how to install a sliding door for bathroom

How to Install a Sliding Door for Bathroom
Tools Needed
1 2 x 6 wooden board
2 Door
3 Tape measure
4 Pencil
5 Drill with drill bits
6 Screwdriver
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Materials Needed
1 wood screws
2 Wood putty
3 Stud finder
4 Level
5 Door hardware
6 track, brackets, and rollers
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Total Cost
$50-$100
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Estimated Time
1-2 Hours
Skill Level: Advanced
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Project Overview

How to Install a Sliding Door for Bathroom

When it comes to saving floor space, you can't beat sliding doors. The ultimate is space-saving sliding doors are pocket doors, but those can be a little complicated for most DIYers. In that case, a far easier door style to install are the barn-style sliding doors. These doors simply hang over the door frame, suspended either above the frame on the wall or above the frame from the ceiling. In most cases, you can just hang the door from the wall. If you're not sure, that should be one of your first considerations before you start thinking about installing a sliding door for your bathroom. Another big consideration is the wall space on the side(s) of your door space. You'll need to have enough space for the door to open, after all. And it's not just space you should be looking out for—make sure that the door won't interfere with outlets, light switches, windows, etc.

Your final consideration before we start the installation is the privacy aspect. Sliding doors will shut off the space, but they won't shut out light, sounds, and smells. So if the bathroom is a shared space, that means that bathroom lights, impromptu shower concerts, and cologne fog could all escape the confines of the bathroom. However, if that's a not an issue for you, then let's get started.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Fit Your Door In

How to Install a Sliding Door for Bathroom

Before you purchase a sliding door, you're going to need to know what size door to get. Occasionally, depending on the size of the door space, you may need to get two doors or have a door custom-made. However, with a bathroom door space, that's probably unlikely. So we can measure for one.

In most situations, your door space will have casing around it. (Casing is also known as trim.) You will need to account for the casing when you're doing your measuring for the width. You can usually do this by adding inches onto the measurement of the door space. What that means is that you'll be looking for a door that's wider than the opening space. 2” wider may be a good rule-of-thumb, but of course, it all depends on how wide your casing is.

For the height, you will measure from the floor to the top of the trim.

2

Finish The Board And Door

How to Install a Sliding Door for Bathroom

You may find a door that's finished or painted exactly the way you want it. If that's the case, then you don't have to do anything more to. But if you've bought a plain door slab, now is the time to add any finish or paint coats that you're planning.

The board that's specified in “Tools Needed” is what we'll use to mount the track, rather than mounting the track directly to the wall. If you've purchased a simple board, then you'll probably want to finish or paint it, rather than hanging it rough. You can do this after you've mounted it, but you might also want to get it out of the way now.

3

Mount The Board For The Track

How to Install a Sliding Door for Bathroom

Once everything is dry and smooth, it's time to start the installation. First, we'll mount the board on the wall. You don't actually have to have the board, but it does give more support to the door and the extra projection gives the sliding door more room to clear the opening space. Whether you trim your track is up to you, but the board will have to be at least as long as the track.

To figure out where exactly to mount the board, you'll reach for that stud finder. In most cases, the board should go 2”above the door opening or casing—whichever one you have. To make sure, check your track manufacturer's recommendations. Use flathead wood screws to secure the board to the wall studs and once they're in, fill in the screw holes with wood putty.

4

Attach The Hanger Brackets

How to Install a Sliding Door for Bathroom

Before you can hang the track, or rail, you will need to attach the brackets that will hold the rail. For a single door, you’ll need three brackets. Attach the rail to the brackets and then hang the rail. Make sure the rail is level with the bottom of the board. Then attach the brackets to the board. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for hardware or use any included hardware.

Adjust the hanger brackets as needed. The door should have an inch of space at the bottom, so that it can move freely.

5

Attach The Roller Hardware

How to Install a Sliding Door for Bathroom

Fasten the rollers to the sliding door. Once they’re secured, fit them onto or in the rail. Then attach the roller stops at each end. You might need to adjust the stops so that the door is straight with the door opening.

Conclusion

You’ll need handles to open and close the sliding door easily. On the side of the sliding door with the rail, you can add a full handle. On the other side, you’ll need to drill for a recessed cup handle. A full handle won’t work on this side because it won’t be able to clear the door opening. Once the handles are installed, open and close your sliding door to make sure it slides smoothly. Then make any necessary adjustments.

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Questions And Answers

How do I make a sliding glass door slide better?

First, you need to remove any dirt that is on the track. After that, you should use a lubricant on the track. Now, check to see if the door is sliding more smoothly than it was before. If not, you may need to make adjustments to the door hardware.

What are the sliding doors called?

There are many types of sliding doors. You may hear these doors called sliding glass doors, pocket doors or several other names. There are bypass doors as well as Arcadia doors. These doors are used most commonly in glass doors, screen doors, showers, and wardrobes, and even in vans.

What should I use to lubricate a sliding glass door?

For lubricating sliding glass doors, you want to be sure to use a silicon-based lubricant. You can use WD-40 or one of the other great lubricant sprays that are available. You will want to make sure that the track is clean before you lubricate the door, remove all debris.

How long does it take to put in a new door?

Removal and installation of a door that is prehung and measures 32X80 inces will take about three to five hours, with a helper and experienced carpenter. There is no hour breakdown for an entry door installation. The job will depend on a number of factors, size being one of them.

How much does it cost to install a sliding closet door?

Many times these doors will come with hardware installed and the process for installation is generally straightforward. If you choose to hire someone to install the door for you, you are looking at adding about $50 to $150 extra. This would put the final cost at $100 and up.

How do you install sliding doors?

You first set a frame for the door and make sure it’s level. Put trim around the door’s opening. Then, put in a track on the top. Install brackets and the rollers. Make sure everything is level. Put in hardware and bottom track. Lastly, install any hardware.

How do you install sliding closet doors?

To install sliding closet doors, you need to create the frame and opening. Be sure they are level. Next, the trim is placed. After that you install the top track, rollers and brackets. Again, be sure these are level. Then, place track on bottom and final hardware.

How do you fix a sliding door?

To fix a sliding door, you take off its cover, turn screws and lift door. Place the door where it needs to be and insert the screws again. This is a two or three person job.

How do you fix a sliding closet door?

To fix a sliding closet door, you grab hold of the door, lift up the door so it disconnects from its track, keep the door on top track and then put your door down onto the lower rollers again.

How much do sliding doors cost?

The basic sliding doors are around $300. However, there are many other types of sliding doors and some of those are between $700 and $1,000.

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