Today, sliding doors are getting more popular than ever with designers as well as users. Not only do sliding doors offer better space utilization but also when designed correctly, they add to the overall visual experience of the space. A sliding door typically is hung on top guides and slides on bottom rails, this way, even the largest of doors are easy to operate. With advancement in technology, many of the sliding door hardware is becoming increasingly sleeker and capable of bearing heavier weights, a factor which has led to newer and better sliding door designs.
If you too wish to enhance the overall appeal of your space, a sliding door in place of a convential hinged door might be an option. Take a look at the below examples to know more.
In the case of spaces like the kitchen which sometimes needs to be shut to avoid smell or a messy display, sliding doors could be the perfect option. Not only can it cover the entire facade easily, it also does not require any space to operate (swing mechanism) like a typical door.
One of the primary functions of a sliding door is space separation. Depending upon the nature of space, you can opt for doors that are completely opaque or as in this case transperant to allow the passage of light between spaces.
One disadvantage that sliding doors bring to the table is that sliding doors occupy space when they are in open position. Unless the space is big, this can pose as a problem. However, by adopting the idea as shown, that is to conceal the shutters in the wall or panelling thickness, you can easily eliminate the problem.
Sliding doors, when designed with the required precision and finished with materials that can complement the surrounding setting, can certainly enhance the overall visual appeal of the space. In the case of this space, the sleek white colored shutters add a wonderful minimalist touch to the entire room.
You can also opt for sliding shutters with a small view panel if you desire privacy but at the same time need some connectivity with the interior space. Such kind of shutters are very handy for offices or clinics.
The sliding folding mechanism was designed in order to counter the fact that a normal sliding door takes up space when all the shutters are opened. In the case of sliding folding doors, the doors can be collapsed upon each other thus drastically reducing the space that a normal sliding door demands in an open position.
Sliding doors have been native to Japan for a long time. This sliding door takes inspiration from the Japanese doors for its visual form. The simple symmetrical pattern of the black frame and glass panels looks impressive as well as imparts a nice contemporary touch to the space.
The sliding door is provided with a convenient niche that allows the shutter to slide in when it is in the open position.
Apart from rooms, cabinets are one such element wherein sliding shutters can be used very effectively. The rigid framework of the cabinet makes the fixing of the sliding door hardware convenient than on any other location.
The type of sliding door as seen in this image is one of the most common design types for a sliding shutter. The thick aluminum frame offers the required security and insulation whereas the transparent glass allows in ample of natural light even when the shutters are completely locked.
Sliding doors for corridors instead of conventional hinged doors can be a good option. In case the opening of your space is large or if you have furniture elements very close to the entrance, the cabinets as seen here, sliding doors can be very beneficial and can offer more flexibility than a normal door.
As we can see in this image, the sliding door can fit in comfortably in any size of door opening while at the same time being easy to operate.
Sliding doors for a bathroom can be a very good option. Bathrooms are usually small spaces, in such a scenario, sliding doors can offer excellent space utilization.
You can install sliding doors that part away in opposite directions instead of overlapping each other. The positive side is that this arrangement looks far cleaner and sleek while on the downside if you were to conceal the shutters, you would require niches on both sides of the opening.
As described previously, sliding doors due to their single plane movement consume very little operating space and hence proves to be an excellent solution for small spaces as seen here.
Sliding doors can be fabricated out of different materials with wood being one of the best construction materials. Wooden shutters not only look classy but they also provide a certain rustic appeal to the entire space.
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