I took my bi-fold door off, and took the two pieces apart. After looking at the two door pieces, I realized that to make it hinge on two sides would not be a problem, however, I would have to have some kind of catch in the center, so the doors would stay shut. So, armed with my measurements, I set off to Home Depot. When I got there I discussed my project with a guy in the Home DIY department and he fixed me up with exactly what I needed to complete the job:
The tools that I needed, were simple and I already had them:
1. Remove the doors and take off all the hardware, hinges, door knob, rollers, screws, everything!
2. Remove all the hardware from the closet, the floor and ceiling.
3. Measure where the hinges will go on the door and on the door facing and drill the holes. Make sure to leave enough floor clearance, so the doors don't rub the floor.
4. Screw the hinges on the door and then on the door facing.
5. Place the magnetic catch in the middle of the top door facing, and screw down. Place the corresponding pieces on the door so they match up with the catch.
6. Measure where the door knob hole is and mark, drill a hole there.
7. Install the door knobs.
If you are not a fan of bi-fold doors, you can go with a sliding farm door, if you have the wall space, but the hardware for this type of door hanging is pretty expensive. It is, however still fairly easy to hand, but you will probably need another person and a level.
If you plan to hang your bi-fold door as a farm door, you will have to brace the back of the doors so that they are rigid and do not fold in the middle. To do this all you need is a couple of pieces of strapping (shown below) to screw on the back . Then just attach the hardware to the wall and the door and hang.
I love barn doors, unfortunately my house doesn't have enough room to use them on any of my closets. I am hoping that the next house we buy will ! Have a great rest of the week!