An Ode To Sliding Doors
An Ode To Sliding Doors
Introduction To Sliding Doors
Sliding doors are gaining more and more popularity, what does this mean for your home?
It means you should get some of course! There is a slew of benefits to be had from installing sliding doors.
What are these benefits? Where can you install a sliding door? How does one even work?
We are answering all of those questions and more in today’s ode to sliding doors.
What Is A Sliding Door?
The sliding door is a method of partitioning space in place of a hinged door. Where a hinged door swings open, a sliding door glides alongside the wall. There are three main ways of achieving this, the barn door style top hung sliding door, the bottom rolling sliding door and the lift and slide sliding door.
The top hung sliding door makes use of wheels on top of a rail that sits about the doorway, whereas the bottom rolling sliding door has rollers at the base of the door placed in a guiding channel that they can use to slide on. A lift and slide sliding door is the same as a bottom rolling door, except for a lever that allows it to be lifted on and off of the rollers, allowing you to fully seal a room.
Each type of door has their own benefits. The lift and slide door is the most sound proof, whereas the top hung door is the most convenient. Meanwhile, the bottom rolling door is beneficial when used with heavy doors or weak walls that can’t take the weight of a door.
Durovin sliding glass doors feature soft close mechanisms that mean the doors cannot be slammed. This means that you always have a quiet, satisfying close and you never have to worry about disturbing someone with a bump in the night.
Uses For Sliding Doors
So now we know what a sliding door is, how exactly can they be used? There are three main ways you can utilize sliding doors in your home, let’s take a look!
Sliding Shower Door
A sliding shower door is perfect for the person trying to save space in their bathroom. This is because a sliding door completely disregards the door swing that plagues other kinds of doors. Door swing can make your room feel a lot smaller as you have to work and decorate around it, whereas with a sliding door, you can just do what you want.
This is especially useful for a shower, as you don’t want to lose any space in the shower enclosure itself or in the bathroom. A glass sliding door is the ideal shower door.
Internal Sliding Door
You can also install internal sliding doors that act as partitions between rooms. These are fantastic as they give you a chic, modern look in your home while also saving an extreme amount of space. For example, a bathroom sliding door means you have more room to fit extra fixtures such as bidets and bathtubs that you might not usually have space for.
Don't worry about privacy, as you can get frosted sliding doors for bathroom entrances, that keep your private space private.
Just think, if you swapped every door inside your home for an internal sliding door, you would be able to make your home much bigger the collective removal of door swing.
External Sliding Door
An external sliding door can also be very useful as a divider between your home and the elements. It is common to use a sliding door as an extra layer of safety in front of your regular front door, creating a porch area. It is also very common to have big sliding doors connecting the home to the garden. External sliding doors are so useful because they are easy to open and give you optimal space in your garden.
Types Of Sliding Door
Now, as well as having multiple uses, there are multiple materials for you to pick from when choosing a sliding door.
A clear glass sliding door is perfect for almost any room. These doors throw the most amount of light and make your rooms feel extra large by allowing you to see past their borders. However, you probably don’t want these doors connecting sensitive rooms to public spaces. You would want a different material for your bathroom sliding door.
Frosted panel sliding doors are the happy marriage of frosted doors and clear doors. These doors are made of clear glass, adorned with frosted glass panels. These panels allow you the privacy and the security you need, while the gaps of clear glass between the panels allow for more light flow than just a fully frosted door. If you’re looking for a happy medium between privacy and lightflow, this is the perfect door for you.
The fully frosted glass sliding door offers you complete security, as no one can see in or out of the doors. Frosted glass doors still have amazing light flow, but will naturally have less than clear glass. If you are looking for clear divides between spaces, or the privacy you need for areas like bedrooms and bathrooms, then this is the perfect door for you.
Invest in a frosted glass bathroom door today.
Patterned Sliding Glass Door
Sliding glass patterned doors feature unique shapes and patterns etched into their designs. These are stylish options for the person looking for a unique and interesting door that has a clear aesthetic.
Wooden Sliding Door
A wooden sliding door is the classic version of this type of door. It offers you the security and privacy of a frosted glass door, but offers no light flow. If you are looking to maximise light flow and that feeling of spaciousness, you would need a glass door instead.
Final Thoughts On Sliding Doors
Sliding doors are a fantastic invention that have revolutionized interior design. They offer a great quality of life improvement, by creating more space in the home and offering a quieter alternative to the typical door. Remember, if you’re thinking of buying glass sliding doors internal or otherwise, think of Durovin Bathrooms and our amazing selection of sliding bathroom doors.