How to make a sliding room divider

Updated January 11, 2018

Sliding room dividers are an elegant solution for space issues. They can be used to add privacy, separate a shared bedroom when kids need quiet study time, break up an especially large space or create a sleeping area in a studio apartment. Use basic doors available at a home store or make a statement with custom-made paper screens, glass or aluminium to make a sliding room divider.

Measure for the track. Special track for sliding doors is available at your hardware store.

Determine how many door panels or screens you'll need. Divide the width of the screens into the length of the track.

Install the track. Make sure it's level. Use shims if necessary.

Attach door rollers to the top of the doors or decorative screens. The rollers are adjustable so the screens will hang straight.

Use either another track on the floor the same length as the ceiling track, or install door guides to keep the doors from swinging back and forth. Choose the least intrusive method for your room.

Set the doors in the bottom track or between the door guides and then fit the door rollers into the top track.

Install decorative trim to hide the tracks if necessary.


Read the directions that come with the hardware before starting.

Things You'll Need

  • Sliding door track
  • Door rollers
  • Door guides
  • Doors, screens or other dividers
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
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Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copy editing full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.