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HangGlide 03-25-2010 12:36 PM

Sliding Closet Doors & Base Trim
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I have sliding closet doors with 1/2" thick, 3-1/2" high, base trim going in and around the closet area.

When the closet door is closed, butted up to base trim, I have a 1/2" gap.

What is the proper way to trim this all out?

If I cut back the base trim back, I have the ugly bottom of the sheet rock showing and nothing covering the carpet edge.

If I cut the bottom of the doors to clear the base trim, this might look ugly too.

Maybe a 1/2" gap when the sliding closet doors closed is no big deal. I think typically there is going to be some gap due to a rubber stop stuck on the side of the closet door. I just don't know what the common way to do this is.

kwikfishron 03-25-2010 03:30 PM

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Just put the trim in two pieces up to the door, so there it a pocket for the door to slide into.

william duffer 03-25-2010 09:45 PM

It is usually framed out with 1x5 or so and than trimmed with molding. The builder went cheep on you. It should look like a door. I would frame out the two sides and end the base molding into that.

Gary in WA 03-25-2010 09:54 PM

As kwikfishron said. Touch-up paint the wall color there. Don't forget the center divider/guide at carpet between doors on the 1/2" ply riser you may have forgot..... And cut 1/4" off the bedroom door that is too long, even more if used as a cold-air return with forced-air.

Be safe, Gary

HangGlide 03-26-2010 10:09 AM

Way Cool! Thanks, guys...

I like the idea of Bill's - trim it out, that would look "sweet" :)
For now, I'll just cut the base back some, and maybe, put small returns on them.

Oh, by the way, they originally had a smaller base trim and they just cut the doors a tiny bit at an angle to clear the base.


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