How to Make a Sliding Room Divider

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Things You'll Need

  • Sliding door track

  • Door rollers

  • Door guides

  • Doors, screens or other dividers

  • Drill

  • Screwdriver


Read the directions that come with the hardware before starting.

Add small wheels to the bottom of the panels for easy sliding as an alternative to the bottom track.


Use care when opening and closing the sliding panels so you don't pull them off the tracks.

Put wheels on the bottom of sliding door dividers if you prefer to bypass the bottom track.

Sliding room dividers are an elegant solution for separating or dividing space within a room .They can be used to add privacy, separate a shared bedroom when kids need quiet study time, break up an especially large space or create a sleeping area in a studio apartment. Use basic doors available at a home store or make a statement with custom-made paper screens, glass or aluminum to make a sliding room divider.

Step 1

Measure for the track. Special track for sliding doors is available at your hardware store.

Step 2

Determine how many door panels or screens you'll need. Divide the width of the screens into the length of the track.

Step 3

Install the track. Make sure it's level. Use shims if necessary.

Step 4

Attach door rollers to the top of the doors or decorative screens. The rollers are adjustable so the screens will hang straight.

Step 5

Use either another track on the floor the same length as the ceiling track or install door guides to keep the doors from swinging back and forth. Choose the least intrusive method for your room.

Step 6

Set the doors in the bottom track or between the door guides and then fit the door rollers into the top track.

Step 7

Install decorative trim to hide the tracks if necessary.

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Meg Jernigan

Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copy editing full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.