Introduction: How to Build & Install a Sliding Door

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I’ve (Vicki) been wanting to replace the door to my laundry room because it opens into the room making the space feel and function smaller than it really is. I thought a sliding door would free up the space.

Step 1: Watch the Video

Step 2: Pick Sliding Door Hardware & Make a Plan

We started by picking Everbilt sliding door hardware available at Home Depot. We read the instructions and sketched a simple plan of what we wanted the door to look like.

The main structure of the door is a piece of plywood—to achieve the thickness needed for the hangers, we bought 1x3 lumber to make a frame.

Step 3: Gather Materials & Tools


  • Everbilt Sliding Door Hardware (Home Depot)
  • Plywood (Home Depot)
  • Marker board (Home Depot)
  • 1x3 Red Oak (Home Depot)
  • 1x4 Poplar (Home Depot)
  • Door Handle (Ikea)
  • JB Weld (Amazon)
  • Construction Adhesive (Home Depot)
  • DAP Rapid Fuse (Amazon)
  • Kilz Primer and Sealer (Home Depot)


  • Drill/bits
  • Table Saw
  • Kreg jig (Amazon)
  • Kreg face clamp (Amazon)
  • Sander

Step 4: Sand & Seal Plywood

First we gave the plywood front, back and sides a good sanding.

Then we painted the front, back and sides with Kilz primer and sealer.

Step 5: Create Floor Guide Groove

Next the instructions show the door needs a groove at the bottom for the floor guide to pass through. We made one small cut with a table saw then we moved the table saw guide slightly and did another pass to create the width we needed.

Step 6: Create Wood Door Frame

To join the boards together, we used a Kreg jig. A Kreg jig makes pocket holes which makes it easy to screw boards together. After we made all our pocket holes, we put the 1x3 boards in place and screwed them together.

After all four boards were connected, we flipped over our frame so the pocket holes didn’t show.

Then we clamped the frame to the plywood and used wood screws to attach.

Step 7: Rip Marker Board & Attach to Front of Door

We headed back to the table saw to rip the marker board down into 6” slats. It was very helpful to do this as a team and communication and safety are key.

Next we sanded the edges of each slat to give it a little distressed look.

Then we laid all the slats on top of the plywood. We used a caulking gun with heavy duty adhesive attach.

Step 8: Attach Sliding Door Hangers

After it dried, we took the door inside and measured and marked the placement for the hanger holes. We pushed the hex bolts through the holes from the back, put the hanger in place and attached the remaining hardware.

Step 9: Attach Header Board & Rail

By reading the instructions, we found that if the rail did not line up to the wall studs, we needed to install a header board on which we would attach the rail.

We got the placement of the header board and marked the studs. We predrilled the screw holes into the header board.

We finished attaching our header board and then marked and drilled our pilot holes for the rail. Using a ratcheting wrench we screwed the rail into place.

Step 10: Hang Door & Attach Door Stops

We put the door in place and attached the door stops to each end of the rail.

We placed the anti-jump disks to the top of the door.

Step 11: Attach Bottom Door Guide

Now we head to the bottom of the door to install the door guide. Mom did not want to drill into her tile floor so we decided to use J-B Weld which is a quick setting epoxy that works on tile. We opened the J-B Weld, squeezed some into a container and mixed the epoxy together, we spread it on the floor guide and put it into place.

Step 12: Done!

Add handle and enjoy!

The door has been in use for a few days now. The removal of the inward swinging door has made such a difference in the functionality of the space! There is space to move around with the bonus of letting more light into the dark hallway when the door is in the open position. It was well worth the effort and set backs to build and install this door!

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