How to fix Barn doors?

by Eric


So I made and installed my own barn doors. The problem - it appears after installing the doors that the boards are not straight.

This has caused an increasing gap, when the doors are closed, starting from the middle of the door and moving to the bottom.

Anyone have input on how to fix without making a new door?


  7 answers
  • Marc Werth Marc Werth on Sep 04, 2018

    You can try readjusting the sliding hardware at the top ie... let the outside corners drop

  • Nancy Nancy on Sep 04, 2018

    You could buy a flat piece of decorative molding. Glue it on one door so half is glued and half will cover the gap when the doors are closed. Stain the wood the same color as the doors.

  • Heje Heje on Sep 04, 2018

    See if you can adjust from the top and lower the outside edges. Good luck on your getting them to close.

  • Eric Eric on Sep 04, 2018

    I tried adjusting the hardware on top already. I think the problem is that the boards are not straight?

    • Terra Terra on Sep 25, 2018

      Did you measure to see if your doors are square?

      1. bottom left corner to the top right
      2. bottom right to top left

      If the two measurement are the same that means your door is square.

  • Lil Lil on Sep 25, 2018

    Wood tends to act up depending on the weather. It shrinks and expands. Also the weight of the boards and the whole door should be taken into consideration. Maybe applying a filler to the gap and staining it to match the boards? (You did a good job)

  • Eric Eric on Sep 25, 2018

    I measured - they’re square.

    i did adjust the hardware some more and added wood filler in between the boards.

    this is the best I can do for now.

    thanks for all the help!

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  • 17335038 17335038 on Sep 25, 2018

    You actually did quite a good job of making these barn doors with the diagonal supports to help prevent sagging. As the top portion of the two doors is touching, it is really only the bottom part that has a gap. Sand down with a planer the inside sections of the top part of the two doors where they are touching, until the entire length touches, eliminating the gap.