How do I remove old 1950s sliding closet doors?

by Sierra

My house has old sliding closet doors. The doors don't have the normal track that others have. There's a grove at the bottom and there a nail that slides the door from left and right.

  23 answers
  • Sierra Sierra on Oct 24, 2020

    Thank you! The doors are older so they don't have a regular track like those but I appreciate the help!

  • 17335038 17335038 on Oct 24, 2020

    Could you post a picture of the hardware your doors have so that we can see exactly what you have to work with?

  • Dee Dee on Oct 24, 2020

    If you can post a photo it may be easier to assess since the doors are old. So many changes we could help if we see what you are up against.

  • Hmm, I agree, a picture would be helpful. I have a very old house and I just checked our doors. They are mounted from the top with no track on the bottom. So you remove them from the top. It doesn't sound like that's your set up.

  • Annie Annie on Oct 24, 2020

    Hi, you don't have a bottom track? Just the groove? If possible, can you post a photo

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 25, 2020

    Hello Sierra,

    Hold both sides of the door and Lift up and back towards you. That should remove them from the grove. Good luck!

  • on Oct 25, 2020

    Can you remove the nail?

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Oct 25, 2020

    Are you trying to save the doors? If not, hack them down with a mallet!

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 25, 2020

    Hi Sierra, can you post a picture of the rail?

  • Maura White Maura White on Oct 25, 2020

    Haha - I was just thinking what Morgan said. Unless you want to save the doors - just demo them out with a saw or mallet!

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Oct 25, 2020

    I would remove the track and follow Maura's advice to take the doors out with a mallet if you can.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Oct 27, 2020

    Hi! Remove the nail and whatever else holds in place, and you should be able to tip them out. Good luck!

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Oct 31, 2020

    following this questions ..would love to learn too

  • They went in in some fashion, they have to come out the same. Take a close look at the doors and hardware, see if things push in or unscrew. Ask your neighbors if they have similar homes. A little research online should turn up the answer or someone at your local home improvement store might know.

  • Tiffany Tiffany on Jan 24, 2021

    If anyone has figured it out please tell me I have a similar problem and would like to remove the closet doors

  • BRA27376568 BRA27376568 on Sep 04, 2023

    My 1950 doors have no apparent way to adjust or remove - SEE PICTURES - they appear to be built into the door frame . They work fine - 73 years later - but are too noisy to use . Include 3rd picture of another set that was removed and replaced with IKEA super lightweight version that I like well enough to instal again - IF I CAN GET THE OLD DOORS OUT!?!?$

  • BRA27376568 BRA27376568 on Sep 04, 2023

    Went to the local store - they recommended a saws-all . I will go old-world and try a hack saw. So sad that something so well made needs to be destroyed, but the noise is unbearable at 5 AM. AND I tried lubricants…

    • Dee Dee on Sep 05, 2023

      Try Blaster White Lightning lubricant. It is made for garage doors and should help your closet doors.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 04, 2023

    They sure made them to last! The Sawsall sounds like a good choice.

  • BRA27376568 BRA27376568 on Sep 05, 2023

    Here is the picture that I referred to , showing the IKEA version installed in front of the old tracks , the former owner, who lived here for half of the home’s existence, remembers finding screws to remove the doors that she described as being counter-sunk in the door’s themselves. One last picture shows the only hole in the door. Can’t get a screwdriver to work to loosen whatever it is…

  • BRA27376568 BRA27376568 on Sep 05, 2023

    I am determined to remove the doors without destroying them or the tracks!

  • BRA27376568 BRA27376568 on Sep 05, 2023

    last try - the picture that shows the hole in the door and some kind of hardware that appears to receive a screw - but can't be tuned out- thinking of drilling through it... the hole is directly under the wheels that are engaged to the track, so if I can remove that it would appear to allow the door to drop free from the track. The other doors appear have very well disguised covers over the counter sunk hardware.