DIY: Build sliding doors
Thursday 30 July 2020
Do you want to make a sliding door yourself? Sliding doors are very popular. Apart from being a real eye-catcher in your room, sliding doors are ideal for saving space. Do you miss a door in your room? Or do you want to make a sliding door in a cupboard? Or maybe you want to create a sliding door in the attic? A step-by-step plan for making a sliding door yourself is the perfect solution! If you buy a sliding door or sliding door system yourself, you can easily spend hundreds of euros. Complicated? Too expensive? No. Zoofy has created a budget-friendly do-it-yourself plan for you, so you can do this yourself for less than 100 euros! Even with two left hands. Hop to it, get to work!
Tip: Before you start, always check whether your wall is strong enough. The wall will have to bear a considerable weight.
Making a farmer's sliding door
You are going to make a farmer's sliding door. It's a bit of a job, but trust us: when you've done it, you'll be very proud. We take you through our step-by-step plan. Note: Wood works. If you make a sliding door of scaffold wood, you must take into account the humidity. This is probably different in the DIY store than in your home. The planks can therefore shrink, making the size suddenly different. So take this into account if you want to make a wooden sliding door. Just as when laying laminate and the accompanying skirting boards, lay the wood down in the house first to acclimatise.
Step-by-step plan - making a sliding door in the wall yourself
The first thing you need to do if you want to make a sliding door in the wall yourself is to make a drawing of the dimensions and how it will look. You don't have to have the same drawing skills as Leonardo da Vinci to do that; just look at our example below. A drawing helps you to get an idea of the result you're working towards, and so you always have something to fall back on. We have opted for a sliding door system that is larger than the doorway itself. As a result, the door covers the entire doorway and does not fall into the doorway. In our example, the door is 90 x 210 cm. But you can, of course, use this example for your own doorway size. Please note that the formats of the shelves will also be adjusted. First measure how big you want your sliding door to be. To do this, first measure the height and width of the door opening. If you want the sliding door to overlap the entire doorframe, add 10 cm on both sides.
Tip: First check the room where you want to mount the sliding door. Can the door be slid open completely?