Getting to Know Different Types of Closet Doors

Whether you are in the process of a complete remodel or making a few changes to refresh the look of your bedroom, new closet doors can change the atmosphere of the whole room. They can even improve a room or closet's functionality if you pick wisely.

The type of closet doors you select will partly be determined by the kind of closet you have. For instance, someone with a walk-in closet will have different choices than someone with a reach-in closet. But don't worry, no matter what sort of closet you have, there is a door that will give the room the feeling you're going for.

There are many styles of closet doors available today. From custom-designed doors to doors you can get at your local Home Depot, closet doors come in various styles and prices. We will break down the different and most common closet door styles out there to help you decide which one will work the best for your bedroom.

Closet Door Ideas

Closet Door Ideas

Bifold Closet Doors

Bifold doors are one of the most popular closet doors out there. The best thing about bi-fold doors is that they don't use much space. Furthermore, these double doors are economical, so they’re certainly a reasonable choice for the price-conscious owner. The most practical use for this type of closet doors is in a bedroom closet.

Pros: Bifold doors are cost-friendly and super lightweight. Furthermore, they don’t use much space when they open, and there is no need for a casing as they can be flush-mounted if you want to save on supplies and manual labor.

Cons: These doors come out of the track too easily, especially when younger kids tug on them multiple times a day. They take up space when folded open, making the far ends of the closet a little challenging to access.

Bypass Closet Doors

Also known as sliding closet doors, bypass closet doors should be familiar to you. These doors are usually fixed within a frame track that allows the doors to slide to either side. Today, they come in a wide variety of materials such as aluminum, glass, and wood. 

Pros: Bypass doors are the ultimate space savers. They don’t open outwards into the room, so you don’t need to worry about clearing the way when handling your business. With the variety of materials available, you can find a door that satisfies your design needs. They are lightweight and durable. Newer designs have track systems that retain the doors in their tracks no matter what comes into contact with them.

Cons: Because the doors slide over the other, you can't access the full closet. If you install new bypass doors on old tracks, they may fail to stay on the tracks.

Pocket Closet Doors 

Pocket Closet Doors

Pocket closet doors are designed to slide into a narrow space made in the wall. These doors are ideal for closets where you want to access the entire room but don’t have space for an outward opening door. For a cleaner, more concise look, match your pocket closet doors with the other doors of your home.

Pros: Space savers, lightweight, easy to open, can access the entire closet.

Cons: If your closet opening is large, you may need custom-made doors, which can be pricey.

Pivot Closet Doors

Pivot doors make a striking statement in any room. Instead of regular hinges installed on the frame, pivots are placed at the top and bottom of the door, allowing it to open out completely, granting access to the entire closet space.

You can easily go floor to ceiling with these contemporary beauties for those of you who fancy a more dramatic look. Like other types of doors, pivot doors are fully customizable – the blanks can be made to match interior doors, designed with glass inserts, or flat with no paneling. 

Pros: Pivot doors are striking and elegant. They can make an impact in any room of the house – not just the closet. They allow complete access to the closet space, and they are also frameless, which means no added costs to install door frames.

Cons: Pivot doors can be really expensive and need expert installation.

Mirror Closet Doors

Mirror Closet Doors

Closet doors can be mirrored. Some styles, like the Bypass closet door, come in frameless mirror options so that you can have a big, door-sized mirror in the room. Using mirrored closet doors saves you wall space and promotes adequate brightness as it bounces more light throughout the room, giving it a more open and appealing look.

Pros: Available in different styles, framed or not. Your mirror is right on your closet door, so you don’t have to take up additional space in the house to put a full-sized mirror to check your outfits.

Cons: These types of closet doors can be expensive. Mirrors break easily, and repairing it may be even more costly.

French Closet Doors

Nothing announces grace like French doors. Hinged doors, French doors capture the essence of a classic style. Unlike other styles, they require quite a bit of clearance to open, making them perfect for larger rooms that need a grand addition. French doors made with clear glass or wood panels can be quite elegant when they open to a walk-in closet as they provide a more traditional look. 

Pros: French doors give character and elegance to large walk-in closets. They don’t need any extra installation or maintenance.

Cons: French doors will need enough clearance to open fully. They are not intended for small rooms where the door might hit the furnishings when being handled. French closet doors can be a bit pricey, depending on the material and finish.


When choosing your new closet doors, you have more to consider than just the type of doors. Hopefully, the closet door ideas above will help inspire you to upgrade the look of your closets. By upgrading your closet doors, you also give your bedroom a fresh new look. Happy remodeling.