26.4.14

How to Fit Furniture Handles

Installing furniture handles accurately and easily

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Learn how to add furniture handles to your doors and drawers, or replace your old furniture handles with new ones.

We'll use a Handle Jig, an inexpensive tool that allows you to fit all of your furniture handles in the same position on every door for them to align perfectly.

The handle jig can be used with either bar-type or single-screw knob handles.

In this guide, we will attach a T-bar handle to an ordinary cupboard door, such as those commonly found in kitchens, bedrooms or bathrooms. 


Step 1 - Measure vertically

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The Handle Jig features an extendible green ruler which hooks onto the top of the door. The black section is also extendible to allow you to determine your furniture handle position inwards from the side of the door. Guides rest against the side of the door to keep it in position.

You need to determine the distance from the top of your door to where the first hole will be required. If you are using the jig to position a single-screw handle, this will be the only hole required.






Step 2 - Measure horizontally

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This black section is extendible and allows you to mark the holes for your handles in from the side of the cupboard door. With your vertical height chosen, determine the distance from the side of the door where your first hole is required.










Step 3 - Mark the first hole

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For this step you can use an awl or a 2mm pilot drill attachment for a power drill.

In order to mark the first hole, drill through the plastic and into the cupboard door surface - just enough to leave a mark for a bigger drill later on.






Step 4 - Mark the second hole

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This handle jig has a scale with standard hole centres for standard furniture handles, such as 96mm, 128mm, 160mm and more (hole sizes). If your bar handle has standard hole sizes, you can mark the second hole according to the scale. 

If your handle is a different size, you can make your own second hole simply by drilling through the plastic where desired.

Keep in mind, if you are replacing handles with those of a different hole size, it's best to choose a handle which can also conceal where the old holes were. The glitter bar handle pictured at the start is an example of this. It actually features 160mm and 192mm handle positions on each handle but more importantly, the nature of its design means it can also cover up nearby drill holes above or below its new position. 


Step 5 - Drill the final holes

Your handle jig is now set for any other matching cupboard doors. 

Each door can now be drilled and marked out ready for final drilling. After this is complete, use a 5mm drill bit on a power drill to drill through the previously marked holes and create the drill hole for the handle screws.

NOTE - For a neat finish, it is best to drill from the front of the door surface to the back, doing the opposite may burst through the front surface as the drill penetrates.


Step 6 - Screw the handles onto the doors


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You will need a hand pozi-type screwdriver for this final step.

Use a handle screw of 28mm length and 4mm diameter to fix your screws onto your furniture door. This will be sufficient diameter for most screws and 28mm is suited to most furniture cupboard doors. All handles supplied by Bedrooms Plus come with the correct fixing screws.





The Handle Jig is available through our Bedrooms Plus Online Store, in addition to an attractively-priced range of traditional and contemporary furniture handles.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have, through our website or the comments section below. 

25.4.14

How to Install Sliding Wardrobe Doors

Fitting the track and sliding wardrobe doors

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This guide will help you to install sliding wardrobe door tracks onto your ceiling and floor, then how to install your doors onto the track to complete the wardrobe or storage space.

Please note - this guide refers to the installation of standard size sliding wardrobe doors, which are made to fit a ceiling height of 2260mm but come in a variety of widths to suit your needs, with 3607mm being the maximum opening width (4555mm for premium doors). See the end of this guide for information regarding made to measure doors.



We will assume you have already prepared your opening space, picked your doors and are ready to install them.

If you are not at that stage yet, take a look at THIS POST which details how to measure up your chosen area and select your doors. If your chosen area needs to be modifed or built to accomodate these doors, this two page PDF guide will show you how.

Lets get started...


Step 1 - Sizing the tracks


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Measure your opening at the top first. Take this measurement and mark it on your top track. Use a set square to mark a straight line across it for cutting. 

Then measure the base of your opening and mark a straight on the floor track for cutting. Use a fine tooth hacksaw to cut both tracks. 

TIP - Cut both tracks 2mm shorter than the opening heights to allow easier installation.

Step 2 - Install the tracks


Install the top track first. How this track is fitted will depend on your ceiling. If you have used spacer blocks or opening height reducers to fit your track onto, the track can be simply fixed onto these with the screws provided. As seen in this guide.

If you are installing the top track directly onto a level ceiling (opening height must be 2260mm +/- 12mm remember), there are a number of options -

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As picture F shows - the floor track can be secured directly onto carpet or hardwood flooring. Before fixing the bottom track to the floor, it will be necessary to install the first door, and adjust the position of the floor track accordingly until the door is completely vertical. Use a spirit level to check this. The position will normally be around 30mm back from the front of the top track. Have a look at step 4 for installing your first door.

We recommend fixing the bottom track into position using screws rather than double sided tape for more security.


Step 3 - Familiarise yourself with the door positions


Your sliding wardrobe doors are designed to be overlapped. Before installing your doors, use this picture as a reference on how to position them -


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Step 4 - Install the doors


Sliding-wardrobe-doors-installationThe back door(s) are always installed first. You will need two pairs of hands for this depending on the door size. Angle the door backwards and insert the top of the door into the top track.

Push the bottom of the door inwards to straighten the door and lower the bottom wheels into the floor track grooves. As seen in the picture here.





Step 5 - Engage the top guide to secure in place


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Push up the black and yellow plastic (older versions are white) section of the guide to secure it into the groove in the top track. Remember that your first door will be installed into the back groove of the first.

As the picture shows, to disengage the guide from the track, pull down on the plastic part to release the door. Remove the door from the track by lifting out at an angle.



Step 6 - Adjust your doors to level


Sliding-wardrobe-doors-adjustmentAll of the sliding wardrobe doors from Bedrooms Plus can be adjusted once fitted so that they are plum with your side walls or frame that you have built.


Using a pozidrive screwdriver, adjust the bottom wheels. This will alter and angle of each door. Turn the screws on the bottom wheels clockwise to raise the door and anti-clockwise (counter-clockwise) to lower the door. 




Step 7 - Secure in place with anti-jump clips


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The purpose of these anti-jump clips is to prevent the door from jumping out of the track. It is important that you do not skip this step.

Follow steps A, B and C to engage the anti-jump clip in place. PLEASE NOTE - When rotating the clip into the open position, it is easy for the clip to fall out of the groove which holds it. if this happens, simply snap it back into its original position shown in A.

To disengaging the anti-jump clip just reverse the steps shown here.

Enjoy your new sliding wardrobe doors...

Remember that this article refers to the installation of standard size sliding wardrobe doors which are made to fit an opening height of 2260mm.

A number of options are available to you if your opening space is not yet suitable for these doors. Take a look at this 2 page guide which shows you how to modify your opening space -


Our previous blog post also shows you how to measure your area and make adjustments, complete with videos -


Of course, made to measure doors are also available which are made to fit the opening size you have available. Click this link to get a quote -


Finally, this short video offers a visual illustration of what has been described in this article -



Hopefully this post has shown you how easy it is to install your standard size sliding wardrobe doors. Free free to contact us with any comments or questions through our website or the comments section below.

Paul.

20.4.14

How to Measure for Sliding Wardrobe Doors

Creating space for a built-in fitted wardrobe and sliding doors


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This post will demonstrate how to measure the space where you intend to install your sliding wardrobe doors and / or built in wardrobe furniture. Before continuing - please note this post concerns standard size sliding doors which are made to fit a standard ceiling height of 2260mm but come in a variety of widths to suit your needs, with 3607mm being the maximum opening width (4555mm for premium doors). 

For information regarding made-to-measure doors, choose your style and size via Bedrooms Plus made-to-measure.


Step 1 - Measuring for your standard size sliding wardrobe doors


Use a measuring tape to measure the wall (width) and ceiling (height) where you want to fit your sliding wardrobe doors. Remember your opening height will need to 2260mm +/- 12mm. If your opening height is higher than this, you can reduce to opening height to match these sliding wardrobe doors using the accessories listed in the following steps below. 


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Mark with a pencil the depth you want your opening space to protrude from the back wall. If you intend to install built in fitted wardrobe furniture, be sure to  allow enough depth for this, adding more than necessary to allow your doors to roll freely without catching any of the interior furniture. A minimum depth of 610mm will be required for our Aura built in wardrobe furniture.

sliding-wardrobe-doors-measurementAny obstructions that effect proper measurement such as coving or skirting can either be removed or an opening can be built around them using end panels or end fillets.

As the pictures show - measure your opening height in 3 places, and your width in 2 places.There are likely to be slight differences between the measurements a,b & c height measurements meaning your ceiling and floor at not parallel. This is normal, and your trackset will allow for a difference of up to +/- 12mm. If the difference exceeds this then  you will need to make adjustments to your ceilings / walls - Explained in step 3.



Step 2 - Selecting and fitting your built in wardrobe storage


It makes sense to install your wardrobe furniture such as shelves, drawers and various hanging attachments before you install your track and sliding wardrobe doors. How you design your interior will depend on the opening space you have available or will create. 

The built in wardrobe furniture range from Bedrooms Plus consists of shelves and drawer units in 550mm width and 900mm width available in both white and oak effect. This easy to install range of wardrobe furniture is support by telescopic steel stanchions and what you attach to them is up to you. Please read page 23 of this pdf guide on planning and installing your built in wardrobe furniture -


This video shows our range of wardrobe furniture being installed, finished with the sliding wardrobe doors featured in this article -




Step 3  - Build the opening for your sliding wardrobe doors


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Remember all of the sliding wardrobe doors in this article are made to fit a standard opening height of 2260mm.

Following step 1 - If the variance between the 3 opening height measurements exceed 12mm, you could build a frame using end fillets and end panels which are scribed to both the walls and ceiling in order to give you a parallel opening height of 2260mm, and a opening width of no greater than 3607mm (4555mm for our premium doors).

Alternatively if your ceiling is not parallel but also too high, you can use the opening height reducer or space block accessories sold in our sliding door accessories page

For a more detailed guide on creating your opening height and width, have a look at our 2 page DIY pdf guide. It covers end panels, side fillets and general troubleshooting.

This video shows the creation of an opening space using an end panel -




This video shows how to use the opening height reducers to reduce your opening height to the required 2260mm - 



Step 4 - Calculate your sliding wardrobe door requirements


The number of sliding wardrobe doors you need, and the size of them will depend on the opening width you have available, or have created. Alternatively you may use the following calculation table below to determine how many doors you want, and make your opening size accordingly.


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This table shows optimal door to opening width ratio providing the right amount of overlap on each door. You could also use the same amount of doors for a slightly narrower opening width which would mean each door would have a greater overlap. Using the recommended amount of doors OVER the opening width associated with them will not work as this would mean there will be not enough overlap and potentially visible gaps between the doors. Note that this table excludes our range of 'premium doors' which have a maximum opening width of 4555mm 

Step 5 - Install your doors


Please view this blog post which guides you through installation step by step -

HOW TO INSTALL SLIDING WARDROBE DOORS

As mentioned earlier, this article refers to the standard size sliding wardrobe doors available through our website. Made to measure sliding wardrobe doors are also available by choosing your style, sizes and number of doors through our made to measure sliding wardrobe doors section - Bedrooms Plus Online store

We hope this guide has been useful to you. Feel free to comment below, contact us with any questions or comments you may have through our website or the comments section below.

Paul