Hinged bifold doors, typically used on closets, save space and allow better access to the closet's contents. Popular designs include louvered, solid and molded panels. More exotic bifold doors have glass insets or are made from less common wood, such as teak. The doors adapt well to creative project uses, eliminating the necessity of building from scratch.
Repurposing a set of bifold doors as a decorative folding screen may be the first project that comes to mind and is among the most common. Repaint the doors, add mirrors or a mosaic, or cut a blown-up poster or photograph to fit across both panels for a decorative touch. Join two sets of doors by adding hinges for an extra large screen that works as a room divider. Paint or decorate each side to match the decor of the room it faces. A more ambitious project involves cutting out the center panels and replacing them with rice paper, as in a shoji screen, woven bamboo, or beads strung on fishing line.
Bifold doors are available in a variety of standard heights and can be custom-made to taller specifications. Use the taller doors as hanging room dividers. Install the upper and lower door tracks in the ceiling and floor as you would for a closet door. Add as many doors to the tracks as needed to divide the room. Attach the sections of doors to each other with hinges, or leave them unhinged so you can open parts of the wall and leave other parts closed. Or, suspend the bifold doors from the ceiling with attractive chains or metal rods. To keep the doors from swaying, use chains or metal rods suspended from the bottom of the doors to attach them firmly to the floor.
Bifold doors, when treated and painted for outdoor use, make attractive decorative shutters. Paint the doors black or white and attach one door on each side of a window on the exterior wall of the house. A more elaborate plan involves using shutter hardware to attach the doors so they can be closed in case of storms. Add a latch to keep them closed in high winds. Some bifold door designs resemble plantation shutters. Use hinges to attach the doors to either side of a window inside the house to use as shutters to darken the room.
Create a windbreak on your patio with single bifold doors. Attach a metal rod to the center top and center bottom of the door. Insert the rods into metal rings screwed into the ceiling of the patio and the floor so that the doors pivot open and closed. Install as many doors as it takes to create a complete screen, a partial screen or a simple decorative focal point. Weatherproof the doors with outdoor stain or paint.
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