How to make a sliding room divider

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How to make a sliding room divider
Sliding Doors by Cliff Spencer (Shopwright, All About Doors, Johnson Hardware, Apartment Therapy, Shimco)

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.

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Things you need

  • Sliding door track
  • Door rollers
  • Door guides
  • Doors, screens or other dividers
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

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

    How to make a sliding room divider
  2. 2

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

    How to make a sliding room divider
  3. 3

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

    How to make a sliding room divider
  4. 4

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

    How to make a sliding room divider
  5. 5

    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.

    How to make a sliding room divider
  6. 6

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

  7. 7

    Install decorative trim to hide the tracks if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Read the directions that come with the hardware before starting.

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