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How to Adjust Bypass Closet Doors

Updated: Jun. 30, 2017

Eliminate uneven gaps and sticking problems in 15 minutes

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Fix sticking or badly aligned bypass closet doors in 15 minutes using this simple adjustment technique. It costs nothing.

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A simple fix for bypass closet doors

Photo 1: Square the door

Push the door against the jamb and lock it in place with shims at both corners.

Photo 2: Tighten screws

Remount in new screw holes if necessary. Then test the door to make sure it rolls smoothly.

There’s no reason to put up with sticking bypass closet doors, or doors that have uneven gaps against the jambs—especially since they’re so easy to fix. Usually the mounting bracket screws have loosened up, making the door sag and rub against the carpet or floor.

To fix it, you’ll have to work from inside the closet, so get a flashlight and screwdrivers. Start by pushing one door closed against the jamb. Hold it against the jamb while you adjust the brackets as shown. Do the same on the other door. If the screw holes are stripped, just move the bracket over a few inches and remount it.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Flashlight
  • Hammer

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • Shims