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Installation Instructions for Sliding Wardrobes


How to calculate your opening height

Measure your floor to ceiling height at about 610mm out from the back wall in 3 places across the width (as A,B & C above). By using the lowest of these heights it will allow the top/bottom track to be packed up/down if necessary

Measure your floor to ceiling height at about 610mm (24″) out from the back wall in 3 places across the width (as A,B & C above). By using the lowest of these heights it will allow the top/bottom track to be packed up/down if necessary

When your ceiling is less than 2600mm (102.3″)

If your lowest floor to ceiling height is less than 2600mm (102.3″) Tidy® doors & tracks can be made to measure to fit. We would recommend that an 18mm (.75″) batten is fitted above the top track and below the floor track to provide a flat, even and levelable surface.

Please note that doors over 2476mm (97.5″) will incur a tall door surcharge.

Finished opening height = lowest floor to ceiling height – 36mm (1.5″)

When your ceiling is more than 2600mm (102.3″)

If your lowest floor to ceiling height is above 2600mm (102.3″) we would recommend that a batten is fitted under the floor track which will displace 18mm (.75″) and that a header is fitted between the doors and ceiling to reduce the doors & tracks height down to the maximum standard height of 2476mm (97.5″) plus the floor track batten 18mm (.75″)

Finished opening height = lowest floor to ceiling height +18mm (.75″) = 2494mm (98.2″)

PLEASE NOTE: If your floor is particularly uneven/unlevel (more than 25mm [1”]) check to find the highest point with a spirit level and use this point to measure your ceiling height from. This will enable the track batten to be packed level when installed.

How to calculate your opening width

Figs 1,2 & 3 explain the typical framework options that are available when installing a Tidy® wardrobe. Read through and decide if your wardrobe is to be fitted wall to wall or end panel and whether any special framing is required to overcome a cornice etc, and then decide if you are going to use a flat wall strip or a scribed wall strip. Once the frame type is chosen simply deduct the width of the framing components chosen from the wall to wall or wall to end panel measurement. Please measure wall to wall not skirting to skirting.

The easy option!

Whilst Tidy Wardrobes are often easy to fit, a level of skill and a reasonable toolkit are required to do the job. For more complicated installations, where angles or tall ceilings are involved, or where an ornate cornice or skirting is fitted it just may be a good idea to get a trained Tidy® fitter to carry out the work. Please call us anytime if you wish to talk through the options available.

Front frame

Tidy® wardrobes can be fitted wall to wall or wall to an end panel up to a maximum width of 5000mm and up to 2500mm high using standard doors and framing. The depth of the wardrobe is optional, but should, if possible, be fitted at between 610mm (min) and 660mm (optimum) from the back wall to the front of the frame work.

End panel and side frame options


There are 3 options for side frame requiring varying skill levels. If possible, choose a method that leaves your skirting intact in case you need to move the wardrobe in the future. When using the shadow batten method, set the rear batten (shadow batten) back from front batten (wall strip) by 3-4mm. This will allow for a little adjustment for vertical without any discrepancy being overtly visible. If a cornice is installed, once again, this should be left intact if possible by using the scribe & return framing method. Bear in mind however, that this method would require a good level of skill. All Tidy® framework is supplied oversize ready for trimming to fit
on site.

* Coving imageWhere a coving is fitted and a scribe & return is the chosen framing method then the width of the scribe & return (ON THE CUSTOMERS INSTRUCTION) will be increased to 100mm from the standard 80mm.


End panels are supplied with an aluminium channel kit which makes the panel far easier to install. However, there is still a choice between cutting out a slot in the skirting for the channel or cutting the end panel (scribing) around the skirting. Once the channel is fitted the panel can be cut fairly roughly to fit as the channel and end caps will cover the edges.

Top & bottom tracks & battens


Track battens provide a smooth flat surface to fix the top and bottom tracks to. The top track batten can be connected to the ceiling with cavity fixing (supplied). There is little weight to support in the top track as the weight of the door is taken by the bottom rolling wheels. Please note that the doors, tracks and track battens have been manufactured to fit the lowest point between the floor and ceiling and this should allow the battens, if necessary, to be packed out to level. The floor track batten can be screwed down or stuck down if preferred. Please check for pipes and wires before drilling floors, walls or ceilings.


The top track is screwed to the track batten with the screws provided (200mm in from the ends and then every 600mm should be sufficient). The track can be fitted flush with the front of the framework or set back a couple of millimetres if preferred. The floor track should be set back from the front of the track batten by approximately 15mm (or see door fitting & adjustment heading before fixing the floor track) the track can be screwed down or, if preferred stuck down with double sided tape. Tracks are supplied a little oversize and can be trimmed to fit using a medium toothed senior hacksaw, or chopsaw with suitable blade, if available.
Please note that tracks are not pre-drilled.


The minimum width for a Tidy® Sliding Door is around 400mm ….at much below this, doors won’t slide very well and soft close won’t be available. There is no minimum height for a Tidy® door.


Always be wary of the area around door overlaps! On 2 and 3 door wardrobes particularly, anything positioned behind these points will not be directly accessible, and drawers, for example, may not pull out if caught in this zone, and the same applies to some shoe and tie racks and pull-down rails etc. On 4 door systems, items positioned behind the overlap will be accessible, but two doors may need to be moved, which can be annoying.

Overlap points on a typical 2 door wardrobeOverlap points on a typical 3 door wardrobeOverlap points on a typical 4 door wardrobe

Try to keep a zone of around 100mm around door overlap points……all items marked below should be kept out of the red zone.

Interior components


Interior units are supplied in flat pack form but are quick to assemble…..if possible see our DVD or on line film which shows the assembly in detail, but assembly instructions will be provided in the box for this item.



These items are supplied oversize for cutting to exact size on installation.

Once the interior unit(s) are in position, the aluminium shelf channel can be cut to width and fixed to the wall. The side channels are cut to a standard depth so these won’t need cutting. The shelves can be roughly cut a little undersize as edges will be covered by the support channel. To finish, simply push on the front cover caps.


Hanging rails should be positioned at the mid point between the back wall and the back of the top track (see fig 4). When fitting the pull down rail with a scribe & return side frame, remember to space the rail off the wall to clear the scribe & return. Hanging rails can be cut easily with a med toothed hacksaw.


Heel & toe shoe bars work well under long hanging space and are simple to fit. The exact positioning will depend on the size and type of shoes to be stored, but essentially, the heel fits over the upper rail and the sole of the shoe simply sits on the lower rail……(see fig 5).

Door fitting and adjustment

Whilst it’s not essential to fit the framework and doors before the interior, it is essential to know where the doors sit in relation to the interior so that drawers, and any pullout type accessories can be fitted to avoid these areas. On a 3 door wardrobe, a drawer positioned behind the areas where the doors overlap will not pull out. Similarly, it’s also best to keep pull-out items away from the overlap areas on a four door wardrobe……whilst they will pull out, 2 doors will need to be moved to allow it.


Fitting the doors Door level

Doors can be fitted by one person, but it’s far easier to enlist the help of a second person! Always put the back doors on first! Offer the door up to the top track at about 15 degrees and push it up in to the track slot and carefully rest the bottom of the door on the track batten (to avoid damage to the track batten it may be best to protect the front edge with masking tape). Next, force the bottom
wheel back on it’s spring in to the bottom rail cavity and locate the door and wheel in to the appropriate bottom track slot.

As an alternative to setting the floor track back by 15mm from the front edge of the floor track batten use a spirit level to find vertical by moving the door, and track backward and forward. This, however, must be done before the track is fixed down.


Door adjustment

Doors can be adjusted to fit leaning walls via an adjustment screw which can be found on the left & right hand side of a door at the bottom using a 4mm Allen key.

Using the same adjustment, doors can be adjusted up or down to increase or reduce the gap between the bottom of the door and the floor track.


All coloured glass, frosted white (laminate) and mirror sliding doors can be cleaned with any proprietary glass cleaner. Cleaning products with an anti-static additive may reduce the period between cleaning.

Frosted (acid etched) glass should be cleaned with warm water only and the whole surface should be cleaned rather than just a local area.

Metal door frames, tracks and wood effect panels should be cleaned with a dry or damp cloth only.

Any moving parts, bottom wheels, top guides and drawer runners etc., do not need to be lubricated.

Care should be taken not to impede the movement of sliding doors…..wire hangers in particular can damage the bottom wheels, and in some circumstances can lead to de-railment.

The above instructions cover the basics in regard to installing a Tidy® wardrobe, but is by no means a definitive guide. For further information go to www.tidybedrooms.com and watch our installation video or call/e-mail us for the DVD version. We are also happy to discuss any specific fitting topics that are, or may cause a problem! Please call us on 01582 471847. A full fitting service is available by fully trained fitters who can cope with just about any situation, however difficult. To find out more about our fitting service, please call us on 01582 471847

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