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jherschel 02-20-2008 02:19 PM

Closet Doors for non standard closet dimensions
I would like to suprise my wife for our anniversary and put some closet doors in our bedroom closets, but the doorway is shorter than standards.
My one closet is 78" h x 50" wide and the other 78" h x 40" wide. I went to home depot and lowes and ALL the doors were 80" high. I can figure out the width problem, I will just install a nice piece of trim wood to fill any gaps....

So my question is the following:

How do I work with the 78" height problem?

Do I try and find a door and cut 1" off top and bottom?


Build out a frame outside of the closetdoor way that is 80" high and x wide, install the doors and put trim around the door side piece that goes on the ceiling (allows bifold doors to slide in).

Anybody who has advice or done something like this, I would appreciatte it!

Glenside, PA

darsunt 02-20-2008 02:21 PM

I believe you order them from the factory through HD to size. They cut them down too the size you need and ship them to HD.

rjniles 02-20-2008 04:06 PM

If you are talking about hollow core doors, yes you can order them custom length if you want to pay the stiff up-charge. Most contractors would cut 2 inches of the bottom and reinsert the wood edging back into open cavity. Glue and use small brads to secure.

darsunt 02-20-2008 04:34 PM

Sorry, I was thinking about those sliding aluminum closet doors. You were talking about regular doors.

How much wood is there at the top and the bottom of 1-3/8" doors?

troubleseeker 02-20-2008 08:54 PM


Originally Posted by darsunt (Post 99791)
How much wood is there at the top and the bottom of 1-3/8" doors?

Count on 1 1/2" max, but some manufacturers fudge on that. Once you approach 1 1/4" off the bottom, the blocking situation becomes iffy, so don't be surprised if you have to reblock as suggested.

jherschel 02-21-2008 07:44 AM

Thanks for the advice. I should have been specific. I would like to use wooden folding doors, but I guess I need to make sure they have enough 'solid' wood on top and bottom before cutting. I guess I won't know how good/bad it will look if I build a frame around outside of opening that IS 80" high until I do so.

Thanks again.

Brik 02-21-2008 09:23 AM

You will probably want to cut the bottom only. with those hollow doors with the wood grain texture you can re-use the blocking that will be cut off. Just use a utility knife to carve/scrape/cut off the veneer from the blocking and re-insert it into the hollow cavity. Use wood glue to hold it. A couple of brads if you do not have clamps and want to get it hung before the glue dries. If you have time then some spring clamps and no brads for a couple of hours while the glue sets up.

Ron6519 02-22-2008 04:45 PM

Wive's love mirrored doors. You can get these made to any size. The, "married to wood" thing is not necessarily a good thing.

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