The first thing to remember when changing to internal bi-fold doors is the space consideration – you have to match the size of the current opening approximately. Bi-fold doors consist of sections which hinge-fold when opened, and stack neatly to one side when closed too. They are popular as inter-leading doors between rooms, as well as in bathrooms and kitchens.
- Tape measure
- A bi-fold door kit to fit the existing space
- Drill, drill bits and screw drivers
- Straightedge or spirit level
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- Begin by reading the bi-fold door fitting instructions carefully, and check to see that you have all the parts needed for the job.
- Now, check the width and height of the removed door. This will be your vital measurement for the new door kit. Remember that when fitted, the bi-fold door will be smaller than the actual doorframe space from left to right. This is to accommodate the folds. Confirm the measurements with your door supplier to ensure that they supply the right kit to you.
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- Unpack the bi-fold door kit and install the top track complete with pivots, which must be correctly positioned, and secured by screws to the top of the doorframe.
- Attach the side frames, using your straightedge and level to ensure consistent spacing. Adjust with packing if necessary.
- You can now clip the pivots into the top of the bi-fold door.
- Once you have installed the door correctly on the track and pivot brackets, check to see if the door tracks smoothly, left and right.
- Attach the door to the left or right side frame as required. Fit the locking mechanism, and the job is done.
One of our London door fitters advises that bi-fold doors are becoming very popular – he thinks it’s because of the marvellous range of glass or wood effects that these new products boast.