How Do I Make a Lattice-Paneled Bifold Door?

Written by erica porter
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Lattice is a decorative method of arranging strips in a design that creates diamond shaped holes between the strips. A common place where you will see this design is the tops of pies, macramé crafts and in sheets of wood used for decorative building. You can use wooden lattice to make bifold doors for any room in your home. The lattice panels give you a separation from whatever they are hiding without limiting airflow.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Shelf moulding
  • Hand saw
  • Mitre saw
  • Glue
  • Carpenter's level
  • Square tool
  • Screws
  • Power drill
  • Lattice
  • Nail gun
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint or stain
  • 4 hinges

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  1. 1

    Cut 4 lengths of shelf moulding with a hand saw to make the frame of one panel of the door. Two pieces should be the height you want the door to be and two should be the width you want.

  2. 2

    Make a 45-degree cut at each end of the moulding pieces using a mitre saw. Set the mitre saw to 45 degrees and cut the mouldings. Position the cut 45-degree ends of the moulding perpendicular to each other to make 90-degree corners.

  3. 3

    Arrange the moulding pieces so they are in the desired shape of the panel and glue the corners together. Check if the panel is level and square using a carpenter's level and a square. Insert a screw through each glued joint with a power drill.

  4. 4

    Cut a sheet of lattice so it fits within the frame and rests on the shelf of the moulding. Test fit the lattice in the frame to make sure it is cut correctly.

  5. 5

    Nail the lattice to the moulding with the nail gun at 6-inch intervals. Try to keep the nails in line with each other so they look neat.

  6. 6

    Make another frame in the same way as you did for the first, making sure you keep all of the sizes identical.

  7. 7

    Sand both the door panels and finish them with paint or stain. Let the panels dry overnight before attaching them together.

  8. 8

    Lay the door panels side-by-side and place the hinges on them. The finished side of the moulding should be facing down and the nailed side of the lattice facing up.

  9. 9

    Arrange two of the hinges with the hinge pin facing down, between the door panels and so they are evenly apart from each other. When the hinge pin is between the panels one half of each hinge should be on the left panel and the other side should be on the right panel.

  10. 10

    Drill a screw into each of the holes in the hinges to attach them to the doors. Attach the second set of hinges along the right or left edge of the door for hanging it from the wall. The side you choose depends on which way you want the door to open.

  11. 11

    Have a friend hold the door for you so the hinges along the edge of the door are against the wall you want to attach the door to. Check if the door fits the frame using a level.

  12. 12

    Insert screws through the hinges against the wall with drill to hold the door up.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to paint the frame and the lattice different colours, you should do it before putting them together.
  • These doors will not prevent anyone from seeing through them so they are not ideal for bathrooms or dressing areas.

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