By Martin Hart on Thu 05 March 2020
Open plan and sectioned living space is becoming increasingly popular, and sliding doors are a great way to help your clients achieve their desired mix of openness and fluidity whilst retaining privacy. They can be a bit niggly to fit, but once you've got the hang of it you'll have them up in no time. Here are our top tips.
Where To Use Sliding Doors
Sliding doors are a great addition to any home. Most commonly used for wardrobes and other storage areas, they are also great for dividing rooms in an open plan living space. We've also seen people fit them in front of bookcases or other storage areas which would traditionally be a showcase. This gives them design flexibility and the ability to keep a room neat and functional.
If you're measuring for a wardrobe then allow 62 cm for the inside (this is a standard size for storage systems). Measure the height of the opening in three places, just in case there is variance in the building structure. Measure the width at the top and bottom, and work out how many doors you will need.
Get Your Equipment Ready
You'll want your usual fitting tools close by - measuring tape, drill, screwdriver, fittings and a pencil. Check the instructions for the door set you're fitting. Depending on the type of fittings, you may need other implements.
Getting Started - Top Track
Get the top track in place first. Use screws to fix it to the ceiling or inner side of the wardrobe if you're fitting doors to a storage space.
Placing The Door
This is a two man job because of the size of the doors. Position the bottom track and then place the door into the top track. It should go into the back channel of each. Mark on the floor where the bottom track should sit.
Fixing The Bottom Track
Measure 100mm from the wall at the end and then fit the bottom track spacing screws evenly. Reinsert the door(s) again. Put the back doors in first. Depending on how many tracks you've got, you'll want to put the doors in the right order.
To avoid doors slipping and sliding all over the place it's a good idea to add in an anti-jump system. When you've got the doors in the right place you can remove transportation locks.
How We Can Help
Hart Wholesale are pleased to be a premier supplier to the hardware and manufacturing trade. As well as standard sliding door kits, including tracks required, we are delighted to have in our range sliding folding doors, which are like bi-fold doors for inside the home and are a popular home solution. We've got tracks and track end caps, plus the brush seals you might want to include for insulation or to reduce noise.
Want more help with choosing or fitting sliding doors? Browse our range of designs and equipment or get in touch with us today. We're always happy to help.