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Can You Hang a Barn Door from the Ceiling? (Easy Step By Step Guide)

Can You Hang a Barn Door from the Ceiling? (Easy Step By Step Guide)

Are you looking to bring a sliding barn door into your home and want to hang it from the ceiling don’t know know how to install it, let alone if it is even possible?

Have no fear, because a lot of people have this question. You can still enjoy the beauty and convenience of sliding barn doors by installing them from the ceiling. Ceiling-mounted sliding barn doors are becoming increasingly popular due to their privacy, ability to save space, and modern style – so if that sounds like you, then you will love having a barn door hanging from the ceiling.

In this blog post, we will discuss how to hang a sliding door from your ceiling safely and securely, as well as some practical tips and considerations so that you can choose the best options for your unique needs.

Let’s get to it!

Can You Hang a Barn Door from the Ceiling?

Why Hang a Barn Door from the Ceiling?

Before we begin, you may be wondering if this option is right for your home. There are a few reasons why you may want to opt for sliding barn doors hung from the ceiling.

No Header or Door Frame

A header is a slab of wood that goes above a door and helps frame in the door’s rough opening. However, some home’s doorway openings from room to room are not an average doorway with a frame and header. Some are just two walls that go straight up into the ceiling, creating more of a walkway than a doorway.

If you want to put a sliding barn door in a spot like there, there is no header to attach to, and you will definitely need to use a ceiling-mounted barn door in a place like this.

Aesthetic Appeal

Additionally, mounting a sliding barn door on the ceiling can be an attractive and luxurious choice for bathroom doors, closet doors, among other places. They come in a variety of styles, including stainless steel, antique bronze, black metal, galvanized steel, aluminum, and more. With so many options, make your barn door as rustic or uptown modern as you would like!

What You Will Need to Hang a Barn Door from the Ceiling

What You Will Need to Hang a Barn Door from the Ceiling

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If you are going to hang a sliding door from the ceiling, it is important that you have all of the necessary components and materials beforehand. You will need:

  • Barn Door Track Hardware Kit  (consisting of barn door tracks, rollers, stoppers, brackets, washers, lag bolts, and more)
  • Barn Door Panel
  • Framing (if needed)
  • Stud finder
  • Power drill and various drill bits
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Ladder

How To Hang A Sliding Door From The Ceiling

Now that you know what materials and tools are necessary, let’s go over the step-by-step process for hanging a sliding door from the ceiling.

Step 1: Measure


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Start by measuring your doorway or wall space where you want to install the sliding barn door hardware kit. Make sure to measure twice to ensure accuracy!

Step 2: Figure Out Where to Mount the Sliding Barn Door Track

This step is similar to when you are installing a wall-mounting kit, except it’s for the ceiling. Use a stud finder to locate the rafters, beams, or joists in the ceiling (as opposed to the studs in the wall) from which to hang the kit and barn door. Once you’ve located them, you will want to install your ceiling mounts.

Pro tip: If the joists, beams, or rafters are not in the correct place for your bolts, or they run the wrong direction (parallel with the door tracks instead of perpendicular to them), then you will need to install a strip of wood on the ceiling in order to mount the track to that (called a header board).

Step 3: Drill Starter Holes

Once you have the joists, beams, or rafters located, it’s time to use your drill and make starter holes in the door track for mounting the sliding door panel. Use both a regular drill bit as well as a countersink bit. You will also want to make sure you pre-drill holes into the header board (or joists, etc.).

Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions about this step so that you drill mounting holes in the correct places.

Step 4: Mount the Barn Door Hardware Kit

Use starter holes and lag bolts to mount the sliding barn door track hardware kit into the ceiling where you previously marked. This part is important as it will anchor the sliding barn door track in place and provide stability for the sliding barn door panel when opened and closed.

Step 5: Install the Rest of the Hardware

Once mounted, attach handles, stoppers, and any other desired accessories onto the sliding barn door panel or door track.

Step 6: Hang the Door

Finally, hang the sliding barn door onto the track kit and make sure it is level with the use of a level. Adjust the height as necessary.

A Consideration to Keep in Mind

When hanging sliding barn door track from the ceiling, there is something to keep in mind: there are minimum clearance requirements for ceiling mounted sliding doors.

This is because sliding barn doors need space to operate without any interference from the ceiling. The minimum clearance requirements vary depending on the size of your door and door hardware, but typically you will need at least 6-8 inches of clearance between the top edge of the door and the ceiling.

However, there are some workarounds to hang your sliding door from the ceiling if you live in an older home with low ceilings or you are hanging it on a basement doorway where ductwork takes up all the space above the doorway.

Rest assured, oftentimes where there is a will, there is a way! Just do your research and you’ll find what you need.


Hanging sliding barn doors from the ceiling can be a great choice for doorways in older homes, bathrooms, closets, and more. They are also aesthetically appealing and can help to add an extra element of privacy while still being easy to access. Just make sure that you have all the necessary materials beforehand, measure twice before drilling any holes, and always keep in mind minimum clearance requirements when mounting sliding barn doors onto your ceiling!

We hope that this guide was helpful for you as you embark on your next DIY project around the home. Let us know any other questions you have about sliding barn doors in the comments below.

Good luck!