Where To Put The Handles On Bifold Doors (Picture Tutorial!)

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Last updated on October 21st, 2022 at 01:46 pm

How To Install Handles On Bifold Doors In 3 Easy Steps

Installing new bifold doors and wondering where to put the handles? I’ve got you covered! Here is where you should put the handles on bifold doors:

Bifold door handles should be placed in the center of the flat part of the panel on the side that the door opens. For example, a bifold door that opens from the right to the left should have the handle centered on the flat part of the right-side panel, and vice versa.

Pictures and videos are always more useful in my opinion though, so I’ll show you exactly where I’m talking about below!

Let’s dive in!

Quick Navigation: How To Install Handles On Bifold Doors

  1. Measure & Mark The Bifold Door
  2. Drill Through The Bifold Door
  3. Screw The Handle Onto The Bifold Door
  4. Final Thoughts
  5. Related Door & Trim Articles

Level Of DifficultyTime To Complete
Easy10 Minutes
Material ListTool List
Closet handlesDrill with various drill bits
Contractor pencilImpact driver or screwdriver
Tape measure

Where To Install Handles On Bifold Doors

I broke this tutorial up into pictures below to help you figure out exactly where to install handles on your bifold doors.

Step One: Measure & Mark The Bifold Door

The first step to installing bifold door handles is to measure and mark the center of the door panel with a pencil.

To find the center, I measured the width of the panel that is on the side where the door opens.

In my case, my bifold door opened from the right to the left, so I measured the right-side panel where it was flat.

If your door opens the other way, then it’s the left-side panel that you will be measuring.

where to put handles on bifold doors - installation diagram
Here’s an easy visual to help you figure out which side to install the handle on.

I had two bifold doors on my closet, so I installed handles on both sides.

Measure the width with a tape measure and mark the center with a pencil.

where to put handles on bifold doors - measure width
Grab out a calculator to help you do some easy math 🙂

Then measure the height of the flat part of the panel. To do this easily, I like to start my tape measure at the 1 inch mark and find the halfway point that way.

It’s easier to hold the 1 inch mark against a beveled edge rather than the end of the tape measure.

where to put handles on bifold doors - measure height
Here I have the 1 inch mark on the tape measure lined up with the edge of the flat part of the door to make measuring easier.

Mark the center with a pencil and make a little cross where the two measurements meet. This is where you will drill to install your bifold door handles.

Once you have your mark, you can move onto the next step!


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Step Two: Drill Through The Bifold Door

The next step to installing bifold door handles is to drill through the bifold door.

Be sure to drill through the face of the door into the back of the door.

That way, any chip out will happen in the back of the bifold door where you will never see it (and it will be covered by the screw head).

where to put handles on bifold doors - chip out hidden
The top is what the chip out looks like on the back of the door and the bottom is what it looks like after the handle has been installed.

Use a 3/16” drill bit to drill through the mark you made on the center of your door.

where to put handles on bifold doors - drill through front
Adding painter’s tape to the back of the door also helps avoid chip out. The screw head does a fine job of covering it though, so don’t worry about this.

Once you have your hole drilled, it’s time to move onto the next step!

Step Three: Screw The Handle Onto The Bifold Door

The last step to installing bifold door handles is to screw the handle onto the bifold door.

This part is much easier with an impact driver because its a tight fit for the screw that goes into the handle, but a screwdriver also works. (Just need a little more force as you screw it in.)

Insert the screw through the back of the bifold door until it is hanging out the front of the hole.

where to put handles on bifold doors - screw handle in place
An impact driver makes this job twice as easy.

Then take the handle and slowly twist it on straight on the screw. I say slowly at first because the handle might try to go on sideways if you go too fast.

Once the handle is on straight, then you’ll want to hold the handle with one hand and tighten the screw with an impact driver or screwdriver from the backside.

Tighten until the handle is snug on the door and doesn’t twist easily.

where to put handles on bifold doors - installed handles
Here’s the final result! Maybe one day I’ll spray paint them silver to match the rest of the handles in my home! But for now, this home DIY project is DONE 🙂

Ta-da! Now repeat the process if you have another bifold door!

Final Thoughts On Where To Put The Handles On Bifold Doors

There you have it!

The best bifold door handle placement is in the center of a flat part midway up each door. Placing the bifold door handles in this position looks visually appealing and often is a comfortable spot for you to naturally grab and use when you walk up.

Installing bifold door handles are rather simple, and they make using the doors so much more friendly.

If you have a different style bifold door than I had, there are no worries. When in doubt, centering handles always look visually appealing. 

So find a flat part at about waist height and try to center the handle through there. You could also walk up to the door and try to figure out where feels the most natural to grab and open it.

Catch you in my next post!

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Where To Put The Handles On Bifold Doors (Picture Tutorial!)

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