how to install sliding closet doors

sliding closet door in beautiful white color
Tools Needed
1 6-foot level
2 Tape measure
3 Driver or drill
4 Finishing nails
5 ¾-inch chisel
6 Philips-head screwdriver
View Full List
Materials Needed
1 Safety Glasses
2 Gloves
3 Garbage Bag
Total Cost
$25-$100
Find a handyman
Estimated Time
2-3 Hours
Skill Level: Advanced
The total cost and duration may vary when hiring a handyman!

Project Overview

Person Preparing To Install New Sliding Closet Doors

Small spaces have different types of layout and functional challenges, irrespective of what purpose they serve. A tiny house, a small bathroom or bedroom all share a similar need, which is to maximize every inch of space.

A sliding closet door conveniently separates your closet from the bedroom, and you don’t have to sacrifice any of your floor space. They provide full access to the interior of your closet, which gives you more storage space. Installing sliding closet doors is an easy do-it-yourself job, which does not take that much time. Read through our guide and you will be able successfully complete the job in a breeze.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Install a Floor Liner

Sliding Closet Doors Installation

If your closet space has a rug or carpet that is next to the door, installing a floor liner is recommended. These liners are usually inexpensive and fit easily under the bottom track. They keep the rugs or carpets from binding the rollers of the door.

Keep in mind that all necessary measurements should be taken after installing the floor liner under the bottom track. Also remove leftover debris because accurate measurements are vital for proper installation of the door.

2

Take Measurements for the Door

Person Measuring Sliding Closet Door Area

Before purchasing the doors, it is important to measure your closet space as not all doors are equal. Measure horizontally from the edge of your right wall to the edge of the left wall. Then measure vertically from top of the space to the liner or floor.  

Because the closet’s height from one end to the other can vary, take appropriate height measurements at each end of the opening and the middle. Measure twice, to be sure, and jot down your measurements and take them with you. In case the top of the closet space has a fascia (an overhanging or decorative accent piece); ensure you measure from behind the fascia where the track will be installed. If you already have a track system that’s functioning well, make sure it is compatible with your new sliding doors.

3

Cut the Tracks

Sliding Closet Door Tracks

It is likely that you will have to trim the tracks down to suitable size. Take the measurement twice and cut once to avoid the risk of overcutting the tracks. The width of the opening of your closet can differ from bottom to top; therefore, take measurements of your closet width at both spots for ensuring you trim each track to suitable length.

Most tracks are made of aluminum, so you will easily cut them using an electrical saw or hacksaw. In case you use an electric saw, wait until the blade starts spinning especially before cutting metal. 

4

Install the Tracks

Sliding Closet Door Tracks

As it is likely that the rollers on your doors will not align accurately with the top track, you should install the top track a little farther back on your doors. The adjustment is minute, approximately 5/16 of an inch. However, the precise adjustment will differ depending on the doors, so carefully follow the instructions provided with the doors when you screw the track into place.

Although many sliding doors do not come with a bottom track, if the one you purchased has one, slide the bottom track in place first. Then using pre-drilled holes fix the track to the floor. If the closet space has carpeting, then cover it with masking tape before you set down the track.

By driving a pencil or pen through the pre-drilled hole, place a mark on the tape. Using the mark you have made on the tape, drill a pilot hole straight through your carpet and into the surface of the slab before you screw the track down. 

Be cautious when you drill through the carpet as drill bits have the tendency of catching and unwinding carpet loops. We will suggest that you cut out a small part of your carpet, which is a little larger than the bit.

5

Fit The New Sliding Closet Doors

person holding a sliding closet door panel over the track where it should be installed

It is better to fit your rear door before the front one because the doors tend to overlap slightly. For installation, raise the top of your door and place it into the track’s rear at a slight angle then slide the bottom securely into place. Ensure the proper alignment of the rollers into the rear bottom track.

Once you have successfully installed your rear door, repeat the process in the prior step and install the front sliding door in exactly the same manner.

6

Adjust the Rollers

Variety Of Sliding Closet Door Rollers

The rollers equipped on the bottom of each sliding door usually have an adjustable screw, which helps in raising the door slightly. Adjusting the height of the door to raise it will give a little room to the rollers and prevent its wheels from binding with your carpet.

Some designs will enable the rollers to snap in place alongside the track when you slightly adjust the height screw.  Some door designs may feature a tiny switch on the assembly of the roller that securely locks the roller on the bottom track. Therefore, it is important to follow the directions provided on the specific doors.

Conclusion

Your sliding closet door has been installed and your closet is ready for use. A sliding closet door offers a great fix for issues such as lack of space for a swinging arc, limited floor space, and the much needed ease of operation. In addition, sliding closet doors can add a pleasing and desirable aesthetic appeal to your bedroom, with plenty of choice available in terms of both doors and hardware.

How To Install Sliding Closet Doors

Shop All New Sales
Find the door you need for your home or office!
View asGridList

106 items

Page
Set Descending Direction
Filter Products
  1. Shutto Series Closet Door Cedar Color Bi-Fold Open Typeview
    Shutto Series Closet Door Cedar Color Bi-Fold Open Type
    Closet Doors by Closets of America provide homeowners with a functional yet creative, elegant style that adds a stunning look to your home’s interior. Designed for style, dependability, and performance, closet doors can add a striking focal point to a room or blend seamlessly into your space. From sliding options to hinged and folding choices, you can be sure Closets of America’s Closet Doors will offer you the best selections for your enclosures.Customize your closets with traditional closet doors or enhance your interior with a uniquely customized look. Design a sophisticated pantry door or an elegant closure to your walk-in closet. Closets of America’s Closet Doors are available to secure any sized frame in your home with a variety of materials, colors, and styles. Add beauty to any room with the perfect closet door to match your interior design.
    Estimated Price: $99.00+
  2. Reznack Series Closet Door Cedar Color bypass Open Typeview
    Reznack Series Closet Door Cedar Color bypass Open Type
    Americloset closet doors add function and beauty to any bedroom, hallway, or other interior space. Choose from a wide variety of options, all with top-of-the-line construction that maximizes durability and looks amazing. Sliding, hinged, bi-fold, and pocket configurations allow you to customize for your traffic pattern and closet type. Surface options include glass (tinted, clear, or frosted), mirrors (tinted, plain, or frosted), and a variety of wood or metallic finishes.All options are set into place on a smooth-travel track that will last for the lifetime of your product. Installation is a snap with the included guide and equipment, no special tools needed. If your closet is out of square (not perfectly aligned), the included adjustable pieces will correct it in a snap. Steel track, composite door, and plastic attachments, all painted to your specifications.
    Estimated Price: $99.00+
  3. Shutto Series Closet Door Fir Color French Open Typeview
    Shutto Series Closet Door Fir Color French Open Type
    Closet Doors by Closets of America provide homeowners with a functional yet creative, elegant style that adds a stunning look to your home’s interior. Designed for style, dependability, and performance, closet doors can add a striking focal point to a room or blend seamlessly into your space. From sliding options to hinged and folding choices, you can be sure Closets of America’s Closet Doors will offer you the best selections for your enclosures.Customize your closets with traditional closet doors or enhance your interior with a uniquely customized look. Design a sophisticated pantry door or an elegant closure to your walk-in closet. Closets of America’s Closet Doors are available to secure any sized frame in your home with a variety of materials, colors, and styles. Add beauty to any room with the perfect closet door to match your interior design.
    Estimated Price: $99.00+
  4. Reznack Series Closet Door Mahogany Color French Open Typeview
    Reznack Series Closet Door Mahogany Color French Open Type
    Americloset closet doors add function and beauty to any bedroom, hallway, or other interior space. Choose from a wide variety of options, all with top-of-the-line construction that maximizes durability and looks amazing. Sliding, hinged, bi-fold, and pocket configurations allow you to customize for your traffic pattern and closet type. Surface options include glass (tinted, clear, or frosted), mirrors (tinted, plain, or frosted), and a variety of wood or metallic finishes.All options are set into place on a smooth-travel track that will last for the lifetime of your product. Installation is a snap with the included guide and equipment, no special tools needed. If your closet is out of square (not perfectly aligned), the included adjustable pieces will correct it in a snap. Steel track, composite door, and plastic attachments, all painted to your specifications.
    Estimated Price: $99.00+
  5. Shutto Series Closet Door Fir Color French Open Typeview
    Shutto Series Closet Door Fir Color French Open Type
    Closet Doors by Closets of America provide homeowners with a functional yet creative, elegant style that adds a stunning look to your home’s interior. Designed for style, dependability, and performance, closet doors can add a striking focal point to a room or blend seamlessly into your space. From sliding options to hinged and folding choices, you can be sure Closets of America’s Closet Doors will offer you the best selections for your enclosures.Customize your closets with traditional closet doors or enhance your interior with a uniquely customized look. Design a sophisticated pantry door or an elegant closure to your walk-in closet. Closets of America’s Closet Doors are available to secure any sized frame in your home with a variety of materials, colors, and styles. Add beauty to any room with the perfect closet door to match your interior design.
    Estimated Price: $99.00+
  6. Reznack Series Closet Door Fir Color Slab Open Typeview
    Reznack Series Closet Door Fir Color Slab Open Type
    Americloset closet doors add function and beauty to any bedroom, hallway, or other interior space. Choose from a wide variety of options, all with top-of-the-line construction that maximizes durability and looks amazing. Sliding, hinged, bi-fold, and pocket configurations allow you to customize for your traffic pattern and closet type. Surface options include glass (tinted, clear, or frosted), mirrors (tinted, plain, or frosted), and a variety of wood or metallic finishes.All options are set into place on a smooth-travel track that will last for the lifetime of your product. Installation is a snap with the included guide and equipment, no special tools needed. If your closet is out of square (not perfectly aligned), the included adjustable pieces will correct it in a snap. Steel track, composite door, and plastic attachments, all painted to your specifications.
    Estimated Price: $99.00+
  7. we’ve got all the answers...
    and doors!

    Give us a ring if you need help 
    or just want to chat.

    leadgenstrip contactCall Now!!!
    1-800-319-2304
  8. Reznack Series Closet Door Oak Color accordion Open Typeview
    Reznack Series Closet Door Oak Color accordion Open Type
    Americloset closet doors add function and beauty to any bedroom, hallway, or other interior space. Choose from a wide variety of options, all with top-of-the-line construction that maximizes durability and looks amazing. Sliding, hinged, bi-fold, and pocket configurations allow you to customize for your traffic pattern and closet type. Surface options include glass (tinted, clear, or frosted), mirrors (tinted, plain, or frosted), and a variety of wood or metallic finishes.All options are set into place on a smooth-travel track that will last for the lifetime of your product. Installation is a snap with the included guide and equipment, no special tools needed. If your closet is out of square (not perfectly aligned), the included adjustable pieces will correct it in a snap. Steel track, composite door, and plastic attachments, all painted to your specifications.
    Estimated Price: $99.00+
  9. Shutto Series Closet Door Oak Color Sliding Open Typeview
    Shutto Series Closet Door Oak Color Sliding Open Type
    Closet Doors by Closets of America provide homeowners with a functional yet creative, elegant style that adds a stunning look to your home’s interior. Designed for style, dependability, and performance, closet doors can add a striking focal point to a room or blend seamlessly into your space. From sliding options to hinged and folding choices, you can be sure Closets of America’s Closet Doors will offer you the best selections for your enclosures.Customize your closets with traditional closet doors or enhance your interior with a uniquely customized look. Design a sophisticated pantry door or an elegant closure to your walk-in closet. Closets of America’s Closet Doors are available to secure any sized frame in your home with a variety of materials, colors, and styles. Add beauty to any room with the perfect closet door to match your interior design.
    Estimated Price: $99.00+
  10. Slovan Series Closet Door Oak Color Louvered Open Typeview
    Slovan Series Closet Door Oak Color Louvered Open Type
    Americloset closet doors add function and beauty to any bedroom, hallway, or other interior space. Choose from a wide variety of options, all with top-of-the-line construction that maximizes durability and looks amazing. Sliding, hinged, bi-fold, and pocket configurations allow you to customize for your traffic pattern and closet type. Surface options include glass (tinted, clear, or frosted), mirrors (tinted, plain, or frosted), and a variety of wood or metallic finishes.All options are set into place on a smooth-travel track that will last for the lifetime of your product. Installation is a snap with the included guide and equipment, no special tools needed. If your closet is out of square (not perfectly aligned), the included adjustable pieces will correct it in a snap. Steel track, composite door, and plastic attachments, all painted to your specifications.
    Estimated Price: $99.00+
  11. Shutto Series Closet Door Cherry Color Bi-Fold Open Typeview
    Shutto Series Closet Door Cherry Color Bi-Fold Open Type
    Closet Doors by Closets of America provide homeowners with a functional yet creative, elegant style that adds a stunning look to your home’s interior. Designed for style, dependability, and performance, closet doors can add a striking focal point to a room or blend seamlessly into your space. From sliding options to hinged and folding choices, you can be sure Closets of America’s Closet Doors will offer you the best selections for your enclosures.Customize your closets with traditional closet doors or enhance your interior with a uniquely customized look. Design a sophisticated pantry door or an elegant closure to your walk-in closet. Closets of America’s Closet Doors are available to secure any sized frame in your home with a variety of materials, colors, and styles. Add beauty to any room with the perfect closet door to match your interior design.
    Estimated Price: $99.00+
  12. Slovan Series Closet Door Mahogany Color Louvered Open Typeview
    Slovan Series Closet Door Mahogany Color Louvered Open Type
    Americloset closet doors add function and beauty to any bedroom, hallway, or other interior space. Choose from a wide variety of options, all with top-of-the-line construction that maximizes durability and looks amazing. Sliding, hinged, bi-fold, and pocket configurations allow you to customize for your traffic pattern and closet type. Surface options include glass (tinted, clear, or frosted), mirrors (tinted, plain, or frosted), and a variety of wood or metallic finishes.All options are set into place on a smooth-travel track that will last for the lifetime of your product. Installation is a snap with the included guide and equipment, no special tools needed. If your closet is out of square (not perfectly aligned), the included adjustable pieces will correct it in a snap. Steel track, composite door, and plastic attachments, all painted to your specifications.
    Estimated Price: $99.00+
  13. Reznack Series Closet Door Oak Color bypass Open Typeview
    Reznack Series Closet Door Oak Color bypass Open Type
    Americloset closet doors add function and beauty to any bedroom, hallway, or other interior space. Choose from a wide variety of options, all with top-of-the-line construction that maximizes durability and looks amazing. Sliding, hinged, bi-fold, and pocket configurations allow you to customize for your traffic pattern and closet type. Surface options include glass (tinted, clear, or frosted), mirrors (tinted, plain, or frosted), and a variety of wood or metallic finishes.All options are set into place on a smooth-travel track that will last for the lifetime of your product. Installation is a snap with the included guide and equipment, no special tools needed. If your closet is out of square (not perfectly aligned), the included adjustable pieces will correct it in a snap. Steel track, composite door, and plastic attachments, all painted to your specifications.
    Estimated Price: $99.00+
View asGridList

106 items

Page
Set Descending Direction

Questions And Answers

How do you paint closet doors?

To paint closet doors you will need to remove the chipped and old paint. You can then sand the door down and apply a primer. Once the primer has dried you can begin the painting process. Make sure that you allow the paint time to completely dry in between coats.

How do you install closet doors?

The closet door installation process is different for each type of door. You have hinged doors, sliding doors, bi-fold doors, etc. So it is important that you know the type of door you have. Some doors are much easier to install than others, most will require little or no assistance.

What kind of paint do you use for closet doors?

Paint that is latex and water-based is the best to use. This paint will emit less order than a product that is oil-based. A paint with an eggshell or satin finish is going to be somewhat reflective, resistant to moisture, as well as fairly easy to clean.

Are closet doors easy to install?

Closet doors are relatively easy to install, of course, this will depend on the type of door you are installing. Some closet doors are easier than others. Another determining factor of how easy they are to install will be the amount to repair experience that you have.

What types of closet doors are best for the bedroom?

The type of closet door that is best for you bedroom will be based on your bedroom. For example pocket doors, sliding doors, and accordion style doors all are great for small places. Hinged doors do take up more space but seem to be the most common door used.

What size sliding closet doors?

The size of sliding closet doors will vary. However, most of these types of doors will be 24, 28, 30, 32 or 36 inches for the width. The general height for these doors is about 80 inches.

How do you install sliding closet doors?

First, install the frame if there isn’t one. Afterwards, you will install the top track. Then, install the door rollers and brackets. You can then set your door rollers. You will now check for proper leveling and adjust if needed. Install door hardware and floor guide. Lastly, install door hardware.

What is the best color for a closet door?

Closet doors can come in just about any color you would like. There is not just one best color. You should match the color of the closet doors to each room style and color theme.

Is white the best color for a closet door?

White could be the best color for a closet door if you don’t have light-colored walls. If your walls and furniture are darker-colored, white would look great on your closet doors.

What kind of closet door would look the best?

The type of closet door that would look best varies based on the size of your room and the style of the room too. Accordion doors look great in natural and older style rooms. Swinging doors may be best for a basic room.

Load More

INTERESTING RESOURCES

french closet doors

French Closet Doors

Many homeowners like the idea of having French closet doors as it makes the room feel more sophisticated, or even regal. Additionally, they can be ideal for larger closet openings, particularly when you don’t want the design of the door to interfere with your access to the interior space. French closet doors can also be found in nearly every style, allowing them to coordinate with your other interior doors or stand out if you choose a unique, attention-grabbing design. Clear, textured, or frosted glass panels can even be added, allowing you to let additional light into what can often be a dark space while maintaining your preferred level of privacy. The cost of French closet doors can vary dramatically, as the construction of the doors themselves often dictate the total cost. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy the benefits of French closet doors. read more

Easier Access

french closet door

Durability

closet doors

Additional Storage

closet door
bifold closet doors

Bifold Closet Doors

Whether building new or remodeling your home, when you are choosing the best doors for your closets, you get to look at many options. Rather than the traditional sliding panel door or the hinged door that opens into the closet, one of the best options that you will find are the bi-fold closet doors. These can provide you with many benefits. You will find they look great compared to other options, they allow you to find things in your closet better and so much more. Being able to get into your closet, organizing it and have a great looking closet door is important. The bifold closet door may have louvers built into it which will allow for airflow in and out of the closet, so it won’t smell musty if closed for long periods like you will with a hinged door. With this added benefit, you will be getting the best doors for the closets inside of your home. There may be some of these benefits with other closet doors but rarely will others have louvers as standard build. read more

Better Looking on Closets in Your Home

interior bifold closet doors

Accessibility into Your Closets

custom bifold closet doors

You Choose the Style and Closet Choices

bifold closet doors
three kinds of accordion closet doors in wood and vinyl materials

Accordion Closet Doors

The main purpose of closet doors is to conceal the contents of your storage area. Every room always looks neater when clothes and other clutter are concealed. Even if your closet is immaculate, you probably want some privacy and would like it concealed from the rest of the room. Also, when you have bought that perfect outfit or suit, you don’t want it out in the open when you dog or cat rubs up against it getting unwanted fur all over it. The kids might want to play dress up with mom and dad’s clothing but with the door closed they might not see those expensive pieced even you have to be careful with. Accordion closet doors are a great choice to fulfill these needs. These doors come in many different designs, so you can be sure the door you choose matches the style of your home. Unlike the old days when the accordion would easily come off the track, the new way of making them almost ensures perfect operation every time. You might even be able to do it yourself because the easy installation of these doors makes it a single day project, and you can guarantee your room will be transformed. read more

Design

closed wood accordion closet door with a painting on the wall

Benefits

closed accordion closet door with a lock

Shopping Tips

white vinyl accordion closet door slightly open with a hamper on the side
Load More

Quick consultation

Call us to find out more details about doors and purchasing options, in your area!