Have you ever wondered if you could convert bifold doors to french-style doors that swing out? It’s actually really easy to accomplish and you won’t have to spend a fortune replacing your doors – which is especially good news if they are a custom height like mine!
If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while, you will remember that I gave my bedroom closet a makeover back in May. Well, not content with my new beautiful bi-fold doors, and inspired by a post I read on Apartment Therapy, I decided to convert the bi-folds into doors that pivot out so that I could fully utilize all my closet space and be able to look at the contents of my closet more easily.
What You’ll Need
- 3 inch mending braces (You’ll need 6 of these in total)
- 2 magnetic catches
- Scrap 1×3 wood that I had hanging around the basement.
How to Convert Bifold Doors to Pivotting French Doors:
- Remove the door from the track
Remove the door from the inside of the bi-fold track. I just pulled mine out and unscrewed it from the door. The doors should still be attached in the corner so that they have a point to pivot from (because they don’t have hinges attached to a frame like a regular door)
- Brace the doors
In order to stop the doors from folding, straighten them out and screw the mending braces to the back of the door.
I actually held the door while my husband screwed the braces in. It’s important to keep the door as straight as possible so that the braces screw in correctly.
You’ll notice that my closet didn’t get much of a makeover on this side, i.e. it was never painted. When they were still bi-fold doors, this didn’t matter…but now I have another painting job to add to my list!
- Create a Catch So The Door Can Close
Once we had all 6 braces screwed to the doors, we had to create a catch so that the door would close properly (otherwise it just swings and never closes).
Depending on how the inside of your closet is, you may need to add a piece of wood so that you can screw the magnetic catch to something the door will hit when it closes.
- Attach metal plate to door
The final step to convert bifold doors to french doors is to attach the metal plate to the door. When the door meets the magnet, it catches and stays closed. Depending on your closet, you could attach the magnetic catch to the door and the metal plate inside the closet….whatever works best for you!
- Enjoy your new doors!
When that’s all done….you’re left with a lovely closet door that swings out just like fancy french doors:
Have you seen what this closet door looked like BEFORE it got a snazzy makeover? You won’t believe the transformation!