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How to Childproof Accordion Closet Doors

by Shellie Braeuner

You turn your back for just a minute, and hear a loud clump. You turn to see your precious darling wearing your favorite dress and high heeled shoes, trailing your brand new silk scarf on the floor. After you finish laughing and taking a picture, you probably begin to wonder how to keep your tiny fashionista out of your closet. Doorknob covers only work on some doors. Many closets use accordion pleated doors that don’t have traditional knobs. Before you start pricing an antique armoire to store your best clothes, check out ways to protect your closets from busy little people.

Cabinet Latch

Place the slide section of the cabinet slide lock over the handles of the door. The slide lock is a long U-shaped plastic piece that fits into the space between the handle and the door. These latches can be found at most baby or hardware stores.

Place the locking portion on the end of the slide lock.

Slide to hold the handles together.

Window Latch

Close the doors and place the closed window sash lock hardware where the two doors come together. Make sure that the lock is out of the child’s reach, but low enough to be convenient to adults.

Mark the holes for the screws on both doors by making a dot on the door through the holes on the hardware with the pencil.

Drill pilot holes in the door where marked.

Place the screwdriver bit onto the drill.

Screw the window sash lock onto one of the doors.

Screw the catch onto the other side.

Close the sash lock to lock the doors together. Open the sash lock to unlock the doors.

Items you will need

  • Cabinet safety latch
  • Window sash lock
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver bit
  • Screws


  • The cabinet latch method only works on doors that have handles close together where the doors come together. If the handles are in the center of the fold, the latch will not work.
  • The window sash lock method works with virtually all types of doors.
  • Window sash locks come in many different colors and styles. Choose a lock that coordinates with your decor or matches the handles on the doors.


  • Test your preferred lock often to ensure that the doors haven't loosened. This can allow a child to pull the door off the track and get into the closet.

About the Author

Based in Nashville, Shellie Braeuner has been writing articles since 1986 on topics including child rearing, entertainment, politics and home improvement. Her work has appeared in "The Tennessean" and "Borderlines" as well as a book from Simon & Schuster. Braeuner holds a Master of Education in developmental counseling from Vanderbilt University.

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