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  1. mike
    February 26, 2011

    I plan on installing 2 slide by closet doors. Will my 2×4 framing be wide enough for both tracks?

    • Jim
      February 27, 2011

      Hi Mike,

      If you use the sliding door hardware that we sell with our sliding doors then 2 x 4 framing will work. We use the Johnson 138F series which has an enclosed track at the top that is 3.1/2″ deep. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to ask.


  2. Val Piner
    June 30, 2011

    I plan on using a three tracks for a triple sliding door set up. What size header would I need?

    • Jim
      July 1, 2011

      Hi Val, It really depends on the thickness of the doors. If you are using our standard 1.1/4″ thick closet doors your header will need to be at least 4″. If you are using 2x4s for your wall with drywall on both faces you should easily clear that 4″ mark.

      I hope this helps. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to ask.


  3. Susana Puertas
    August 15, 2011

    What a great article Jim, I was thinking about installing sliding doors in my bedroom. This gives a good idea of what I should seek for. Thanks a lot, great post!

  4. james davis
    March 15, 2012

    If the rough opening is 84 inches (2×4 to 2×4) on a wall that is 100 inches wide and I use 3 sliding doors, how much wasted width is there that reduces the 84 inch opening when I install the 3 sliding doors..
    I would like to have all 84 inches if possible.

    • Jim
      March 16, 2012

      If you go with 3 sliding doors the way to get the most open space is to have each door on its own track. This way you can stack all 3 doors, 1 behind the other.

      If you use the 3 track system you would have access to ~55″ of open space when all 3 doors are stacked to the side.

      In order to have the entire 84″ open at any one time you would need to either use bifold full access hardware or wall mounted hardware.

      The full access hardware is a bifold system where 2 doors are folded up to either side but then, instead of pointing straight out in to the room like a letter V, they fold back along the face of the wall. For this to work you would need to have 4 doors in the opening and ~21″ of clear space to either side of the opening for the doors to fold back. Here is a link for the bifold door full access hardware

      For wall mounted you could have the doors slide back and forth in front of the opening instead of inside as with typical hardware. The problem you will run in to here is that the wall mounted hardware is a single track system. This means that the doors cannot stack behind each other and that you will need a full 84″ of wall space, to the side of the opening, for the doors to slide. If you want to go this way you may want to consider having only 2 doors in the opening.

      I hope this helps. If you should have any more questions please do not hesitate to ask.


  5. Louie Loesch
    February 17, 2013

    Making a linen closet in spot used to be vanity.
    82.5 in high x 57.5 in wide
    Like to use oak blank doors to copy closet in bedroom
    80 x 30 x 1 3/8
    Can I get track cut to length or what is best way to cut?
    Header now is 2 x 4. Is that wide enough to install bypass tracks?



    • Jim
      February 18, 2013

      Hello Louie,

      The track is typically cut down right on site. It is extruded aluminum and you can use a standard hacksaw to easily cut that to size.

      The depth of header that you need will depend on the thickness of the doors. If you are using doors that are 1.3/8″ thick or less then you can use the 38F Sliding Door Track Hardware which will work with a standard 2×4 header.

      If your doors will be 1.3/4″ thick then you will need to use the 134F Sliding Door Track Hardware which requires a header of at least 4″. If you do need a wider header you can always attach a 1×6 to the underside of the existing header to give you the greater depth.

      Here is a link to the installation instructions for sliding door track hardware.

      I hope this helps Louie. If you should have any more questions please do not hesitate to ask.


  6. Nicolai
    December 14, 2013

    Non linear tracks?


    I am planning a slide door project and would appreciate some expert-input:
    I have a wall 170 cm long and 270cm tall. On the right side of the wall I’m planning a slide door covering an opening of app. 220 cm. Challenge: the wall on the right of the opening is not aligned with the other wall.

    Is there a solution where the rails are not linear, but have a part bending at an angle of e.g. 30 degree? Also, can this be combined with two doors on the same track which still can be stacked in front of each other at the wall?



    • Jim
      December 16, 2013

      Hello Nicolai,

      I think I need to see a sketch of what you want to make sure I am understanding correctly.

      The track cannot be bent and work. However, we did a mock up here with 2 tracks, cut at an angle to each other, and that did work. The wheels for the door were split so that one set of wheels was on the track parallel to the opening while the other set of wheels was on the track that came in at a 30° angle. This allowed the door to slide completely over the opening and then slide off to the side.

      If you could do a simple sketch and send it over ( sales@diyshutters.com or fax 610.326.6779 ) that would be really helpful.


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