Barn doors are popular, stylish and can provide useful opportunities beyond the basic door. But budget your bank roll carefully if you intend to purchase the boxed barn door kit. Here, I was able to duplicate the barn door appearance, but for the sake of affordability I used materials available at most hardware stores.
Folks sometimes like the idea of barn doors because, like a pocket door, they don't require the added space necessary for swinging a door open and shut. They tuck neatly against a wall, even behind furnishings, and yet are still highly functioning in closing off two adjoining rooms. However, in my particular situation, they were not only needed for "door" purposes, but also to serve as walls to some extent for enclosing an alcove.
The first step was measuring the area. Two pieces of paneling were cut to fit the space with a slight overhang included for total coverage. The paneling was then framed in with 1x3s. Additional lumber was cut and attached as cross bars to give it that barn door look. Large eye hooks were then screwed into the top of each frame to serve as the catalyst for sliding the doors back and forth along it's tract (in this instance, a pipe). Caster wheels were screwed into the bottom of each frame to lift the doors off the floor and to provide added mobility. Lastly, the plumbing pipe that would serve to hold the doors vertically was connected into place on both end walls using plumbing flanges. The pipe was placed through the eye hooks before attaching it and its respective flange to the wall.
Lastly, a simple board was attached to each wall to hide the plumbing and WD-40 was applied to the pipe to make sliding of the doors easier. This project brought great functionality to a space that otherwise served no purpose. And now, all my clothes can fit and are housed in one place!