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Do you want to give your home an authentic look? Then wooden sliding doors are a perfect solution to create the right atmosphere in your home. Loft doors are wooden doors that you slide back and forth by means of a rail system. By using this sliding door system you create a spacious feeling. Because the sliding door slides in front of a wall, you save the space in the house that a patio door takes up. Wovar is the address for various variants of sliding door rails to also place a sliding door in your home. In this handy blog, we give you useful tips for customizing a wooden sliding door yourself and we offer you the opportunity to download our handy construction drawing completely free of charge!
Which Wood to Choose for Sliding Doors
Before you start making a wooden loft door, it is important to choose the right type of wood. A commonly used material is, for example, spruce, as it can be bought almost everywhere and is extremely suitable for indoor use. Spruce is easy to work with, is quite stable and its knots give it a playful and authentic look. In addition, spruce is easy to paint in any desired color or uses a semi-transparent stain to still be able to see the wood structure.
In addition to spruce wood, oak or mango wood is also a type of wood that we see a lot in contemporary interiors. These types of wood are a lot heavier and only available at specific wood stores. Be sure to get well-informed about the various types of wood for indoor use at your lumber yard. For the sake of convenience, we use planed spruce wood in this blog.
Making Wooden Sliding Doors
Before you start making a sliding door, carefully measure the door opening where the door will slide in front. Here you ensure that there is an overlap of about 3 centimeters on both the left and the right. This way you close the doorway nicely so that there is no opening on the sides. Since there must be a free space of at least 1 cm below the door at the bottom, you do not need to use extra space at the top. Finally, it is important to know that the thickness of the door may not exceed 45 mm. Now that the dimensions of the door are known, we can start cutting the planks to size.
We start with the frame that serves as the base of the wooden sliding door. We make these from planks with a width of 14.3 cm. Cut 2 planks to the total width of the door, these will be the bottom and top planks for the base. Then take two more planks and cut them to the required height of the door. Note: Deduct a plank width twice from this total height. So in our case twice 14.3 cm is a total of 28.6 cm. As a result, the 2 lengths fall nicely between the bottom and top planks, which ensures a lot of sturdiness of the sliding door. Another horizontal beam will be placed in the middle of the base frame, which you can also saw to the correct size. The two oblique parts follow as the last step, we now first continue with the covering of the sliding door.
Making a Loft Door
Your wooden sliding door must of course be given a lot of strength. To get a strong connection in the different planks, we choose a different width of the planks for the cladding of the sliding door. Choose narrower or wider planks than the frame, the choice is entirely up to your own taste. We opt for narrower planks of 11.9 cm for the cladding. We saw all these planks to the total height and lay them tightly next to each other. Don't you look good with full shelves? Then ensure even distribution by shortening both the first and the last plank along the length. Ideally, you make your sliding door in such a size that you perfectly fit full plank widths.
Ensure that the surface is level and, if necessary, cover it with construction film. Place the planks for the cladding neatly next to each other and measure the oblique lengths with a tape measure. When the two oblique lengths match exactly, you have the planks perfectly square. Now that the planks are in place, we glue all the planks for the cladding together with our D3 wood glue. This provides a good base and a sturdy whole. Use long glue clamps to get all the planks together and let the glue dry thoroughly. If necessary, place extra weight on the planks to also press them well on the flat surface.
Custom Sliding Doors
When the glue has dried well, we can proceed with making our barndoor. The loft door gets its sturdiness, of course, from the base frame we made earlier. Place the planks on the back of the glued cladding and glue these planks firmly to the cladding as well. Clamp the planks with a glue clamp and fasten them with our galvanized chipboard screws. Predrill the holes with a thin hardwood drill bit to prevent splitting of the wood. Use two or four screws per junction with a plank. The screws provide strength and ensure the robust appearance of your sliding door.
Now that your basic frame is attached to your cladding, your own loft door is really taking shape. Finally, measure the sloping parts that come in the open compartments, these provide extra strength to your sliding door. When you have worked well at right angles, the angled parts will have to be sawn at an angle of 45 degrees. But measuring this well beforehand is our advice, and sawing is best done with a crosscut saw that you can turn at a certain angle. Have a sharp circular saw blade to avoid splintering. You also glue these planks again with our D3 wood glue, after which you screw them on with chipboard screws.