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
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Materials Needed
1 Safety Glasses
2 Gloves
3 Garbage Bag
Total Cost
$25-$100
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Estimated Time
2-3 Hours
Skill Level: Advanced
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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.

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