Make Your Own Bifold Closet Doors Make Your Own Bifold Closet Doors

What You'll Need
Tape measure
6 hinges
Mounting hardware
Wood screws
Pull handles
Utility door
Work bench

Bifold closet doors are great for a place with limited space. The bifold are great for closets and pantries because the doors fold back and allow easy access to what you are wanting. You may have cut out a hole to make a room for a door or you want to replace a door in your closet with a bifold. Either way you can find the materials that you will need for cheap and following a few steps you will have your own bifold closet doors in very little time.

Step 1. Measuring

Measure the door opening which you intend to install your door with your tape measure. Then measure the width from casing to casing and the height of the doorway opening.

Step 2. Utility Door

Now that you have the correct measurements you can go out and find the correct size of door you need to buy. You can find most utility doors at a hardware store. For the doors you want two of them which equal up to the size of your measurements. If you measured your doorway which was 34 inches wide then you would need to buy two 17 inches doors. When you purchase these doors make sure there are no holes for handles and you can also buy your piano hinges at the same shop.

Step 3. Cutting Wood

With your two doors ready to be cut, place them on your work bench and use your tape measure to mark off 1/8 of an inch that will be mounted to the casing side. Use gloves and safety goggles and power up the saw to cut off teh 1/8 inch off the side of the door. Once you have cut off the part you do not need, place it up right and measure it against where you are going to be installing the door. If you need to you can trim more off if the door does not fit the right height.

Step 3. Placing Hinge

With the door up measure where the 3 hinges are going to be placed. a rule of thumb is to place the top and bottom hinges should be around a foot from the edge of the door. Knowing these two hinge placements you can measure between them to find the area for the third hinge. With the door held up mark exactly where the 3 hinges will be attached with a level other wise the door will be off balance. Attach the hinges with the wooden screws.

Step 4. Installing Door

Take the doors and lay them facing down and position them so they are even across the top and bottom. Use the piano hinges and place them across where the two doors meet. Space them apart and fasten the 3 hinges with the wooden screws to the first panel. Have both doors up right and fasten the second panel to the hinges.

Step 5. Place Door and Handles

Having someone help you hold the door, attach the hinges of the doors to the casings. Double check to make sure the weight looks balanced evenly between all three hinges. Move in front of the door and mark where your pull handle should be placed. You the manufactures instruction to drill and place the handle onto the bifold doors. Pull the handles to check the trim and make sure they open and closed as they should. If you run into the door being to tight or to loose you can loosen the middle hinges and shave or maneuver the door into the correct position. Check that the bifold doors are in working order and are operating with ease.

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