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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Photo courtesy California Closets
By: Jennifer Crutchfield

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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.

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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