The choice and purchase of sliding doors for the interior is always associated with stress - it is an important decision both for the aesthetics of the apartment and for the household budget. We have created this article to bring you closer to the road that you need to go from planning the purchase to enjoying the fully installed sliding doors. We hope that we will be able to make not only the last part enjoyable, but actually the entire route!
We will tell you how to plan the purchase and how to measure sliding doors. You will also find out whether it is possible to install sliding doors on a wall made of plasterboard and how much space will be left between the door and the wall. After reading this article, nothing will be a mystery to you any more. Have a good read!
Most sliding doors are made to order, they are not available immediately - this is also the case with us in Reno. Since the waiting time for the door is 6 to 8 weeks, we recommend planning the purchase well in advance.
For individual projects, the waiting time is extended to 10 weeks. Is it a lot? Yes, but it's definitely worth it - in personalized orders, every detail will be tailored to you. We will listen to what you need to recreate it in our project as good as possible.
Remember that making the door by the producer is only one of the steps - you must also include the time to make a decision and order samples. The purchasing process itself usually lasts from 7 to 14 days.
Start by determining where you want to mount the door. The standard door opening is 90 cm width (without the door frame) and 206 to 208 cm high. The door should be wider than the door opening. The optimal margin is 10 cm - it will allow you to place the bottom guide and fully cover the door opening.
Remember: The minimum margin is 6 cm and the optimum is 10 cm. We strongly recommend sticking to this upper value.
Okay, now you know how to calculate the door width, but it's only one of the dimensions - what about the height? How much space should be left for mounting elements?
Remember that the door is mounted 1 cm above the ground. Classic door models should be at least as high as the door opening, while in the case of the Minimalist model, the door should be at least 10 cm taller than the door opening itself.
In Reno shop you will find two types of sliding systems: classic models and the Minimalist model. Classic models, e.g. Simple or Roller, have visible rollers mounted above the door. The Minimalist models, on the other hand, have a system with invisible rollers attached to the back of the door. We write about it in the context of measurements and door selection, because measuring the necessary space for different models will look different.
In classic systems, such as Roller and Simple, more space should be left above the door for the correct installation of the rollers, because they are located above the door.
The standard sliding system protrude above the door from 15 cm (e.g. SIMPLE) to 22 cm (e.g. ROLLER). This is the distance needed above the door for proper door installation. This value should be added to other dimensions, remembering that this is the extra space above the door itself, not the door opening.
Take a look at a practical example with the classic model:
In the case of the Minimalist system, the sliding system is located behind the door, so there is no need to leave space for rollers, 2 cm space above the door is enough for their correct installation.
Take a look at a practical example with the Minimalist model:
On our website you will find a buying guide in which we thoroughly describe the process of measuring the door and write more about the materials and the specificity of single and double doors.
Tip: Pay attention to the fact that the door must have room to slide, so the width of the door you order should fit on the wall next to the door opening to be able to open it easily to its full extent.
And what if the door opening in your interior does not fit into the standard sizing? The purchase of sliding doors is also possible in this situation. Non-standard dimensions are not a problem for us, because we can make doors in almost any size, of course within the maximum production dimensions. All you have to do is ask us for a quote and give us the sizes you are interested in, and we will take care of the rest.
This information will be useful when installing the system and accessories. You determine it by standing in front of the wall on which the system is to be mounted.
Is my door left-handed or right-handed?
The left-handed door opens by moving to the left, but the handle is on the right. The right-handed door opens by moving to the right side, and the handle should be placed on the left.
At this point, it is also worth considering the installation of door handles. Determine whether you will need one or two handles, i.e. whether you need a handle on one side of the door or both sides. Remember that when choosing protruding models of handles for mounting on the back of the door, you must be prepared that the door will not fully open. Part of the door frame with the handle will remain in the light of the door opening. The solution is to choose the INNER handle for the rear side of the door, which does not protrude from the door surface, and it can move outside the door opening.
In the case of sliding doors, it is important to decide where the handle will be placed. On our website, you can choose the location of the Inner handle in a very simple way.
The other handles are designed for self-assembly.
How to choose the color of the door? It might seem that this is the simple and pleasant part, but it might not be the case!
The colour of the door is really best seen live to make the right decision. It is worth ordering colour samples to be able to see them in real light. Preview on the Internet is not the same - the issue of lighting, especially in the case of oiled doors, is extremely important. Also, everyone has different screen settings, so colours may incorrectly seem warmer or cooler than they actually are.
Therefore, we encourage you to order samples that will allow you to avoid mistakes. Although samples are payable, we subtract their value from the order amount when you decide to buy sliding doors from us. Also, from time to time, promotional codes appear on our Instagram and Facebook that will allow you to get free samples. Make sure to follow us!
Do you have to order samples for NCS and RAL colour palettes as well? In contrary to the colours of oiled doors, these are standardized colours, safer in a way, because in theory they are always the same. Nevertheless, we believe that it is always better to look at the considered shades in the context of a specific interior, so that the decision is 100% conscious and well-thought-out.
Do you think that the wall on which you would like to mount your door prevents you from buying sliding doors? Don't worry - we will show you 3 ways to install sliding doors on a plasterboard wall. These solutions make the installation of sliding doors possible, regardless of whether the plasterboard wall is already standing or is to be built.
How to choose the right system for your dream sliding door? Currently, we offer the following systems for sliding doors:
Where do I choose the system and where not?
Barndoor Style, Rustic Style, Modern Style - for these models you need to choose a sliding system;
Industrial Style, Wardrobe Style, Atelier Style, Loft Style - here the system is integrated with the door frame - there is no need to select a separate system;
Minimalist Style - here the system is attached to the door, you don't have to select anything extra.
The bottom guide is a very important element of the sliding door system, it prevents the door from wobbling. When choosing a bottom guide, you need to pay attention to where you can mount it. You have two options: floor or wall.
The bottom guide cannot be mounted to the floor if you use underfloor heating. In addition, remember that the installation of the bottom guide in the floor requires drilling holes. So if you want to avoid damaging the material of the floor, we recommend a wall-mounted bottom guide.
The wall bottom guide is also recommended if you want to leave a bigger gap between the floor and the door.
Bottom guides mounted to the floor are less visible and come in two variants:
In order to ensure that you can best adjust the sliding door to your needs, we currently include both variants of bottom floor guides with all sliding systems.
A very important element of door assembly is a properly functioning safety set that is part of the sliding system.
You can read more about safety in the article 'Safety of sliding doors - what elements make Reno doors safe', meanwhile let's focus on the last key element in our topic, namely glass.
The glass which we use in sliding glass doors, such as those from the Industrial category, is laminated safety glass (VSG - from German Verbund Sicherheits Glas). What does this mean in practice? It is not tempered glass, because there is no need to use this type of glass in the door, but it is characterized by other extremely important functions. That is, above all, the fact that it does not break into small, sharp pieces.
All thanks to the fact that VSG glass is created as a result of joining two glass panes with a special PVB or EVA film that is resistant to tearing. As a consequence, even if the glass is broken, it will not break into pieces, but will remain in one piece.
As you know, handles and locks can also be fitted to sliding doors. Available models can be found on our website in the Handle category. If you want to install protruding handles on both sides of the door, you must remember to adjust the position of the stoppers on the track so that the door stops when the handle comes close to the edge of the door opening. If the stoppers are installed incorrectly, the handle will hit the edge of the opening. This is an undesirable situation, therefore, before buying a sliding door, you should consider the choice of handles, locks and the place of their installation.
When deciding to buy a sliding door, you must be aware of what we wrote on the topic of measuring the door. Not only the door opening is important, but also the same amount of space on the wall next to the opening. Since you must use this space to open the door, it is worth considering whether the sockets, skirting board and other elements of interior design will fit behind the open door?
Much depends on the door model, but usually the answer is yes. Depending on the door model, the distance from the wall varies.
The sliding door stands out from the wall by about 1.8 cm. Standard skirting boards with a thickness of 1.4 cm, switches with a thickness of 0.8-1 cm or sockets with a thickness of 0.9-1.2 cm will easily fit on the wall along which the door leaf will move. However, remember to measure all such elements before assembly.
If you want to manipulate the distances a bit, you can use an additional spacer or replace the spacer included in the sliding set with a different one, increasing or decreasing the distance. You can read more about this in the article 'How to change the distance between the door and the wall'.
You will need a few tools to install our sliding doors, but remember that assembly is not difficult. However, it is worth having at least one person to help you.
You will need:
The assembly of the door itself is really very simple - the most difficult part is drilling holes in the wall, otherwise you should not encounter any problems. Why do we suggest having another person with you? It will be useful to help, for example, in lifting the door - it will be more comfortable and safer.
You can find many answers to your questions in the Help section. Take a look at our door installation instructions - we have included the information necessary for self-installation of all models available on the website.
Check out the assembly instructions - it's really easy!
Are you wondering how we will deliver the door to you? Don't worry - we have everything planned from A to Z, it is on us to ensure that the package reaches you safe and sound.
Here's everything you need to know:
If you have additional questions related to the purchase of sliding doors, please contact us. We are, with all our knowledge, ready to help.
We often get questions about whether the installation of sliding doors is difficult. If you have basic technical skills and have another person to help, assembly is not difficult! It requires very basic tools - if you can manage to drill holes in the wall, the rest will only be easier.
You need to measure several elements to choose the correct size of sliding door. The most important are: measuring the width and height of the door opening, to which an appropriate margin should be added: approx. 10 cm in width and, in the case of Minimalist doors, an additional 10 cm in height. The last measurement is to determine whether the sliding system will fit under the ceiling - you must leave a certain distance there: at least 2 cm in the case of the Minimalist Style models and 15-22 cm in the case of most other door models. More information can be found in our buying guide.
Yes, it is possible. There are various ways to secure such an installation - a lot depends on the arrangement, door model and a few other aspects.