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When a home has small rooms, one of the best solutions to create more space is with sliding doors, which can be rolled out and do not need extra opening space. f you want ideas on these doors, at Terra Homes we will tell you everything you need to know to get the best out of your space.

What are the benefits of sliding doors?

The main benefit of sliding doors is space saving. For example, let’s consider a small bathroom with a tub and shower as soon as you get through the door. In this case, a good option would be a sliding door.

However, sliding doors do not just have one benefit. These doors can also be used to separate one space into two, or join spaces together, whenever you want. This would be an example of an open plan lounge: a sliding door to enjoy the entire lounge whenever needed, or close part of it off, as if it were a balcony, and have a cosier space.

Another benefit of sliding doors is that they are now available in a range of materials. There are even glass sliding doors which close off but also allow for light to come in, making a room feel bigger.

We should also point out that a sliding door can have an important aesthetic role, as there are now a variety of sliding doors available in a range of designs: modern, rustic, etc.

Do sliding doors have any flaws?

Of course they do, sliding doors also have certain inconveniences. In our opinion, we think that you need to bear in mind that the door needs to be slid, which is not always easy when opening a door.

Likewise, you should also bear in mind that on occasions the doors do not slide as they should do, however this is a problem that can be avoided by using quality doors and contracting professional installers.

Sliding doors also do not soundproofas well as regular doors. For those living on their own or with a partner, this may not be so much of an issue. However, in the case of various people living at a home, there are more privacy needs and maybe sliding doors are not the best option for spaces such as bedrooms, for example.

What types of sliding doors are available?

We can define various types of sliding doors based on different criteria:

Their installation

If we focus on how the doors are installed, there are a range of different options, such as:

Hidden or built-in

These are sliding doors which, once opened, are hidden in the wall. Due to their design they are the best choice for creating more space, as they allow for other fittings to be placed against a wall, such as another piece of furniture.

Visible

These types of doors open along the wall and are visible. They are easier to install and usually a cheaper option, but do not allow for the wall to be used to place furniture against. However, they can be a decorative feature which hidden sliding doors do not have.

How they open

Based on how they open, we have highlighted the following types of sliding doors:

Single panel

These are sliding doors formed of one sole panel, which move horizontally from one side to another. They are the most common.

Two or double panel

Double panel sliding doors always move in one direction, opening towards the wall on which they are installed.

Folding

These sliding doors have several panels, and their panels fold up like an accordion. There are very useful for interiors and are also great space savers.

Stackable

These are similar to the above option but have a modular system in which each panel is fitted and can slide independently.

Telescopic

In this case there are two or more panels that move together, within one frame. When the first panel moves, so do the others, until they are on top of each other and completely open.

Parallel

These are usually two or three panels on rails which slide parallel. They are usually used for wardrobes and large access gates.

Corner

This is a type of sliding door formed of two mobile panels which open simultaneously in a corner. There is no doubt that sliding doors for small spaces are an excellent solution and are also a great household decorative feature. Do you fancy trying them out?