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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