how to remove bi-fold closet doors

Removing A Bifold closet door
Tools Needed
1 Drill
2 Philips Screwdriver
3 Horse saw
4 Straight screwdriver
5 Needle-nose pliers
6 Cardboard
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Materials Needed
1 Garbage Bag
2 Cleaning Supplies
Total Cost
$5-$10
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Estimated Time
15-30 Minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
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Project Overview

Person Removing Bifold closet doors

Offering a decorative, space-saving solution for apartments and small homes, bi-fold closet doors are oftentimes used to conceal appliances and other items you want out of sight. The wooden, two-panel doors are held together with hinges that connect to a top and bottom track with pivots. The average 36-inch bi-fold closet door weighs 30 pounds, so it is also lightweight.

Homeowners find a plethora of reasons for the need to remove the bi-fold closet door.  Adding a new appliance to the home or replacing the doors with an updated version are two common reasons that these doors are removed, although a homeowner may have one of many other reasons to take them down. Door repair is yet another reason why you may need to remove the bi-fold closet doors.

No need to phone a professional handyman to remove bi-fold closet doors. This is an easy DIY job you can complete with just a few tools and time needed. Use the step-by-step how to remove bi-fold closet doors guide below, and you’ll easily complete this project as well as any professional. Put your skills to work and learn how to remove bi-fold closet doors.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Check Alignment

Taking Off A Bifold Closet Door

Before removing the bi-fold closet door, first ensure that it is properly aligned. Completing this step may eliminate the need to further remove the door as it may provide the simple fix you need. Misaligned doors oftentimes cause a variety of problems, from sticking to inadequate operation, but can easily be repaired by adjusting the pivot and bracket on the top of the track.

Close the door so that it is parallel to the frame. If it is not plumb on all four sides, it might be misaligned. Even a small ¼-inch difference can cause the door to improperly function, requiring adjustments for the door to work properly. Apply silicone spray or a light wax coating on the top track to prevent it from sticking and to keep it running smoothly across the track.

2

Loosen The Brackets

Person Unscrewing Bifold Closet Door Bracket

Open the door and loosen the top bracket screw set with your screwdriver or drill. Once loosened, close the door. Adjust the door until it is parallel and aligned with the frame. Open and close the door several times to ensure that it is working properly and smoothly. If there’s any kinks, repeat the above steps until you get it right. Repeating the step several times is usually necessary to get the door properly aligned.

Once you’ve aligned the door perfectly, it’s time to retighten the screw set. Opening the door just slightly ensures the pivot does not slip from position. Check the door against the bottom frame, ensuring that the pivot hasn’t loosened and slipped out of place. You can slightly raise the door to shift the pivot to the proper position. Use the screwdriver or the drill to reposition the screw set in place. If the bottom track is worn, screws are missing, or other issues exist, you may need to repair them once the door is removed.

If the problem isn’t resolved or you wish to continue removal, the following steps should be completed to remove the bi-fold closet door.

3

Removing The Panels

Removing Bi Fold Closet Doors

Remove the door by opening it so that each panel lies flat against one another. With the door in this position, you can easily get hold of the door and reach all areas of the track/pivots.

There is a lever holding the pivot pin in place. The pivot pin and lever are located on the top of the track.  Releasing the lever is necessary to remove the door. Once the door is removed, place it on a horse saw or cardboard away from the area that you're working for safekeeping.

Using both hands, grab the door by each side of the panel. Compress the spring by raising the door up to engage the top of the pivot pen. Rotate the pin if the door doesn't come out. This should easily turn by hand, but the needle-nose pliers will remove the pin if you are unable to turn the pin by hand.

4

Taking The Door Down

Disassembled Bi Fold Closet Door

Angle the bottom half of the door panel away from the closet (toward the opening) to remove the lower pin bracket. Pull down firmly to disengage the pivot pin from the top track.

Remove the pivot from both the bottom and top track. If you’re replacing the bi-fold doors you may want to leave the hardware in place. Otherwise, use the screwdrivers to remove the hardware from the frame.

Conclusion

Since the door is down and out of the way, you can begin looking for issues that might affect the operation of the door, install your new appliance in the designed space, etc. It was easy learning how to remove bi-fold closet doors and troubleshooting additional problems is just as simple a task.

With the doors realigned, that issue is resolved and no longer of concern. Depending upon the trouble your door is giving, the list of potential issues ranges from problems such as a worn out track to screw sets and pivots in need of replacement. Check each area of the door and frame to learn the problem.

Use this step-by-step guide to help you make repairs to your bi-fold door once it is removed. Never pay someone to do a job that you can do yourself, especially one as simple as removing bi-fold closet doors!

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Questions And Answers

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.
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 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 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.
How do you install sliding closet doors?
First, install the frame if there isn’t one. Afterwards, you will install the top track. Then, install the door rollers and brackets. You can then set your door rollers. You will now check for proper leveling and adjust if needed. Install door hardware and floor guide. Lastly, install door hardware.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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