How to Fix Sliding Closet Doors

Closet doors should effortlessly slide along the rails. If your closet door rollers work unevenly and get stuck, use these tips to get the wheels rolling again.

You will need

  • Rags
  • Cleaning solution
  • Vacuum
  • Lubricating solution
  • Blocks of wood
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Pry bar
  • Oak wear strips
  • Scissors or sharp blade
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Throw rug or blanket (optional)
  • New roller wheels (optional)

Step 1 Remove doors Remove the closet doors from the closet opening by sliding the door half open and lifting the door up into the top track; then tilt the bottom out toward you and lower the door to the floor.

Step 2 Clean track Inspect the track for any debris or stray drops of paint and vacuum debris out of the track with a crevice tool. Wipe the track with a damp rag or use a cleaning solution, and vacuum the tracks occasionally to avoid any dirt buildup. Lubricate as needed.

Step 3 Straighten track Examine the track to determine if it’s bent. Tap the track with a wood block and hammer to straighten a bent track; place a block of wood into the track and then use another block to hammer the track straight.

Step 4 Adjust wooden doors Adjust wooden closet doors by using a pry bar to remove any tack nails along the bottom of the door. Cut oak wear strips to fit along the bottom, then sand the top and bottom of the door. Thereafter, glue the oak wear strips along the bottom.

Step 5 Reinstall Reinstall the closet doors. Check to make sure the rollers glide smoothly and check for an even gap between the door and the jamb; adjust your doors again if needed.