Sliding doors are a stylish way to improve the function of your wardrobe. They make accessing your clothes quicker and also save space where there isn’t enough room to swing a hinged door. Whether you’re looking to refresh your room, create some storage space or open up a smaller room to create the illusion of more space – sliding wardrobe doors could be the answer. Sliding door wardrobes have pretty much taken the wardrobes industry by storm. Sliding doors offer a range of functionalities which are not found in conventional wardrobes. And with the range of customization on offer, one can really do a lot with a limited amount of space.
Here we can go through how to install a sliding wardrobe door in your home.
Tips before starting the installation
- Build and install your wardrobe interior storage first.
- Check if there are any electrical lines in the way
- Make sure there are no water pipes in the area of installation.
- Check you have all of the tools and materials required to build your wardrobe.
- Make sure that the screws and fixings are with you while starting the installation
How to install a sliding wardrobe?
Installing a sliding wardrobe is not that much a difficult thing, we can have a look at how the installation of sliding wardrobes is done.
Preparing the space: If you want to install completely new sliding doors, then start by removing the old doors and tracks. Lift up on the old doors until the rollers come off the track. Angle them toward you as you lower the top guide away from the top track. Unscrew the old tracks and pry them off if necessary. For wooden tracks coated with paint, use a utility knife at the edge of the track. This will stop the adjacent paint from potentially peeling up with the track.
Measure the length of your wardrobe: Firstly, measure the lengths of the tracks you’ll need for the top and bottom of the door and transfer these measurements to your tracks with the pencil.
Cut your tracks to size: Now that you have marked up the tracks with your measurements, put on your safety gear and cut the tracks to size using your angle grinder. Carefully measure the width of the opening at top and bottom, and reduce the lengths measured by about 2-3 mm. Measure off the required track length, marking the future cut line on the tracks. Use a fine-toothed metal cutting saw to cut off the redundant part of the tracks.
Install tracks for the doors: Use your spirit level to make sure the floor is level before laying the tracks on the floor. Pack up one end if it isn’t. Make a pilot hole in your floor through the track’s pre-drilled hole. Then screw the tracks down in place with your drill. You’ll need someone else to help you hold the track when screwing in the top one. Before you start installation use a detector to make sure there is no electrical wiring at the screw fixing points. Avoid applying excessive force when tightening screws to prevent track deformation. Use flat-head screws for best results. The surface to which the track is fixed must not be curved.
Put the doors in place: Place the rear door into the opening by putting it into the top track first. Then carefully lower the door into the bottom track. Next put the second door into place, starting from the top. Finally, test the doors to see if they close securely. Lay the bottom track on the floor, offsetting it about 27 mm from the door face Fully insert the door leaf in the top track, taking care not to damage the bottom rollers, then align the bottom end of the door leaf with the bottom track and slowly lower the leaf, letting the rollers snap into the track guides.
Install the bottom track: Use a level to make sure the door is exactly plumb; move the bottom track as necessary. Check if the door travels smoothly along the entire width of the opening. Having precisely set the bottom track, fasten it to the floor. Having installed the track, put the other door leaves in their respective tracks.
Adjust the rollers: The rollers at the bottom of each door typically have an adjustable screw to slightly raise the door. Adjust the door height to raise the door, which will give a bit more clearance for the rollers and keep the wheels from binding with carpet.
Can I convert my old closet into a sliding door wardrobe?
If you want to give your bedroom or hallway a modern look, replacing hinged doors with sliding doors is a simple way to achieve this. It won’t be as expensive as replacing the entire wardrobe or building a new one as all you need to spend on are the doors and the sliding system.
Since wardrobes are a long-term purchase, it makes sense to weigh every aspect and make a wise decision. Various factors go into purchasing a fitted wardrobe colour, style, material and also, the type of door. Having a sliding wardrobe in your home is the perfect option to solve your storage issues. Given their sleek, contemporary look sliding doors make a style statement. This type of door doesn’t require lots of room since it slides to the left or right. If you wish to choose a sliding wardrobe, do keep in mind that sliding doors work and look best when they’re at least three or more doors.
Inspired Elements is known for its excellence in building sliding wardrobe doors, and could help you in installing the perfect sliding wardrobe that you wished to have in your home.