how to install bifold doors

bifold closet doors
Tools Needed
1 Tape Measure
2 Drill
3 Screws
4 Bifold Doors
Materials Needed
1 Knobs
2 Door Brackets
3 Track and Pivot Hardware
Total Cost
$25-$75
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Estimated Time
1-3 Hours
Skill Level: Advanced
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Project Overview

installing bifold closet doors

If you are looking for doors for smaller spaces, like closets or a laundry room, bifold doors might be the perfect option for you because they save space and are affordable. These doors are also very easy to install and repair if needed, making them perfect for apartments and family homes.

Bifold doors can even be installed by the average person quite easily. If you are interested in installing bifold doors in your home, and you need a little help, just purchase your supplies and follow the steps below.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Remove Old Door

removing bifold closet doors

First, you need to remove your old door. At this point, it is easy to measure the door opening, which will help you when purchasing your new bifold doors. This is also an ideal time to make any minor repairs, like filling in nail holes, or paint the surrounding area.

2

Install Track and Pivot Hardware

bifold closet door track

Next, you want to install the tracking to the top of the door jamb. Make sure there is a 1/16 inch gap on each end. Then, directly below the top track, secure your pivot hardware to the floor.

Now, you will attach the pivot hardware to the top and the bottom of the door. You will do this by tapping the two pivots into the holes on the top and bottom of the door. Ensure that the pivot hardware on the top of the door lines up with the track on the top jamb. Also, ensure that the bottom pivot hardware aligns with the hardware you installed on the floor.

3

Paint the Doors

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If the doors need to be painted at all, this is the time to do it. It will be far more difficult once the doors are installed and the hardware has been secured.

4

Insert Doors

person leaning one of the bifold door panels on a wall

Now that the doors have a fresh coat of paint and the hardware has been attached, it is time to finally insert them. To do this, first place the lower pivot point on the door into the track socket on the floor. The door’s top pivot point should go into the top track’s pivot socket that you installed at the top of the jamb.

Don’t forget to insert the snugger guide before inserting the top pivot. Just squeeze it, position it, and release it into the track on the top jamb. Then place you top pivot into it. Sometimes the top pivot is spring loaded. If this is the case, you will want to pull back the pivot and put it in place before releasing it.

5

Attach Additional Hardware

different kinds of hardware

Now, after positioning the doors in place, you will want to secure your door brackets on the inward facing side of each door to ensure a tight close on your doors. If you would prefer, you can use aligners instead. If you opt for aligners, just attach them to the back of the bifold doors about ½ inch from the bottom.

6

Readjust Height

bifold closet door

The doors should be high enough that they do not rub against that flooring. If you are having issues with the doors being too low, just lift the door and twist the pivot to adjust the door’s height from the floor.

7

Attach Handles

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Many doors come with predrilled holes to make it easier for you to attach your knobs. If yours do not, it is a simple fix. Just mark where you would like to place your knob and drill a hole. Just twist your knob on, and your doors should open and close easily.

Feel free to change the knobs to match the hardware you already have in your home. If you have any issues opening and closing your doors or if you notice that the doors are not level, just readjust your hardware as needed.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to install your bifold doors, you have the ability to conceal necessary areas, like closets or your laundry closet, in a very efficient and aesthetic manner. Not only that, but you were even able to do it yourself, without having to hire or pay anyone. Now that you understand how these doors work and how they are installed, if they ever break or begin to function poorly, you will have no problem repairing the issue.

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Questions And Answers

What type of closet door should you install?
If you have a smaller room, you may want to consider installing a pocket door for the closet door. If you have a large room, sliding closet doors or the normal outswing closet door would be great.
What size sliding closet doors?
The size of sliding closet doors will vary. However, most of these types of doors will be 24, 28, 30, 32 or 36 inches for the width. The general height for these doors is about 80 inches.
Are closet doors easy to install?
Closet doors are relatively easy to install, of course, this will depend on the type of door you are installing. Some closet doors are easier than others. Another determining factor of how easy they are to install will be the amount to repair experience that you have.
What is the best color for a closet door?
Closet doors can come in just about any color you would like. There is not just one best color. You should match the color of the closet doors to each room style and color theme.
What kind of paint do you use for closet doors?
Paint that is latex and water-based is the best to use. This paint will emit less order than a product that is oil-based. A paint with an eggshell or satin finish is going to be somewhat reflective, resistant to moisture, as well as fairly easy to clean.
How do you paint closet doors?
To paint closet doors you will need to remove the chipped and old paint. You can then sand the door down and apply a primer. Once the primer has dried you can begin the painting process. Make sure that you allow the paint time to completely dry in between coats.
How do you install closet doors?
The closet door installation process is different for each type of door. You have hinged doors, sliding doors, bi-fold doors, etc. So it is important that you know the type of door you have. Some doors are much easier to install than others, most will require little or no assistance.
What is the average price for closet doors?
Closet doors range in price. There are closet doors which are inexpensive and closet doors that are more expensive. The average price for these doors is between $100 and $250.
What kind of closet door would look the best?
The type of closet door that would look best varies based on the size of your room and the style of the room too. Accordion doors look great in natural and older style rooms. Swinging doors may be best for a basic room.
Is white the best color for a closet door?
White could be the best color for a closet door if you don’t have light-colored walls. If your walls and furniture are darker-colored, white would look great on your closet doors.
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