Hey thanks for stopping by the blog today, I hope you are having a fantastic day. I finally have that tutorial I promised for the barn door track that goes with the Built-In Shelves I shared a while back. I decided to make my own track because after I did a little shopping online I quickly found out that buying a barn door track can be pretty pricey. Even the small ones were in the range of $100.00 to $125.00 dollars. Not really in my budget, however, I didn’t get discouraged. Considering they are essentially a flat metal bar and some wheels I knew I could make my own if I could find the supplies. After rummaging through the drawers and bins at the hardware store for a while, I managed to find what I needed for about $50.00. There are a few things that I would do differently a second time around so I have made a few notes on the supply list below. I will explain all the changes in the step-by-step instructions below so keep reading. In the end, this was actually super easy to put together. All you really have to do is paint the pieces and drill a few holes.
Time: 3 hours
- 1/4″ drill bit
- 5/16 wrench
- (2) 1″ X 3 ” Heavy-Duty Galvanized Steel Pulleys
- (2) 3/8-16 Hex Head Cap Screws
- (2) Acorn Nuts
- (2) 1/8″x 1″ @ 3′ Aluminum Flat Bar *needed 2
- (3) 3/8″ x 1/2″ x 1″ Steel Spacers *needed 3
- (3) 5/16 x 3″ Lag Screws $2.60 ea *needed 3
- (4) 1/4″-20 x 1 1/2″ Round Head Machine Screws
- (4) Acorn Nuts
- (2) 1″ 90 deg.Corner Brace
(2) Mending Plates (8) Washers
- Rustoleum Flat Black Spray Paint
*I have noted a few of the supplies that you will need more than whats pictured below. Also, you won’t need the items that are crossed out.
- (2) 1/8″x 1″ @ 6″ Aluminum Flat Bar
1. Cut Aluminum Flat Bars To Desired Track Length
The 3′ aluminum flat bar turned out to be the exact length that I needed so I didn’t have to cut mine. If you need to make yours a different length, a jigsaw with a metal blade will do the job nicely.
You will also need to cut two smaller 6″ pieces from the second flat bar to attach the wheels to the door. (Instead of the mending plates I used)
2. Take The Easy Route
I used Bondo to fill the holes I didn’t want in the mending plates. Sitting here writing this I am wondering what was I thinking. It must have been a brain fog sorta day or more likely I was probably trying to save a few pennies.
You will just need to drill 3 holes in the 6″ pieces you cut from the second aluminum flat bar.
3. Prep For Painting
Next, you will want to use some sandpaper to rough up the surfaces of the metal the best you can. This helps give the paint something to stick too, this keeps the paint from wearing off after sliding the wheels back and forth over time.
4. Spray Paint Everything
I used Rustoleum flat black spray paint to make it pretty.
5. Drill Holes In Barn Door
Drill two 1/4″ holes to fit the Round Head Machine Screws. Then push the screws through the back of the door and the metal bar on the front.
Flip the door around and secure in place with the acorn nuts. The spacing on my door is 2″ between the bottom of the wheel and the center of the first hole.
6. L- Bracket Stopper For Each End Of The Track
My hubby made these brackets for me because he already had something that would work. I believe that you could also make a bracket out of the leftovers of the second aluminum bar or if you don’t want to do that you could use something like this small bracket. You just need something to stop the door from falling off the track.
7. Pre-drill Holes In Shelving Frame
I believe I used a 1/4″ size drill bit to pre-drill the holes in the shelving frame. After you have your holes drilled assemble the track in the following order; Lag screw, metal track, L-bracket, and 1″ steel spacer. Finally, tighten the lag screws with a 5/16 wrench and your done.
Hang your barn door on the track and test it out.
Well, I hope that you found this tutorial helpful. I love having these shelves in my bathroom because I can’t handle clutter, I love that I can hide it all behind a cute barndoor. If you are needing some extra storage in a small space I hope that you will give these a try or use this DIY track for some other clever project.
I would love to see what you do with this DIY barn door track.