Installing Sliding Closet Door Guides

A simple change from hinged doors to sliding doors can add important utility space to your room. They are cost effective, easy to install and add style quotient to the room.

When installing a new sliding closet door or repairing a damaged one, you may have to add or change the door guides that keep the door in place. Follow these steps for a quick and easy installation project.

Step One – Choose Guide Materials

There are several different materials that are used to manufacture sliding door guides. There are also a number of different styles you can use. Choose the type that works best for your particular situation and the flooring material with which you are working.

The most typical door guides are two small pieces of material fashioned in an “L” shape. They are attached to the floor to keep the sliding closet door in line and prevent it from swinging in and out. This also prevents the door from bending or damaging the top runners.

The “L” shaped door guides come in plastic, wood or metal. They work well for doors that don’t get too much traffic and doors that need a smooth opening with no floor rail.

Another type of guide is a specialty door guide that attaches to a pin you install in the floor. These guides can be easier to install.
A third type of sliding door guides is the track or guide strip that installs under the door and directs a roller along a designated path.

Step Two – Measure the Door

Before installing the guides, hang a plumb line from the top of the door to be sure you are installing the guides in the correct place. If you try to eyeball the guide placement, you can end up with doors that bow in or out and place pressure on the guides and rollers on the top tracks.

On bypass sliding doors, the guides are often installed in the center to keep the doors properly distanced from each other. Wherever you install the sliding door guides, be sure that at no time does …


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