Bypass doors are a great option for small spaces or for extra wide closets. Bypass doors do not require extra space to open because they slide over one another and multiple doors can slide on a single track. Often times bypass doors are made of steel and have a full mirror on one side, however almost any door can be made into a bypass door. The downfall of bypass doors is that only one side can open at a time which means you cannot access your full closet. Bypass doors are typically your least expensive option, however there is a huge range in the quality of bypass doors and hardware. The more heavy duty the door and track are the better. I would highly recommend using a track that is mounted above the doors, rather than a floor track. A bypass door that slips off its track everytime there is someting stuck in the track can get incredibly annoying.
One of the most popular closet door configurations is the bifold door. Bifold doors are made up of two small doors that are hinged in the middle. They operate on a track installed at the top of the door opening. Bifold doors are great for rooms where there is not enough room for double swinging doors. Bifold doors allow the entire closet space to open, unlike bypass doors.
If you have the space, double doors are a great choice as closet doors. Like bifold doors, double doors open up the entire closet. The best part of using double doors is the durability. Rather than relying on a track system double doors are built on a full jamb and are attached with three heavy duty hinges. Because closet doors get a considerable amount of use each day, we highly reccommend this option if the space is available. Double doors also provide additional storage if you attach a shoe or Hanging Purse Rack to the back of the door.