If you read my previous blog about transforming our bedroom closet into a makeup station, you’ll know that we built a sliding slatted door with hidden hardware. Since, I received so many questions about this. I wanted a door that is similar in style to the other slatted barn door we made when we added a walk-in closet to the bedroom. However, since it was the door hiding the shoes, I wanted it to be full.
Designing the door
That was pretty much the easiest part, especially since I had already designed the other one. Only this time, the slats have a slightly different size given that the door is smaller. They are flat on the wider part of each slat. The other door was the opposite, the slats were fixed on the smaller part and the door was see through.
Building the sliding slatted door with hidden hardware
I wanted to door to be higher than the height of the closet opening, to align it with the other door. So we built it with the width of the Pax closet behind it and the height of the other door.
We used pine wood. The back is 84″ x 19 3/4″ x 3/4″ and we cut the slats to be 1/2″ in width by 3/4″ thick, which we screwed from the back. We left a 3/4″ distance between the slats. Since we used pine wood (a rather light and soft wood), we solidified it with two extra slats at the back. This is the easiest part. I stained the door with my favorite Varathane Aged Wood Accelerator. The other door was lighter in color, and so I stained it with the same stain as well. My objective is to have more warmth in the bedroom and the darker wood elements are perfect to add this touch.
How to build a Sliding Slatted Door with Hidden Hardware
That was the part that took more work and precision. I wanted it to slide seamlessly when I’d open it but did not want to have another barn door hardware – all I wanted to see was the wood.
A few things to do and look out for
- Select the right sliding door kit and dimensions (complete hardware included, not just the rail)
- The measurement of the opening you want to cover with the door.
How to build it
- Fix the track in place by making sure you screw it in the studs using 2 1/2″ or 3″ screws. This is especially important since the door will be heavier than usual given that it’s solid wood.
- Install the top hangers and measure the height of your opening from the floor to the hangers. Then, you will need to mark the same measurement on the back of your door. This will determine where the extension will go on the the back of the door to be hung to the sliding system. Another thing you should take into consideration at this point is your bottom rollers. So, by taking the measurements, make sure your door is placed no more than 1/4″ to 3/8″ above the floor. This way, it can lean onto the rollers.
- Measure the depth between your hanger and where you will place your door in front of the wall. Then you can build the extension according to those measures. Don’t forget to allow some space to prevent the door from rubbing against the wall (a 1/4″ should be enough)
- Use a piece or more of wood to attach to the back of your door as a spacer/extension. That’s what will allow the door to hang in the track without rubbing on the wall.
- Screw the top hangers to the top of your extension. Ensure they are placed at equal distance from each side, and about 3-5″ from the sides. This will ensure the door is well centered in your opening.
- Screw the extension onto the back of your door to add the extra depth required. Stain it like the rest of the door, or paint depending on how you are doing your door.
- Finally, it’s time to screw the bottom rollers in the floor. If your measurements are properly taken as described is point 3, the door should be just above the floor and lean onto the rollers. However, you will also need to use a level to place the rollers in such a way that the door is straight and levelled vertically.
Putting it all together
So, as you can see, the key to having a sliding slatted door with hidden hardware is the required thickness at the back. That’s how you can fix it to a regular sliding system, without rubbing against the wall. And this is a matter of taking the right measurements.
So, that’s the result. I am super happy with it!