A fresh take on traditional closet doors

This week, we’ll be looking at something specifically for all of you apartment folks or those of us who are moving back home to Mom and Dad this summer. The color scheme in your apartment may be a little bland, or your childhood room may need some sprucing up for the summer.

Regardless of what space you have to work with, this project is sure to freshen it up! The closet doors I worked with are standard bifold, wooden closet doors. This project can easily be done on any type of closet door, though. You can even replace real doors using this too!

Supplies needed for this project vary depending on how much work you’d like to do. What you’ll need no matter what is a power drill, a tension rod the size of your door opening, and fabric. I chose to make my fabric a shower curtain so I didn’t have to sew anything. If you are ambitious, or just enjoy sewing, a few yards of fabric and a sewing machine may be necessary. Another no-sew possibility is a standard curtain panel.

The first thing to do is remove the doors. I had my dad help me with this portion, but it is actually pretty easy! All you need is a power drill to remove the screws. My door was hung up with just a few screws, and it only took a few minutes to remove. Once the door has been taken down, the space is ready for your update!


The only thing I had to do was to shorten my shower curtain panel a bit. I did it using hem tape from a fabric store and a very basic stitch. Apply the tape, being careful to make sure it is level all the way around the bottom. Following that, I stitched a basic stitch around the top just to keep it in place. Then, I ironed the entire panel to smooth out any wrinkles left behind from being crammed into the package.


Then, simply thread whatever curtain panel you have onto your tension rod and adjust it to fit into your space. This project is really that easy!


The best part of this project is that you can change out the fabric anytime you want. Also, if you redecorate your room or move out, you can put the  doors right back up, just make sure you keep all of the screws around so you don’t have to buy new ones!

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I hope this project will help you give your space an updated look! Will you use curtain panels or shower curtain panels? Or will you sew your own?


2 thoughts on “A fresh take on traditional closet doors

  1. This is such a creative idea! I am constantly rearranging my room and would love to give this a try. I love that you can switch out the fabric whenever you feel like it! Great post!

  2. This is a really cool project! In my room at home I have the same kind of closet doors you had, but mine sometimes get stuck on the clothes inside my closet. Replacing the doors with a curtain would solve that problem.

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