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How to Install Bypass Sliding Closet Doors

Installing bypass sliding closet doors isn't impossible, even if you're all thumbs. Follow thorough instructions to the letter so that you will be able to get into the closet effortlessly.


  • Step 1: Use the square and mark the door at 40 inches from the bottom and 4 inches in from the outside of each door for the door pull, and then drill holes through the panels for the pulls. Typically, the pulls are placed on the left side of the front door and the right side of the rear one.
  • Step 2: Screw the door pulls in place and then finish the door with stain or paint, if needed. Include matching trim around the perimeter of the door jamb to make it look professional.
  • FACT: In 2009, an American Society of Interior Designers study revealed that the average price of a home improvement project was more than $35,000.
  • TIP: If your floor is carpeted, cut an "X" through it with a knife and peel back the corners to get to the wood floor. Otherwise, carpet strands can tear, unwind, and wrap around the drill, ruining both.
  • Step 3: Line up the floor glide with the door bottom where it hangs free. Then drill pilot holes into the floor, through the slots in the glides, and screw the glide to the floor.
  • Step 4: Drill pilot holes through the pencil marks. Then arrange the track evenly and screw it into the jamb to anchor it.
  • Step 5: Set the roller brackets atop the door, a couple of inches in from both corners. Then drill pilot holes and attach the brackets to the door with screws.
  • Step 6: Snap the rollers into the track to hang the door. Use the adjustment dial on the bracket to raise or lower the doors so they hang right.
  • Step 7: Measure the height and the width of the closet opening. Hold the track against the upper jamb, make sure it's straight with your level, and mark the screw slots on the jamb with a pencil.

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