How to Make a Bifold Door Room Divider

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How to Make a Bifold Door Room Divider
Glass Bifold Doors by Loewen (Johnson Hardware, Loewen, Joinco)

Bifold doors are frequently used on closets when access to the entire space is critical, but they make attractive and functional room dividers because they can be opened all the way to the walls. Think creatively when you make a bifold room divider. Combine different styles or colours. They come in kits and can be adapted for your particular space.

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Things you need

  • Doors
  • Hinges
  • Door hardware
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Track

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  1. 1

    Measure the space and determine how much track and how many doors you'll need.

    How to Make a Bifold Door Room Divider
  2. 2

    Finish the doors if necessary. Bifold doors are available in a wide variety of styles including louvered, plain and decorative panel.

    How to Make a Bifold Door Room Divider
    Door Styles by Joinco
  3. 3

    Put hinges on the doors. Door sets will come with the hinges already attached, but if you're spanning a large room, you will need to add hinges to connect the sets of doors. They should be placed 11 inches from the bottom, 7 inches from the top and in the centre between these 2 measurements.

    How to Make a Bifold Door Room Divider
  4. 4

    Follow the instructions that came with your hardware for installing the pivot plates and locking arms. Pivot plates fit into the track and floor bracket. Locking arms are the hooks that slide along the track.

    How to Make a Bifold Door Room Divider
  5. 5

    Install the top track and slide the hanging hardware onto it.

  6. 6

    Install a bottom track directly below the top track. Not all bifold doors use bottom tracks. Some use door guides or door aligners. Choose the least intrusive method for your room.

    How to Make a Bifold Door Room Divider
  7. 7

    Put the lower pivot point into the socket in the lower track and then put the top pivot point in the upper socket.

  8. 8

    Close the doors and adjust them if necessary. Adjust the track sockets to make them fit evenly in the space and raise or lower them by changing the height of the lower pivot pin.

Tips and warnings

  • This job is much easier with four sets of hands helping.
  • When you attach the hinges, keep track of which side of each door is the front.

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