Wardrobe framework is usually required for most wardrobes. For sliding doors to open and close properly the doors must be fitted onto something that is level and square. In most rooms either the floor, ceiling or walls aren’t level so to overcome this we would fit framework to your walls, ceiling and floor which enables our fitters to use techniques to create a square aperture.
Top and bottom framework
We would recommend an 18mm batten to be fitted to the floor underneath the floor tracks which can then be packed up to compensate for a dip in the floor. For the top framework usually a 100mm wide header is used and scribed into the ceiling leaving a flat, level surface to attach the top track to.
The side framework you require for your wardrobe will depend on whether your wardrobe is going wall to wall or if you required an end panel, this is required it you have a wall one side and need the wardrobe to stop short of the wall the other side.
Scribe and return – we would always recommend a scribe and return is used for any side framework attached to a wall. This comes in 2 parts both 18mm thick. The first panel, called the scribe, is scribed into the wall to level out the wall if it leans back or falls forward slightly. The second part is the return, which forms the flat, square panel for the door to close neatly onto. Usually the return piece is fitted next to the scribe and the back of this panel faces towards the back wall inside the wardrobe, although this can be fitted the other way round so it extends the wardrobe out into the room further, creating more depth inside the wardrobe. This can be used if there is a window, for example, that is less the 600mm in from the wall that will form the back of your wardrobe.
End panel – this is used if there is no wall and the wardrobe needs a end to it. This panel is usually fitted to the wall, floor and ceiling with aluminium u channel.
Our fitting guide shows these framework options and how they are fitted, click here to see our installation DVD.
Please remember all homes are different so these framework and fitting techniques may vary depending on the type of room the wardrobe is to be installed in.
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