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Old 03-06-2012, 03:18 PM   #1
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I have a closet with mirrored sliding doors. I hate the doors. I would most like to install simple, inexpensive bi-folding doors. The bedroom has Jeldwen hallow core doors on it and my local box store sells matching bi-folding doors. There are a couple issues.

for one, the orientation of the closet is directly to the right of the entrance door to the bedroom - exactly like this pic I found on here of another member's closet



That would mean that when the right hand bifolding door was opened, the bedroom door would hit it if opened from the outside. Do you think this will be a practical issue? I guess I could always be careful to knock when entering a closed door room.

For another thing, the closet is 56" wide, finished dimension. The bifolding doors they sell come in 24" 30" and 32". Could I get two 30" doors and cut 2" off each one's width in the middle where they meet? Perhaps removing the support, sanding it and adding it back in like you would the bottom of a hallow core?

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you can special order custom sizes but takes weeks to come in. the sliding doors corrected the door hitting problem. depending on whats on the other side of that door could u remove it and rehang it to swing in

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you can special order custom sizes but takes weeks to come in. the sliding doors corrected the door hitting problem. depending on whats on the other side of that door could u remove it and rehang it to swing in
I'm guessing you mean to swing out? Thanks for the idea, but that will not be possible in this instance.
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Just reframe the opening for 2, 24" doors. That will give you 4" on each side. for the drywall, and leave you with a 48" opening, more then enough room to get inside the closit.
If your closit is framed the way that one is you would have to reframe it anyway.
Your going to have to cut out the sheetrock on the wall and ceiling to be able to attach the framing and add blocking.
http://www.homeadditionplus.com/fram...ifold-Door.htm

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Just reframe the opening for 2, 24" doors. That will give you 4" on each side. for the drywall, and leave you with a 48" opening, more then enough room to get inside the closit.
If your closit is framed the way that one is you would have to reframe it anyway.
Your going to have to cut out the sheetrock on the wall and ceiling to be able to attach the framing and add blocking.
http://www.homeadditionplus.com/fram...ifold-Door.htm
I would have no trouble reframing the closet - I've done this before in fact. I was hesitant to shorten the opening to an already small closet. But I guess It may not be so bad if I leave the inside of the closet the same width it is now.
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I'm still really unsure about this. I'd love some various opinions - if it were you, would putting in a bifold door be an issue with the bedroom door being in the way when both might be open?
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Bi-fold doors will hit, double doors will only be pushed closed when the bedroom door is opened.
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I think what I might want to do is keep what I have - which are mirrored sliding doors. The reason I wanted to get rid of them are

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A. I hate the way the cheap metal top part looks
B. They fall of the track a lot and stick - this I think is because the height when they were installed is SLIGHTLY off because of the carpet.

What I think I will do:

Retrim and case the whole closet. Add some kind of molding or trim to hide that top metal part entirely.
Tear up the carpet, refinish the hardwoods and readjust the tracks.
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i'd adjust the doors, theres screws on the back side at the top, they should not be falling off the track. if you really wanted to hide the top metal valance i'd take down the closet doors and take the top and bottom track off and move it to the back of the jamb and then nail/screw on a piece of mdf painted white. you can cut designs in it or add a chair rail molding or what you like, you can get creative. for attaching the piece of mdf i'd add small angle brackets so you can screw it up. the only issue with this whole thing is if the carpet was cut at the bottom track or if it was placed on the carpet it might be a little discolored.

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