Bi-fold Louver doors are exceptionally popular for use in closets. However, louver doors are also great options for separating small living spaces of all kinds. They are easy to install and can be painted to match any décor, not to mention you can find decorative louver doors as well. You can complete the installation of louver doors in a matter of hours.
Step 1—Take Accurate Measurements
Before you go out and buy your bi-fold louvered doors, make sure you take accurate measurements. You will need to measure the width and length of the opening and you will also need to measure the width of the door jambs.
When you are taking measurements, make sure you consider any changes that you will be doing to the opening. If you plan on taking up the carpet, then you should take the measurements only after the carpet has been removed. This will give you the most accurate measurements. The more accurate the measurements the better.
Step 2—Adjust the Door Height
Now that you have the door, you may need to make adjustments to the height of the door. Many homes that have new carpet installed, find that the door won’t open or close properly because of the carpet. You will want to have a plane on hand just in case you need to plane down the bottom of the door.
If you do plan on having the area where the door will be installed carpeted, you may want to find a door without a bottom track. In some cases, the carpet can cause problems with the bottom track working properly.
Step 3—Install the Track
Some bi-fold doors come with a track included. If not, you will have to buy a separate track for your louver doors. These are available at your local home improvement store as a kit that includes the track the pivot brackets (top and bottom), the pivot pins, the spring-loaded top track guides, and other alignment parts, screws, and a set of instructions. Read those instructions carefully to avoid any wrong installations. You also need to make sure that you purchase a track that will fit your specific opening.
3.1—You will set the top track against the door jamb and mark the screw holes with a pencil. You will mark them with a pencil because you will need to drill pilot holes. The pilot holes will make screwing the track easier, especially since you will have to hold it in place as you set the screws.
3.2—If your door has a bottom track, you will install it now. To get the best placement for the bottom track, you should use a plumb bob. Mark the exact location of the bottom track and install it. A lot of installations, however, only have pivot brackets that you'll need to install on the hinge side at the bottom corner of the door opening.
3.3—Next, you will need to drill holes at the top and bottom of the door on the pivot side of it. Insert the pivots into place.
3.4—You will now have to drill the opposite side of the other door sash for the guide pins—top and bottom if you have a bottom track and top only if you only have the top track. Insert the spring-loaded pin at the top and the bottom if required.
3.5—Both sashes can now be coupled together at the center of the assembly with the leaf hinges.
Step 4—Place the Door on the Track
Install the assembly in place by first inserting the bottom pivot pin at the bottom corner of the hinge side, then at the top. Different manufacturers will have a slightly different but similar system, so follow the instructions supplied with the kit.
4.1—Since the bottom corner pivot bracket has an adjustable slot at the bottom, pin the bottom pivot in the proper location for a good alignment first, then install the top pivot pin into the track's pivot brackets.
4.2—You can now retract the spring-loaded guide pins on the other sash and clip them into to track, making sure that they slide freely.
4.3—The final adjustments of your bi-fold door can now be completed with the door assembly in place, using the adjustments provided within the pivot brackets and the track accessories.
Step5—Check the Door
Most tracks will come with some kind of sliding guide and/or pins that can be used to adjust the door. Put these accessories in place and check to make sure the door works properly. If not, you may have to tweak the height and the sliding guides.