How to Reverse and Rehang Bifold Doors

By: Danny Lipford

Man with beard hanging bifold doors.

I want my bifold closet doors to open on the other side. Can I move the brackets and reuse the existing bifold doors? -C.J.

Hi C.J.,

Since bifold doors come predrilled at the bottom and top on both sides, it’s easy to rehang existing bifold doors so they open on the other side of the door casing.

How to rehang bifold doors:

  1. Take the bifold doors down by pulling up on the doors. Slip the bottom hinge bolt off the bottom bracket, then pull down and out to remove the top hinge pin from the top bracket.
  2. Remove the bottom insert and pivot hinge bolt by pulling on the bolt with a pair of pliers to remove both the pin and bolt from the hole.
  3. Unscrew the bottom pin bolt from the insert, tap the bottom insert into the hole in the bottom of the other bifold door with a hammer, and screw the bottom pivot hinge bolt back into the insert.
  4. If the two top pivot pins are different, remove the top pins with a pair of pliers and reverse them in the top door holes.
  5. Unscrew the bottom hinge bracket from the door casing, and reattach it to the door casing on the other side of the opening.
  6. Loosen the top hinge bracket in the bifold door track, and reattach it at the other end of the track.
  7. Place the top pivot hinge pin in the hole in the top hinge bracket and the top door track pin in the track.
  8. Push up on the bifold doors and seat the bottom pivot hinge bolt on the bracket, so the side of the door is the proper distance from the door casing.
  9. Loosen the screw on the top hinge bracket, and adjust it so the side of the bifold door is the proper distance from the door casing.
  10. Open and close the bifold doors to make sure the edge of the door has enough clearance and the bifold doors open and close easily.

Good luck with your project,

Danny

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  • Jolene Says:
    July 17th, 2015 at 5:33 am

    How do I rehang my bifold doors that open to the outside left, to open same side inside.

    Thanks


  • Official Comment:


    Ben Erickson Says:
    July 14th, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Hi Bruce,
    Thanks for the feedback, glad to hear our article was of help!



  • Bruce Jamieson Says:
    July 13th, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Am a retired contractor and haven’t hung a bi-fold door for 20 years The above article on how to reverse a single bi-fold door is correct to the tee. Needed a little help on what I forgot, and it all came back.
    Thanks



  • Debbie Says:
    January 2nd, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Bifold doors no longer fit with new washer & dryer. Is there a way to extend the hardware beyond the frame ?



  • Robert Stopka Says:
    January 18th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    what hinges and rail on the Bi folding doors are you useing and where can I buy them?


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