The Pro’s and Con’s to Having Sliding Doors in Your Home

The Pro’s and Con’s to Having Sliding Doors in Your Home

Interiors are becoming more and more advanced, with taps that provide instant boiling water and lights than can be turned on with one clap, it’s all about new and exciting features to keep the interiors bright and on trend. Sliding doors are a feature that have been around for a while now, but they’re changing all the time. With new and improved styles available they’re becoming more and more popular, but are they right for your home?

Style and appearance is everything when it comes to your home. Nobody wants to design a home that doesn’t stand out or look good, and it’s so easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of options and never truly now what’s best for your home. Sliding doors are a feature that either work really, really well, or, they don’t quite fit in. The best place to use sliding doors in your home is for a room that you want to fully open. Sliding doors work really well leading from the living room to the dining room, as you can open the two rooms up like an open plan style, or you can close them off and keep them to themselves. Similarly, if your wardrobe is more of a walk in design you can use sliding doors for them too, as you may want to have your wardrobe doors open fully to see exactly what you have hidden away between the shelves! Sliding doors are ideal for opening up spaces which will enable rooms to feel larger!

The downside to using sliding doors in this way is the ease when it comes to closing them quickly. Sliding doors run along a deep track in order to move freely, and therefore when you open or close your sliding door you tend to find that the doors are slower than ones would be on a hinge. This is a benefit to some, as you may want to prevent the risk of any trapped fingers or toes, however for someone wanting to be able to open their doors fast and close them quickly, sliding doors may not quite work as well as you’d like.

Sliding doors are very aesthetically pleasing, as you can create a fresh, open look or keep things cosier and compact when they’re closed. As a popular style for many homes, sliding doors can really make a huge difference to your home, as they provide ease and practicality for any room. Whilst they look good and stylish, they do however require a sliding door track, which enables the sliding doors to move properly without catching on any carpet or marking your floors. The sliding track is almost always invisible, however when the door is open you can see the track in the doorway. Whilst this isn’t an issue for every homeowner, some may find this unappealing and a reason not to purchase sliding doors. A sliding door track is essential however, as it enables your durable sliding doors to glide along without any issues. They are also very easy to keep clean and you don’t have to worry about any doors slamming or hinges coming loose!

For many, being able to lock your doors is essential, even for some indoor ones. Sliding doors are available with sliding door locks, which ensures that you can keep privacy in your home whilst still having stylish, chic doors. Whether you’re using your sliding doors for your home office or you want to use them to lead through into the garage, having a lock will add security to your home as well as make things more practical for yourself. A negative side to having doors that can be locked, however is knowing that a room could become unusable if your door lock became stuck. Whilst this is a very unlikely situation, it would still be very impractical and therefore locked doors may not be a necessity in your home!

Sliding doors have become a hugely popular feature for many homes today, and, as with everything, they do come with pro’s and con’s. The main element to consider with sliding doors is whether or not they will work for you and your home/lifestyle. As aesthetically pleasing and chic as they are, they have many practical features too, which work well for many people and their homes today.

Nhu Anh

Nhu Anh is a professional editor in the field of architecture and interior design. Having a strong desire for architecture and design in her writing career, Nhu Anh attempts to provide readers the most wonderful architectural news and projects.

 

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