Internal Bi-fold Doors

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  1. McBrain

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    Anyone know where I can get cheap internal bi-fold doors?

    I'm looking for a bi-fold for the bathroom door, I just want a 2-piece bi-fold with glass in it. Doorway is a bit low - (1900 high) and about 800 wide.

    Bunnings didn't have any, and some door specialists I have seen are quoting $400 + glass!!

    Cheers.
     
  2. yadreamin

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    I have just gone through this process of finding internal bi-folds. Unless you have a standard size door way you will be up for some big dollars. If there are no standard doors to suit your size then you have to have doors made up this is very expensive. The hollow door can only be trimmed by mm. To have glass in the door adds to the cost considerably and l believe you can only have solid doors if you have a glass insert. I eventually overcome the problem by finding those louvre type doors that used to be used on pantrys all the time. However a lot of door manufactures are deleteing this door as well from their lines so they take a bit of finding. To have solid doors made to size for us it was going to cost 5k:eek: by using the louvre door we have got the cost down to $1200 a big difference. We could only find the doors in Sydney in the end and we have to have a chippy trim them and fit them.
    Good luck,
    cheers yadreamin
     
  3. McBrain

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    Thanks Yadreamin - that's not good news!

    I have been looking for solid doors with glass. To cut down a standard door to 1890mm height would cut too much into the dowels at each end, apart from getting one custom made, the only other option would be to do a "cut-and-shut" somewhere half way up the door - a bit nasty but I reckon I could make it work.

    I don't want this to get expensive, it's part of a kitchen/bathroom/laundry reno I'm doing. I don't want to spend more than $200
     
  4. wish-ga

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    ebay - as long as the lister quotes accurate measurements.

    trading post - look for trader ads. May not list bi-fold doors but you can call 'em.
     
  5. McBrain

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    I tried EBay, nothing so far, but there is a normal (not bi-fold) door that might be promising.

    The problem seems to be that 1890 x 730 is so far from standard that it's diffcult to get anything close that I can trim.

    What do you think renters would think of something different like, say, a glass-bead curtain rather than a solid door - sound too weird?
     
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    How about getting a true solid door, the one with pine core will do and simply cutting the sections you need to make a bi fold, from it. This would be your cheapest option as you can buy these type of door for $100

    I can't see why you would want glass in a bathroom door, you know privacy and all that:D

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  7. McBrain

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    What is that? Is it just a solid sheet (I'm guessing pine core laminated with something on the outer faces) that you can cut to whatever size you want?

    I'd really like to have (opaque) glass in the door as the bathroom is north-facing and I want to allow that light to come right through into the corridor and then into the kitchen.

    A last resort would be a solid door - I guess it could be left open when the bathroom is not in use to let light through.
     
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    Just make sure you get the pine filled door. Some solid doors have and outside trim of acceptable wood and then custom wood/chip board as the core.

    Cheers
     
  9. yadreamin

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    Glass in the bathroom door doesnt sound that great to me. Maybe a sky light in the passage would allow a lot more light in.
    Back to the bi-fold. If you find a solid door without paneling it will be much cheaper. BUT... The tracking system changes for a hollow core or a solid door as the weight is very different. If you dont have a track/slide channel across the floor for the door then the door will not close true. we dont have the bottom track but its not a big deal where we have the doors. We didnt have the bottom track because it would have created a step in the floor surface, so this is why its so important to get the correct tracking system for the type of door you choose. If you dont you will have damage or replacement often. A bathroom door gets a lot of use so do it properly first time round.
    goodluck
    cheers yadreamin
     
  10. dcarr

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    Have gone down this route before looking for internal bi-fold doors... what a pain to find!

    Finally found a door company that had an unpainted bi-fold for around $400 which was a bit too wide. They were however constructed with a solid 2" timber frame around the edge, and the company offered to slice a centimetre off the left and right sides of each panel to reach the desired width. Paint/varnish is then charged as extra, or you can do it yourself.
     
  11. slingshot

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    Hi McBrain

    Not sure of the type of construction in surrounding walls etc but if the door height is the main problem adjust the door openning to fit a more standard bifold. If its just studs and gyp/villaboard then its a piece of p#**. Will need new achitraves etc but may be an easy option, very easy to make an openning bigger.

    Slingshot
     
  12. McBrain

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    Slingshot, it's double brick unfortunately!

    I'm not sure what to do now, maybe just a normal solid door cut to size.

    Maybe if I leave it for a week and concentrate on the other stuff it'll solve itself :rolleyes:
     
  13. lizzie

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    have you contacted any "cupboard" installers like ozrobes etc? they might have reasonably priced bifolds, but they wouldn't be of "door" thickness.