Bifold Closet Doors: Options and Replacement

Whether you're using them in a laundry room or child's room, these folding doors are an affordable closet option.

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Bifold doors are great for small rooms like closets, laundry rooms and pantries. These accordion-style doors don't provide security but they're a great way to conceal spaces that are typically messy. When the folding panels are open, they also allow full access to your stuff, a bonus if you've ever tried to access the back half of a closet via a single, swinging door.

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Swept Away

Stash away unsightly cleaning tools in a tiny broom closet. Designed by Northern Virginia-based Tailored Living, this closet is located just off the staircase and near high-traffic family room and kitchen area. Hooks staggered along the wall make the most of the petite space and keep supplies handy.

Photo By: Tailored Living

Kiddie Coat Check

Get your kids in the habit of putting things away with their own coat closet. Elizabeth Joan Designs created a coat closet to store children’s outerwear, backpacks and shoes.

Photo By: Elizabeth Joan Designs

Comings and Goings

Convert an entry coat closet into a cozy area for storing outerwear, keys, scarves and all other items you take off or put on depending on whether you’re coming or going. The built-in seating provides a comfortable space to put on or take off shoes, which can be stored underneath.

Photo By: Elizabeth Joan Designs

Boot Buggy

Keep the bottom of a hall or coat closet organized with a rolling boot tray. Wheel out wintry footwear only when needed with this boot caddy made from the base of a drawer.

Photo By: Darla DeMorrow, HeartWork Organizing

Incognito Mudroom

This Washington, D.C.-area homeowner wanted the convenience of a mudroom near her kitchen. However, she also wanted its contents concealed. Four Brothers, a carpentry company, granted her wish with two side-by-side small closets to house traditional mudroom supplies that blends seamlessly with the kitchen cabinetry.

Photo By: Four Brothers LLC

Now You See It, Now You Don't

Create the illusion of more space by blending a small pantry door with surrounding walls. Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath replaced a traditional six-panel door with a flat door and painted it the same color as the wall. By adding baseboard and shoe molding to the door and installing a touch latch similar to those used airplane cockpit doors, the pantry disappears into the wall. 

Photo By: Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Hide-a-Way Pantry

Let’s face it, there’s no such thing as too much storage. Grab unused space anywhere you can, such as under the stairs. Make it a catch-all closet to hold extra food, cleaning supplies and small appliances.

Photo By: Tailored Living

Hide the Hooch

James Wagman Architect created an elegant and fully stocked bar in this tiny closet in the entryway of an apartment. Pocket doors disappear to reveal the ultimate impromptu party.

Photo By: Michael Moran

Tiny Transformation

A tiny bathroom linen closet is transformed into a more functional space for cleaning supplies. The closet had become a junky catchall space. Jessica Bruno, a DIY blogger for Four Generations One Roof, attached affordable wire pull-out trays to the shelves. She then stocked the closet with laundry and bathroom supplies. 

Photo By: Four Generations Under One Roof

Easy Access

Pull-out bins make the most of the narrow closet's depth, putting items stored at the very back within reach.

Photo By: Four Generations Under One Roof

Satellite Office

Even the tiniest closet can provide ample storage space for a home office. This hall closet is equipped with a desk and storage bins. The always-functional shoe holder provides pockets for everything a working girl needs when conducting business from home.

Photo By: Elizabeth Joan Designs

Nursery Nook

Create more space in the baby’s room by tucking all your nursery needs in the closet. Lisa Janvrin, owner of YouthfulNest, designed this adorable space that includes changing table and drawers for baby supplies. The clothing rack above the changing table is all you need for a wee little wardrobe.

Photo By: Lisa Janvrin, YouthfulNest

Pop-Up Storage

Darla DeMorrow, organizer extraordinaire, used pop-up hampers to keep childhood clutter in order. It’s an inexpensive and light-weight solution for corralling wayward shoes, stuffed animals and toys.

Photo By: Darla DeMorrow, HeartWork Organizing

Good Will

Stop sifting through clothing that no longer fits. DeMorrow suggests keeping a box labeled “too small” for items your child has outgrown. When you have time, donate or pass down.

Photo By: Darla DeMorrow, HeartWork Organizing

A Desk for Guests

Even house guests travel with smartphones, laptops and tablets, so give them a space to work. DeMorrow converted a closet in a spare bedroom into an office and study station. She also used hidden space on the side of the closet by breaking through a wall and creating display shelving.

Photo By: Darla DeMorrow, HeartWork Organizing

Just Hanging Out

Afraid to invest in built-in systems for the trend-chasing teens? Try removable modular systems such as these hanging options from Pottery Barn Teen. Available in different colors and styles, these can be rearranged as easily as hanging cloths.

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Tidy Toddler

Keep a child’s things nice and neat in this built-in closet created by Tailored Living. Drawers, shelves, an accessible hamper and a clothing rod eliminate the need for bulky furniture in the room. A decluttered bedroom makes for pleasant dreams. 

Photo By: Tailored Living

Custom Look, Low Price

To get a high-end customized look on a low-end budget, use systems like Cincinnati-based Organized Living’s “Freedom Railway.” These easy-to-install systems, available from organization-focused retailers, are perfect for the not-so-handy man. Shown here in cypress, the rail system includes adjustable drawers and shelving.

Photo By: Organized Living

Luxury Laundry

When space is tight and the laundry room is located in the heart of the home, use upgraded cabinetry that blends in with living spaces. Vancouver-based Old World Kitchens & Custom Cabinets created this luxurious laundry room with teak cabinetry.

Photo By: Old World Kitchens & Custom Cabinets

Closet Castle

Nurture a child’s creativity with an enchanted castle playhouse. Kenarry Ideas for the Home designed this castle playroom in a small basement closet beneath the stairs. It’s the perfect playhouse that opens the door to a child’s imagination. Meanwhile, parents can shut the door to a playroom mess.

Photo By: Kenarry Ideas for the Home

There are a variety of options for the repair and replacement of bifold closet doors. The cost varies with size, materials and labor, but even the most expensive are quite affordable. Updating bifold doors in children's rooms can be as easy as adding a coat of paint or applying a decal. Closet doors can turn into organizational spaces with the application of a dry-erase surface or chalkboard paint.

Existing bifold doors can get out of alignment with the doorframe, have worn edges, stripped mounting screws, stripped brackets or problems with the top roller guides. Thick carpet can cause bifold doors to open awkwardly and removing doors can require assistance. Repairing bifold doors that are out of alignment can be as easy as adjusting the screw on the top bracket but it can also be frustrating, so review them carefully before you try to repair them and watch out for pinched fingers.

When replacing bifold closet doors it is very important to get accurate measurements of the finished opening in order to ensure correct installation and use. Measure from side to side, to determine door width and correct track size. When ordering doors always note the width measurement first and then the height measurement, taking into account carpet pile height.

When ordering doors you may be asked whether you need a stack left or stack right. Stack left refers to the door that is attached to the wall jamb on the left side of the closet opening. Stack right refers to the door affixed to the right side of the door opening.

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