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How to install a sliding door

How to install sliding doors 

There are several types of sliding doors to satisfy the most different needs and uses. One of the advantages of installing a sliding pocket door which disappears inside the wall is that it allows to save useful space in your home.

For this reason, installing a sliding pocket door means redesigning your living space, even when you have limited space available.

Do you prefer a stud wall or a solid wall?

The sliding pocket door system can be used on stud walls or on solid walls. It depends on the result you want to obtain and on the present architectural conditions.

For example, on already existing structures, or if you wish to install a sliding pocket door to separate the space within a room, choosing an open structure – that is, for stud wall – may be the best solution with the quickest installation times.

How to install sliding doors

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5 things to know when mounting a pocket sliding door

Installing a new sliding door requires considerable precision, therefore we recommend entrusting the job to one of our authorised dealers.
You can find the assembly instructions in our technical support section. For any queries, please write to international.sales@eclisse.it.

The price to be paid for incorrect installation is potentially very high:

  • Malfunctioning of the door opening.

  • Rapid wear of the components.

  • Damages to the door.

This is why we have patented components that allow to install a sliding door in a workmanlike manner, but also for intervening at a later stage, even after the sliding pocket door has been installed.

1. Our Extractable track system

What happens is the track gets dirty or worn?

Don’t worry, it’s not necessary to knock the wall down or perform costly maintenance interventions. Our patented track can be easily removed, enabling you to clean the door sliding guide or install accessories, such as the BIAS or the self-closing mechanism.

2. The alignment bar

To ensure that the door slides perfectly, the frame must be perpendicular to the floor, or level.

To simplify the installation, we have patented an alignment bar that connects the vertical bar to the metal door post, to obtain a more rigid structure that is easier to install. The bar can be removed after the installation.

3. The horizontal reinforced bars

The bars are present both in the frames for stud wall and for solid wall. However, they have different structures which satisfy different needs, but in both cases they improve the resistance to lateral bending. This occurs because a rigid structure is only slightly subject to wear and thus tends to last longer without altering its usability.

4. Under frame tear-off profile 

In the case of new constructions or refurbishment, there may be discrepancies between the base of the frame already installed and the level of the finished floor. This would result in a door that slides too high with respect to the floor, leaving a visually unpleasant slit at the bottom. Our patented under frame tear-off profile can be removed with the same opening principle as cans, granting the installer extra space to adjust the door height.

5. Protruding knurled plaster mesh

When installing a sliding pocket door, you would never want to see unpleasant cracks on the wall.

Applying the plaster to the mesh of the box is often complicated, because the plaster fails to fully adhere to the wall and may slide or detach. Unsatisfactory results may cause defects and negatively impact the correct sliding of the door, even after a long time.

The mesh we use has micro-incisions and is denser (25 x 50 mm). It is then laid at a slight distance from the metal sheet surface of the box.  The adoption of this solution ensures the perfect adhesion of the plaster and, consequently, a better final result.

But why does it protrude? To bind more easily with the wall structure and facilitate the installation operations.

Mounting a flush sliding door

The Syntesis® Collection is synonymous with flush with the wall – a solution that does not entail the use of jambs and architraves. Clean and refined lines that perfectly fit to modern and design-oriented contexts.

The installation conditions of a frame for flush sliding doors are the same as those applied to a frame with jambs and architraves.

What characterises a flush sliding pocket door system is the presence of elements that are pre-coated or filled with plaster and then ready to be painted.

Profiles with integrated structure

The vertical bars, the header and the metal door stop are pre-coated in the solid wall version and configured for being filled in the stud wall version.

Gaskets for header

The horizontal gaskets can be painted with the same finish as the wall.

Do you need to mount an electrical system on the sliding pocket door box?

In some cases, the lack of space forces the electrician to install an electrical system on the same wall in which a sliding pocket door slides. It happens more often than expected, especially in situations where all spaces are fully optimised.

Most frames available on the market are not compatible with this solution and you have to rely on uncomfortable and hardly feasible solutions.

The Luce and Syntesis Luce frames (the latter if you prefer a frameless solution) are designed to satisfy this particular need.

Sliding pocket door and load-bearing wall

Have you ever tried hanging a shelf or wall units onto a wall in which a sliding pocket door slides?

We advise you not to do it, as the wall is not equipped to bear excessive loads. Moreover, the screws or nails could cross the frame and damage the door.

ECLISSE Ewoluto® was developed in collaboration with the CSI Institute to overcome this limitation. The frame becames a real wall  capable of withstanding the loads of shelves, paintings, handles and wall units. Maximum freedom to decorate your home, even when you have a limited space.