How to Install a Sliding Closet Door

Sliding doors are popular on bedroom closets and are available both finished and unfinished and in solid and hollow core options. It will make installation much easier if unfinished doors are finished before installation.

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Build the Frame

Measure the door opening. Cut the door frame to length. Lay out the pieces, making sure they are square. Nail the frame.

Set the Frame

Set the frame inside the opening. Use a level to ensure the legs of the frame are plumb. Insert shims to adjust and provide a nailing surface.

Level the Frame

Use the level to check the top piece of the frame. Insert shims to adjust and provide a nailing surface.

Attach the Frame

If you have made any adjustments, check to make sure the frame is level and plumb. Nail or screw through the shims to attach the frame in place.

Trim the Door

Measure the door opening and add in the track dimension. Measure and trim the door to fit. Score the door’s bottom with a utility knife.

Trim the Door

With the door on a level surface, use a circular saw to trim the door to length using the score mark as your guide.

Attach the Top Track

Using the hardware provided by the manufacturer, attach the top track to the door frame according to their instructions.

Install the Door Brackets and Rollers

Mount the brackets and rollers on the upper end of the door, making sure the hardware will not interfere with the movement of the rollers.

Set the Door Rollers

Set the door rollers inside the top track and hang the door in place. Repeat for the second door.

Check and Adjust

Check to make sure the doors are plumb and level. Make any needed adjustments with the roller and bracket hardware.

Install the Floor Guides and Door Hardware

Attach the floor brackets according to the manufacturer’s directions. Check to make sure the doors can easily move through the opening.

Install the Door Hardware

Sliding doors typically have hardware inset inside the door, as shown above, to allow for easy movement.

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