I just love how much classier French doors look on closets than the traditional bi-fold doors. They just seem more upscale and better looking than regular bi-fold doors. So when the bi-fold door on the closet in our bedroom broke off the track and was beyond repair, I decided to use it as an opportunity to turn it into a set of French doors!
This is one of those things that, when it breaks, turns out to actually be a blessing in disguise. It gave me a fabulous excuse to DIY my own French doors, and I no longer have to deal with that annoying bi-fold door! That’s pretty much a win-win in my book!
Turning a bi-fold door into French doors is a really simple DIY project and requires very little materials and know-how, since you’re already repurposing the door. So if this is something you’ve been wanting to do with your closet doors, I definitely recommend it! I think French doors add a little bit of charm and sophistication to any room, don’t you agree?
Materials Needed to Turn a Bi-Fold Door into French Doors
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- Bi-fold closet door
- Door hinges (We used 6 hinges. You might be able to reuse some of the hinges already on your bi-fold door.)
- Magnetic catch
- Two door knobs
- Measuring tape
- Wood filler & touch-up paint
How to Turn a Bi-Fold Door into French Doors
1. Take your bi-fold door out of the closet and off the track if it isn’t already. Unscrew and remove the track and any other hardware that was supporting the door inside the closet. Remove the hinges and knob from the door.
2. Determine which way the doors will be facing and which one will be on the right and left when you hang them. They should probably be facing the same way as when they were hanging as a bi-fold door, but if you want to switch them around or make any changes, this is the time to do it.
3. Measure and mark where you’ll be putting the hinges on the doors. They should be the same distance apart on both doors. Make sure the hinges are facing the right direction so the doors will open the right way when you hang them. Then drill and screw the hinges onto the sides of the doors.
4. Fill in any holes left from the old hardware with wood filler and cover them with some touch-up paint. Or if you’re feeling especially ambitious, you can repaint the entire door. (You can also wait until the end of the project to do this, but I found it easier to do before hanging the doors up.)
5. Hold the doors up to the closet frame and mark where you’ll be hanging the hinges. Make sure the doors will open in the right direction! Then drill the holes and attach the hinges onto the closet frame. (It’s a good idea to have someone help you with this step.)
6. Measure and install your door knobs on the doors however high you want them.
7. Install a magnetic catch on the top of your door frame and magnets on the top of each door. If your closet is like ours, the catch would have been too high if we drilled it into the top of the frame, so we added a piece of scrap wood to lower it a bit so the magnets would line up.
8. Step back and admire your beautiful new French doors!
Aren’t they classy? I just love how much better they look than the bi-fold doors that were on there before. This turned out really nicely. And it was super budget friendly, seeing as we only had to buy a few hinges and a magnetic catch.
Here you can see what the doors look like when they’re open. So pretty, if I don’t say so myself! And I just love those closet shelves we made for our linens. Check out the tutorial to see how to make your own custom closet shelves. Closet makeovers are SO worth the effort!
So what do you think? Will you be turning your bi-fold door into French doors? It’s such a simple DIY project that really takes hardly any time at all. And the results really speak for themselves! Feel free to leave any questions in the comments. And if you enjoyed this post, you’ll love my newsletter. Sign up below for weekly craft, DIY, and home projects and tips!