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python-django 02-07-2013 11:12 PM

Bifold cabinet doors with non-standard height opening
The closet door in my room is currently indented 17 inches from the rest of the wall. Presumably, the builder did this in order to accommodate a standard 50 in wide x 81 in tall sliding doors, which are currently installed, as seen in this album.

I would like to install a set of bifold doors at the level of the walls - 17 inches forward - as this would effectively double the closet space. However, I am rather new to DIY home upgrades and there are 2 obstacles that I would like your opinions on:

The ceiling rises by 7.25 in .

As see in the images, the ceiling rises another 7.25 inches beyond the limits of the current closet space. I've already been quoted on a custom sized door, and the price puts this option out of the question. Therefore, I will have to find a way to extend this lower ceiling somehow - in order to place the track for a bifold door.

I was originally thinking of simply placing shelf brackets (2 on each side of the 50.5 inch wide frame), or nailing a 2 x 4's across two studs on either side, in order to rest a single, longer piece of wood stretching the entire 50.5 inch width. This would then be used to mount the rail for the bifold, and at the same time, would provide some shelf space for light objects, such as extra pillows. Any thoughts?

I looked into building a frame, but I think that may be beyond my abilities.

Door jambs?

The closest standard-sized bifolds would be a pair of 24 inch wide doors - totaling 48 inches. This would leave me with 2.5 inches on either side. Are door jambs the best option to get rid of this excess space?

joecaption 02-07-2013 11:33 PM

Sorry but the best way is to reframe that opening.

python-django 02-07-2013 11:35 PM


Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1112185)
Sorry but the best way is to reframe that opening.

How difficult would reframing it be for a novice DIY-er? How much would be a reasonable handyman charge for this sort of thing?

joecaption 02-07-2013 11:45 PM

If you do not try and relocate that opening and just reframe it smaller it's pretty basic.
Framing 101 and some simple sheet rock work.
Relocationing the open is simple just far more involved because you have to open up the walls and ceiling to attach the new studs.

brockmiera 02-08-2013 08:56 AM

It would be pretty easy to take down the door / sheet rock thats there and re frame another wall that will extend up to the ceiling height. Heck doing it that way and changing the direction your clothes go would make for a nice little walk in closet.

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