How to Install Sliding Wardrobe Doors

What You'll Need
Sliding wardrobe doors including the rollers, tracks and any other parts
Screwdriver set
Measuring tape

For a spacious bedroom, a large wardrobe with sliding wardrobe doors is a very practical and convenient way of storing clothes and other items, without spending a great deal of money. If you have purchased ready-made doors, or doors specially made to fit your wardrobe, you can paint them if you like and then install them, a fairly easy job which should not take long.

Step 1 – Take Measurements

Before purchasing the wardrobe doors, be sure to take accurate measurements. You may need to have doors specially built for your requirements. If not, you can buy ready-made wardrobe doors. Some of these, such as the solid-panel designs, can be trimmed to fit, though other designs cannot be. Be sure to double check your measurements and do your research thoroughly before purchasing the doors.

Step 2 – Paint the Wardrobe Doors

This step is optional, at least if the wardrobe doors are already adequately treated. You can paint them whichever way you want, provided that you use an appropriate paint. Any gloss paint should do. It is a good idea to paint the wardrobe doors before you install them. If any of the paintwork is damaged during the installation process, it is not usually difficult to patch the area up. Trying to paint the wardrobe doors when they are in place is rarely convenient or practical.

Step 3 – Remove Old Wardrobe Doors

If applicable, remove the existing wardrobe doors. Removing them will depend on their specific design but normally you can lift them out of place by lifting them over the rollers at an angle. In some cases, there may be a locking switch which holds them in place. Release it, and you should be able to simply slide each door off the track. Unscrew and remove the old tracks as well. 

Step 3 – Cut and Install the New Tracks

Measure the length of the existing tracks and apply this length to the new tracks. If there are no tracks, you will need to measure the width of the opening and divide this in half to get the sizes of the new tracks. The tracks should be trimmed slightly shorter than this so that there is a small space between them. Cut the new track to length with a hacksaw. Install the tracks in place, using screws through the designated holes in the tracks to attach them. Be sure that the surface is level and that the tracks are installed correctly before continuing. The tracks will be installed on the bottom or top of the doorway or both, though brackets will be required to hold the door in place at the end where there are no tracks.

Step 4 – Install the New Doors

Provided that you have painted the doors, if desired and, if needed, trimmed them down to the right size, installing them is normally a simple process that takes a few moments. They should slide into the tracks by raising one side of the door and slipping the rollers into the tracks. If there is any locking switch, be sure to unlock it first. Install one door at a time, and see that everything fits together as it should. Some minor adjustments may need to be made.