How to Replace Bifold Doors | Home Guides

Bifold doors are perfect to close openings where standard doors will not work.

You will usually find bifold doors on closets. Over time,the doors may sustain damage,or you may just want to replace them. The doors are unique because they do not use a typical hinge system. The hinges on this type of door are in the center,and the door mounts into the frame with pins at the corners. Bifold doors are often used on closets where the opening is too large for a standard door,but sliding doors are impractical.

Loosen the screw at the top of the door,using a Phillips screwdriver. This will free the bracket so that you can lean the doors to the side and pull the bottom out of the slot after the top comes out. Leave the existing track in place if there is no damage. Alternatively,if there is damage to the track,remove the screws with a Phillips screwdriver and replace the track.

Measure the opening of the doorway,using a tape measure to ensure that you purchase the properly sized doors for the job.

Install the new track in place of the old one,if necessary. Use the drill,screwdriver bit and the hardware that came with the new doors.

Set the door into the opening at the bottom. Hook the bottom pin into the bracket. The door should be leaning to the side when you do this. Raise the door upright slowly and insert the top pin into the bracket. Continue sliding the door back toward the doorjamb until it is level. Secure the bracket in place,using a Phillips screwdriver.

Repeat the process for the door on the other side of the opening,if necessary. Test the doors after the installation to ensure that they close properly. Make adjustments by loosening the screw in the top bracket with a Phillips screwdriver and moving the doors left or right,if necessary.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver bit set
  • Level


  • Wear safety glasses when using the drill to prevent eye injuries.

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  • Bifold doors are perfect to close openings where standard doors will not work.


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Yeah- generally speaking, they are really only

You simply don't have *any* room to swing a standard door or to operate a bifold, or the opening is too small for a bypass unit to work and there's no room for the other options.
In the case of a 6' opening, you would need an additional 36" (door width)+ 4" (for the frame) on each side, or 112" of total free wall space to start with to install pocket doors.

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