Installing Accordion Closet Doors

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  • 2 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 125
What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Circular saw
Accordion door kit

If you are looking to expand your bedroom space, removing hinged closet doors and installing accordion doors is a great start. Accordion doors are a simple, pleated folding door system made with hinged panels. These panels come in many variations of styles made from plastic (often covered with fabric), wood, or glass. Installation is simple and should take no longer than a couple of hours to complete.

Step 1 - Remove Closet Door

Gently tap hinge pins out with a hammer and screwdriver. You will most likely need an assistant to hold the door in place while pulling out the pins to avoid pinching pins or the door shifting. Set the door aside.

Step 2 - Measure Closet Opening

Using your tape measure, measure the width inside the frame. Next, measure the height from under the top header to the floor. Most accordion door kits sold are a standard 80" tall. If your door height is higher you may need to order a custom accordion door. If the door opening measures shorter than the 80", you will be able to cut the bottom off to make it fit.

When purchasing a door, decide which direction you need it to open from, left, right, or both. Look on the packaging for the specifics.

Step 3 - Study the Package

Assuming you have found that perfect accordion door, remove all of the parts, compare parts to the manufactures parts list to compare, and be confident that nothing has been lost or missed in the packaging. Review written instructions.

Step 4 - Top Track Installation

Mount the top runner of the accordion door to the header board's center of the door frame. Most accordion doors come with rollers that will need to be loaded into this track either before or after you secure the runner to the door frame. Refer to the installation instructions for directions concerning this aspect of installation. Some door systems also include a floor guidance system.

Though the floor runner is provided, you may not need it. Try installing the door without this step. Accordion doors are light and will work fine with the bottom section hanging freely. By not using the floor guidance system you will not need to deal with removing carpet and you will avoid the risk of tripping on any additional hardware attached to the floor.

Step 5 - Side Anchoring

Once the door has been hung you will need to secure one side to the door frame. This requires screwing a small strip of the accordion material that has been provided to the frame. Holes should already be prepared, and all you need to do is install the screws from the package.

Step 6 - Final Step

These doors have some sort of simple latch system to keep it closed when fully extended. It can be a magnetic connection or a lock-in system. The door itself will be ready, but the final step is to attach the other half of the magnet or lock-in system to the door frame. Using your tape measure, measure from the floor up to the door's closing system. Then, measure the same length from floor to door frame marking where the other half of the latch system will be placed. Mark and secure using the hardware provided.