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.

How To Install Accordion Doors

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    Modern Vinyl accordion Door in a Cedar Color with a Hollow Core Measuring 32 in. by 80 in.
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    Price: $77.00
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    Rustic wood accordion Door in a Cedar Color with a solid Core Measuring 32 in. by 80 in.
    Accordion doors from Special Doors let you customize any interior space for convenience, privacy, and practicality. Eliminate smells from your kitchen or bathroom, reduce ambient noise from a loud area, or spruce up your closets for an ultra-modern look. Divide a large space into smaller ones without eliminating the option to enlarge it again whenever you want. Doors are lightweight, easy to open or close, and come with a lifetime warranty for the track, jamb, lead post and locking mechanism.Choose from a wide selection of fetching designs and colors, from classic wood paneling to metallic finish, or even see-through acrylic (clear or tinted). Sound-dampening surfaces are available on most models (not see-through or ultra-thin versions). Ask about special customization options to add your logo or artwork to a door. Track, lead post, and jamb available in 1” or 1.5” widths, and door height is customizable in ½” increments up to 11 feet.
    Price: $155.00
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    Price: $77.00
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    Contemporary Vinyl accordion Door in a Cedar Color with a Hollow Core Measuring 32 in. by 80 in.
    Accordion doors from Special Doors let you customize any interior space for convenience, privacy, and practicality. Eliminate smells from your kitchen or bathroom, reduce ambient noise from a loud area, or spruce up your closets for an ultra-modern look. Divide a large space into smaller ones without eliminating the option to enlarge it again whenever you want. Doors are lightweight, easy to open or close, and come with a lifetime warranty for the track, jamb, lead post and locking mechanism.Choose from a wide selection of fetching designs and colors, from classic wood paneling to metallic finish, or even see-through acrylic (clear or tinted). Sound-dampening surfaces are available on most models (not see-through or ultra-thin versions). Ask about special customization options to add your logo or artwork to a door. Track, lead post, and jamb available in 1” or 1.5” widths, and door height is customizable in ½” increments up to 11 feet.
    Price: $165.50
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    Classic Vinyl accordion Door in a Cedar Color with a Hollow Core Measuring 42 in. by 90 in.
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    Price: $129.50
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Questions And Answers

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.
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.
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.
Are there various styles of accordion doors?
There are various styles of accordion doors. Some of them are basic. However, there are others in various colors. You can get them with pictures on them or with various designs too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Vinyl Accordion Doors

Accordion doors add flair to any interior space, bringing the area to life with a unique, easy-to-use pleated style. The doors slide on a roller on an an overhead track. When the door is closed, it folds into the pleats where it is invisible and out of the way, saving more space than traditional hinged doors. Vinyl constructed accordion doors are preferred by many people who are installing this door style in their home. This material is high-quality and durable and offers homeowners many years of worry-free use.  However, many business owners use them to enhance the ambiance of their space. With an array of colors and designs available, homeowners can always find the perfect doors to accentuate their space. The doors are commonly installed inside of homes, where they instantly add value.  read more

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Accordion Door Benefits

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French Accordion Doors

If you feel like upgrading the doors in your home, one of the types of doors you should truly consider are the accordion doors. These get the name they have because the panels fold into one another, just like an accordion does. This style of door has been used for a long time in history as initially they were installed in French country homes that needed to allow more airflow through the house. The strip that connects them is stretchable which allows the doors to be able to fold. These doors don’t just offer the purpose of closing things inside of a closet. There are numerous other benefits that these doors provide as well. If you want doors in your home that are going to give you the most options and benefits, the accordion doors are one of the best choices. There are many types of glass and hardware to choose from too. These doors are affordable, space saving, serve many functions and are very convenient too. If these are all things you would like to have in the doors for your home, choose these doors today. read more

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Serving Many Functions

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Expensive Accordion Doors

The folding capability of the panels are what gives accordion doors their name. These panels are long and there is a flexible type of strip that connects them to each other. The strip can constrict and stretch allowing the doors to open and close. Using an accordion door will allow you to close off areas as needed, whether that is on a closet or other space in the home, or as a door to reveal a separate space generally not seen. Various materials are available depending on what you are using the doors for. If you are looking to replace current doors, or add doors to your home, then these might just be the best type of door for you. Please remember however that everyone has their own unique style and accordion doors may not be the best solution for everyone. Accordion doors are great for saving space, but they are also used commonly as dividers for rooms and they offer many conveniences. If you have them in your office, a large space can have these installed so that you can quickly break it into two smaller, more intimate spaces. To really understand all that these doors have to offer, keep reading. read more

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