In this article we aim to explain the differences between our bottom load-bearing sliding wardrobe doors and top-hung sliding wardrobe doors.

It is important to note that Wardrobe Doors Direct only supplies bottom load-bearing sliding wardrobe doors so we will try to be as impartial as possible!

The differences

As the name suggests bottom load-bearing sliding doors have their wheels positioned at the base of the door and therefore all the weight of the door is carried through the wheels on to the floor. In contrast, top-hung sliding wardrobe doors have their wheels fixed at the top of the door and the wheels sit in guide rails which are fixed to the top frame.

The most obvious consideration when choosing between the two different systems is whether there are enough suitable places on the ceiling to allow secure fixings for the top-hung style of doors. Bear in mind that if your panel choice is glass then each door could weigh up to 25kg. If the ceiling joists are running at right angles with the position that you want to hang the sliding doors in, this may not be such an issue as, once located, all the fixings could be made into the different joist timbers; however, if the joists are running parallel to the direction you want the doors to be positioned in this could be an issue as the joist my not run exactly where you want the wardrobe doors to be.

Top-hung sliding wardrobe doors also tend to exhibit some lateral movement at the bottom as the guides often struggle to keep the weight of the doors in-situ.

If you have an old set set of bottom loading-bearing sliding wardrobe doors you may have noticed that there is the tendency for the guide wheels to jump out of the bottom track. However, our bottom load-bearing sliding wardrobe doors come with an anti-jump mechanism and the ball bearing wheels mean that the opening and closing actions are really smooth.

If you require any more information about bottom load-bearing sliding wardrobe doors then please get in touch with our technical team on Freephone 0800 035 1730.

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