How To Measure Sliding Closet Doors

There are places in the home where doors are integrally placed, but where necessity meets luxury is where sliding doors play a role. For instance, sliding doors to a walk-in closet, a Jacuzzi cum bathroom, a dry and wet bar partition, and a patio garden show how beauty and function join forces to enhance the visual appeal of your home. When choosing the frame and design for sliding closet doors, you first have to make sure the measurements are correctly taken. That is the first order of the day before ordering customized sliding doors.

Here’s how to correctly measure the space to accommodate the sliding closet doors.

Supplies. Industrial type tape measure, paper, and pen. A camera phone or a digital camera will also come in handy when you need to take a close up of the traditional door or existing sliding doors for replacement.

Space. Closet space should exist to accommodate not just your clothes or full length mirror but sliding doors, too. It’s great if you just want to replace already existing but erstwhile old sliding doors but if this is not the situation, you have to make sure that you have the space for this new installation. You either tear down some of the wall partitions to make room or take the hinges off the old ones to begin measuring. The latter is the easier of the two but tearing down partitions to make space is not going to pose a headache because sliding doors take up very little floor space.


  1. Measure horizontally. Start from left to right and work the tape measure at the top, center, and bottom of the space or the existing sliding doors. Jot down the numbers, label each one appropriately, and opposite each measurement write down your observations e.g. uneven surface or dent.
  2. Measure vertically starting at from the front then moving on to the back of the door. You need to do this twice even if you have a traditional door or existing sliding doors. When jotting down the numbers, choose the most conservative measurement for the right fit.
  3. Move on to the wall and measure how wide it is. This is the wall comprising the frame that will hold and support the sliding doors. Measure three times from the top, middle, and bottom of the wall. Write these numbers down and add in important details when necessary.
  4. After you are done measuring the width of the wall, move in further to the frame of your traditional door or existing sliding doors. This step is included just in case you have the budget to place an order for a frame that is customized according to special requests. For example, you may want a Shoji frame to accentuate the Asian-inspired look of your room.

Do not hesitate to repeat the measurements if you aren’t confident about your first pass. Taking accurate numbers are crucial. This task may seem easy but one wrong move means more money for corrective work. If it will make it easier for you, call in the professionals who know how to go about this procedure the faster way.


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