Suitable material for sliding doors


9 Mar 2009
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Hi, looking for some suggestions for what material I can make some tall sliding doors for some built-in wardrobes from?

Doors will be approx 2400mm x 600mm (needs to be a min of 16mm think for the track system

Had thought about using MDF, but a little worried about 1)the weight of each door 2)if the doors will bow/bend over time.

I could make some frame and panel doors, but I'm worried that they will bow due to the size.

Or use timberboard

Any suggestions/advice?
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We are in the process of doing exactly this. We have a fitted PAX carcass system left by previous owners. 3 1-metre units and 1 60cm unit. These were retrofitted behind a set of very old and knackered mirror doors. The ceiling is 240cm high with the PAX system being almost that. Wall to wall is 360cm. Standard doors are too short and one door needs to be less wide than the others so we need a custom solution. And these are typically £1500!!

We have removed the wall to wall sliding doors and will replace with 2 Rothley track sets. For the doors, we have pondered on:

1. doors from IKEA to fit the PAX unit, but IKEA don't sell the track kits separately.
2. 1.8 mm MDF panels cut to size at the shop
3. Timber frame and thinner MDF panels to reduce weight

We will have 3 1m doors and one 60cm. Does anyone know what the overlap should be for each door so it looks good?

Finishing we will paint eggeshell or satinwood, but we have also thought of wrapping in vinyl for a higher gloss finish.

Like Foxhole said, the track will take the weight of the door, so either should be fine.

With tracks, panels and paints we'll be looking at around £300ish.

If we are totally crazy, please tell us now!!
Why not use 4 equal size doors , will look strange with odd sizes.
You can get ready made doors for similar price, far less work .
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Why not use 4 equal size doors , will look strange with odd sizes.
You can get ready made doors for similar price, far less work .
Agree - we would love to get ready made doors and save the hassle. But if we don't have a narrower door on the far left we will not be able to expose each entire 1m unit.

From left to right it goes 0.6m - 1m-1m-1m. Each 1m unit has a multitude of office uses, including on with drawers which need to be able to slide out.
Sliding two 900 mm doors would expose up to 1.8m of the carcass ? Far more than any of the single 1m units .

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