This week's blog post is about one of our favorites sliding barn door accessories: the Support Track Header AKA Ledger Board. Even though this is quite a popular product loved by general contractors and interior designers, many people are not sure about the benefits of using this accessory for sliding barn door installation.
What is a Support Track Header (Ledger Board) for Sliding Barn Doors?
But wait a second. What is a Support Track Header?
A Track Support Header (Ledger Board) is a custom-cut and custom-finished slab of wood prepared for your specific specifications and door dimensions.
The use of a Ledger Board is highly recommended for all barn door installations where there is no wood blocking on the wall.
When you buy a Ledger Board from RealCraft, we will predrill and install ledger lock fasteners to match your hardware track system specifications. This means making your hardware installation extremely easy, accurate, and fast. Since the Support Track Header is already pre drilled for the RealCraft Flat Track Hardware line with exact measurements, placing, and spacing for your track system attachment, so you won't need to worry about making sure everything is lined up!
Ledger Boards are available to pair with 4-18 ft. They are compatible with the following hardware styles: Classic, Aero, Prop, Mini, Hammered Flat Track hardware, and Hex Bar, and Swiss Rod Architectural hardware. The Support Track Header can support doors up to 400 lbs. with ease.
Each Ledger Board is shipped ready to install, complete with all the hardware and instructions needed for installation.
Do I need a Support Track Header for my barn door?
It depends! Even though you must a Ledger Board in case your wall does not have wood blocking, there are two other reasons to use a ledger board for your barn door installation:
- In case you don't have a door frame (just an opening from floor to ceiling);
1. Installing a barn door without a door frame using a Track Support Header
In case you want a sliding barn door but don't have a door frame, just an opening from the floor to the ceiling, using a ledger board will give you the support you need to hang your barn door.
To install a barn door without having a door frame, install the Track Support Header (ledger board) across the opening and attach it to each side of the opening. See the example on the right side of a barn door installation without a door frame.
2. Using a Support Track Header for Aesthetic Purposes
Besides securing your barn door to the wall, the ledger board can also enhance your barn door appearance and make your installation look more cohesive.
When building your RealCraft Support Track Header, you can choose from 20 different wood species 3 different finish options so you can match it with your barn door or use an entirely different species for contrast! Take a look at this beautiful project featuring a Reclaimed Wood Support Track Header:
How to Install a Support Track Header in 4 Easy Steps.
Now let's take a look on how to install a Support Track Header. In addition to the Header, you will need:
- Power Drill
- 1/4" Drill Bit
- Tape Measure
- 5/6" Hex Driver
- Stud Finder