Sliding doors are a dream for maximizing space. Traditional doors swing open, taking up valuable floor space and pocket doors, while effective, aren’t the epitome of style. Sliding doors are a great alternative: they don’t take up much space, they are functional and they can serve as a statement piece. Whether you make your own door or buy one, you can create the sliding track on your own.
This project is based off the industrial curtain rod we featured in the February issue. In fact, we used many of the same materials, as it lends a sense of cohesiveness to the room. There are many different track options out there, from wheels on the floor to wheels on the track, so decide what works best for your room. Wheels on the floor may be difficult in a carpeted room but work well for wood, laminate or tile flooring. We have a tiled floor so we put the castors on the bottom of the door.
- 2 1/2″ floor flanges
- 2 1/2″ 90-degree elbows
- 1/2″ galvanized pipe (length depends on the width of your door and how far you want it to slide)
- Rustoleum primer
- Rustoleum spray paint in bronze
- 2 casters
- 2 eye screws
- Wall anchors
Prime and spray paint all your pipe pieces.
Prepare your door by adding castors to the bottom and eye screws to the top. You may need to adjust the height of the eye screws depending on how they line up with your pipe. This will be determined during assembly.
To one side of your pipe rail, add your elbow and flange.
Thread your door onto the rail.
Determine where you want your rail to sit on your wall. If needed, adjust the height of the eye screws so they don’t rub the rail when the door is used.
Once you have your rail at the correct height, add the elbow and flange to the other end.
Mark the holes in your flanges and set the door down. Add at least two wall anchors to each side of the rail. While the majority of the weight is on the castors, the door is heavy and wall anchors should be used as a precaution.
Once your anchors are in, put the door and rail in place and screw to the wall.
Test out your door. You may find that you want to raise or lower the eye screws.