how to install accordion doors

accordion door installation
Tools Needed
1 Hacksaw
2 Utility Knife
3 Tape Measure
4 Drill
Materials Needed
1 Drill Bits
2 Carpenter Level
3 Screwdriver
4 Rag
Total Cost
$25-$100
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Estimated Time
30-45 Minutes
Skill Level: Advanced
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Project Overview

accordion door

Accordion doors can be a low-cost solution for a variety of needs. For example, if you have a doorway that’s too small for a traditional door or too wide for a single door, these folding doors may be ideal. They also make excellent room dividers.

You can find accordion doors in a range of colors, materials, and styles, allowing you to choose an option that fits with your décor.

Installing an accordion door is pretty easy, so it’s well within the reach of most homeowners. It also only requires the use of some basic tools, so you won’t have to invest in costly equipment to get the job done right.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Measure the Door Opening

Measure Accordion Door

Before you even purchase the accordion door, you need to make sure you have the necessary measurements to buy the proper size. First, measure the width of the door opening. Then, measure the height of the door opening on the left side, right side, and from the center. Out of the three heights, use whichever measurement is shortest as your point of reference.

2

Purchase the Accordion Door

different parts of an accordion door kit

Now that you have your measurements, you can purchase the door. You’ll find multiple styles to choose from, so select one with your preferred look. Just make sure that the door is designed for your doorway size or a larger one.

These folding doors can be cut down to size. The height can be shorted and the width slimmed down as needed, so, if they don’t have your ideal size available, don’t be afraid to choose one that is slightly larger than necessary.

3

Trim the Door If Needed

person using hand saw to trim door length

If your door is longer than the opening, you’ll need to trim the excess from the bottom. If you don’t want the edge to drag across the floor, make sure to remove an additional 1/8-inch for more clearance. Before making any cuts, examine the bottom edge of the door. If you see a series of screws connecting the pieces, these will need to be collected after the excess is removed.

Begin by laying the door flat. Then, use a yard stick or tape measure to mark up from the bottom the amount that needs to be removed. Make several marks along the bottom, then use the straight edge to align the dots.

In most cases, a utility knife is sufficient from trimming away the extra material. Make sure to place the door on a surface that can either withstand being cut by a utility knife (like a self-healing cutting mat) or that you don’t mind accidentally being cut. Otherwise, when you are pulling the utility knife through the door material, you may damage the surface below.

Use the straight edge as a guide for the utility knife and use firm, constant pressure while slowing moving the edge through the material. In some cases, such as if the material is particularly thick, more than one pass may be necessary. If so, keep the straight edge in the same position and slowly draw the utility knife down the same line again until the excess material is removed.

Alternatively, you can also use a hacksaw to shorten the length. Make sure to hold the door securely as it may shift due to the sawing motion. Once the ends are removed, wipe them down with a rag to remove any shavings.

If you saw screws at the lower edge before cutting, you’ll need to collect them now. These will be reattached by placing them into the small holes located on the new bottom edge of your door. Simply use a screwdriver and secure them in place. This keeps the individual sections from sliding, ensuring your accordion door operates properly.

4

Trim the Door Track If Needed

using a table saw to cut door track shorter

If the door track is larger than the opening, this will also need to be trimmed. Examine each end to see if one has a stop in place. If so, you’ll cut excess from the other end. If not, then either end may be sufficient. When in doubt, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for additional details.

Next, measure the door track and mark the point where a cut will need to be made. Then, place the door track on a stable surface, like a work bench, and use a hacksaw to remove any excess. Take care when removing the piece, as metal shaving can be created by the sawing process.

Use a rag to wipe the surface, being aware that the edges may be sharp. Check to make sure the track fits within the doorway and proceed once you confirm it does.

5

Install the Track and Door

using a power drill to screw in door track

Now, it’s time to actually install the door. This is a multi-step process that needs to be followed in order. First, center your track in the opening and drill a single pilot hole through the centermost in the track.

Next, place a single screw into the pilot hole, taking care not to tighten it all of the way. At this point, we want the crew to prevent the track from falling, but not so tight that the track can’t swivel. Then, rotate the track so that one end is pointed just outside of the doorway. This gives you access to the track, allowing you to slide the accordion door rollers into the space. Feed the rollers into the track until all of them are on, then swivel the track back into the doorway, ensuring it is centered in the space.

The next step is to drill the additional pilot holes for the screws. Slide the accordion door all of the way to the right, leaving the doorway open and a portion of the interior of the track visible. Drill all of the pilot holes based on what is visible and then add the screws. Then, slide the door all of the way to the left and repeat the drilling process for any newly exposed anchor points and add the screws after the pilot holes are made.

6

Add the Anchoring Clips or Door Jamb Molding

person installing anchoring clips to the door frame

At this time, your accordion door should slide freely from left to right and back again. However, if you want one of the ends to remain connected to the door jamb, then you’ll need to install anchoring clips or door jamb molding, depending on which was included in your kit.

For anchoring clips, you’ll need to install each one individually. Center the anchoring clips under the door track and mark the screw holes so you can place a pilot hole. Then, place the anchor and screw into place. You can use a level to help keep them straight as you screw them in one by one.

If you have door jamb molding, center it under the track and use the level to keep it straight. Mark the location of the pilot holes and drill them. Then, realign the molding and screw into place. Clip the door into the anchors or molding following the manufacturer’s instructions.

7

Attach the Door Handle

accordion door knob

If your accordion door comes with a door handle that isn’t preinstalled, you can add it now. Often, there are pre-drilled holes in the door that allow the handle to be attached. Follow the directions provided by the manufacturer.

8

Install the Latch If Needed

door latch being turned

Some accordion doors come with latches that need to be installed on the side door jamb opposite from the one supporting the anchors or molding. Often, these are small and may feature a magnetic closure.

First, slide the door into the closed position so you can see where the latch point strikes the door jamb. Next, center the latch horizontally based on the contact point. Mark the spot for a pilot hole, remove the latch, and drill the hole. Then, realign the latch and screw into place.

Conclusion

Now, you have a completely installed accordion door, and you can begin enjoying this cost-effective, flexible doorway covering option immediately.

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Questions And Answers

What is an accordion door?

An accordion door is a door that opens by folding back in section onto itself as opposed to hinges that make the door swing. These doors are used inside homes and business to close off one room or area from another. You may see them used for closet or rooms.

What are accordion doors used for?

Accordion doors can be used for many reasons. One of the main reasons is for being able to section off a particular area, such as a closet or a room. These doors are also used in spaces that are small as a way of conserving space.

Do accordion doors come in different materials?

"Yes, they do in fact come in different materials. There are three main fabrication materials that you will find accordion doors made from. These are UPVC, aluminum, and hardwood. Each of the materials has different benefits and a different look, therefore you should keep this in mind when shopping.

How much does it cost to install accordion doors?

Accordion doors are quite costly. Most of these doors are going to cost you between $700 and $1,000 per square linear foot. This won’t include the installation. If you have an opening that is 12 feet, it could cost up to $11,000 or a bit more.

What is the best color for accordion doors?

The best color for accordion doors could vary from one room to the next. The color of the door should match or coincide with the color of the walls in that room.

What is the main benefit of an accordion door?

Many people believe the main benefit of accordion doors is that they are great for use as a space divider. If you have a room that could be split up, this door would be a perfect solution.

What rooms work best with accordion doors?

Accordion doors would work great in any room. If you have a larger room that you would like to have split into two sections, the accordion doors would be a great option.

Are accordion doors cheaper than other doors?

Accordion doors are much cheaper than other doors. Since they don’t require the hardware or knobs and locks like other doors, you will find quite the price cut on the accordion doors.

Do accordion doors work in any room?

Accordion doors can work in any room. If you have smaller rooms, these doors can take up less space than an open swing door. If you have larger rooms, these doors can work as dividers if you wish too.

Are accordion doors big?

Accordion doors come in many sizes. You have the choice of accordion doors with only two panels or there are accordion doors with more panels as well. The accordion doors can be purchased in different heights as well.

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Accordion Folding Doors

Accordion folding doors are very stylish and versatile and are often used in both commercial and residential décor as a means to save space and serve as dividers. They are named accordion doors because they operate the same way an accordion does; pleated folds expand and contract, lengthening or shortening as they are pushed or pulled. They remain in line with the doorframe, which makes them a great space-saving alternative to hinged doors, which need floor space to be able to swing out. Accordion-style doors can come in a variety of materials and finishes, allowing them to be tailored to fit almost any design style. Accordion folding doors offer the convenience associated with pocket doors, without the requirement of hollowing out the wall for the door to slide into, saving on expensive construction costs. Accordion folding doors often consist of long panels connected with a flexible strip that allows the door to fold in on itself. These doors can be a great addition to your home, particularly in rooms where there is a tight fit, and having a hinged door might remove some of the usable space. Accordion doors can also be used to divide larger spaces into smaller, more functional ones, so their uses aren’t limited to doorways. Keep reading to better understand the benefits of buying an accordion folding door for your home or office space. read more

Variety of Uses and Affordable

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Convenience

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Visually Attractive

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Exterior Accordion Glass Doors

Choosing the right doors for your house can seem tough. You want to make sure they bring together your home in the terms of look and a neighborly feel. You also want to be sure the doors you install will keep your family and home safe. Taking time to consider everything before you invest in them, look at the many features of the accordion glass door. There are many options you could select from with exterior doors. Choosing the best one might seem nearly impossible. However, when you know more about certain doors, that will help you to make a better decision. The accordion glass doors exterior on your home can be amazing. These are just a few of the benefits that come with installing the high-quality accordion glass doors for the exterior of your home. When you have already put in so much effort to create a fantastic patio for relaxing and entertaining, the quick opening and flexibility of accordion glass doors are a must. If you want these benefits, this will be the door to get. read more

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Larger Openings Possible

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Resistant to Various Weather Events

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Modern Accordion Doors

As the housing market picks up and affordable residential space gets more cramped, finding ways to save space is becoming more and more important. Traditional doors certainly have their place, but the advent of new, space-saving styles gives homeowners many more choices, especially when space is at a premium. Among the various styles of doors that are gaining popularity, modern accordion doors top the list. Because these doors fold up tightly and do not swing out into a room when opened, these highly functional doors work like pocket doors to save space without the need for special construction. And besides serving as interior doors between rooms, accordion doors also work well to temporarily divide larger spaces in a home such as family rooms or living rooms. There are plenty of reasons modern accordion doors should be at the top of your list when you are considering remodeling options for your home – even if you don’t live in a smaller house.  Installation is simple, and there is no sacrifice of style, convenience, or safety.  read more

Create More Space

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Best of Both: Safety and Style

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