Rose S
Rose S
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Asked on Feb 17, 2012

closet doors

Rose SHandyANDY - Handyman & All Repairs, LLCKMS Woodworks
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My challenge for this new project is to get bi-fold doors into weird openings. Right now there are 'slider doors' and they are so very inconvenient, since only 1/2 of the closet is available without sliding the doors from side to side. I need another 1/2" in width to buy standard bi-fold's. Any suggestions.?
13 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 17, 2012

    A standard set of bi-folds is comprised of 4 individual doors...triming each door by 1/8 of an inch will give you the needed 1/2" I normally do this to the sides where the hinges are. I have done this with both paint grade and stain grade. The hard sharp edge can be eased with a round over bit or "broke" with a RO sander.

  • Rose S
    on Feb 17, 2012

    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 17, 2012

    You have two options here...either make the doors smaller to fit the opening....or make the opening bigger to fit the doors. The door route is far less invasive. accordion doors or curtains are another option, as well as custom built doors.

  • Rose S
    on Feb 17, 2012

    I had a Lowe's fellow here this AM to measure the opening. My handyman was not very encouraging, though at times past he always tried to 'humor' me. I had suggested to him that he might be able to take something off the side of the opening, but he told me that that was needed to secure the bi-folds to. So now I have to see what 'solution' Lowe's might have.

  • You can measure the true opening size and custom order bi-fold doors to fit your opening. Or as KMS said, cut an oversize set of doors to fit, or purchase smaller ones and fill around the edges of the frame so they work correctly. We had the same issue. I ended up ordering mirror bi-fold custom doors for the room. It was only about $35 more then the over the counter price. And the install was quite easy.

  • Rose S
    on Feb 17, 2012

    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas. Right now I am waiting to hear what Lowe's has in store for me. They might be cost prohibitive, so I'll see how it develops.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 18, 2012

    bi-folds do not attach to the sides at all...They hang from an overhead track and pivot point on the floor.

  • Rose S
    on Feb 18, 2012

    Ah so, now I have learned something. It appears that my handyman isn't all that handy. Thank you KMS. Why can't you be here in Marietta, I'd hire you to do the job.

  • Rose S
    on Feb 18, 2012

    Still waiting to hear from Big Box store for their solution if I can't do myself.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 19, 2012

    I agree with some of the "handyman" reports I have had from some of my clients before they "discovered" me....LOL These guys were handy at making some projects worse.

  • Rose S
    on Feb 19, 2012

    Lowe's wants a cool 1K for both closets. So I'll have to find another solution. Thanks for everyone's input, some things we just have to learn to live with the way that they are.

  • I get the same thing all the time KMS - most handmen aren't very skilled with carpentry. It's a pain but we can trim down the bi-folds to fit the space. Happy to see it can give you pricing for what you are wanting Rose

  • Rose S
    on Feb 19, 2012

    Since you are in Marietta, would you be game at a reasonable cost?

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