We have odd width closet doors, 45 1/2″ X 80″ opening. The 80″ is standard height, but the width is giving us concern. We had sliding doors, but they restrict access. We are wondering if there is a place that custom builds closet doors without breaking the bank or if you have any ideas. We looked at bi-fold doors, but they are 24″ inch’s wide only, and 2 of them would be too wide.
You aren’t alone in your frustration here. Many builders will create a closet space intended for bi-pass doors as they are less expensive and easier to install, but even then, the space should have been made to accommodate a normal size opening.
Since your width is 45”, a standard bi-fold door is also out of the question, since its opening size is similar to normal doors (28”, 30”, 32” or 36”).
I’ll give you a couple of options. The first is to consider purchasing an accordion door, or folding door. But most people don’t like the look of them.
The next option that you have is to modify your opening space by either expanding it, or reducing it. Either one will have some expense to it and would probably require hiring a professional.
There is also a possibility of ordering custom doors. If you have 6-panel doors, the door builder can cut them down to the appropriate size, but there is one catch. Some door builders will take the nearest size and simply rip it down to the size needed. This means that you will have less room for the handle. In your case, you have a rough opening of 45.5”. The framing of the unit takes up 2”, so that brings us to 43.5”, meaning each of the two doors will be about 21.75”. Some door builders will take a 24” door and cut it down 2.25” to create the width you need, but if you are wanting to put a handset on the door, this may not look very good, as the hole for the handset will be too close to the moldings of the 6-panel. What you want to do is find a door builder that will use a special mold for your particular door size, not just rip one down from the next size up.
If by chance you don’t have or want 6-panel doors, and are going with a “flush” door, you can custom order doors to get just the size you want.
Be aware, if you are ordering a custom French door unit (two doors which swing open in the middle) it is not a one person job, mainly because of its size. If you are planning on doing this yourself, be sure you know what you’re doing. As well, the cost of the door unit will likely be at least $250.
Depending on the location of the closet and your décor, some people simply choose to hang decorative cloth panels. They’re relatively inexpensive, can had some personality to a room, and allow for easy access to the closet. These can work especially well in a child’s room.
Good luck on making your decision. Sometimes that is the hardest part of the job!