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Implant a sliding door in the attic

In an attic, every square centimeter counts. The inclination of the roof panels is often an obstacle to the installation of a swing door or a sliding door. The only solution is often to make a specific sliding door, wall or wall. This type of door facilitates movement and saves space.

Necessary material

  • Circular saw
  • Sawing guide
  • Strawberry
  • Screwdriver-unscrewing

Diagram of the sliding door

Diagram of the sliding door

Saw the panel

Saw the panel

1. After carefully measuring the slope of the roof and the opening to be made, proceed to the cutting of the wood panel (prefer the MDF). Mark the location of the attachment points.

Milling the housing of guide parts

Milling the housing of guide parts

2. With a suitable cutter, dig the housing for anchoring the guide parts up and down.

Fix the guide pieces

Fix the guide pieces

3. Attach the guide piece and a minimum of two rollers on the underside to the top of the door.

Fit a rail in two cleats

Fit a rail in two cleats

3. Using a router, dig a groove on two cleats to insert previously cut PVC rails to the correct length.

Paste the first rail

Paste the first rail

4. Then glue the first rail to the floor, across the full width of the opening and up to the door stop, using MS glue.

Install the second rail

Install the second rail

5. The second rail is positioned at door height so that the guide piece, fixed at the top of it, fits perfectly there.

Engage the wheels in the rail

Engage the wheels in the rail

6. With both rails firmly fixed, all you have to do is insert the door between them: the casters at the bottom and the guide at the top.

Fix a wooden slat

Fix a wooden slat

7. Attach a wooden batten to the wall so that the door comes to the top to open. You can finally hide the whole by screwing a counter-partition.

(photos / visuals: © System D, except special mention)

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