One of the best kept decorating secrets, and one of the easiest, is the use of inexpensive bifold doors. A decorating secret for small spaces that will help you separate rooms, hide unsightly laundry or cluttered hobby centers in your home, is inexpensive and easy to install. Bifold doors connect into pairs by flexible hinges that allow the doors to fold up out of the way. These economical accessories run on rollers and a track, are very light and easy to manage, and provide a unique accent to any room.
Measure the opening where the doors will hang to determine the size of the doors you will need. This will include a horizontal measurement (minus 3/4 or an inch for hardware). Next, measure the vertical opening, or vertical opening and subtract approximately 2 ¾ inches for hardware. There are a great variety of styles from which to choose, as well as several structural choices. Select from hollow doors, to the heavier solid-core or solid-wood cores. Additionally, doors can come in standard or customized sizes.
With a few tools, a little time and a lot of patience, Bifold doors of any variety can be hung easily, quickly and expertly. To begin, you must first install all the hardware. An electric, battery-powered drill, along with an assortment of drill bits makes this part of the job easy. Patience will be required here as each piece of the hardware must be precisely placed for correct door operation. Carefully follow diagrams and measurements, as well as mounting instructions to insure properly fitting doors. Mark holes for hinges and apply screws. Hang and secure hardware upon which doors will slide. Position and mark floor brackets and apply screws to secure them in place.
Once all the hardware for the doors is in place, and securely fastened with screws, begin hanging the doors. Move doors along their tracks, opening and closing, checking for the most correct fit. Several adjustments might be required to insure proper movement and securely fitting.
Bifold doors can be purchased in unfinished wood, with primer coat or completely finished. You can stain and varnish bare wood doors to match existing furniture or room decor. With doors that already have a primer coat you can paint to match existing rooms, or apply a matching color to add accent to rooms. Additionally, purchase completely finished doors in white enamel.
Half-bifold doors can be used to separate kitchen entryways from dining or living room areas. Of course, to prevent accidents, doors should be low enough for people to see over them. Hang doors with hinges, which will allow them to swing both ways. Alternately, doors can be hung on opposite walls so that they open and close separately, allowing people to pass through unobstructed either way. Bifold doors can also be installed to cover open pantries, bathrooms and garbage areas. A unique idea for the use of bifold doors is as window treatments. Distinctive hangers or hooks can be incorporated to hang plants on strategically placed window-treatment bifold doors.