Barn doors are still all the rage these days, and you can’t beat how convenient they are in tight spaces. We have two areas in our house that benefit SO much from having a door that can slide rather than swing. Our laundry room, in particular, needed a double sliding door because there wasn’t enough space on either side of the doorway for a single 32″ door.
See what I mean?
When I started to price out what a barn door would cost, I knew the hardware would be at least $200 on the low end (though you can see where I found cheaper hardware here), but then I started looking up costs for a double door – meaning double the hardware – and it was more than twice the price. Not cool, man! These doors aren’t even heavy, so they don’t need the extra hardware because of weight, it’s just so they can balance properly.
Being frugal and intent on staying on budget, I figured out a way to make it happen on a budget.
How to DIY a double sliding door for under $150!
72-inch Sliding Door Track and Hardware Kit – CDN$36.98
36-inch x 80-inch 2-Panel Smooth Bifold Door – CDN$68.90
256/336mm Steel Bar Pull (x2) – CDN$21.38
2x3x8 Framing Lumber Finger Jointed (x2) – CDN$4.88
- 1.5×1.5 Corner Bracket (x2) – CDN$1.10
What I didn’t include in the cost are: stain, screws, and paint for the door – all of which I already had on hand leftover from past projects. In case you’re curious, here’s the info on colours:
In order to install the track, we screwed the stained 2×3’s onto the wall then attached the track to the wood, since it would normally sit on the inside of a door frame. These tracks are meant for closet doors, so I don’t recommend using them with heavy doors.
Speaking of the doors, we bought a bifold set, detached them from one another, painted, and used them as two individual doors, then we got two large cabinet handles and spray painted them matte black. Easy peasy.
As a guide for the doors on the floor, we used two small L-brackets so they don’t ever swing too far away from the wall, and just added in a cabinet door bumper (tiny clear semi-circle sticker things) to make sure the doors don’t get scratched.
As you can see above, additional precaution had to be taken with two curious toddlers, so we’ve had to add a cabinet handle lock to the doors, and to keep the doors from sliding anywhere, I super glued pebbles to the track. Yeah, that’s my super official and professional solution. And guess what? It works.
I get asked about these doors all the time, and it was such a simple solution: closet doors with some 2×3’s nailed to the wall.
That last sentence makes me feel like this entire blog post was unnecessary…
Hopefully, you don’t think so! And if you have any questions at all, leave a comment or email me and I’ll get back to you ASAP!
And if you want to see the rest of the laundry room, check out the full reveal of the makeover!