If you’re wondering whether a sliding door might be right for you, it’s fairly simple to figure out. If you want to install a door in an area that has limited floor space, meaning it will be difficult to install a door that swings open in either direction, a sliding door is a must. Unless you want to install a pocket door, which will necessitate opening up your walls, a sliding door that moves on a track is an easier option.
Of course, before you install a sliding door, you’ll need to install a sliding door track. The track is what the door slides upon. While some sliding doors will need to be mounted to hang from the ceiling, most people can hang one on the wall above the door. Just make sure that you have wall studs and at least 2” above the door. That’s 2” above either the door opening or the door casing, if you have it. Since most people install their sliding doors on the wall, these instructions will cover that, but there will be details for people considering a ceiling mount. Luckily, this is a task that most people can do. All you’ll need is a few simple tools and materials and you can get the project finished quickly.
Make Sure The Board And Track Fit
While the sliding door track may come in varied sized, you may need to cut the track to fit the space and your sliding door. If you do so, you will also need to adjust the size of the board. The board has to be at least as long as the track. Some people choose to install a sliding door track without the board, but there are benefits to using one. Not only does it add a barrier between the track and the wall, but it also adds extra space so the sliding door has an easier time clearing the door frame.
However, if you’re going to mount a sliding door track from the ceiling, you will not need the board. You can simply secure the sliding door track to the ceiling and hang the door from there.
Finish The Board To Match Your Décor’s Appearance, If Necessary
You can finish and/or paint the board after you have mounted, but you may find it easier to do so before you get it on the wall. If you need to alter its appearance, be advised that this will add extra time to the project. The extra time required depends on what you decide to do to the board. You should know that if you paint or finish the board, the wood screws you use will contrast. So if you want a seamless color across the board or wall hardware that blends in more, you may want to wait to paint or finish it until after you have mounted on the wall.
As a ceiling mount uses no board, this step would be unnecessary. In addition, some ceiling-mounted tracks can be powder-coated by the manufacturer so that they match or blend in with your ceiling.
Mount The Board To The Wall
Using a stud finder, find the wall studs over the door. You’re going to mount the board to the wall studs. You should mount it 2” above the door opening or the door casing, whichever one you have. Secure the board to the wall with flathead wood screws and once they’re in, fill in the holes with wood putty.
You can, of course, skip this step if you’re mounting from the ceiling.
Attach The Hanger Brackets
The hanger brackets are what will hold the track on the board. You will need three brackets for a single sliding door and two more if you’re installing a double sliding door. If you’re installing a double sliding door and there’s no connector bracket, you’ll need to use six brackets total.
Attach the sliding door track to the brackets and then hang it. Make sure that it’s level with the bottom of the board. If it’s not level, the door could open and close by itself. Once you’ve determined that it’s level, you can go ahead and secure the track and brackets to the board. You should use the hardware that the manufacturer included or follow their recommendations for the appropriate hardware.
Adjust the hanger brackets as needed. Your sliding door(s) will need an inch of space between the bottom of the door(s) and the finished floor, so be sure to factor that into the door size you choose. Then once you’ve installed the sliding door track, you can move on to hanging your sliding door(s).
If you opt for a ceiling-mounted track, you will follow the manufacturer’s instructions for attaching through pre-drilled holes. After you have it mounted, you will have to plaster and finish the ceiling and mount as needed. If you’re not comfortable with your ability to do that, it’s much simpler to opt for a wall mount.