How to Mount a Barn Door Using TC Bunny Hardware from Amazon

Yesterday we shared with you how to build a rustic barn door like the one we constructed to go between our master bedroom and bathroom. Building the door was super easy, but when it came to mounting it, that was a different story. We ordered the TCBunny Sliding Door Hardware from Amazon and had a lot of problems with it. Luckily, we are super crafty people we managed to work around them. Here’s how to mount a barn door and work around any problems you have with the TCBunny sliding door hardware.

First off, we didn’t read the comments. That’s our own fault. We usually always read comments, but didn’t this time (it has four and and half stars!). Basically, anyone from America said that this product was the worst. That’s because the holes on the TCBunny system don’t line up with studs in American homes. This causes it to be unstable. Luckily, TCBunny includes anchors for the screws. Unluckily, those anchors are the worst and do nothing. Just take a look at these instructions:

How to Mount a Barn Door - Charleston Crafted

How to Mount a Barn Door - Charleston Crafted

These instructions are of a lower quality than the pictures that IKEA gives you. These instructions skipped steps and didn’t label parts and went out of order. They were basically worthless. Unfortunately, I drilled five holes in my wall before I realized how crappy the system and anchors were. So, backup plan. We went to Lowe’s and talked to them about whether or not we should try to use professional grade anchors, but the guy there highly voted against it. He confirmed my other idea, which was to attached another piece of wood to the studs of the wall and attach the sliding door system to that piece of wood. Also, it would cover the big holes I just drilled.

How to Mount a Barn Door - Charleston Crafted

So, I got another 1″x6″ piece of pine and went through the same staining process that I just did for the door. The other option was to paint the wood the same color as the wall so it would blend in, but thinking that it would still be obvious if we did it that way, we decided to stain it to make it look purposeful. So, after the stain was dry, I used my stud finder and then used 3 1/2 inch wood screws to attach the board to the wall.

How to Mount a Barn Door - Charleston Crafted

Then, we were finally able to start using the TCBunny sliding door system. Keep in mind, I’m about to make up the names for most of these pieces because they don’t have real names. So, first off, line up the rail bar on the board and mark your five holes. The rail is really heavy steel, so you’re going to want a friend to help.

How to Mount a Barn Door - Charleston Crafted

Then, attach the rail to the wall using the separator nubs and the long black wood screws. Start with the one in the middle, then do the next ones on each side. These are tough because you have to put the screw through the rail before going through the nub, but you have to hold the whole thing up. Again, use a partner. You’ll need a ratchet set for this. Try to screw it in a little bit and then move on to another before getting it all the way tight. Then it will be holding itself up.

How to Mount a Barn Door - Charleston Crafted

Once you have those first three up, PAUSE. There is a step at the very end of the instructions to add the bumpers, buuuuut in order to do that, we had to remove two of the nubs and slide the bumpers into place. So, do yourself a favor and add those in between nubs 1 and 2 and nubs 4 and 5. You’ll need a really small allen wrench to tighten the bumpers.

How to Mount a Barn Door - Charleston Crafted

Now, you’re getting close. Attach the sliders to the top of your door using the black nuts and bolts. If you’ve done it all right, now’s the time to place the door up on the rail using the rail wheels.

How to Mount a Barn Door - Charleston Crafted

Your door should now be rolling freely, assuming you measured the proper height for the door. You’re almost done. The last step is to install the bottom guide. If you haven’t noticed, your door is swinging back and forth from the top and needs something to hold it in place. This little guide requires a track to be cut into your door. This is easy to do by running the bottom of your door twice across a table saw. Make sure to place the bottom guide in a spot that it will be in the door when it’s at both ends of the track.

How to Mount a Barn Door - Charleston Crafted

That’s it. This TCBunny sliding door hardware system comes with really bad instructions and extra parts that literally don’t mean anything, so don’t worry. But if you follow our hacks, you should be in a much better place. Now we have a beautiful sliding barn door to close off our master bathroom from our master bedroom and it’s also an art piece on the wall when it’s open. It turned out perfect and looks super rustic. Plus, we did it all ourselves and can always be proud of that.

How to Mount a Barn Door - Charleston Crafted

How to Mount a Barn Door - Charleston Crafted

I really hope these instructions for how to mount a barn door help you out!

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9 thoughts on “How to Mount a Barn Door Using TC Bunny Hardware from Amazon

  1. Thank you for taking the time to post this. However, the instructions nor your info covered the dimensions of where to install the slider hangers (pulleys) on the door. I assume you hung the flat rail on the wall, basis the over-all height of your door plus the 1-11/16″ noted on the instructions. Then set the door against the wall with a 3/8″ spacer on the bottom, then set the slider hangers on the rail and marked the drill holes on the door. I am going with the 1×6 header as well. Thanks. Today is 9/11, take a moment.

    • Hey Bill, thanks for checking in. I apologize for the confusion. I ended up not really including measurements on that stuff because I think everyone has different heights to deal with, both with the door opening and the door they build. I can tell you that I did put it higher than the 1-11/16″ in the instructions because the instructions didn’t work for my situation. I think that measurement is for if the track wheels are much closer to the top of the door than I had mine. I had to hang mine higher on the door based on my design. As for the spacer on the bottom, it’s mostly about measuring it out far enough so that the door doesn’t rub against the wall. I was initially worried about adding the header because I thought it might push the door out too far, but it actually worked perfectly because of the door jamb. If I hadn’t installed the header, the bolts on the back of the door would have hit the jamb and it wouldn’t have slid back and forth. So yes, I would aim to have about 3/8″ out from the jamb. If you’re adding a 1×6 header, that should be about flush with the jamb, so the door will slid outside of it nicely. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  2. Hey Sean. Thanks for posting this. I was so confused until I saw your post.

    You didn’t use those 2 round pieces they have on the top of the door. What are those for? Thanks! Russ

    • I tell you, Russ. I have ZERO clue what those two round pieces were meant to be for. According to the little toddler illustration they provided, they were supposed to be screwed to the top and twisted?? No clue what for. I thought originally that was for the bumpers to stop, but no, the bumpers hit the slides. So I actually used one of them to prop up the track slider at the bottom (because it was too low once it was screwed in) and used the other one as a “handle” on the inside of the door, because it needed to be something flat enough to avoid hitting the door jamb when sliding open. Hope that helps! Glad the post was able to help because I was super confused myself!

  3. Those two round pieces are for the top of the door so that it locks it into the track. If for some reason the door starts to come off track those two stoppers won’t allow….As long as your spacing isn’t too great between door and track.

  4. Thank you so much for posting this info!! It was very helpful to me today. If I had another one to do, I bet it would look better. But this one is functional, so I am going to score it is a WIN, even though I ended up with a bagful of extra parts. Thank you for posting this webpage as I don’t think I could have made it work with the “toddler instructions”, as you called them!

  5. Found your blog when looking for how far down the door to drill the holes. Good information about the ledger board, putting the bumpers on before you lag bolt on the two end spacers, and info on what the round things are. Glad I looked at the directions before starting!!!

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