How to hang sliding closet doors when you cannot tilt them inwards

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Forum topic by fiddlebanshee posted 10-04-2018 06:18 PM 630 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-04-2018 06:18 PM

Hi all,

PROBLEM SOLVED!! I had read the installation instructions backwards, it seems. Oh well….


Question on an installation conundrum.

Here’s a cabinet that I built and that I want to put sliding doors in front of.

I don’t have a lot of room in front of the cabinet, hence I want to insert sliding doors. The panels are going to be painted with blackboard paint so that I can write on them. Here’s a sketchup of what I intend to do.

My challenge will be that, according to the manufacturers instructions, the doors need to tilt inwards to be hung,

With the shelves that will be difficult. I see three options, which one do you think is best?

1.Installing the track backwards so that they can be hung from the outside.

2. Hang the back door first before installing the track, screw the track in with the door attached, and then somehow manage to get the other two on. Or even try to hang all doors before moving the whole header and build up to the cabinet to attach to the top. That sounds to be daunting.

3. Set all wheels in the track and mount them to the doors in place. I could make a riser for the door to sit on temporarily so that it has just the right height to attach the wheels.

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#1 posted 10-04-2018 06:36 PM

If what you’re using is anything like standard closet door track….the bottom of the doors tilt towards you while the top with rollers are put in place. Inward, meaning towards you as you hang them.

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#2 posted 10-04-2018 06:37 PM

Oh duh, I see what you are saying, I had read the schematic totally the wrong way around. Yea, that’s going to be easy. Thanks!

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