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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  • Amaris Leitch 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 Marie Domanski on Apr 18, 2017
    What did you fill the old door handle hole with?

  • Melanie 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!

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  • Lex2716992 Lex2716992 on May 17, 2018

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

  • Rookie Repurposer Rookie Repurposer on Feb 09, 2021

    You can do this without removing the framing...just pop the top off of the door and put a block of painted wood in the old frame where the latch was, hanging down a tad. Add a bullet catch apparatus to the door top and the wooden block.