DIY Modern Bifold Closet Door Makeover - Take a Door From Drab to Fab

7 Materials
4 Hours

It's amazing what a 1/4 inch piece of plywood can do!

Before remodeling our master bedroom and bathroom we had this awkward space at one end of our bedroom. We thought what a perfect place for my husband's closet. He gets his own closet and I get him out of the master closet. A win-win for both!

Here's after the remodel with new double bifold closet doors. Better but still drab and boring.


I did this to two bifold doors. Each of our bifold doors measured 79 x 24 inches.

Once you have all your wood cut lay your bifold doors flat. Sawhorses are a good option for this. Add your first vertical layer of 1/4" thick plywood. To do this apply liquid nails and place the first vertical piece on top of the bifold door. I used popsicle sticks in the fold to keep the piece from shifting towards the middle. Use clamps to hold in place. Insert several 1", 23G pin nails to hold in place until the glue dries. Repeat for each side of the bifold door. 


Add the second and third vertical layer pieces. I cut these pieces after I had added the second layer of vertical pieces for more precise cuts.  

Add the top and bottom horizontal pieces. Then add the middle horizontal pieces. Glue and nail as you did in the first two steps. Make sure to check for square.

Apply wood filler and caulk. Then add a primer and paint. Since a closet gets a lot of use I recommend applying a sealer.

Finally, add your choice of door handles. I added my handles in the vertical center of each half of each bifold door.  


I love how it turned out. A perfect modern look that fits many different design styles.

If you loved this post then check out this $15 bifold door turned into a barn door.

If you don't know what kind of bifold door to do here are 10 amazing bifold door makeovers that you can check out to help you decide.

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  • Rosa Torres Aiello Rosa Torres Aiello on Feb 16, 2021

    Are the doors still bifold?

  • Janette Dorricott Janette Dorricott on Feb 20, 2022

    Have you thought to add small closet which mean adding walls and shelves for bed sheets, towels and linen or shoes or other storage space then put bifold doors.

  • Terre Tulsiak Terre Tulsiak on Feb 20, 2022

    Who built the wall framing the door opening? This is much more than wood on bi-fold doors, lol.

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  • Pita1946 Pita1946 on Feb 20, 2022

    The wall surrounding the bifold doors appears out of nowhere, and with a light switch. You didn't show how that happened.

  • Tthed Tthed on Feb 24, 2022

    As she said, a contractor framed the walls in. See photo #2 with explanation.