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SDL
Closet Header

I have an existing closet and want to install a bifold door. The opening goes to the ceiling so a header would be required to install a standard length door. Because the current opening is finished I do not want to install jack studs under the header. Can I build the header and screw it into the current side studs?

ma2804
Re: Closet Header

Since this isn't a structural member, you could probably get away with using some kind of galvanized hanger bracket to hold the header. You can find them at your local home center, in the lumber aisle. Hang the header with that and your drywall will cover it up. You might want to case the opening with wood rather than just drywall to dress it up but either way will work.

Good Luck.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Closet Header

Because there is no need for load bearing a simple box frame nailed in place is all that is needed.
Jack

SDL
Re: Closet Header

Thanks so much for the great responses. Would you recommend I remove the dry wall in the area of the new box frame and anchor direct to the existing studs? Thanks again for your feedback.
SDL

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Closet Header

Yes, you nail the box frame to the exesting studs.
Jack

A. Spruce
Re: Closet Header

Removal of the existing drywall isn't necessary, and yes, you want to attach it to as much of the structural framing as possible.

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