How to Install Bifold Doors
The most difficult—and sometimes most frustrating—part of the installation is attaching and adjusting all the hardware. But we can talk you through it.
It seems every house built since the 1950s has closets with sliding doors. Space-saving, sure, but not the best-looking—and certainly not very revealing when you're trying to see (or reach) the goods in the middle of the closet where the doors overlap each other.
Heavy bifold doors with a sturdy track, on the other hand, move effortlessly away from the center of the closet to give you a full picture of the contents inside. And because bifolds come in a wide array of profiles, they bring character to a plain opening. Replacing those hollow-core builder's specials with a pair of weighty solid folders isn't a huge deal; the whole assembly and installation will take you a mere Saturday afternoon. Follow our step-by-step guide to DIY bifold doors and you'll be rewarded with a wide-angle view when it's time to pick out the day's duds.
Bifold Doors Overview
Bifold doors are much like any doors, only connected into pairs with hinges and hung on a track. What makes them look good and work well are a solid, heavy construction and sturdy and carefully adjusted hardware.
The heft of the doors is what keeps them from shuddering when you open them. So it's best to look for solid–core or solid–wood doors, which will feel more substantial than hollow–core doors. (Solid doors are also easier to trim if any part of your door opening is out of square.) Then, in order to handle the weight of these heavier doors, you'll need a track that includes a wheeled mechanism, which allows the doors to glide smoothly rather than shimmy along the track.
The most difficult—and sometimes most frustrating—part of the installation is attaching and adjusting all the hardware. The track, the pivots, the hinges all have to be assembled just so, and it's worth taking the time to double–check every measurement and position to be sure each piece is in the right place and facing the right way.