How to Make a Sliding Shed Door

Updated April 17, 2017

A sliding shed door is easy to build and easy to use. These doors are usually mounted by means of rollers that are attached to the door and hang on a track that is fastened above the doorway. This step-by-step guide will allow you to create a sliding shed door.

Measure the door opening and add 6 inches to the width and height.

Cut a piece of exterior grade plywood to the dimensions calculated in Step 1.

Cut planking to the height determined in Step 1.

Apply vertical planks to the front of the plywood. Start by centring a plank in the middle of the door. Attach the planks using exterior screws, placing two at the top and bottom of the plank and two more in the centre of the plank.

Build a frame around the perimeter of the door face by applying 1x4 boards on top of the planks.

Screw a barn door handle onto the door about 3 feet from the ground and about 6 inches from one side.

Attach the rollers to the plywood on the back side of the door. Some only require screwing into the plywood while others require passing a bolt through a hole drilled in the door and fastening it with a nut and washer.

Things You'll Need

  • Exterior plywood
  • 1x6 planks
  • 1x4 boards
  • Saw (circular or hand)
  • Exterior screws
  • Drill
  • Tape measure
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About the Author

Vance Holloman is a residential contractor and freelance writer living in Atlanta. Much of his writing centers on the expertise he has gained from two decades in the construction industry. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and numerous online sites, including and "Auburn Plainsman." Holloman has a Master's degree in business from the University of Maryland.