DIY Alternative to Bifold Closet Doors With Minimal Effort

by Well_shetried

Here’s an alternative to bifold closet doors. This is such a great and easy hack to update bi-fold doors with minimal effort. If you have an awful bifold closet door, I’ll show you how I changed it up. I used the same doors but rearranged the design so they looked fresh and closed better. I ripped down some hardwood, glued it, trimmed, primed, painted, and installed it. Here are the steps I took:

Bifold closet doors before

Tools and materials

  • Saw
  • Clamps
  • Hammer
  • Nail gun (optional)
  • Paintbrush
  • Hardboard
  • Liquid Nails (or similar adhesive)
  • Trim
  • Nails
  • Wood filler
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Non-mortise hinges
Measuring and cutting the hardboard

1 Measure and cut hardboard

Measure the dimensions of the door panels to be installed and use a saw to cut the hardboard to fit. I used the old doors as the base of the doors.

Applying liquid nails

2 Apply liquid nails

Evenly spread liquid nails all over the door panel to attach the hardboard.

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3 Attach hardboard

Press the hardboard onto the door panel with the Liquid Nails. Make sure it's properly aligned and firmly pressed down.

Clamping the wood

4 Clamp it down

Use clamps to secure the hardboard in place. Don’t hold back on clamps; the more, the better! This will ensure a strong bond while the glue sets.

Planning the trim details

5 Plan trim detail

While the glue set, I planned out the trim details such as the style and placement of the trim pieces.

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6 Attach trim

Apply glue to the back of each trim piece and press it onto the hardboard. Use nails or a nail gun to secure the trim in place. Ensure the trim is securely attached around the edges of the hardboard.

7 Fill nail holes

Use wood filler to fill any nail holes and gaps between the trim and hardboard. Smooth it out with a putty knife and let it dry completely.

8 Prime and paint

Once the filler is dry, prime the entire door. After the primer dries, paint the door.

9 Add hinges

Install non-mortise hinges onto the door according to the manufacturer's instructions. These hinges should fit right onto the “new” door without needing any mortising.

DIY alternative to bifold closet doors

10 Hang the door

Attach the hinges to the door frame and make any necessary adjustments to ensure it hangs properly.

DIY alternative to bifold closet doors

With minimal effort and some creativity, I’ve transformed an old bi-fold door with this stylish, updated, and new door.I didn’t have to add a track, either! What do you think? Leave a comment below about this DIY bifold door replacement idea.

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