Installing sliding closet doors not only makes access to your clothes much more convenient, it gives your bedroom an instant face lift. Sliding doors, also referred to as bypass doors, are your best option for maximizing space, which is a welcome improvement in a smaller room. Installing the tracks and the doors is not as nearly as difficult as you might think either.
1. Take Measurements – You will need to measure the opening where the door will go. It is a good idea to measure the top and the bottom of the space just to be safe. Record these measurements and take them with you to the hardware store.
2. Choose Your Material – There are different types of wood to choose from or you may want to install mirrors. Make sure that you pick up wood stain and related materials if your timber is unfurnished.
3. Prep Your Doors – If you are working with raw materials, you may need to sand, stain and let them dry however, many doors come ready to install when you buy them so this step won’t be necessary.
4. Remove Old Door(s) – Whether you have a standard door or old wardrobe sliding doors currently leading into your closet, they will need to be removed. The old track will also need to be removed using a screwdriver as well because chances are, you won’t need any of the old hardware other than the door guides.
5. Track Install – Using your drill, you will install the upper and lower track, make sure that it fits right against the door opening. You may want to use a shim to level the track if necessary.
6. Mounting – If you had sliding doors before, you can use the previous location as a guide to mount the brackets. Make sure that the screws are tightly seated so that the tops of them won’t interfere with the movement of the rollers. However, take caution not to over tighten them or they can warp which will inhibit smooth door movement.
7. Rollers – The rollers will need to be mounted on the doors following the manufacturer’s instructions. Some kits will already have these mounted for you.
8. Hang your new doors on their tracks.
• The most popular door height is 80 inches however, this can vary depending on the age, location and overall structural design of your home. Doors can easily be custom built to individual specifications if necessary.
• When working with large pieces, always have someone help you to avoid damage to the door or injury to your self.
• Always wear proper safety gear when installing sliding closet doors such as goggles, gloves, ear plugs and work boots or shoes.