Bifold is the term used to describe the kind of door that slides open from the center and folds against the wall. These doors are easy to open and are considered a space-saving option in smaller areas like bedrooms, pantries and hallways. Bifold doors and bifold door hardware come in a variety of styles and finishes to complement your home and are ideal if you're looking to install closet doors. Start by choosing one that fits your space, and read this guide for instructions on how to install a bifold door.
Note: Whether you're looking to replace bifold doors that already exist in your home or install brand new ones, we recommend having a partner help with the heavy lifting. Exact instructions may vary according to the kind you purchase. Reference the manual that comes with your door for more detailed guidance.
Gather Tools and Materials
- Once you’ve chosen the bifold door that will work best in your space, take a look at the items included in the box. Most doors come with the pins, brackets, tracks and screws required for installation.
- Gather additional tools from the list above as needed.
Prepare the Track
- Installing bifold doors begins with the track.
- Before the track can be mounted, it must first be fully assembled.
- Connect the top and bottom pivots and screw them into place with a multi-bit screwdriver.
- Mark the center of the top jam to use as a guide for the installation.
Mount the Bifold Door Hardware
- Attach the track to the header of the frame using the mounting hardware.
- After making sure it's centered, connect the upper pivot to the pivoting side of the frame opening. This is so the door will open in the right direction.
- Screw the jamb bracket into the bottom corner of the frame. The bracket should rest firmly on the floor and be in line with the track.
- Lay each door panel flat on the ground and push them together to attach the hinges and mounting plates. The plates should be attached in the direction of the door swing.
Install the Bifold Door
- Have a partner help when installing bifold doors. He or she should hold the door upright while you align it with the upper pivots.
- Lock the door into place and adjust the height using the rotating arm or hinge pin, depending on the type of hardware included with your door.
- Attach the bottom pivot into the lower jamb bracket. Then position the bottom pivot into the lower jamb bracket. This will secure the door in place.
- Try opening and closing the door a few times to make sure it does not disengage from the track. If the edge of the door rubs against the jamb, you may need to adjust the track bracket screws or the bolts in the upper pivot.
- Attach the door knob or pull handle.
Bifold Door Installation Tips
- Most interior doors were created to fit standard openings at 80 1/2 inches high, but it is still important to measure the space before you begin to make sure the new bifold door will fit.
- Have a partner help with this project for a smooth installation process.
- For longer openings, you will likely need a set of doors to fully cover the opening.
- Mounting hardware is usually included with new bifold doors, but always check the label before opening to see if additional hinges or springs are required.