How to DIY Sliding Wardrobe Doors

When you are looking to replace existing sliding wardrobe doors or to install new sliding doors completely there are a few things you will need to keep in mind. Renovating a bedroom space should be exciting and fun and with these few tips we can make it a little easier to get that finished look you want to achieve.

First thing you want to make sure of is the space in which you are installing new sliding wardrobe doors is going to be suitable for them.

If you have hinged doors you want to replace it is best to remove these and patch all screw, hinge spaces and unpainted spots left by their removal. Since sliding wardrobe doors only have a top and bottom track; any existing hinged door marks wont be covered on the side. Removing the old doors and patching, filling and painting these before hand are a great way to ensure when you install your new doors it will look as good as new. The same applies if they are sliding doors. Make sure no visible marks are seen on the side of your wardrobe space or enclosure.

Next you want to get your sizes.

Now for your new doors you are going to want to make sure they are in a reasonably square fit out. The last thing you want is for your doors to be cut to suit and rolling to one side. To make sure this doesn't happen first measure both left and right side heights and record your measurements. If they are different simply put a level across the floor and roof to check which way the run out is going. Our sliding wardrobe door tracks give a tolerance of 5mm. Remember this when measuring since the alternative to fix this is we include a floor batton cut to suit your run out. (10mm run out to one side we deduct for the 16mm floor batton and cut it down to suit - 16mm to 6mm).

Measure your widths also the same way. Usually these do not have bad enough run outs to worry about. You can adjust the doors to lean a little but it should again be no more than 5mm. If it is make sure to correct your wall to suit.

If you would like to see a video tutorial on measuring; visit our video guide page here.

Next Installation...

Ok, so now you have got your doors ordered and suited to match the sizes of your wardrobe space. Install takes on average 5-10 mins per wardrobe door set and all you need is a power drill and screwdriver.

First things first is the head track. Take the self tapping screws and hold the head track up. Make sure the front lip matches the sides so its flat even look and screw one side in the front of the channel. Next go to the other side and repeat the same. If the track has a gap in the middle you can simply add another screw to tighten it and close the gap.

Next you want to install the bottom track. Take the bottom track and place the larger lip side to the front. Take a self tapping screw and put a screw collar on it for the snap cap. Screw down on one side directly in the centre of the track between the two slots. This ensures the doors don't hit the screw. Repeat on the other side and screw down to your flooring or floor batton.

Now that you have your tracks installed take one of your sliding wardrobe doors and angle it in to the back channel track in the head track first and lift it into place on the back bottom floor channel. Repeat the same for the front door. If you have 3 doors we usually suggest to install 2 at the back and one to the front but this is up to you and how you want the look. After you have inserted the doors simply take the rubber buffer and insert it and cut to length for each door.

Now you just need to adjust your doors. Push one door to one side and see how it lines up. If it is angled simply use your Phillips screwdriver and either lower or heighten the back wheels to suit the angle. It should make a nice firm thump sound when aligned correctly.

If you would like to see a video tutorial on installation; visit our video guide page here.

That's it... You're done!

Simple right? If you are looking to save money and are confident with the above small steps then you can order and install your own DIY sliding wardrobe doors. 
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