Are you considering building or purchasing sliding doors for your wardrobe? If so, you probably want to make sure they look stunning once they’re installed. As such, you’ll need to know how to fit them to the highest standard. That’s why we’ve created this simple guide to installing new sliding wardrobe doors!
1. Preparing the wardrobe
Obviously, the first thing you’ll need to do is remove your old wardrobe doors and whatever fittings held them in place. Having done this and cleared away any resulting mess, you may wish to install a floor liner. A floor liner is a piece of material that will raise your sliding doors’ tracks slightly off the ground. This can be helpful if your wardrobe or closet space has a carpeted interior: by ensuring the tracks for your sliding doors’ rollers are above the level of the carpet, you can prevent the rollers from getting entangled in that carpet. Floor liners are cheap and easy to install. You simply need to measure the width of your wardrobe, cut them to size and then screw or glue them into place.
2. Taking measurements and choosing doors
The next thing you should do is measure your wardrobe. You will need to know the width and height of the wardrobe so that you can choose sliding doors that will fit properly. If you installed floor liners, you should measure the height of the wardrobe from the floor liner upwards, rather than from the floor itself. You also take height measurements at either end of the wardrobe (and in the middle), in case there is some discrepancy. What’s more, width measurements should be taken at the top, middle and bottom of the wardrobe for the same reason. You can then use the smallest height and width measurements to choose your doors. If you don’t use the smallest measurements, you will have a hard time fitting your doors into the available space.
3. Installing your sliding doors’ tracks
Before you can put the doors themselves in place, you will need to fit the tracks that will allow them to slide open and closed. Fitting sliding door tracks is fairly straightforward, as most tracks have pre-cut holes to allow you to screw them into place. You will need to fit a track at the top of the wardrobe and one at the bottom. If you need to cut your tracks to size, measure the width of your wardrobe again before doing so. This will help you ensure that you don’t cut too much of the track off.
4. Fitting the doors into place
Once you’ve installed your tracks, you can fit your sliding doors into place. You will need to fit the rear sliding door first, because sliding doors overlap slightly (therefore making it impossible to fit the rear door once the front one is in place). To fit each door, simply angle the bottom end into the wardrobe and place it so that its rollers are in the appropriate part of the bottom track. You can then push the door into an upright position so that the roller at the top end fits into the upper track. When both doors are in place, check each one for a small screw that allows you to adjust the height of the bottom set of rollers. This will help your doors fit between the two tracks more comfortably and minimise the risk of carpet fibres becoming entangled in the rollers.
5. Admire your handiwork
If you’ve followed our guide correctly, you can relax and rest on your laurels; you should now have a beautifully-installed set of sliding wardrobe doors! The alternative, of course, is to employ the services of a professional sliding wardrobe door company like ours to put everything in place for you.