While sliding doors have been a feature of homes and offices since the 1950s, they limit functionality; only half of the space behind the doors is accessible at a time. Replacing sliding doors with bifold doors solves the space problem and adds character to an opening thanks to the many styles available.
With lightweight bifold interior doors and an opening that matches, it’s possible to install the tracks and doors in four hours at an affordable $200 to $750. Realistically, though, a contractor may need to alter the shape of the frame or doors to fit perfectly.
Use bifold interior doors when remodeling existing space to change the appearance of the following areas:
- Laundry rooms;
- Closet or storage areas with accordion doors
- Bars or entertainment centers in offices especially with glass bifold doors
- Large rooms;
Pick bifold doors to match the decorThink beyond the traditional louvered style typical of many older bifold interior doors. You can find varied styles of paneled doors, French doors, mirrored doors, solid wood or hollow doors from vendors. Whether installation is in rental properties or offices will dictate style and ornamentation.
Use bifold doors for unique space solutionsFor the small business owner seeking to convert his home into a combined home/office, interior bifold doors can create office space from large rooms. Living rooms or dens particularly lend themselves to this; place tracking across the ceiling to subdivide the room. Another idea is to hang one door on each side of a large window for greater privacy and soundproofing than curtains provide.
Find a contractor to install bifold doorsSeveral problems can occur when replacing sliding doors with bifold interior doors. Rare is the opening that's perfectly square and level. In addition, the new bifold doors are unlikely to fit perfectly; solutions include planing the doors or shimming the opening. To conceal the tracks for the doors, installation of additional trim may be necessary. Installing tracks over carpeting poses special problems.
- Eliminate size difficulties by ordering custom bifold doors. Contact a company where you can specify design, species and dimensions, as well as veneer and engineered core components or laminated lumber for interior or exterior bifold doors.
- For pre-existing carpeting, buy carpet risers hardware that can be installed over carpeting for stronger installation without cutting nap or using shims to support and stabilize bifold brackets.