How to turn a bi-fold door into a double door

2.5 Hours

Our pantry door was constantly falling off the track and was driving me crazy. I looked into buying a new door (I wouldn't do a bi-fold door again) but was looking at about $100 ( I wanted something with a bit of character). But thought I may as well just try re-using the broken bi-fold door first and turning it into a double door. I figured if it didn't work it would be no loss. But it worked and only cost about $20. This was a really simple project but you will need someone to help you hold the doors.
Painted Seal by Martha Stewart and added cute knobs.
Before basic bi-fold door
Remove all hardware from bi-fold doors.
Add Magnetic Catch
Pre-drill holes
Add hinges to door.
I did need to sand the doors in order for them to close properly.

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Amaris Leitch
    on Dec 16, 2016

    what did the hinges hang on, on the frame side? Ours has casing to show a nice closed, finished edge. I'm assuming that you can't hand the hinges on a 1" wide casing. Did she have to remove it?

  • Marie Domanski
    on Apr 18, 2017

    What did you fill the old door handle hole with?
  • Melanie
    on Jul 17, 2017

    I love this idea and I am looking to do it in our bedroom. But my husband pointed something out that I just didn't have the answer for. The first picture of your doors originally had a one knob in the middle. Then your final product image shows two knobs on the side. How do you conceal the original hole? Our doors are not hard wood but plastic. any advice would be great!
    • Ingrid CK
      on Mar 15, 2019

      Omg Ruby not caulking! Wood filler will do the job, it can be sanded. You cannot sand caulking.

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  • Stuart
    on Jan 18, 2018

    Only issue i see is they made it seem like hanging doors, (putting hinges on and aligning properly is an easy task, it is not.
  • Lex2716992
    on May 17, 2018

    Definitely, I have been looking at new bifold doors but will try this first! Thanks

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