If your house was built or underwent a remodeling sometime after the Second World War, then chances are good that you have sliding closet doors throughout your home. Of course, the major drawback to sliding doors is that they limit what you can see or reach in your closet. The good news is replacing sliding doors with bifold doors is easier than ever and can give your home a quick and fairly inexpensive makeover.
Remove the old doors and all of the corresponding hardware. If you're replacing old bifold doors that were recessed, cut a thin board to fit the top of the doorframe and secure it in place with nails. Patch the nail holes, then prime and paint the board to match your existing décor. This is also a good time to patch any damaged areas of the doorframe or touch up the paint job.
Measure the height and width of the door opening and take these measurements with you to the home improvement store. Look for bifold closet doors that closely match your measurements. The width is the most important measurement to match. If the doors you prefer are too long, they can be shortened by sawing or planing the bottom of each door to fit your doorframe.
If you've selected unfinished doors, now is the time to finish them. It is much easier to apply a stain or coat of paint now, than once they're in place. Follow the paint or stain manufacturer's application and drying instructions carefully for the best results.
While the stain or paint is drying, install the gliding track at the top of the doorframe according to the manufacturer's instruction.
Using a plumb bob, mark the location of the pivot point on the floor directly below the pivot point of the track just installed at the top. Align the floor brackets with these marks and secure them to the doorframe.
Insert the pins and rollers provided with the doors hardware into the door. Some doors have their pins and rollers preinstalled.
Slide the runners at the top of one door into the upper track and then slide the bottom of this door over the bottom pivot point until the pin drops into place. Do the same to the other door.
Fine-tune the hang of each door by adjusting the screw in the track of each door at the top pivot point.
Drill and attach simple or decorative knobs to the center of each door about 36-inches from the floor.
Bifold doors are a great option for closets, large and small. You can open them up for more access, they take up minimal space and they give the room a nice finished look. Here, we'll show you how to install bifold doors following these simple steps.
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