Reframing Mirrored Closet Doors

Mirrored closet doors are one way to update the look and feel of a bedroom as part of a remodeling project. In many cases, if you are  replacing closet doors you will need to remove the current closet doors and re-frame the closet door opening so the new doors fit correctly.

Mirrored closet doors are often installed in bedrooms as a way to create a modern or contemporary look for a room. Mirrors can make a room look larger and also eliminate the need to install full length mirrors in other parts of the bedroom or bathroom. In many cases, the mirrors are held in a metal door frame in which the runners easily slide back and forth as the doors are opened and closed.

Step 1 - Remove Old Doors

The first step to framing for new closet doors is to remove the existing doors. In some cases this is easily accomplished by simply lifting and then setting the old doors aside. You can contribute old doors to salvage yards or recycling centers, depending on your local resources. If the doors are entirely unusable and you are in the middle of a large remodeling project, then you may simply want to place them in a demolition dumpster for removal.

Step 2 - Measure Door Space

Next you will want to measure the existing door space. If you have already purchased the mirrored closet doors and the closet door space is not large enough, then you will need to re-frame for the new doors. Carefully measure for the next opening and then create a new space by cutting with either a circular saw or saws-all tool.

Step 3 - Replace Header

Next you will want to place a new header at the top of the closet door opening and then frame out the sides of the opening by nailing in lumber to close any gaps in the walls.

Step 4 - Install Runners and Guides

Finally, you will need to install the top runner and bottom guides for the new mirrored closet doors before you hang the new doors. Once you have the doors in place, then you can finish the framing by installing molding around the door opening so that door looks completely finished.