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Have you ever wondered how to install bifold closet doors? Let me show you how easy they are to add to a closet in your home.
During the fall of 2019 through winter and spring of 2020 we spent every weekend transforming the unfinished basement of our lake house into a family room, bedroom, and bathroom.
We took a break from the project during the summer of 2020 which lasted until just recently when we began work to finish the basement guest room.
The first project on our list was to install bifold closet doors.
How to Install Bifold Closet Doors
Bifold doors slide open from the center and fold against the closet frame. They are easy to open are a space-saving option in smaller areas like bedrooms, pantries and hallways.
If you live in a home with sliding closet doors, consider switching them to bifold doors for better access to your closet.
Measure Your Closet
The first step is to measure your closet to determine which size doors you will need. After we measured, we shopped at both Home Depot and Lowe’s to see what closet doors would work for our closet size.
At the time of construction, we knew we wanted bifold doors here, so our closet opening was built 60″ wide by 80″ tall to fit a standard size door.
We purchased two sets 30″ wide of bifold closet doors from Lowe’s. There were a lot of choices, but we chose doors that were unfinished pine.
Paint the Closet Doors
The next step was to prime and paint the closet doors. I first removed all the hardware from the doors. I did this at home and when the painting was complete, the doors were transported to the lake disassembled.
Painting was an easy but time consuming job because each closet door got a coat of Kilz followed by three coats of paint.
After the painting was complete, it was time to install the closet doors.
Install the Track
Installing bifold doors begins with the track which is positioned in the centerline of the closet header. We used a laser level to help with this step.
It doesn’t look like it is in the center of the header but you’ll see that it is in the next picture.
Using the lines created by the laser level, Mr. SP held the track in place for the first set of doors (left side), and I marked where the screws were to go with a pencil. We repeated the process on the opposite side of the closet.
Now the two tracks are installed, one for each of the pair of doors. They will hinge on the sides and open from the middle.
Install the Floor Brackets
The next step was to screw the floor brackets into place. The laser level made this step easy to insure the doors are vertical.
We had an extra step for installing our doors because our closet frame height is slightly shorter than the standard closet door size (likely because we did not properly account for the subfloor and flooring when we constructed the wall/closet opening). We used our table saw to cut 1/2″ from the bottom of each closet door.
The door instructions state that you can cut 1/4″ from each side of the door, if necessary. I suppose this is stated to both maintain symmetry, and because of the depth of the predrilled holes. However, we chose to cut 1/2″ from the bottom of each door simply because we did not want to re-paint both sides of the door, nor did we consider that the asymmetry would be discernable. Therefore, since we reduced the door height by 1/2″, it was necessary to make the hole deeper for the pivot for each door on the side that we had cut (match the drill bit size to the existing hole – I believe this was 3/8″ for this door).
Add Pivots to Each Door
Per the instructions, we then added the pivots to the doors. The bottom pivot, where the doors hinge, is an adjustment screw. The top pivots are nylon posts that connect to the track at the top of the closet opening.
Since we had previously removed the hardware for painting, our next step was to screw the hinges back on each set of doors.
Install the Doors
Having a partner for this step is a must. Mr. SP held the doors in place while I lined up the top posts into the track. The hinge side pivot/post is a fixed hole in the track. The post on the opening side of the door fits into a nylon slider that fits into the track.
Then insert the bottom pivot into the floor bracket.
Check the door height. The doors shouldn’t rub on the floor or come in contact with the header jamb. To change the height, lift the door and rotate the bottom pivot. To change the angle of the doors, move the bottom pivot along the bottom bracket. This process is slightly iterative between the two sets of doors such that they meet in the middle appropriately, gaps are consistent, and are of equal height.
After the closet doors were in place the aligners were added to the back of the two center closet doors.
Add Pulls to the Closet Doors
The closet doors came with plain wood knobs but I wanted something pretty to coordinate with the bedroom’s chandelier.
The End Result
Adding closet doors to this bedroom immediately made it look finished.
Here you can see both the chandelier and closet pulls.
The tv and coffee table will not stay in this room. In fact, they both need a new home. We have never watched tv at the lake and have no desire to do so.
An antique oak dresser that my mom is giving me will go in this spot. It’s not yet at the lake but once it’s there, I’ll be sure to share it.
If installing bifold closet doors is on your DIY list, I hope my tutorial is helpful to follow.