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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just Hanging Out
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See also: Closet Planning Guide
- Pocket Doors for Closets
- Bifold Closet Doors: Options and Replacement
- Louvered Closet Doors: Designs, Repair, Replacement
- How to Replace a Closet Door Track
- Sliding Closet Doors: Design Ideas and Options
- Closet Door Hardware: Knobs, Pulls and Hinges