Buying and installing bifold doors
Bifold doors are typically used to close off closets, smaller sections of larger rooms, or two adjoined rooms from one another. Interior bifold doors are also used anywhere space is at a premium. This style is also seen in some furnishings; for example, bifold cabinet doors are a common feature of taller storage chests.
Styles of Bifold Doors
Standard bifold doors come in one of two styles: raised panel or flat panel. Raised panel bifold doors have decorative embellishments on the front surface that extend out, while the design panels on flat doors remain level with the surface of the door. Both these styles are frequently seen in bifold closet doors.
Of the available variations, French bifold doors are the most popular. These are often outfitted with accentuations of clear tempered glass, which can be beveled. Because of their decorative flair, this style is often chosen for bedrooms where interior mirror bifold doors are desirable.
Installing Bifold Doors
While it is relatively straightforward, installing bifold doors is a process that requires some precision and patience. Here's what you need to do:
- Measure both the width and the height of the opening where your bifold doors are going to go. Ensure that you get your new doors cut to match these dimensions.
- Place the header track along the top of the door opening, in the center. If you have French bifold doors, you may need to install two separate tracks (one for each folding door). Here, you should use a drill bit that is a single size smaller than the screws you're going to use.
- Follow your doors' installation guidelines to place the pivot brackets.
- If you have carpet on your floor, you're also going to have to install lower pivot brackets to reinforce the upper ones. This step may be optional, though, if you have a clean, level type of flooring.
- Using a hammer, tap the adjustable pivots and guide pins in place.
- Fold your bifold doors and slide its guide pin into the upper track. Then, lift the door into the lower pivot brackets.
- Install your door knobs, alignment brackets and moldings.