How to build a support frame if your doors are shorter than the available space

It is important to always include an extra 30mm-35mm for the track and rail when deciding on the height of the doors that you would like to install. Whether you choose the 2000mm, 2200mm or 2400mm height option.

In the following example, the height of the ceiling is 2300mm. In this scenario there are 3 options to choose from.

Option 1. Use our 2000mm high sliding wardrobe doors. The required height is 2030mm to allow for the track and rail installation. A frame would need to be built and a cover would need to be placed to cover the 270mm gap at the top.

Option 2. Use our 2200 high sliding wardrobe doors. The required height is 2230mm so a piece of timber at 70mm thick would need fixing to the ceiling prior to the track installation.

Option 3. Use our XXL 2400 high sliding wardrobe doors. The doors would need to be cut to the required height. The benefit is that there will be no extra timber work and the full height from the floor to ceiling can be utilised. If the total height is 2300mm, the doors must be 2270mm to allow for enough space for the track and rail.

To dive further into a framework example we will go for 4 doors at 2000mm in height and 650mm in width. I this case, we will need to build a frame. As the total height is 2300mm and the doors with the track and rail require only 2030mm of space, we would like to reduce the total height by 270mm.

The measuring and marking of the guidelines for the frame as well as the track and rail installation on the floor, ceiling, and walls is very important. If the required depth is 600mm then it is important to move the guideline to the front by 30-50mm allowing some extra space for the top track.

Once measured and marked it is time to cut two lengths of timber to fit between the two walls, in this case, 2400mm in length. It is of course possible to join two or more pieces of timber if they are shorter than the available opening width. 2”x 3” of timber would be perfect for building the frame.

Now it’s time to measure and cut the short timber pieces. Recommended distance between the short pieces is a maximum of 100cm (1000mm), therefore for a 2400mm opening width 4 pieces will be required.

The length of the short timber pieces will depend on the gap that will be above the doors.

Using the screws, the next step would be to fix all of the short pieces to one long timber.