Sliding pocket doors are a universal option not only for small apartments but also for spacious rooms. In the article we’ll tell you how sliding doors protect furniture, save space and help solve the issue of zoning.
How are sliding doors arranged?
The principle here is the same as that used in wardrobes. The door slab moves sideways and slides on rollers along two guides: top and bottom. The main load is carried by the lower guide, and the upper one plays a supporting role, preventing the door from “walking”. Simple and reliable design.
Moreover, unlike other types of interior doors that save space, for example, folding ones, sliding models are easier to use and are suitable even for people with disabilities.
When should sliding doors be used?
This type of door is considered a fairly versatile solution, suitable for classic and modern interiors. Let’s take a look at some typical solutions that are most often encountered in practice.
Wide opening. Here it is difficult to find an alternative to sliding doors. Try to imagine how much space a double-slab swing door will take up, closing a six-foot passage, and everything will immediately become clear.
Space adjustment. With the help of sliding doors, you can not only visually expand the room but also solve the problem of low ceilings. To do this, you need to increase the standard height of the door slab by 10-15 inches.
Zoning of the premises. A good option for apartments where the kitchen is combined with the living room. Here, the sliding door plays the role of a partition, which is easy to remove if necessary.
“Salvation” of furniture. Suitable for those interiors where the furniture is close to the door. Instead of inventing artisanal limiters, we suggest installing a sliding door once and forgetting about the problem.
Space expansion. For small apartments, this is not a whim, but an urgent need. The hinged door slab “eats” at least 8 sq. f. With a sliding model, there will be no such problems.
Important! In addition to the practical side of the issue, there is also aesthetics. A sliding door is a sign of a creative approach to solving spatial problems, it gives the interior a fresh and modern look, and makes it individual and recognizable.
Disadvantages of sliding doors
Of course, there are some obvious disadvantages of sliding pocket doors. For example, the price of sliding compartment doors will be higher than that of swing models. However, everything is objective here, no overpayment “for air”. By itself, the sliding opening mechanism is more complicated than two standard hinges, it has more details.
In addition, it is better to entrust the installation of such a door to professionals, and their work must also be paid. Of course, you can do the installation yourself, but here it’s as lucky: it may work, or it may not. If you order installation from us, you get a 5-year warranty on the work performed.
Another disadvantage of sliding doors, which you could read about on other sites, is their poor soundproofing. However, this information is out of date. Among other types of sliding models, compartment doors have the greatest sound and heat protection. And if you add inexpensive seals around the perimeter and competent installation from skilled craftsmen, then it suddenly turns out that everything is in order with sound insulation.
The same applies to the noise that occurs when the compartment door is opened. The wheel rolling along the guide will, of course, make some sounds; it is impossible to open the compartment door completely silently. However, this issue is also solved by high-quality fittings and proper door adjustment.
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