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Louvered doors can make the perfect addition to several rooms at home. One of their biggest advantages is that they allow a considerable amount of circulation into rooms that may otherwise not receive as much. But how do you install these doors? We've researched the best way to install louvered doors, and in this post, we will cover each step.
Here are the steps to install a louvered door:
- Measure the door space
- Mark the pilot holes
- Drill the pilot holes
- Install the door
- Adjust the door's height as needed
- Test the door for operation
Louvered doors can come in different types. They can also add a stylish appeal to your home or apartment. The installation for these doors can be fairly straightforward but can be challenging for newbies. Continue reading to learn how to do it.
Steps to Install a Louvered Door
Some louvered doors will come with hardware included, such as tracks, brackets, and other materials. However, if you need to buy a separate rack for your door, be sure to include the pivot brackets, pans, spring loaders, and any other alignment parts that may be needed. However, you'll find that it's usually easier to purchase the kit instead of trying to obtain the correct part for your door size.
Things you'll need:
- Drill and driver bits
- Louvered doors and hardware
- Measuring tape
1. Measure the door space
Before you buy any doors or hardware, it's important first to take the measurements of the door space. If you're placing the doors in the closet area, be sure to include space for the hinges. Measure the length and width of the space, and if there is carpet in the room, you'll need to account for this as well. Obtaining the most accurate measurements will prevent you from running into installation issues once you purchase the door.
2. Mark the pilot holes
Start by setting the top track up against the door jamb. Next, mark the screw holes using a pencil. These will be the holes that you do use to drill the screws into. If the door has a track on the bottom, install the track on the floor.
Before setting the track, make sure to mark the location first. However, if the door only has pivot brackets, you'll need to install the track on the side of the hand toward the bottom corner of the door.
3. Drill the pilot holes
Next, drill pilot holes at the bottom and top of the door on the pivot side. Then place the pivots into their openings. Now, drill holes on the opposite side of the door sash to use as guides. If the door only has a top rack, you only need to drill at the top, and the same for if it only has a bottom rack.
Next, take your spring-loaded pan and insert it at the bottom of the door to come out or at the top, depending on its design. The door sashes should now be coupled together in the middle of the door assembly.
4. Install the door
Set the door on top of the brackets. The bottom corner pivot bracket will typically have an adjustable slide on the bottom. Take the bottom pivot and place it inside the track opening. Do the same thing for the top pivot. Next, retract the spring-loaded pin and make sure that they slide freely.
5. Adjust the door's height as needed
Now that the door is installed, you'll likely need to make a few adjustments to its height. If there is carpet in the room, it can help to take a straight edge razor and shave down about 1/4-inch off the top to allow for easier opening and closing of the door. Or, you can also remove the door and plane it down so that it fits comfortably above the carpet without touching it.
The latter method will be more involved and keep in mind that sometimes planing the bottom of the door can cause issues with the bottom track functioning properly. If you decide to plane the door, it's best to do it on a door that doesn't have a bottom track.
6. Test the door for operation
Adjust the pivot brackets as needed so that the door opens and closes smoothly. Most of these doors come with a sliding guide or adjustable pins that you can use to change the action on the door. Be sure to keep these accessories handy in case you need them in the future.
How do louvered doors work?
Louvered doors are doors designed to provide semi-privacy between different rooms in a home. These doors are often used to open up spaces and typically fold in or out. Their slotted design is often used to minimize the amount of light that enters a room or allow for extra ventilation in certain areas of the home. You can usually find these doors available online or at local home improvement stores, where they can be customized to your specifications.
Where can you use louvered doors?
You can install louvered doors in several areas of the home. Let's look at the most common ones.
These doors are fit to use for bathrooms, and their semi-private slots are perfect for allowing heat and steam to pass through the door to help get rid of excess moisture. If you have a small bathroom that doesn't have a ventilation fan, a louvered door can be a great addition to help you reduce the moisture in the room while keeping the same level of privacy.
These doors are commonly used in the kitchen areas, such as the pantry or the cabinets and covers. The great thing about these doors that they're available in various shapes and sizes, making them perfect for any space. If you have a pantry that needs a bit of ventilation due to unwanted smells lingering in the kitchen, a louvered door may be a great option.
Louvered doors are a great way to divide a room. Whether used as a room separator on a sliding rail or as a free-standing room divider, louvered doors can create privacy in large spaces. Hinging together two free-standing louvered doors can offer a convenient room divider that not only adds a touch of character to your room but can be done so even on a tight budget.
These small rooms provide the perfect area to change wardrobes, apply makeup, and change hairstyles. Louvered doors are perfect for these settings as they allow a semi-private closure to keep these rooms separate from other locations. They can also provide ventilation in storage rooms wear shoes and clothes made susceptible to musty smells due to their enclosed environment. These lightweight doors are easy to install, and you can install them on your own to save on contractor costs.
If you have an upstairs laundry room, these doors can help dampen the sound coming from the appliances. And if the space is tiny, they can also help to provide ventilation and prevent issues with mold and mildew. Not to mention the fact that they can make the laundry area look more modern and sleeker.
What are the disadvantages of a louvered door?
The main disadvantage of a louvered door is the maintenance that the door may require. If you have problems with excessive dust in your home, you may find that keeping the doors clean can be quite a task. This is because the slots in the door can be hard to reach depending on the tool you use. There are bendable dusters that can make cleaning considerably easier, however.
Also, the installation of a set of louvered doors can be difficult if you are unfamiliar with installing interior doors. This is usually due to the accurate placement required of the hinges, tracks, and pivots, as improper placement can cause the door to have functional issues.
Can you remove louvers for repair or restoration?
Yes, louvers can typically be replaced. To do so, you'll typically need to contact the manufacturer from which you bought the door to purchase additional louvers. However, in some cases, they may not be replaceable. It's best to find this out beforehand. The process for replacing the louvers is fairly straightforward and can be finished in a few minutes.
Wrapping Things Up
We hope that this post has helped illustrated how to install louvered doors in your home. Remember, it's always best to first take the measurements of the door space before purchasing the door to prevent having to go back for the correct hardware or door size.
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