I want to install a bi-fold door on a closet opening which doesn't have
molding. It's a clean drywall opening from out to in. A bi-fold door has
the sliding track which mounts to the top and I want it installed
flushed with the front wall. Unfortunately, the track will be seen on a
plain and clean opening. Anyone know of a way to hide the track without
installing a door molding?
Don't mount the track flush with the front wall.
Rip a piece of thin stock to the "height" of the track and use
construction adhesive to glue it to the face of the track. Mount the
track so that the wooden strip is flush with the face of the orginal
walls, fill any gap with drywall mud or wood putty, sand smooth and
paint to match the walls.
Just make sure your doors will operate properly with the wooden strip
attached to the track.
Quarter round might work, depending on the size of the tack. Some
installers use that, especially if there is already trim around the
opening. They'll use quarter round down the sides too to hide any gap
between the opening and the bi-fold door.
If there is no trim, some installers will simply install trim - it
could be any type of wood with any type of profile - across the top of
the opening, mounting it low enough to cover the track. If it sized
and profiled correctly, like to match a head board or piece of
furniture, it could add a nice feature to the room.
The method I suggested was to fulfill the OP's desire to keep the
"clean" look of the current opening by essentially extending the wall
above the opening down to hide the track.
No, invisible paint has been discontinued.
But what's your objection to hiding it with wood? Those tracks are usually
in the range of 1/2" x 1". Mount the track toward the back of the opening
and nail on a 1x2 abutting and in front of it. Arrange things to leave at
least 1/4" space between the molding edge and opening; round over the bottom
edge, paint it and it will look much better than a strip of mill finish
I haven't seen an extruded aluminum bi-fold track since the '60s, these days
they all seem to be made from sheet steel that is folded into a track and
painted white. Also if the track is installed flush with the drywall or
jamb, the doors will probably sit proud of the drywall or jamb, because most
tracks are narrower than a standard 1 3/8" door. Check your actual
measurements before proceeding.
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