2023 Author: Philip Bishop | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 22:24
- Where to put the wardrobe?
- What can be used to make doors?
- Fixing systems
- Features of mechanisms
- Why is it important to buy quality fittings?
Sliding wardrobe doors are a good idea if you don't want the open sash to take up space in an already narrow hallway. In addition, this door design is widely used to create built-in furniture. It is convenient to use, suitable for confined spaces, and makes the headset more stylish and practical.
Where to put the wardrobe?
Like any other wardrobe, the coupe model can be installed anywhere in an apartment or private house, however, if you have a niche or other allocated space that has no practical function, it can be used under a wardrobe with sliding doors.
It is worth noting that it is quite possible to create such a structure on your own. In fact, you only need to install the doors and the mechanism for them; you can buy these elements separately, installation will take a maximum of an hour. If you use a niche, you will not take away the free space of the apartment, while you can create a large enough built-in wardrobe that will fit your entire wardrobe.
What can be used to make doors?
If you decide to make a built-in wardrobe with sliding doors with your own hands, first of all, you need to decide what the door will be assembled from. Modern technology allows you to choose from a large number of materials, ranging from traditional wood to plastic.
If the room has high humidity, which is often found in hallways, it is better not to use wood or chipboard. A plastic structure or an aluminum door will look no worse, while its service life is practically unlimited, in contrast to wood, which readily absorbs moisture.
Most often, a do-it-yourself wardrobe with sliding doors is made of wood. To do this, you can buy ready-made furniture parts, fittings and assemble any structure that is recommended to be pre-drawn. Unlike a factory cabinet, a self-made cabinet will differ not only in its original design and the presence of useful functions, but it will also perfectly fit into the space of your apartment, since the furniture will be tailored exactly for it.
Natural wood usually requires preliminary preparation, it will need to be cleaned, dried, painted. You need to choose a material that is smooth, free of knots, the boards should be even. A cheaper material that does not require additional processing and refinement is chipboard or lining. However, it is worth getting ready for the fact that the door leaves will have frames, which will be an additional restriction for the doors. Lining boards are usually connected to each other using a tongue and groove.
Regardless of what material you will install the door from, you will need to think about fittings, you need to purchase it in advance. Sliding door systems for wardrobes can have different types of rails:
- Straight or semicircular products.
- Models that need to be installed on the floor or ceiling, less often on the walls.
When installing the lower guide, you can later face a number of problems, since various debris is often stuffed into the rail, which prevents the doors from opening normally.
There are constructions where there are two tracks. Such a door is much more convenient to use, since it never slips off, it provides the convenience of using the cabinet and its easy opening. This design is especially suitable for heavy timber doors. If you use only one rail, it is highly likely that the door, due to its mass, will go off the rails or fall out of the rail, which will create certain inconveniences when using the wardrobe.
Features of mechanisms
Sliding door systems for wardrobes can have their own characteristics, which must be properly taken into account when creating furniture. When choosing accessories, special attention should be paid to rollers. They experience the greatest stress when opening doors and wear out the fastest, so low quality fittings will quickly become unusable. If the rollers fail, the doors may squint, stop opening, this causes certain inconveniences.
You can fix the problem if you know how the mechanism works and how to set it up correctly. Most often, those rollers that are located in the lower part of the door leaf and move along the rail suffer. In the upper part of the structure there is another pair of rollers, their shape is asymmetric. They not only move, but also hold the canvas with a guide above the door. If the rollers are worn out, they can be easily replaced. All you need to do is have a Phillips screwdriver. Unscrew the old and screw on the new structural elements.
For convenience, the replacement of the rollers starts from the far web.
To adjust the door, use the adjusting screw located near the roller mechanism. Thanks to the screw, you can raise and lower the corner of the door leaf, which will allow you to put it straight.
Why is it important to buy quality fittings?
One of the most expensive elements for creating a wardrobe is hardware for its doors. Its quality determines how reliable the cabinet will be, how long its doors will last. You should not save on rollers and other elements, choosing the cheapest ones, since they will quickly become unusable, especially for those cabinets whose doors are heavy enough.
Please note that high quality rollers must be fitted with bearings. In addition, the choice of the hinged mechanism plays a role. The more stiff it has, the better. The most reliable is the frame made of an aluminum profile. It has sufficient rigidity that it can be used for a long time, even if the doors of the wardrobe are heavy. At the same time, the frame itself has a small mass, looks great, which allows it to be used for cabinets of any design. Fasteners for curtain or accessories can also be aluminum; another property of this material is its resistance to corrosion. Even if the room is damp enough, the frame will not be covered with rusty spots.
The sliding wardrobe can be equipped with a lock. It is installed quite rarely, but it has its own characteristics: the main feature of such a lock is that it closes vertically. This is due to the lack of a box in the cabinet.
If you want to make a wardrobe in a niche, you will need to choose suitable doors and purchase quality fittings. Installation will not be difficult, and you can create an inexpensive but very effective interior element that brings practical benefits.