How To Install Sliding or Bifold Doors on Your Closet

If you have a closet with a really wide door, sliding doors are the best way to go. But, they’re also very useful even on smaller door openings when you don’t have a lot of room for a door to swing out!

Whether you choose sliding or bi-fold doors is really a matter of preference. Although bi-fold doors will give you more open space to get into your closet to find something.

Sliding doors will simply just slide apart and create a opening in the center or at the side. But, bi-fold doors will fold up almost completely against the door frame, opening up a wider view of the closet interior!

Before you go shopping for the perfect closet doors, make sure that you take good accurate measurements. The standard size for sliding and bi-fold doors is 80″ tall. Some bi-fold doors can be shortened, but depending on the design, some can’t be cut off.

If you’re door opening is less than 80″ make sure that you purchase doors that can be cut off. If you want a certain design that can’t be shortened, then you can find places that will custom order the size you need.

You should measure both vertically and horizontally, measure both side and both the top and bottom. If you’re lucky both side measurements will come out the same and both the top and bottom measurement will be the same.

If the door opening is wider at the top or bottom, you’ll need to line the opening up. If the difference is just minor, you can usually plane some of the facing off or even cover the misalignment with decorative trims.

If the difference in measurements are quite a bit, you’ll have to rebuild the door opening. This can run into a little work and even mean that you have to remove the drywall and replace it. The drywall around the door will have to be removed, the door frame straightened and then new drywall hung.

Sliding doors can be added to almost any closet or doorway by installing a track at the top of the door jamb. Some doors may require a track at the top and bottom both to guide the door correctly in place.

Hold the jamb in place and use a level to see if it’s completely level. If the track isn’t level the door won’t slide smoothly. Small shims, or thin pieces of wood can be placed under the track to level it up.

Next attach the door rollers on to the top of each door. These rollers fit inside the track and can be adjusted so that the doors hang flush together. You don’t want one door higher than the other!

Now you’re ready to hang the doors and fit them into the bottom track if you’re using one. Some doors will only need a small bracket at each side where the small plastic or metal pivot will sit into to hold the doors against the side frames.

Bi-fold doors are installed in much the same way. You should install the top track first and then install the bottom one. Again, some bi-fold doors will only have a small bracket that goes on each side, while others will require a track all the way across the bottom of the door.

To install the doors, place the pivots into the top and bottom of the door. Put the bottom pivot into the guide or track, then insert the top pivot into the guide. The top pivots are usually spring loaded, just hold the pivot down and then release it into place.

The top guide is adjustable, you can loosen the screw to slide it toward the center or slide it closer to the door frame. The doors can be raised higher or lower by adjusting the bottom pivot, usually it will just screw in or out to adjust the height.

Tighten the top guides pretty tight so that they don’t slip loose while opening and closing the doors. Once you’ve gotten either type of door installed, you can use decorative trim to cover up the hardware or any slight gaps.