Accurate measuring is the key to a great fitting wardrobe, however please bear in mind that very few openings are truly square. Luckily our sliding door systems come with an element of adjustment to accommodate these conditions.
To ensure that your sliding doors don’t only look good but also function correctly you need to start by measuring the opening accurately. This will help you to know if your doors can be installed directly or if any particular preparation is needed.
The opening is where your doors will be fitted, they can be between existing walls, within an existing wardrobe opening or if you are working from only one wall, between the wall and an end panel which is installed to create a wardrobe opening for your doors to run within.
Measure at the distance from the back wall where the wardrobe doors will locate for example, if the front of your sliding doors is going to be 650mm from the back wall (creating the depth of the wardrobe) measure all your measurements at this point.
Measure the wall to wall distance at the bottom (just above any skirtings), middle and top of the wardrobe opening (just below any cornice)
If the opening is varying by more than 5mm per 2m of height, you may want to consider installing strike plates to reduce the variance in the opening size.
Measure the floor to ceiling height at approx 1.5m intervals (inside any cornice that is present)
If the opening is varying by more that 5mm per 1.5m of width, you may want to consider packing out any top or base lining plates, the top track or the bottom track depending on the nature of the variance.
Once you have taken all your measurements, please report the Maximum Opening Width and the Minimum Opening Height.
Refine Your Measurements
There are a few further things you can do when measuring to ensure your doors are a perfect fit and will be installed successfully.
Use a Spirit Level—Your wall may be straight but not vertical and a little packing of the lining plate at the time of installation may be needed and help with the finished result.
Use a Straight Edge—This will help you to understand if the wall is flat, undulating or bowed.
Type of Flooring—Most sliding doors fit nicely onto carpet or laminate/hardwood.
If fitted onto carpet there is the danger of the bottom track sinking into the carpet as the doors move along it. If this is the case, the doors may not stay in place and with not roll smoothly. In order to fix this you may want to consider cutting out a section of the carpet in order to fit the bottom track directly onto the floor underneath. however as the bottom track is only around 7mm high you may still incur problems, therefore the preferred method is to fit a base plate to the carpet which gives a good flat, smooth surface for the track to be fitted. Please ensure that in this instance when measuring, you will need to press the tape measure down into the carpet pile to ensure a more accurate height is taken.
If you have laminate or hardwood flooring there are usually no issues with placing the bottom track directly onto it, however for a more fitted look, you may want to consider using a base plate.
- Measure the width at bottom, middle and top of the opening – Report maximum opening width
- Measure height at 1.5m intervals – Report minimum opening height
- If in doubt report all measurements
- Use a straight edge to determine any floor, wall or ceiling bowing
- Use a spirit level to determine if walls are off-vertical or ceiling/floor are off horizontal.
If in doubt, please call our staff who are always on hand to help give advice and support.
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