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Did you know that sliding doors are a great way to save space in any room of your home? This DIY sliding door tutorial will show you how to convert a regular hinged door into a sliding door

Switching from a hinged door to a sliding one can save you a great amount of space at home, especially in small kitchens and bathrooms. And you don’t even need to buy a new door, you can turn your old door into a sliding one, saving a lot of money in the process.

DIY sliding door project
DIY sliding door project

This tutorial will show you how to get this done so that you can make the best out of the available space in your home.

DIY sliding door: Tools and materials

Tools you'll need for the door project
Tools you’ll need for the door project

Cost, duration and difficulty

If you already have most of the necessary tools, the total cost of the materials is approximately £90. 

The level of difficulty is medium, as you will need to have some experience using power tools and assembling furniture. If you would prefer an easier option, you can always purchase indoor and sliding doors, ready for installation, on ManoMano.co.uk.

This project will take about 8 or 10 hours from beginning to end, so you will need a full day for your DIY sliding door project.

DIY sliding door from a hinged door tutorial

When turning a door into a DIY sliding door, we have to bear in mind that a hinged door fits right inside the door frame, while a sliding door rests outside the frame. It is for this reason that the sliding door needs to be at least 2 cm wider than the hinged door.

In this particular case, the door opening was bigger than the hinged door that we were recycling (15 cm wider). In addition, the door had glass panels that we wanted to remove. The following are the steps that we followed to make the door wider and give it the look of a barn door.

Upcycle an old door into a functional sliding door
Upcycle an old door into a functional sliding door

Step 1 – Remove the door’s glass panels

Remove the glass panels of the original hinged door
Remove the glass panels of the original hinged door

First, we removed the door’s mouldings around the glass panels. We cut it with a sabre saw and used a chisel and hammer to remove the mouldings.

You can also use a handsaw rather than the sabre saw, but it will require more strength and time.

Step 2 – Make the door wider

You can widen the sliding door
You can widen the door

In the next step we made the hinged door wider and covered the central opening with wood.

We cut a few wooden boards measuring 50 x 7 x 2.2 cm with the mitre saw, and then we fixed them with screws onto the inner side of the frame. For this we used a dowelling jig as it allows you to drill oblique holes.In order to widen the door, we screwed a few slats measuring 220 x 3.4 x 3.4 cm to one of its sides, until we reached the desired width. It had to be wide enough to fit the door opening and to prevent the light from coming through. Bear in mind that the screw heads must be flush with the slats to avoid gaps in between them.  

Step 3 – Finish the door with wood panelling

Stick panelling to the sliding door
Stick panelling to the sliding door

Next, we covered the door with wood panelling. This was a good way to hide the different materials that had been used and give it a more uniform look. Plus, we wanted the door to have a distinct and decorative style, that of an old barn door. We applied grab adhesive over the entire surface and then fixed the wood planks to it one by one.  

Step 4 – Protect and decorate the wood

In the following step we stained the wood. We used lasur in different tones in order to give it a vintage look. Lasur is not only decorative, it also waterproofs the wood and protects it from UV rays.

For the exterior frame, we used a black water-based enamel matching the sliding door guide that we were going to install.

Step 5 – Install the sliding guide

Install the sliding guide
Install the sliding guide

The last step was to install the sliding guide. These guides are usually made up of the following pieces:

  • A bar or rail
  • Nuts, stoppers and bolts
  • Sliding rollers
  • Side stoppers
  • Lower guiding rail

Follow the below installation steps for your DIY sliding door:

  1. Level the sliding guide and mark the spots where the holes are to be drilled on the wall.
  2. Drill the holes and insert the plugs with the help of a hammer.
  3. Screw in the rear stoppers of the guide. This will ensure that it is not flush to the wall. Next, tighten the front nuts with a hex socket or a wrench.
  4. Mark, drill and screw the sliding rollers to the door. Bear in mind that the rollers then have to be inserted into the rail, so you might need a helping hand at this stage to lift the door if it is too heavy.
  5. Insert the side stoppers and tighten them to prevent the door from sliding out of the rail.  
  6. Screw the upper stoppers and the lower guiding rail to the floor to keep the door from swaying when you open or close it.  
DIY sliding door
DIY sliding door

If you follow all the steps above, your new sliding door will be done and ready. It is a far cry from the hinged door that we started with. We have managed to recycle the door and transform it into a great looking sliding door that is both practical and decorative.

Did you enjoy this article on a DIY sliding door? Why not read our tutorial on a DIY solar lamp made from pallets or even our sliding door buying guide!Are you converting a hinged door into a sliding door too? Share your finished results with us on Instagram using the #mymanomanoway, #manomanouk and #youvegotthis hashtags!

Shelfies have become increasingly popular recently, and you can have them in the kitchen, holding your stylish coffee sets, in the bedroom, or even as a perfume display. Shelves are both useful and versatile, and have evolved to such an extent that, combining functionality and design, they have become key pieces in the decoration of any room. We have put together some top shelfie styling tips so your shelves are both organised and Instagrammable.

Shelfie styling tips

1. Keep a visual order

Boxes are practical to tidy things away on the shelfie
Boxes are practical to tidy things away on the shelfie

We all have decorative objects in our homes that we like looking at and showing off, but we also need space to store them and put away the more practical and less beautiful things. For this we can use boxes or baskets, which are both practical and stylish, and place them on different shelves alongside the rest of the decorative objects. This can help us hide routers, cables or remote controls, easily and effectively. It is a very useful solution, and others won’t even realise where you’ve hidden these unsightly gadgets.

2. Open shelves to visually expand the space

Do you remember those old mammoth furniture pieces that covered the whole wall from one end to the other and visually engulfed the whole living room? Today, we can simply put shelves from wall to wall. This gives us the same storage space and capacity, and at the same time, it doesn’t visually overwhelm the space. Your living room will look twice as big. 

3. Don’t fill your shelfie with things

Leave a distance between your shelves
Leave a distance between your shelves

We always start placing objects on the shelves and almost inadvertently, never stop adding more. To be brutally honest, in this case as in many others, the saying is true: less is more. Use your shelves to stylishly stack objects in different sections, always leaving a good distance between them, in order to have enough space in-between and avoid visual saturation. This also allows you to draw attention to that beautiful wallpaper in the background, and make it part of the room’s decoration.

4. Use bookshelves as space dividers

You don’t have to live in an open plan loft to do this. If your front door is in the living room, you can place a shelf right next to it. It will function as a space divider, providing privacy and at the same time, helping you keep everything you need when you leave the house or come back in at hand: keys, bags, slippers. Use trays, boxes, baskets or stacks of books both to decorate and to partially or fully cover the gaps in each shelf, to provide you with the privacy you need.

5. Choose the ideal decorative objects for your home

Your shelfie should reflect your personality & style
Your shelfie should reflect your personality & style

When thinking about what to put on your shelves and make it the focus of attention, remember that it should reflect your personality as well as fit into your home’s decorative style. If you love nature, put pots with real plants on the shelves. And if your home is, for example, decorated Nordic style, you cannot fail to include natural fibres, objects with simple lines and a chromatic palette in neutral or soft tones.

6. Apply these infallible decoration rules

Group the objects into 3 on your shelf
Group the objects into 3 on your shelf

If you hesitate when it comes to grouping objects together, use this useful and age-old architecture and painting trick: make it an odd number, ideally 3. Group the objects according to their visual weight, placing the largest ones in different sections of each shelf, always seeking visual harmony within the whole piece. This will help you effectively distribute the volume along the shelves, and prevents them from looking heavy or overburdened. Choose a colour range in line with the room where the shelves are, and introduce small doses of colour with different objects. Turn around some of them for a creative touch. For example, you can choose to stack some books horizontally with the cover facing out and at the top, place a decorative object.

7. Indulge your creative side and make your own shelfie

DIY your own shelfie with some wooden planks and rope
DIY your own shelfie with some wooden planks and rope

Pinterest and Instagram are full of DIY ideas to help create your own shelves, and can be a great source of inspiration. Did you know that just with a few simple wooden planks and ropes, or even with fruit boxes, you can make very original shelves? All you have to do is give them a coat of colour (or leave the wood intact) and hang them to create a fun and cheerful design. You can use them for your urban vegetable garden in the kitchen, or to place your favourite cups. Not only will they be cheaper, but also, having made them with your own two hands, you will want to proudly show them off.

Did you enjoy this article on shelfie styling tips? Why not read our article on small space design ideas on a budget or our room divider buying guide!

Are you organising and styling your shelfies? Share your finished results with us on Instagram using the #mymanomanoway, #manomanouk and #youvegotthis hashtags!

Lifestyle and interior expert Lisa Dawson is renowned for sharing her tips and advice on home, garden and DIY with the glossy magazines and leading brands. Lisa has partnered with us to share her insight on the leading late summer trends around the home and garden.

Late summer Trend 1: Natural Materials

Late summer trend: natural materials
Late summer trend: natural materials

The warm tones and tactile feel of natural materials mean that many of us are incorporating this key trend into our homes this season. The popularity of woven cane, natural wood and bamboo reflect our need to bring nature into our homes, creating rooms that feel connected to the outside world. Natural products such as jute and wool are a key part of this look, adding softness and multiple cosy layers to our spaces. With a strong lean towards sustainable living, incorporating these warm and tactile textures into your home creates a calm and relaxed environment in which to live and work.

Top Tip: The key element of this trend is the flexibility – you can mix the materials and layer up the textiles to create the perfect space.

Late summer Trend 2: Biophilia

Biophilic design brings nature inside
Biophilic design brings nature inside

The colour green reflects springtime, freshness and hope so it’s no surprise that biophilic design has become a key part of our interiors over the past few years. Described as ‘the passionate love of life and all that is around’, it symbolises our yearning to incorporate nature into our spaces by bringing the outside into our homes. Tones of green sit beautifully alongside natural materials and having plants around us is good for both our health and our wellbeing. Nature is reflected on both fabrics and wallcoverings, including papers and paint, in colours ranging from deep olive through to warm sage.  

Top Tip: Plant shelving is excellent for displaying your collection of greenery but you can also add to the look with accessories such as books or ornaments. 

Late summer Trend 3: Sustainable Living

There are many effortless ways to adapt your homes sustainability
There are many effortless ways to adapt your homes sustainability

With the protection of the environment at the forefront, we have all been trying to reduce our impact on the planet and reduce our carbon footprint. Home grown produce and self sufficiency is becoming more and more popular, from growing your own vegetables through to keeping chickens. Moving towards a more sustainable way of living is key for all and the garden is a good place to start, with greenhouses rising in popularity as even the most amateur gardeners give it a try. Propagating houseplants or adding solar lighting to our outdoor spaces makes the most of resources that we already have whilst benefiting the environment. 

Top Tip: Growing herbs is a great place to start for a novice gardener – use miniature chalk labels to keep track of what you’ve got.

Late summer Trend 4: Outdoor Space

Thoughtfully-designed outdoor space remains a key late summer trend
Thoughtfully-designed outdoor space remains a key late summer trend

Throughout the summer, spending time outdoors in the fresh air is important to us. Whether we have a balcony, patio or garden, creating outdoor rooms that are functional whilst still being comfortable is top of the list. Relaxed seating which can be added to with mixed textiles give a layered look to the space and rugs anchor the area. Outdoor kitchens, including pizza ovens and BBQs, create a fun and social space, whilst a bar trolley is an obligatory party item for those warm summer nights with family and friends.  Lanterns and candles promote a welcoming ambience.

Top Tip: Make your outdoor kitchen a sociable space by making it the focus of your entertaining and living area.

Late summer Trend 5: Outdoor Cinema

Enjoy the long summer nights with an outdoor cinema
Enjoy the long summer nights with an outdoor cinema

Socialising at home is the new going out and many of us have been making the most of the space that we have.  An outdoor cinema set up is easy to pull together and is the perfect night in for family and friends. Varied seating means there is always space for extra guests and cushions and throws keep it cosy when the nights are chilly. Firepits are a quick fix for added warmth and also anchor the space whilst adding to the ambience. It’s important to get the lighting right too – festoon lighting is flexible and can be hung pretty much anywhere.  

Top Tip: Invest in extra seating that you can stack and store away when not in use or even better, that you can use inside as well.

Late summer trends article written by Lisa Dawson

Lisa is an award-winning interior and lifestyle writer, workshop presenter and content creator, who covers key topics and insight across home, garden and DIY.

Lifestyle and interior expert Lisa Dawson is renowned for sharing her tips and advice on home, garden and DIY with the glossy magazines and leading brands. Lisa has partnered with us to share her insight on the leading late autumn/winter 2021 trends around the home and garden.

Autumn/Winter Trend 1: Country Style

Country style  autumn winter trend
Country decor with warm tones & traditional pattern

As the nights draw in and we head inside, our homes need to be comfortable and welcoming. Country decor is the perfect autumnal style, with traditional pattern, warm tones and natural materials leading the way. Cushions and throws in large checks are perfect for a cosy night in and lighting the log burner sets the mood. Recycled and reused is a key part of this look so go for worn vintage style rugs and lots of natural woods and aged materials such as concrete and washed rattan. Add potted cactus and succulents in textured tonal pots for that true country style.

Top Tip: Don’t be scared to mix your patterns – checks work brilliantly with florals and rugs can be layered.

Autumn/Winter Trend 2: Earthy Tones

Earthy, warm tones will be a key autumn/winter 2021 trend
Earthy, warm tones will be a key autumn/winter 2021 trend

As our passion for nature starts to move into our homes, so too is the trend for warm, earthy tones in our décor. A cool, calming look, it’s perfect combined with warm neutrals and natural materials and is perfect for promoting a relaxing ambience with a restricted tonal palette. Plaster pink seating in textured jumbo cord work beautifully alongside deep pile rugs and earthy patterns, whilst accessories in contrasting textures such as soft weaves and natural stone bring layers to the space. Woven cane is timeless and perfect for this trend – team with large scale plants for a minimal and stylish aesthetic.  

Top Tip: The key to this trend is to keep it simple and chic without too much going on – large scale art works well. 

Autumn/Winter Trend 3: Christmas – Décor

Natural colours and materials mixed with warm lighting for a cosy Christmas
Natural colours and materials mixed with warm lighting for a cosy Christmas

Natural, warm tones are key to this years Christmas décor. The trend for bringing the outside in is reflected in our interior choices and this has resulted in more muted, earthy colours that fit with this ethos. Silver and white decorations with textured surfaces can be mixed perfectly on the tree and hanging glass tealights add glow and warmth. Garlands in soft browns and natural materials such as wood are perfect for adorning our homes and strings of star lights create a feature. Add a retro edge with disco ball baubles which will make your room sparkle in the winter light. 

Top Tip: Combine greenery from your garden with faux to maximise this look.

Autumn/Winter Trend 4: Christmas – Outdoor Space

Outdoor Christmas decorations including wood and twinkling lights
Outdoor Christmas decorations including wood and twinkling lights

Over the last year, we have learned to make the most of our homes and this has given our outdoor areas a new lease of life. Creating a cosy Christmas space will bring an extra element to the festive season and lighting is the first place to start, with warm white garland lighting adding a welcoming touch. Natural materials are key to this look with wood, faux fur and plenty of seasonal greenery creating a room in which to celebrate. An outdoor stove will be a focal point for the arrangement whilst keeping you warm when the nights are cold.  

Top Tip: Making the logs a display in themselves adds to the cosy, Christmas ambience.

Autumn/Winter Trend 5: New Year Entertaining

Velvet will be a key autumn/winter 2021 trend
Mix sumptuous velvet chairs with gold, marble and brass for NYE glitz

Party time calls for ALL the glitz and adding the wow factor to your room is essential when you’re planning on New Year entertaining. A brass drinks trolley sits perfectly alongside gold and marble accessories and luxe materials such as velvet chairs, pouffes and deep patterned cushions will add texture and make the evening feel extra special. Large, cosy Berber rugs are a flexible addition and Moroccan silver lantern lights add to the mixed metallics.  A stand alone outdoor bar with stools is the ultimate in New Year entertaining and can be used year round for sociable evenings with friends.  

Top Tip: Adding Moroccan touches to this scheme breaks up the room and adds interest. 

Autumn/Winter 2021 trends article written by Lisa Dawson.

Lisa is an award-winning interior and lifestyle writer, workshop presenter and content creator, who covers key topics and insight across home, garden and DIY. 

We are excited to share that we have partnered with the Instagram famous styling duo Style Sisters to create an exclusive Edit and 10 top tips for styling a child’s bedroom, featuring clever storage and multifunctional furniture.

Top storage tips for a child's bedroom by The Style Sisters

The Style Sisters have risen to fame by helping their clients to style and organise their homes and wardrobes. From smaller wardrobe detoxes and decluttering to full organisational home makeovers, the sisters are on hand to transform their clients’ homes.

The Edit

The Edit focuses on clever storage solutions and multifunctional furniture for a child’s bedroom. With the help of ManoMano, you can shape your world in your own vision and make the most of whatever space you have – from wooden bunk beds with drawers underneath and a cow themed storage stool to characterful home accessories.

  1. Wooden Bunk Beds £269.99
  2. Storage Animal Stool £79.99
  3. Chest of 5 Drawers £221.00
  4. Real Cow Hide Rug £153.99
  5. White Ladder Shelf £179.99
  6. Blayne Pendant Light £68.48
  7. Children’s Desk and Stool £86.16
  8. Wardrobe £359.99
  9. Knot Cushion £39.99
  10. Teepee Play Tent £42.99
  11. Storage Box £49.99

*Stock levels may vary and will be restocked throughout the year. Alternative products are also available on the website.

Top 10 tips: Styling a child’s bedroom

1. Choose furniture that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also holds plenty of storage! You want to make sure you’re picking pieces that are stylish, practical and functional. 

2. Beds with under the bed storage like the drawers in the bunk beds we have chosen are a great way to maximise space and storage. 

Under bed storage comes in handy to maximise space
Under bed storage and ottomans come in handy to maximise space

3. Ottomans are perfect for storing away items like toys and teddies, you can make them multi functional by popping a few cushions on top so it can also double up as seating. 

4. Think outside the box with storage especially in smaller rooms. Don’t neglect wall space! Use shelves to display and store items.

5. Think about purchasing furniture that can grow with your child rather than nursery furniture. Consider a chest of drawers you can add a changing topper/ mat to, so that you can simply take these off when the child no longer needs them, leaving you with a chest of drawers that still has purpose in the room!

Choose pieces of furniture that can grow with your children
Choose pieces of furniture that can grow with your children

6. Over the door storage is also a great solution for otherwise unused space. A great hack is to use over the door shelving (shoe pockets also work great and can be found inexpensively) – you could use them for teddies/toys! 

7. Desks don’t have to be big and bulbous! Choose one that has lift-up storage like we have used and consider placing shelves above to store craft items on. This way it takes up minimal space but hosts a cute creative corner for the children to use and love! 

Multifunctional desks with lift-up storage are a clever way to store more away

8. Slimline velvet hangers are perfect for a children’s wardrobe. They take up less space than other hangers and leave everything looking super stylish too! 

9. Sleek freestanding shelving displays are great to store books and toys. They make a lovely alternative to a traditional bookcase and are more narrow so don’t take up as much room. 

Try a ladder shelf for storing books & toys

10. Storage baskets are perfect for holding children’s toys. Choose baskets that match the style of the room and go as big as the space will allow. You can place them around the room to store the toys away – you can also bring the basket into other rooms when needed!

Gemma & Charlotte, The Style Sisters
Gemma & Charlotte, The Style Sisters

 “We’ve loved creating an edit with ManoMano and wanted to show what can be done to freshen up and modernise a kids bedroom. Our aim was to utilise space by selecting furniture with storage incorporated into it and we’re excited to show you the end result”, the Style Sisters.

Have the Edit & top tips for a stylish, multifunctional child’s bedroom inspired you? Share your results with us on Instagram using the #mymanomanoway#manomanouk and #youvegotthis hashtags!