Sliding closet doors are a common feature in some older homes. They are not always the best choice, however, since they limit access to only half the closet at a time and have a tendency to come off the track at the most inopportune moment.

Replacing them with easy to open bifold doors allows full access to the closet space. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Remove the old doors.
  2. Cut a board to cover the recessed track at the top and nail it in place.
  3. Measure the height and width of the opening.
  4. Purchase a set of doors to fit the opening. If the exact size isn’t available, buy the next larger size and plane or cut the doors to fit the opening.
  5. Install the track along the top of the doorway.
  6. Mark the location for the pivot points at the bottom of the door frame with a plumb bob.
  7. Align the floor brackets with the marks and attach them to the door frame.
  8. Insert the bottom pins in the floor brackets and the top pins in the track.
  9. Fine-tune the fit of the door by adjusting the pivot points at the top with a screwdriver.
  10. Paint or stain the doors.
  11. Drill holes for the knobs 36″ from the floor in the middle of the two center doors.

Watch the video above to find out more.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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