Forum Title: Fitting two 28 doors in a 59.5 closet doorframe?
I'm planning on removing the old sliding-doors in our bedroom closet and replacing them with bifold or slab doors (haven't decided which yet). The closet from inside frame to inside frame is 59 1/2 inches wide. I've been looking into options from big-box stores (Lowe's and HD) and it seems that, without going custom, my choices would have to be two 28 doors. But even that would be a few inches too narrow. So then my question is, how feasible would it be to just run a piece of wood up either side of the inside frame, approximately 1 thick (and then paint it to look like part of the frame) so it's basically making the closet slightly narrower and thus having the doors fit better? Has anyone tried that? As long as the extra piece on either side is secured well to the frame, would there be any perceivable issues with the door being attached to the piece of wood rather than the frame itself, even though the screws could theoretically be long enough to go through the shim and into the frame? Thanks, m19
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: RON VAUGHN (La Mirada, CA), 01/24/2019

I'm not quite sure what exactly you are describing, but a double hung window should just slide closed. Then the sash lock will pull the two sashes tight together for a weather tight seal.

- DANA RIOS (Rialto, CA), 02/07/2019

At 59 1/2, you would be better off getting two 30 slab doors that are not prebored for handles. You would cut each down to about 29 5/8 so that they would fit in your opening. You could also install a center divider (that would be about 3 1/2 wide) which would leave you with the 28 you need on each side. When you hang doors on existing openings, you are at the mercy of the guy who set the jamb. If it's out of level or out of plumb it will make your life real hard when you go to mortise the new hinge locations on your existing jambs. So you might want to check the side jambs with a 78 level, and check the head with a 4' level to see how true it is before you go much farther.

- Ron Allen (Newark, NJ), 02/07/2019

I made a lot of assumptions when I said you'd be fine, sleeper's wiser than I am.

- Jim Martin (Tulsa, OK), 02/25/2019

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