How to Measure for Bifold Closet Doors

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What You'll Need
Tape measure
Notepad and pencil

Fitting your closet with a set of bifold closet doors can help you to save space in a small area. Bifold doors are an excellent idea where space is small and you want to close off a closet in your bedroom. Measuring for bifold closet doors can be done easily using a tape measure, although you have to remember that you are installing doors that need to fold onto themselves, and this can affect your measurements. Following a few simple rules can help you to get the right numbers for your bifold closet doors, and can be done in a few minutes.

Step 1 - Checking the Opening

Bifold doors are only available in a number of widths, and you will need to leave a certain amount of space on each side for bracing, so you will have to include these calculations on any measurement you make. Bifold doors are available in widths of 24, 30, 32, and 36 inches, and the bracing will need 6 to 12 inches of allowance. If your closet space has a gap which does not meet these requirements, i.e., it is too wide, or the numbers fall between the widths available, you will need to make some small alterations to the closet door frame before continuing. Check the sides using a spirit level, and the threshold at the bottom to ensure that they are completely level.

Step 2 - Measure

You will now need to measure out the shape of your door. If you have bought a 24-inch bifold door, measure from the top left of the doorway, and extend the tape measure 24 inches into the right. Mark where this comes to on your door. This is the extent of your door opening. Once you have done this, establish the height of the door frame. Most finished openings needs to be around 80.75 inches to have enough head room, so measure both the left and right sides in order to ensure that you have left enough height.

Step 3 - Install

It is important to keep measuring while installing, to ensure that nothing goes wrong, so add the right side and headboard of your doorway, and then measure them again to ensure that there is no difference. Check the straightness with your spirit level. Install the bottom and the left side of the doors, again checking that there is no significant difference in the measurements, and again using the spirit level to ensure the straightness of your final result.

Before hanging the doors, measure and mark the spaces where the pivot pins will need to go, and also measure for the locking arms, which will help to secure the doors. Install these pieces of hardware, taking measurements to ensure that they are level the entire time, and also check with the spirit level that they are straight. You should then measure for the floor brackets, moving your tape measure out from the center, and then fitting the hardware.