Sliding Doors: An Innovative Solution for Multifunctional Spaces

 

In recent years, the shift from traditional boundaries of individual living areas to more open floor plans where one space flows into another has led to innovative new paths of interior design. 

 

Architects and interior designers are continually being challenged to create highly functional spaces that balance usability with the feel of an open space while maintaining comfort and intimacy. Individuals want open spaces for entertaining and socializing, but more intimate and private spaces for relaxation.

 

As this trend continues to grow across all channels, be it residential, hospitality, or commercial, new sliding systems are being developed and introduced into the market to offer creative solutions for today’s challenges.

Movable Walls

 

Multifunctional rooms require flexible room designs. Movable walls consisting of sliding panels allow flexible and functional use in both small and large spaces. The same space may have multiple purposes. Movable walls allow for easy transformations of a room from one activity to another on demand.  

 

Residential: Temporary wall partitions can create a spare bedroom or provide extra privacy for a home office or for a student doing their homework. Opaque glass or aluminum frame doors with frost (opaque) glass inserts provide privacy and security while allowing for light to flow in the living space.

           

Hospitality: A large hotel ballroom that may serve other purposes, such as meeting rooms or a nightclub.

 

Commercial: Sliding glass walls in open-concept office spaces help create private meeting rooms, effectively maximizing space and productivity. In addition, glass panels are used to offer security and showcase merchandise in storefront displays. 

Pocket Doors

 

As space is getting more and more limited, pocket door systems offer the ideal solution as all the hardware is hidden inside the walls and the door itself disappears inside the wall when opened for a clean, open feeling. New pocket door systems have evolved to become easy to install and allow access to the hardware and installation/removal of doors without damaging the wall.  

 

Residential: Pocket doors are great for tight spaces such as in bathrooms, bedrooms, and laundry rooms leading to and from hallways.

 

Hospitality: A pocket door is a great way to add a more modern element to an overall design, and an ideal space-saving alternative that allows better access to the bathroom in a hotel room without the obstruction from a swing-out door.

 

Commercial: Dressing rooms in retail stores would benefit from pocket doors efficiently saving space while maintaining an open feeling and intimacy. Also ideal for dental and healthcare facilities for providing barrier-free accessibility in and out of examination rooms and meeting building codes. Makes for better planning and optimizes floor space to care for more patients. 

Pivoting Slide-in Doors

 

Great for a variety of applications, a pivoting slide-in door system allows for greater access to large openings with doors that pivot or bifold and then slide into a “pocket” area perpendicular to the front of a work area or storage space. Closed, the doors conceal what is hidden inside when the area is not in use, keeping the area looking clean. The doors open up wide with ease when access is needed. There is now a bi-folding door that functions as a pivoting slide-in door providing the ability to cover a wider lateral space and tuck away the door to have full access.

 

Easy integration into numerous applications in kitchens, laundry rooms, closets, storage areas, and entertainment centers, now possible with tall, floor-to-ceiling doors. This system can also serve in restaurants, bars, spas, and conference rooms.

 

Other similar systems such as Bifold Sliding or Biparting Pivot systems offer similar functions for common applications.

 

Residential: Slide-in doors are a great option to conceal a home office or laundry closet in a hallway. These doors create a nice streamlined look throughout the home.

 

Hospitality: Pivoting slide-in doors can hide away nooks in a hotel at specific times of the day.

 

Commercial: In a conference room, pivoting slide-in doors can conceal a large TV or coffee area/kitchenette to keep the area as clean as possible.  

Concealed Wall-Mounted Systems

 

New on the market, these completely concealed hardware systems are mounted to a wall surface and remain totally hidden from sight when the door is opened and closed, as if floating. These discreet sliding systems support wood, aluminum-framed, and frameless doors for residential and commercial applications. Interior designers will love this look, as well as the quality performance it provides as it merges form and function with beautiful results. A sophisticated evolution and alternative to traditional sliding barn-style doors.

 

Residential: Highly aesthetic in very modern spaces, a concealed sliding system provides space-saving and innovative function. Ideal for walkways without a ceiling or header supports, such as vaulted open ceilings.

 

Hospitality: Concealed wall-mounted systems are more discreet than traditional barn doors and blend in nicely with any interior design concept. For example, they are perfect in areas where a temporary partition is required to divide a suite to provide security and privacy where there is no ceiling support over the walkway.

 

Commercial: Concealed sliding systems provide the most aesthetic solution for commercial office spaces. 

There are several benefits to integrating sliding doors into a design. The main one being space-saving as they require no outward clearance while providing easy access from hallways or from one room to another. In urban areas, where space is at a premium, sliding doors become a real game changer. 

 

Sliding doors and movable walls also increase the usability of a space. When the same space is needed for more than one activity, it can be easily transformed to suit the needs of the moment by creating smaller more intimate spaces or opening-up to larger spaces. 

 

Also, sliding doors become another design element when the doors themselves can be made from materials such as glass, wood, and aluminum-framed doors that add aesthetic appeal. Whatever the setting, from a beautiful traditional home to a modern hotel room or office space, sliding doors are easily incorporated and can provide visual interest to a space as well as much need functionality and comfort for the user.