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- Sliding surface-mounted or pocket door
- Things to know before installing a sliding wall door
- Where to place the rail of a sliding door?
- Lay the rail of your door on the surface
- Hang your sliding door
1. Sliding surface-mounted or pocket door
Sliding interior doors are clever: they not only optimize the space but also aesthetically separate the rooms of a house. Two sliding door solutions exist: * surface-mounted: they are hung on the ceiling or at the top of the opening, and then they slide against the wall. * with brick partition: the door retracts inside the partition. You gain additional space but not all interior configurations allow this type of door. Also, we decided to give you tips today to install a sliding wall door.
2. Know before installing a sliding door
A sliding door is made up of at least one leaf which moves along the wall when it is opened, connected to two roller carriages, which slide on a rail. There are many styles of practical and decorative overlay sliding doors that you can easily install yourself. To do this, you will need the following equipment:
- a sliding door kit (panel, rails, fixing, rollers and screws)
- a spirit level
- a drill-driver
- one meter
- a pencil
- a friend (two poses is easier)
Remember beforehand to properly measure the height and width of your access, as well as the opening depth to possibly reduce the door in store. The advantage of the kit is that the door panel chosen will fit perfectly into the frame. If you decide to do it in DIY from A to Z, remember to check this point!
3. Where to place the rail of a sliding door?
Note that you can place the rail on the ceiling, on the wall above the door, on the floor or both (top AND bottom) but for more convenience, we recommend that you choose the ceiling rail which better supports heavy loads. It therefore also depends on the material chosen for your door: wood, glass, metal ... The advantage of the top rail is also (and above all) to avoid getting caught constantly in the floor rail and to gain 'space.
4. Lay the rail of your door on the surface
Start by positioning your door to check that it protrudes well on each side of the frame. Then take the measurements at the top for fixing the casters. Drill and fix the metal element which will make the link between the rollers and the fixing screw on each side of your door. Affix the door with the rollers on your frame, to see the height at which to position the rail and mark the places with a pencil (the instructions for the kit should tell you exactly how many holes to drill, and where).
With a bubble level, make sure that the marks are at the correct level and then drill holes for the rail. Put dowels in the holes, position and screw the rail.
5. Hang your sliding door
It's finally your door turn. Make a sliding test: to do this, position the rollers in the rail and hang the door screws on it: snap into place. After testing the rail and the casters, all you have to do is fix the door. You can also put a handle on the door and hide the rail fixed to the wall or the ceiling behind a covering (wood, metal ...) for more discretion and aesthetics.