Two pairs of swing doors for closets?
We are not big fans of bi-folds for closet doors, and wondered if we could put two pairs of double swing doors in our closets? To give an example, we have a bedroom closet that measures 7 feet interior with an opening of 5 feet 5 inches. We have two questions:
1) If we choose to do a pair of double doors, do we need to have door trim around each set of doors like posted below, or can we get away with less space and trim in between the two sets of doors? If a single 2x4 could be used, the minimum space between each set of doors would be approx. 2 and 1/2 inches; if two 2x4s had to be used, the space would be 4 inches.
The image below was kindly posted by Mileaday. It shows both sets of double doors with separate trim around each set of doors, but definitely more than the minimal space between them we are proposing.
2) Our second question concerns the optimal return on each side of the closet. Currently the way it was framed was to have 9 inches on each side of the door for a return. The original plan was to have bi-fold doors. However, if we move to swing doors, should we keep the 9 inch returns or reduce them. What size returns, if any, are optimal?
Thanks in advance for your input.