Sliding kitchen facades: dismantling them “piece by shelf”

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Furniture with sliding doors will allow you to make maximum use of your kitchen space.

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A wardrobe in the kitchen or in a combined room is slightly different from its usual counterparts, designed for storing linen and clothes. Let's understand these features.

Features of a sliding kitchen

Sliding doors have ball bearings and move on a rail. When closed, they form a continuous row. This is a real salvation for housewives with cramped kitchens. After all, there are times when cabinet doors must be open for a long time. Swinging ones interfere with free movement. Sliding ones are another matter. They visually unload the kitchen, the set does not look so bulky.

The doors of the wardrobe have small pockets on the sides, into which they slide when opened. They protect not only space, but also your heads and knees from injury.

It must be said that the sliding doors of kitchen facades are somewhat different from the wardrobe designs we are used to. The entire structure is more compact, the guides are designed in such a way that they do not require special maintenance. The videos are hidden. All this significantly increases the cost of the design. Ease of use compensates for your costs.

Closed vent

The kitchen unit box under the ceiling completely blocks access to ventilation. Even if you keep the ventilation grille open and decide not to connect the hood, the cabinets will block or significantly impede air circulation in the room. And ventilation will not help much here, since in the cold season (as well as during the day) it is extremely uncomfortable to keep the window open all the time.

A blocked vent may prevent air circulation in the room.

Lower tier of sliding kitchen

In the lower tier, a “curtain” system is also possible, that is, fastening only on the upper guides, which are attached to the cabinet. But in this case it is not aesthetically pleasing and not very convenient. Therefore, the doors are based on the “wardrobe” principle. Two rail systems on the bottom and top, the doors go one behind the other.

Sliding doors cover more than just cabinets. They can also be used to equip a work area. They will cover the space between the countertop and the upper cabinets, where the rails usually hang. This makes the appearance of the kitchen more aesthetically pleasing; small items can create unnecessary diversity and a sloppy appearance, and skimmers and ladles will collect less dust. Now designers are going even further and offering sliding systems for kitchen aprons. Such a unique cabinet behind the sink will hide sponges and dishwashing detergents from view, and it is also a very elegant way to hide dirt when guests are on the doorstep and there is no time to wash the kitchen. They closed the doors - and everything was clean and tidy.

A very effective version of sliding doors, when they move up and down rather than sideways. But this is in the category of “getting confused.” It costs quite a lot.

Clueless storage spaces

In fact, the upper part of the tall cabinets are kitchen mezzanines, on which things of the penultimate necessity are traditionally stored: rarely used equipment and utensils, ceremonial gift sets of dishes, supplies of tablecloths, containers and cans, and the like. On the one hand, it’s convenient that there is a place to put all these things. On the other hand, there is a high probability that you will no longer have to use anything sent so far away. That is, such storage spaces only motivate people to clutter their home.

It is better to store at the top those things that are used extremely rarely.

Making a sliding kitchen with your own hands

Precisely because installing sliding doors is an expensive service, it makes sense to try to do it yourself. Since the most difficult part is attaching the door sliding mechanism, we'll start with that.

You will need:

  • profiles for door leaves;
  • guides, upper and lower;
  • rollers;
  • accessories;
  • door leaf.

And now point by point in more detail. Profiles are the frame of the sashes. They are made of stainless steel or aluminum. Both are quite reliable and durable.

Guides are again profiles with tracks along which the sash wheels move. The width of the guide depends on the number of tracks.

The rollers are what the door rides on. Each requires a set of two rollers.

In addition, you may need a stopper that will fix the door in the closed state, a shlegel so that the doors do not knock on the walls of the cabinet. This is a strip of fleecy material that is glued along the entire height of the door.

All this can be bought at a hardware store. Now you need to calculate everything correctly. To do this, we take measurements in the following sequence:

  1. We measure the doorway of the cabinet.
  2. We calculate the height of the vertical profiles.
  3. We calculate the length of the upper and lower guides - if the doors are built in, then they should be equal to the width of the opening. If you plan to hang the door without a bottom support, then the guides should be wider than the cabinet.
  4. We calculate the width of the door leaves and how many there will be.
  5. We draw up a detailed drawing.

How accurately you calculate everything depends on how your doors will work. Now you can start assembling.

  • We fix the upper and lower guides using a plumb line or laser level. Remember that the minimum distance from the cabinet shelves is 100 millimeters.
  • We connect the horizontal and vertical profiles of the door leaf - the door frame.
  • We mount the upper and lower rollers and secure them with a screw.
  • We install the sashes into the frame.

Doors with overhead guides are assembled a little differently. It is attached to the facade with self-tapping screws. Rollers are hung from above and screwed to the doors. The cabinet doors move like a cable car. It's easier, but all the videos are visible. For the loft style it will do, but for others not so much. Each sliding door kit comes with instructions and a detailed installation diagram. So there is no need to be afraid of this work.

Risk of structural collapse

Ceiling cabinets are not only large in size, but also significant in weight, and therefore the risk of the entire structure collapsing increases. To avoid this, it is necessary to use especially strong canopies, and also trust the installation only to highly qualified specialists who can reliably assess the condition of the walls.

Note! You should order furniture exclusively from the factory, since a technologist works there who deals with the safety of the structure and also develops the features of its fastening.

Care should be taken to ensure the strength of the structure to avoid collapse.

What are sliding kitchen facades made of?

It remains to talk about what sliding facades are made of. The material is selected according to the thickness of the profile. The most common materials are MDF and chipboard. It can be laminated or veneered. Such facades look very presentable, are easy to maintain and last a long time.

Plastic facades for sliding systems are distinguished by their lightness. They can have a wide variety of colors, very bright and elegant, but over time they lose a good half of their performance qualities, fade, fade, and crack. In addition, they simplify and reduce the cost of the interior.

Glass facades are much more durable. They add solemnity to the kitchen, making it lighter and brighter. Sliding glass facades look especially impressive.


Wall cabinets are a universal design for storing any small items.

There are several options for these cabinets, differing in height, which can be combined when assembling the set.

Where a sliding kitchen is especially appropriate

But is a sliding kitchen suitable everywhere? Most likely, such facades will not fit into a classic interior. In the Empire or Baroque style they will also not be entirely appropriate. A sort of alien element. But in any modern style, such cabinets will demonstrate your practicality and ability to respond to fashion trends. Glass doors in a high-tech kitchen that slide apart, controlled from a remote control or from a phone, will certainly impress your guests.

In an avant-garde style kitchen, hinged doors will also look like an anachronism. Modern style, minimalism, loft - all these styles are “tailored” to a large space. Sliding doors help save space in the kitchen and make staying in it more comfortable. In a minimalist style, sliding doors hide everything you need. Empty horizontal planes are a “feature” of the style.


Decorating kitchens with sliding wardrobes is a rare phenomenon. That is why there are very few ready-made options on the consumer market. Users who equip their kitchen area with such a product often order furniture according to individual drawings with a clearly selected design. Kitchen cabinets with sliding doors can be divided into 2 types:

  • built-in - such models are most optimal for placement in large kitchens. Having a free niche, you can easily fit the cabinet into the room. The model has advantages, including huge capacity, a variety of internal contents, and the ability to use the product as a storage room. The user himself decides how high the shelves will be, how many drawers are needed to place utensils, and whether hooks are needed. Sliding doors in this design are mounted at the end of the wall and ride on roller guides located on the floor;
  • cabinet - a stationary sliding wardrobe is suitable for small-sized kitchens. Its dimensions can also vary according to the preferences of the owners, however, it is much easier to find such a ready-made model than a built-in one. The contents of this option usually contain shallow shelves and a small number of drawers.

According to the shape, cabinet models are angular and rectangular. The first option is appropriate in the case of a free unused corner in the kitchen. The interior of such a cabinet is spacious, but it is inconvenient to place dishes here.




Modern kitchens - 2022 - offer a wide selection of different solutions. But these ideas are based on functionality, convenience and aesthetics. Uniqueness and difference are in trend. A kitchen is a place with a special character and style that reflects the tastes, interests and preferences of its owner. This is the territory of creativity, creativity, dynamics. Now the ideal environment has been created to bring all your wildest ideas into reality, without fear of falling outside the generally accepted norms. Dare, be creative, create a kitchen that is pleasant to be in. This is a fascinating story with a happy ending.

Author: MF Maria

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