“ Manufacturer: Wickes / Type: Door „
Bi folding doors, what are they? Simply a pair of centre hinged doors made to fit into an existing Door opening when the actual space for opening of the doors is limited. They are Ideal for fitting to Cupboards and storage spaces. For example, if you have a 30" door opening then a pair of 15" Bi folding doors will fill the gap but will only swing open 15" into your room, whereas a conventional door will swing out 30" into the room. Simple but effective.
Well that's where these Wickes specials came in for me, I was refurbishing my Office at home and had built some full width storage cupboards across one end but was unable to allow sufficient space for conventional doors to open into - This was by design I hasten to add, as I have used this type of door on previous occasions for exactly the same purpose.
I did not need Top quality doors for this job so Budget items were perfectly OK. I had a quick scout around my usual suppliers of this type of thing and the best price for the particular size I wanted was Good old Wickes, fair enough, Wickes it is. They have 5 different sizes / styles available, full details are on their Website. As long as they did what I wanted I couldn't care less about the rest. The particular ones I chose were 6 Panel Moulded doors, constructed of a wooden inner frame clad with moulded MDF type panelling. Look at the picture and you will see what I mean.
So off to the local store, grab a Trolley, Load 3 pairs of doors, exchange some pound notes, home for a Brew, simple as that. The price was around £50 a pair, if memory serves me well today.
The doors, in my case 2' 3" x 6' 6" - (686mm x 1981mm) for those of you who are not enlightened, are supplied shrink wrapped with the Sliding kit included. You need to supply your own Door furniture to suit. All 3 pairs were in fine order, no knocks or scuffs etc; well I wouldn't have bought them if there were anyway. The sliding kit is fitted at the Head of the Door frame and keeps the door in check when you open and close it. The hinge side of the door is affixed by a top and bottom Pivot pin. The full details of contents and how they hang / fix is included in the package, so I won't bore you unnecessarily. The doors are supplied "in the white" ready for your own choice of undercoat and top coat.
Dressing and Hanging them was a piece of cake, I suppose because I am used to hanging doors and also the fact that I had constructed the openings in which they were going to fit anyway. This is always a difficult thing to do if you are unsure or haven't done it a few times, so get someone else to do it for you if necessary... All that was needed now was painting. - Easy job. When finished they looked absolutely fine and of a better quality than they actually are.
Any problems / niggles / observations.
For less experienced people, the fitting instructions supplied with the Doors are not all they should be, they ought to be more comprehensive and clearer, they were not really up to spec.
The Top and Bottom Pivot pins are a bit flimsy and ought to be of a bit heavier duty than those supplied.
The sliding rail kit is also clearly engineered down to a price, but these are Budget doors, you can't buy a Rolls Royce for the price of a Mini. You get what you pay for.
Other than the above, these are quite reasonable doors, especially for the money. If you have a requirement for this type of door then these are perfectly OK. If your requirement is for a more substantial and hard wearing door then spend some more money and buy some higher quality ones.
Remember, these doors are half the price or even less, of higher quality doors, judge them on what they are and the market at which they are aimed, not what you think they are.
Overall, considering the price, they are Good doors and fit for purpose.