A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Fit Sliding Wardrobe Doors

When it comes to renovating bedrooms, most people consider painting their ceilings and walls, introducing new furnishings, or even laying parquet flooring. But they skip one of the most functional aspects of a bedroom; upgrading their wardrobes! And while it isn’t necessary to replace your entire wardrobe, you can enhance the functionality of your space just by adding sliding wardrobe doors!

bedroom with wooden sliding wardrobe

Unlike hinged doors, sliding closet doors don’t open outwards. Their sliding function makes them great space savers! But this is only one of their benefits; they come in many finishes, are incredibly stylish and surprisingly affordable! Do you want to find out how to fit sliding wardrobe doors yourself? Once you have your doors and trackset at home, fitting them should only take 1-2 hours with the proper guidance. Follow our instructions to prepare your space and fit your wardrobe doors easily!

Planning and preparing for fitting sliding wardrobe doors

Before you move on to the installation guide, you should first plan and prepare your space for your new wardrobe doors. Keep on reading to find the step-by-step instructions that will help you with your DIY project!

Step 1: Remove your old doors

The first step is to remove your old doors and tracks. To do so, lift on the existing doors until the bottom wheels come off the track. Then, angle them toward you as you lower the top guide away from your top track.

Step 2: Remove the old tracks

Using a screwdriver, unscrew the old tracks and pry them off. If you have wooden tracks coated with paint, use a utility knife at the track’s edge. This will stop the adjacent colour from potentially peeling up with it.

young man standing on a ladder, holding a screwdriver in front of empty closet

Step 3: Clean up the area

Precision measurements are essential for proper installation; that’s why you should remove any leftover debris.

Step 4: Install a floor liner

If the closet space has a rug or carpeting sitting next to your door, you should install a floor liner. These inexpensive items fit beneath the rear track and keep rugs or carpeting from binding the door rollers. If you install a floor liner beneath the rear track, you should set it in place before you measure to ensure accurate measurements.

Step 5: Measure the space for your doors

Since not all doors are created equal, you should measure the space before you even buy doors. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Take a horizontal measurement from the left wall’s edge to the right one. Also, take a vertical measurement from the floor up to the top of the space.
  2. Since the height from one closet’s end to the other can differ, take your height measurement at the middle and each end of the opening. 
  3. You should measure twice and write your measurements down to take with you.
  4. If the top of your closet space has a fascia, it’s important to take your measurement behind the fascia to install your track.
  5. If you already have a track system that’s in good condition, make sure that it will work with your new doors.

Step 6: Buy your new doors

It’s now time to use your measurements and buy doors for your space. 

  1. Most door sets nowadays come with corresponding door tracksets, typically made of aluminium, that you can cut to size. 
  2. The actual doors’ rollers typically have an adjustable screw to change the lift of the roller. You should look at the variance figures on the doors to make sure they’ll fit your space.
  3. The doors’ combined width should equal the space’s width plus approximately 2.5 cm. This will give the doors 1.2 cm of overlap, ensuring you won’t end up with a gap between the doors. You can also use filler or caulk to fill any small gaps between the strike plates and walls.
  4. If you buy the tracks separately from your doors, remember that thicker doors may need special-sized tracks.
  5. Since there are many styles to choose from for laminate or timber floors, you can visit a store’s showroom to find the right one for you. If you are ordering a bespoke, handmade sliding door online, make sure to ask for more details.

room with wooden floors and a wooden sliding wardrobe

Step-by-step guide: Installing sliding wardrobe doors

Now that you are done with the measurements and have your new doors, it’s time to install them. Follow our step-by-step guide to avoid any mistakes and get the desired results!

What you’ll need

  • Drill
  • Tape measure
  • Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Allen key
  • Spirit level or plumb line
  • Electric saw

Step 1: Cut the tracks to size

You will likely need to trim the door tracks that come with your doors down to size. You should measure twice before you cut to ensure you don’t cut too much off the tracks.

  1. The closet opening’s width can vary from top to bottom, so you should measure the width at both spots to ensure you cut each track to the proper length.
  2. Since most tracks are aluminium, you can easily make your cut with a hacksaw or any electrical saw. If you use an electric saw, make sure always to wait until its blade is spinning before cutting metal.
  3. You can use strike plates with packers behind the doors to create an accurate and square frame. If you have a coving or skirting board, you can position your strike plate flush with it.

Step 2: Install the top track

Since the door rollers don’t align perfectly with the guide on the top track, you should install the top track slightly farther back on most doors. Your exact adjustment will vary based on the chosen doors, so make sure to follow the soft-close mechanism instructions with your doors carefully when screwing your top track into place.

close up to Roll-out fittings of sliding wardrobe

Step 3: Install the bottom track, if needed

Although most sliding doors don’t have a bottom track, some do

  1. For those that do, you should first set your bottom track in place. 
  2. Then, using the pre-drilled holes, screw the track down to your floor. 
  3. If space has carpeting over a concrete slab, you should put a piece of masking tape on it before setting down the track. Mark the tape by poking a pencil through the pre-drilled hole and use the marking on the tape to drill holes through the carpet into the slab before screwing your track down.

Extra tip: If you fit sliding doors as a room separator, you should use Allen keys, along with screws, wall plugs and an adjustable pin wrench.

Step 4: Fit your rear sliding door

You need to fit the rear door before the front door since your doors will overlap slightly. To install, lift the door’s top into the backtrack guide at a slight angle and tilt the bottom into place. Make sure that the rollers properly align in their rear bottom track.

Step 5: Fit the front sliding door

Now that you have the rear door in place, install the front door, using the same process as in the previous step.

Step 6: Adjust the rollers

Most rollers at the bottom of each door have an adjustable screw to raise the door slightly. Here’s how to adjust them:

    1. Adapt the door opening height to raise your door to get a bit more clearance for the rollers.
    2. Keep the wheels from binding with any existing carpet.
    3. Some sliding door designs will snap the rollers into place along the track when you adjust the height screw.
    4. Other designs may have a small switch on the roller assembly that locks the roller into the bottom track. You should always follow the directions on your specific doors.
    5. Once you’re happy with the result, lock the anti-jump device on your bottom track/bottom wheel.
    6. You’re done!

Worker setting mirrored doors on corner sliding wardrobe in room

Proper care and maintenance of your wardrobe doors

Sliding wardrobe doors are a popular storage system, with many shelving and storage options hidden in the wardrobe interior. They have both aesthetic and accessibility appeal, and that’s why caring for them is crucial. Maintaining your closet doors can not only prevent home-related accidents that shattered glass and dysfunctional wheels could cause, but also keep them looking beautiful. But of course, you already know the maintenance needed, especially if you have young children that love touching your glass or mirror doors! Let’s find below all you need to do to keep your fitted wardrobe looking good as new!

Cleaning your closet doors

  1. Get the right product: It’s essential to use products that don’t leave marks but also remove the ones that already exist. There is a range of mirror or glass cleaning products you can purchase, but you can also try homemade remedies. These include a mix of vinegar and water or washing up liquid and water. All you need to do is mix them in a spray bottle and use it to clean your glass doors like you would clean your mirrors.
  2. Use the proper cloth: Try using a microfibre cloth when cleaning to reduce any fibres remaining on your wardrobe doors. You may also use a kitchen towel or even a newspaper.
  3. Keep the tracks clear: Every time you hoover your room, make sure also to vacuum your wardrobe tracks. This will reduce the dirt that could be collecting on the mirror’s bottom, keeping it clean for a long time.
  4. Clean the rollers: Dirty rollers may obstruct door movements, causing dysfunction. If you notice any cracks, bends or rust, you should consider replacing them with new ones.
  5. Keep the top runners clean: Wipe them with a damp cloth to remove any excess dust and dirt. Then, dry thoroughly with a lint-free rag or kitchen paper. To maintain the easy-glide, you may also use a small amount of silicone spray.

Maintaining your wardrobe doors

  1. Fix or replace shattered glass: You can replace the glass from the seal if you can still use the door frame. But if the glass pane breaks, it’s better to leave this to the experts to clean up and fix.
  2. Align the wheels: For your sliding doors to work right, you should align the wheels correctly. The most common reason for this kind of dysfunction is that the screws that hold the wheels and the track together become loose or fall out over time. To avoid this, tighten the screws or replace any missing ones. You may also spray some lubricant on the rollers to help them move more quickly.

close up to the bottom of a sliding wardrobe
You now know that a fitted wardrobe with a sliding door is a real space-saving storage solution for a small place. Fitting your sliding doors couldn’t be simpler! Follow our instructions and complete this entire DIY process in less than 2 hours. Stylishly improve your wardrobe’s function in no time all by yourself!

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