Jennifer Allwood
Jennifer Allwood
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  • Kansas City, MO

How to Build Black Bypass Barndoors for Under $100


I wanted cute farmhouse sliding barndoors and I wasn't willing to pay $1600 to fit my large opening. I also didn't have much space to work with. So here's what we came up with ...



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... bypass barndoors painted in gorgeous black!



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I had to have some privacy because I work from home, my friends. But with a large farmhouse sliding barndoor, you gotta have enough room for the door to slide to the other side of the room when open. I didn’t want to box in our open staircase. But I did need to block out my children when working!!!




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We started with six 1 x 6 x 8 pieces of whitewood from our local hardware store. It’s light and cheap -- only $4 each. Awesome!



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We invested in a Kreg Jig for the project in order to anchor each board to each other without seeing nail holes, etc. We added a header, a footer and a diagonal piece thru the middle. These were all 1 x 8 x 8 boards and both for support and for looks! We used a nail gun to hold it together.



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We had two in no time! We painted the doors my FAVORITE BLACK - which is also on my dining room ceiling and all my interior doors.  Read my full blog post to get the color and some painting tips. Plus I have a link there were you can download my list of my top 50 Favorite Fall Colors!









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We installed a header (just a 1 x 8 x 10)  to attach the hardware system to because we wanted to make sure the doors were stable and secure. We also painted a matching wall color so it would disappear into the wall.



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The hardware system we bought is genius! We installed it right into the header. Learn where to purchase it on my blog post and get a coupon!



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So here is how the doors look all the way opened and stacked on top of one another. When rolled to the other side of the room, the barndoors block off the opening to the entry. So no more legs running down the steps in the background when I'm on a business call or filming a consulting video. No more noise when recording my podcast. I now have a barrier!!!!

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8 questions
  • Pamela B. Gettings
    on Apr 10, 2017

    I have two white closet doors I took off another closet. Can I use those to close off a space in a bedroom ? I don't want to get rid of them just yet. Pam, CT.
    • Lori
      on Apr 14, 2017

      Pamela B. Getting I am not an expert on this but from what I have seen I don't see why not!! Just need to make sure that the doors cover the area and they have an area to slide to
  • Gabrielle
    on Apr 10, 2017

    I love your style! How do you go about putting decorations together, I'm not great at it but I really want to be.
  • Barb
    on Apr 10, 2017

    Obviously you did not include the price of the door sliders in your "under $100" price...maybe the doors themselves. I checked out the site you said you bought them from... ????
    • G.B. Woot
      on Apr 10, 2017

      yes! depending on the length of sliders needed, these can be the most expensive part of barn doors. Unless you find them salvage, and now, even these places know they are worth a lot.
    • Denise
      on Apr 10, 2017

      I saw a post that used garage door wheels for the pullys, like 6 bucks each!
    • C Van Houten
      on Apr 10, 2017

      I was wondering if that was a misprint and was supposed to read "Under 1000 dollars. I was so hopeful until I saw the price of the hardware. :(
    • Sootie
      on Apr 10, 2017

      I bought my hardware on eBay last year for about $85 w/ free shipping. Lots to choose from, I chose the plain basic black, really heavy duty with nothing else to purchase. Barn doors are sooo trendy and a real space saver. Love my door in the kitchen, next one to install is in the master bedroom. If you install one you'll never be sorry, enjoy...
    • Susan
      on Apr 10, 2017

      The title was "how to build..." so obviously they meant"building" the doors ONLY. That's how this site gets you to LOOK....
    • Mca10824461
      on Apr 11, 2017

      I have seen the mounting hardware for less than $115 at Menards. If you have one in your area it's worth a look. The price for the doors made at home can't be beat. Great job, it looks amazin!
  • Peggy Dean Luckey
    on Apr 10, 2017

    These are gorgeous. question: my husband saw a set of doors at Lowes which has a track and stopper on the bottom of the doors to keep it stable I guess. We'd like to build our own, is the bottom of the door hardware necessary?

    • Susan
      on Apr 10, 2017

      google for an answer - but youtube is also helpful and would have instructions !

    • Karen Boyd
      on Apr 10, 2017

      I have seen doors like this IRL. I do not remember bottom hardware. I can't imagine how that would work. I would think a stop at the top would be good enough. I have lived with pocket doors in two homes. I helped install one of them. There was no bottom hardware.
    • Suzanne Houlton
      on Apr 10, 2017

      There is usually a groove cut into the bottom of the door and a metal slide that is attached to the floor and fits into the groove. This stops the door from swinging out or into the wall.
    • Woody
      on Apr 11, 2017

      would think having something at bottom for the doors to slide on would be something to trip over??

    • Jpederson
      on Apr 11, 2017

      Roller coasters for the bottom to roll along the floor and support the door.
    • Suzanne Houlton
      on Apr 12, 2017

      As long as you have stoppers on your door then the slide is just inside the left edge of the door when the door is closed. When you slide the door open, the slide ends up just inside the right side. So you cannot see it or trip on it.
  • Dpr173
    on Apr 12, 2017

    What's it look like from the hallway/ step side ??
  • Melissa
    on Apr 14, 2017

    I'm curious how noisy they are when sliding. I would love these in my bedroom over the bathroom doorway.
    • Julie M.
      on May 9, 2017

      I bought a set of hardware that has silicone rollers. While it is not silent, it is pretty quiet.
  • Jane Livingston
    on Apr 18, 2019

    where is the slide for the bottom of the door to keep them from moving forward and backward while sliding the doors?

    • Dfm
      on May 23, 2019

      There isn’t one, barn doors on actual barns don’t have a bottom slide part.

    • Tim
      on Jun 13, 2019

      I made four barn doors for my bedroom closet using the bypass hardware as the opening was just over 10’. If the track is level the doors are heavy enough to stay in place. I got my hardware from eBay a lot cheaper. Tim

  • Cathy
    on Apr 18, 2019

    Sorry but not seeing how you made these for under $100 because i checked out the hardware site and there's no way plus the lumber prices? Tractor Supply Company is way cheaper with the hardware

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  • Cathy Cook
    on Apr 18, 2019

    The cost of the hardware is over $100.00......did I miss something.

  • Kathy
    on Apr 18, 2019

    May I ask: what is the fabulous black curly thing on your ceiling in your office? I love that! It is looks great with your black doors. Well done!

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