do it !!! Sounds gawwworgeous.
      I have seen islands made from upcycled old doors too. They look fab. I don’t dare search it on pinterest…I may never escape alive. LOL.
      Keep up the amazeballs ideas. They rock out loud.

  300. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
    I do not know who you are but definitely you are going to a
    famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  301. luke says:

    i want to make a sliding bookshelf…. using the track tech. what do u think is it possible?

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hey Luke
      I LOVE how you think. Ohhhh hells ya…I think you can do it. Tell me more about what you have in mind. If I can help with some input, I will give it a shot.
      Have fun !

  302. Leroy McKane says:

    Great! I can’t wait to get started on my own!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hiya Leroy
      I hope you create some damn fine sexy doors 🙂 Send me pix, if you get a chance.

  303. Hi love the character of the doors, amazing what you can do with a bit of imagination and that personal flair you have, you should pin it up on Pinterest

  304. Bugs says:

    Hey – I’m waiting for the book, I’m willing to eat popcorn until it’s done (yeah, for breakfast too). As interesting as a door can be, your writing style trumps it, move over Mark Twain, Ellen DeGeners, Shade’s of Grey . . . Lynne, Guess what’s coming your way, YES ! ! ! November, hurrah ! (Write a novel month, you knew that.) So, should I put on the coffee, margaritas, popcorn? Put you behind the jailhouse doors? I’ll be looking for it in my email come December 1st. Ho ho ho.

    P.s. I am looking for a welder to make the iron work and a sexy dorn

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Book ?! You just made my heart skip a beat with excitement. It’s a GREAT IDEA, but I would have no idea where to begin. NONE. If I could write a book, while wearing my pyjamas & drinking excessive amounts of coffee (read : Margaritas) while sitting on an island…wellllll….hells ya – I’m in. LOL. Any ideas? xx

  305. Nicolas says:

    Very cool these doors !
    We love your posts.
    A lot of kisses to the whole family.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Merci beaucoup Nicolas,
      Much love and bisous to you and your beautiful, beautiful incredible family.
      We all miss you dearly.
      Sending kisses from Canada to Paris.
      Lynne xx

  306. clarinda says:

    koool barn door hardware…i love it…shhhhhhh dont tell anyone but i steal doors too lol my inlaws were storing there farm doors at our farm sooooooo i said u guys really dont want these right cuz they have 5-6 layers of paint on them..there dirty, they said we only want 2 yipppppppeee i got the rest..i worked for weeks on the dang doors an in the end i made a king size bed frame …then went an visited my menite friends to make some fancy top pieces it looks awesome ..3 doors standing up right for head board an 3 shorter for foot board..my inlaws were in awwwwwwwwlol
    so i see the duke left durham or maybe he is in hiding as i got a few lessons from him then he set me on a project i was sooo nervous i screwed up crap i felt aweful an ran away now i wish i hadnt cuz i loved it but he is a awesome guy does great work ill pass the word on for his place for door hardware maybe he will come outta hiding…lol thks for the instructions am off to steal more doors in the dark………..shhhhhhhh….

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Clarinda
      Ohhh my, the king sized head board made from doors sounds DIVINE ! Can you send me a pic? lynneknowlton@gmail.com. I would love to see it!
      Yes, the DUKE is not in Durham anymore. He has a new shop near Desboro now. Go see him ! He is one awesome guy, isn’t he?

  307. Kim Bee says:

    Dudey this is awesome. I have serious door track hardware envy. I’m going to be up all night daydreaming about door porn and track porn. Hope you’re happy with yourself. I drive by a ton of barns on the way to our barn, I wonder how many doors I can steal on the way…

    you help with bail right??

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Oh hells ya, I will bail you out Kimmie !! I will come with a pitcher of margaritas. We will have a blast in jail. 🙂 xx

  308. Dominique says:

    Lynne! i didn’t think I’d like this idea…but but but…now – how do I convince my hubby? do you have a tutorial on that ? (hubby convincing 101?) I have 3 areas that could use these!

    Thisis better than rainchains right now (since winter is coming I won’t need rainchains for about 6 months and I’m renovating the bedroom/ensuite and those doors…great idea!)

    • Dominique says:

      Well that was easy! He likes the idea! Took less than 2 minutes…actually I didn’t have to convince him…he just liked the idea!

  309. Lio says:

    Practical intructions… When I was finally able to get to them. I’m sure it’s all part of your blogging persona and your regular readers find you quirky and adorable, but maybe you could add a linkdown for the rest of us neurotic assholes who just want to just. Get. To. The. Instructions. ALREADY.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hello Lio

      As the author of this blog, I view this blog the same way that I do about life. It’s about the journey, not just about the destination.

      To give the instructions at the beginning of a blog post is like reading the last chapter of a book, first. 🙂 ok- that is tempting sometimes.

      Unfortunately, it is not possible to link directly WITHIN a blog post – otherwise – that is a great idea ( for some readers like yourself ) I get that. 🙂

      Sorry that you didn’t enjoy the photographic story telling journey of the blog post.

      Cheers, and have an epic weekend !


  310. I know I am not supposed to say this in the modern world of DIY superwomen (which I am so not) I am going to email this to my husband and see if I can convince him to make us a set of these in the second opening to our kitchen. Or in a future home. Preferably in a future ho