How to Install Bypass Closet Doors
Tuck a utility room out of sight with this simple project.
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If you have a large closet that doubles as a laundry or utility room, sliding bypass doors are a great way to hide what’s inside while allowing you easy access to the area. Here’s how to install them:
Materials and Tools:
sliding-bypass-door track kit, doors, recessed door pulls and glides
cordless drill with Phillips bit and other assorted bits
1. Measure the height and the width of your closet opening. This will determine the size of the track kit and doors you’ll need to buy. If the opening where you’re going to install doors is too large for only two doors, you can install a second track behind the first and use three doors. Having the second track behind the first will allow all three doors to be pushed to one side at once for the most access to the area.
2. Hold the track up in the center of the opening and use it as a template to mark the location of the screw holes on the underside of the jamb. Wearing safety glasses, drill pilot holes on the marks.
3. Secure the track to the jamb with the screws provided in the kit.
4. Place the roller brackets on the top of the door, about 2½ inches in from each corner.
5. Drill pilot holes through the holes in the brackets and secure them to the door using the screws that came with the kit.
6. Hang each door so that the rollers snap into the track. Holding the door at an angle will help fit the rollers in place.
7. Adjust the height of the doors with the adjustment dial on the bracket.
8. Allow the doors to hang naturally, and line up a door glide with the bottom of each door. Drill pilot holes through the holes in the glide. Secure the glide to the floor with the screws provided with it. This will keep the doors from swaying in and out. If you’re drilling through carpet, cut an “X” in the carpet and peel back the corners to expose the wood floor.
9. Measure and mark the locations for the door pulls on each door (usually about 4 inches from the side of the door at a height of about 40 inches). It’s a good idea to put the pull on the left side of the front door and on the right side of the rear door. Drill a hole in each panel the same size and depth as the door pull.
10. Use a little glue on the back of the pull if you wish, and pop it into place.
11. Stain or paint the doors to match the room. You might also want to install trim around the perimeter of the doorjamb to give your doorway a more finished look.
Sliding barn-style doors add instant privacy and are easy to install.