WARDROBES FOR LOFT ROOMS

How sliding wardrobe doors are your loft storage solution

It can be tricky to find wardrobes for loft or attic rooms due to the sloping nature of the loft roof. However with some ingenuity and some sliding wardrobe doors the ideal loft storage solution is at hand that will make great use of that otherwise dead space beneath the eaves of the loft roof.

Here we will explain how to make usable loft wardrobe storage using made-to-measure sliding wardrobe doors that run along the sloping eaves side(s) of the loft room. Sliding Doors also give you greater flexibility when planning the layout of the rest of your loft or attic furniture as you do not need to allow for door opening space.

Installing wardrobe doors in a loft or attic room

There are a few technical issues to consider when installing wardrobe doors within loft spaces which are outlined below.

A guide to installing wardrobe doors in an already converted loft

Measuring sliding wardrobe doors in a converted loft

Measuring

Firstly, decide on the height of the doors you wish to install but remember that they will require the top rail to be fixed horizontally, and the sloping nature of the attic roof will create an area above the top rail which will require infilling to create a neat finished appearance. Measure in at least three places - the centre and both ends eg. at A, B and C and then deduct the height of the infill panel.

IMPORTANT - Use the smallest measurement and deduct the height of the infill panel.

Installing

If the loft has been converted into a habitable space and is already fully plastered then the easiest way to install sliding wardrobe doors is to create the conventional framework (bottom liner and left and right strike plates) with an L-shaped header panel that hides the wedge-shaped void between the top of the framework and the underside of the sloping roof (see Diagram 1).

Depending on the height you want this header to be you can either use 100mm width strike plate, 500mm internal shelf or 610mm end panels cut down to size, most installations would use the 100mm striek plate. To get the header panel to sit flush against the ceiling you will need to chamfer the top edge (A) to create the appropriate matching angle. Alternatively, use quadrant beading to hide the gap between the header panel and the ceiling. This L-shaped header panel can be constructed using either corner blocks or timber battening and then screwed to the sloping eaves.







A guide to installing wardrobe doors as part of your loft conversion

Measuring sliding wardrobe doors in a converted loft

If you are in the process of converting your loft then the framework for the sliding wardrobe doors can be integrated at the construction stage and a plasterboard L-shaped header panel can be fixed above the framework to disguise the wedge-shaped void between the top of the framework and the underside of the sloping roof (see Diagram 2a). This can then be plaster skimmed to match in with the other surfaces.

Measuring

Measure in at least three places - the centre and both ends eg. at A, B and C and use the smallest measurement.

IMPORTANT - Use the smallest measurement.

Installing

Once the L-shaped header panel has been created the installation proces is the sames as a conventional installation.













Case study

This sliding wardrobe door storage solution was built into the loft conversion at the time of conversion. A L-shaped header panel was created and this was then plastered.The strike plates and liners where then installed and the top and bottom tracks were fixed to the liners. The owner decided to add architrave around the opening which was then painted. Because cost was a priority a silver steel frame and matte white wood were used.

Loft sliding wardrobe doors

We have many finishes available to match your taste and fit with your loft or attic room design. You can choose these as part of your design here link or give us a call on 0800 035 1730 to discuss your loft wardrobe needs with our friendly design team.

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