Install Sliding Closet Doors is an excellent approach to keeping clothing and other priceless objects in your closet secure, clean, and fresh. The fact that sliding closet doors remain out of the way is one of its finest qualities. Sliding doors can help you reclaim space in the bedroom since they move back and forth instead of opening like a hinged door.
Running a Sliding Closet Door and Setting One Up
Twin doors gliding across a large closet opening are called sliding closet doors. At the top of the closet door is a track on which the doors move. The floor has another track that keeps the doors in alignment.
One track is placed in front of the other to create two parallel tracks. This enables one door to open before the other. One door panel slides behind the other to open. Therefore, even though the door opening is large (about 80 inches), only half is usable.
Sliding Closet Door Types
Some sliding closet door designs lack a bottom track. The doors are held in place by a little plastic guide or hanging freely. The upper way supports the majority of sliding closet doors. Other designs do not turn from an upper channel but glide through it and are directed by it.
You can choose an offset or flush installation depending on the type of sliding closet door you buy. Some homeowners place the doors in the middle of the jamb for a darkened, offset appearance. For a smoother look, some people like to move the doors forward until they are flush with the adjacent walls or almost so.
- Make the upper door jamb ready.
Examine the top door jamb (or door frame) to ensure it is smooth, level, and free of fasteners. Eliminate obstacles.
- Measure the Door
Measure the door opening horizontally at both the top and the bottom with the tape measure since they may differ significantly.
- Cut the Tracks
Make a small line with the permanent marker on the back of each track that is equal to the measurements you just took, minus 1/8 inch. Cut the tracks to length with the hacksaw. Remove any leftover metal burrs from the cut ends with the metal file.
- Dry-Fit the Upper Track
Ask a helper to assist you with this step. As you evaluate the upper track’s location, the assistance should keep it in place. The track should be centered such that there is a 1/8-inch (1/16-inch) space on either side. The track will either be close to the front of the door frame or toward the middle, depending on your installation method. Verify that you are holding the track securely in the appropriate location. There may be a front and a rear side to certain tracks.
- Install the Upper Track
Pre-drill pilot holes, then screw the upper track into place after you are pleased with its location.
- Attach the Fascia
Some sliding closet doors come with a fascia strip made of metal or plastic that wraps around the front of the upper track. The fascia strip will often snap into place.
- Install the Bottom Track
Onto the floor, screw the bottom track. You may screw it straight onto solid hardwood, engineered wood, laminate, or vinyl flooring. If you have carpeting, get a piece of wood that is 1/8 inch thick and the right size for the lowest track. After fastening the wood board with screws, fasten the track to the wood.
- Install the Closet Doors
Get up and enter the closet. The first door down should be tipped to you by your assistance. Open the closet door a little bit. Lift the wheels from the top of the door and connect them to the upper track’s rear groove.
Swing the door’s bottom inward toward the closet’s rear. As the closet door crosses the high side of the bottom track, the spring-loaded guides at the bottom should depress. They should click into place when they reach the groove in the middle of the way.
The doors can be adjusted to ensure appropriate alignment with the vertical jamb edges. Usually, the wheel assembly has adjustment screws that let you make little up or down changes. The door edge will slide into alignment with the door jamb as soon as the adjustment screws are turned.