Barn Door

The downstairs restroom of my new garage is small (3 ft. x 6 ft.) which. does not leave much maneuvering room between the commode and a sink. I ordered a corner sink to allow better access, and I did not want a door opening into the shop but I still needed a door.

Recently a friend gave me a new set of barn door hardware which would work very well as the power room door. There was sufficient length along the wall for the door to roll back. All that was required was to build a suitable door. I had an old copy of the Family Handyman Magazine (July 2017) that detailed how to create a rustic weathered barn door.  This would fit well into my workshop while not having a standard door opening into the shop itself.

I followed the basic plan but did not rip the boards down to the suggested dimensions. Instead, I used 6 #2 white wood 1 x 6 boards to create the door that was 31 ¼” wide (the rough door opening is 28″). The boards were rabbited and weathered according to the article, and the cross boards were glued and screwed (from the back) with 1 ¼” drywall screws. Since the back of the door was not finished, it is covered with a sheet of Embossed Homesteader Hardboard Wall Panel (Lowes) cut to size facing the interior of the restroom.

The wrought nails (Rockler) on the cross pieces are nly for decoration, as the screws and adhesive hold the boards together. Extra blocking was installed where the track will be mounted after the drywall is installed. This was done to ensure the track will be secure with the weight of the door. A header board was installed to ensure the track standoffs did not wear into the drywall behind it. While the installation kit came with 3 1/2″ lag screws, it was necessary to get some 5″ screws to ensure they mounted through the blocking in the wall.

A door handle was ordered from Amazon, and a old style hook and eye secures the door when occupied. Instead of using the supplied door guide, I upgraded to an adjustable roller type guide to better align the door during use. The final addition was installing a reproduction “RESTROOM” sign (Amazon). Installation was very easy, and the door operates very smoothly.

This was a very easy inexpensive and good looking project.