What You Should Know Before Buying and Installing an Interior Bifold Door

One of the most economical and practical choices for closets are bifold doors, especially where space is limited. There are many finishes to choose from including glass and wood veneer doors.

Smaller spaces such as the hallway, entry, and the bedroom lack enough space to use swinging doors for closets. That is why the best practical alternative for smaller spaces is the bifolding interior doors. The most common dimensions for closet openings are 4, 5, and 6 feet.

 

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These doors are versatile enough such that they have a left and a right section. The two sections join at the center when unfolding. This makes it possible to open it from either left or the right side.

The choice for these doors is similar with the traditional swing ones. The only exception is the hardware requirements. The interior style usually has a hollow core that makes them lightweight and economical. Installation is relatively easy and they are durable.

Some styles come with extra decorative features like panels that are raised to make them look more stylish. Wood veneer options are mostly available as oak, mahogany, and maple.

Another option is the style with a solid core. Although this option costs more than the hollow style, it is a great investment where sound is a big issue. Solid means that the core part of this door is a piece of wood. Other solid core options are made of steel.

 

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Wood veneer that comes with the solid core option looks similar to the one on hollow cores but resembles a wood finish like that of swing wooden doors. Hence, they are easier to match with the existing swing option that you may already have in your home.

You can also consider buying a trim or casing for your doors and even add a doorstep. Trims, doorsteps, and casings do not come with these doors. Hence, they may cost you more on the project but they will create a finished and professional look. However, it is not a must to have such extras especially when you have a limited budget.

There are more applications of these doors apart from using them in closets. For instance, you can use them between the rooms that lack doors or transitions that open them into other rooms such as opening your living room to a kitchen. You may also combine two of these doors to create a single large door.

Installing these windows is relatively easy and it only requires few tools. A power drill or screw gun might be the most costly tool you will require to install these doors, but using a screwdriver is also sufficient. In case you will want to add a trim, then more time and work will be involved. Adding a doorstep, trim, or casing requires extra steps.

You can get combinations of many styles of these doors such as solid and louvered, and this makes it easy to find an option that can match with the existing doors. There’s a wide variety to choose from and they all add beauty and elegance to any type of a home at an affordable cost.

2017-09-03T18:39:40+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|Bifold Doors|