How to Measure for Sliding Wardrobe Doors

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


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. 


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

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.


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 -


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.


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