Interior sliding doors are trouble. At some point, every house that has them experiences problems with misalignment, binding or doors that pop off their tracks. Often, the only way to fix them is to demolish a portion of the abutting walls to gain access…a messy and expensive undertaking. And if you replace what was there with an identical newer version of what was there….the problems don’t go away.
Replacement of Sliding Closet Doors With Hinged Double Doors
To avoid the problems associated with sliding closet doors, one of our clients elected to replace their sliders with conventional hinged double doors. This is always a good choice if there is enough room. It’s easier to gain access to all areas of the closet, both during use and for repair or adjustment. Here are some photos of the project converting a sliding door opening to one that is hinged.
Replacement of Sliding Closet Door Hardware
When space is tight, you may have no choice but to use sliding doors.
Ever wonder why most interior sliding doors, particularly on closets and pocket doors, don’t work very well. The reason can usually be traced to cheap hardware. On most homes under $750,000 builders use sliding door hardware that ranges from $35-$70 per opening. I’ve installed this lower end hardware and you usually get what you pay for: smooth sailing for a year or two and almost guaranteed dysfunction thereafter.
You can buy more expensive hardware, in the $100-$150 range per opening, and your doors will glide smoothly for decades and never pop off the tracks. The same client mentioned above elected to replace low end sliding hardware on two closets with better, moderately priced sliding hardware. Life with the new doors is much easier now. Photos follow.