DIY double barn door media center

DIY Double Barn Door Entertainment Center

I have always hoped that I would get a big project from a client to shake things up from table making. Becareful for what you wish for. Oh man was this one a beast of a project. Coming in at 10 feet long and 8 feet high, she was no easy feat. But I got her done and had fun doing it. I cant wait to share with you how it was done and how I created the barn doors to fit the wider opening. 

After I received an inspirational picture and the desired dimensions from the client it was time to get to work. I used the plans from Shanty 2 Chic’s DIY double barn door media center. However, I did alter the dimensions to fit the clients needs. It went to 10ft L x 8ft H instead of 9.5ft L x 7.25ft H. I also had to build it so that It can assembled and un-assembled.

I won’t explain everything since you can get the plan already from Shanty 2 Chic, but I will post some progress pictures. However I did say that I would show you how I built the barn doors on the fly and how we made them fit the bigger opening.

The frame of the double barn door media center.

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I used ARAUCO plywood in 3/4 inch. It is very flat and smooth to the touch. It is made out of 100% wood, which is ideal when staining. Obviously you won’t see that finish on this project, but you get a nice flat finish with paint as well. It doesn’t hurt that they use sustainable practices while constructing their products. For more information on them click here. I got my plywood at the local Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. It was great for this DIY double barn door media center.

the painted base of the double barn door media center.
Almost ready for the barn doors.

Double Barn Door Time!

Ok that I have completed the diy double barn door media center frame, it time to put the jewels on.


  • (1) 3/4 inch plywood
  • (4) 2x4x8
  • (1) 1x6x10
  • (2) 1x4x8
  • Barn Door Hardware
  • Wood Glue (I recommend Titebond in the blue or green bottle)


The materials here makes two barn doors at 29 inches wide each and 92 inches tall.

Lets Do It.

  1. First you will need to cut the plywood in half. So about a lil under 24 inches. Then cut both down to 92 inches.
  2. With the four 2x4x8s they were cut down as well to 92 inches. Next I cut a notch to each edge long ways. I wanted each door to be 30 inches wide so the notch was 2 inches in and 3/4 inches deep. I used mt table saw, since my router and I have a love hate relationship. See below for reference.
The 2x4 notches for the barn door

3. Once you have I had the notches done I lade the plywood sheet on top of the notches. Once I had it aligned I added glue and clamped them down. Also nailed them in.

4. I then cut the headers for the top and bottom. Using the 1x6x10 cut into 29inches each. Glued, clamped and nailed down.

5. Now for a little detail. I place the 1x4x8 board on top to get the angle that I needed. Cut, glued, and nailed down.

the complete barn door

6. Finally I filled in all the holes, sanded, and painted. Attached the barn door hardware and wallah. I really like how they came out especially on fly.

As for the barn door hardware, I got mine thru Amazon. Hoped you like this diy. The clients were so happy with their piece and I am too.


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