7 Fantastic Benefits of Sliding Doors

December 4, 2019
Here at Decor Tips, we're in love with sliding doors. And if you read this article, you will be too.

There’s no better way to fill your rooms with light than by installing sliding doors. As if by magic, your home will seem ten times bigger, and your perception of the space will instantly change.

Sliding doors, known as fusuma, have long been a favorite in traditional Japanese homes. Japanese architects use simple wooden panels lined with cardboard or thin paper to divide the rooms. Because of the increase in loft-style apartments, and the growing number of increasingly small buildings, these doors have quickly been adopted by Western designers.

7 great benefits of sliding doors

Natural light

Open plan kitchen.

One of the main advantages of sliding doors is that – when open – they allow more light into your home. However, if you decide to buy glass doors, natural sunlight will pour into your rooms even when they’re closed.

Sliding doors – space-saving solutions

If your home is a little on the small side, or you need a little extra space in some of your rooms, sliding doors are the ideal solution.

A door for every home

These doors are super versatileeasily adapting to any space or style. You can find suspended doors, folding doors, and pocket doors, each in a huge variety of different materials.

Open spaces

Barn doors.

If you enjoy open-plan homes with no doors, but you like to be able to have your privacy when you need it, sliding doors are a great option. When the doors are open, it’ll feel like you have one continuous space, especially if you choose floor-to-ceiling doors and paint them the same color as your walls.

Sliding doors – room dividers

These doors are ideal if you use one room for two different functions, and you want to separate them. For example, if you work from home and your office is in your bedroom, you could install a sliding door. This is a great way to divide the room without changing the layout.

Do your children share a room? Placing a sliding door in the middle will help you avoid arguments, giving your children their own privacy while allowing them to be together whenever they like.

For the indecisive

Glass sliding doors.

If you’re thinking about making your kitchen open-plan but you’re not quite sure if it’s the right decision, we have the solution to all your problems: the sliding door.

Open-plan kitchen-living rooms are really on-trend, but the fear that the living room will constantly smell of whatever you’ve been cooking often makes people think twice. By installing sliding doors, you can make your home look more spacious, while still being able to separate your rooms whenever necessary.

Exterior doors

Yes, you can also buy exterior sliding doors. They’re perfect for porches or terraces with great views. In winter, you can gaze up at the stars from the warmth and comfort of your couch. In the summer, you can enjoy wonderful meals with family and friends, without having to constantly traipse in and out of the house.

Tips for installing sliding doors

Glass and wood doors.

  • There are two main types of sliding doors: barn doors (which slide back over the wall) and pocket doors (which disappear into a compartment in the wall). Pocket doors require a double wall, so if you don’t already have them, you’ll need to invest a little more to have them fitted. Barn doors are far cheaper and easier to install. If you want to make them a little less conspicuous, you can conceal them by attaching furniture, such as bookshelves.
  • Materials: wood, metal, glass, paper – there are so many different materials to choose from.
  • Door tracks: when it comes to choosing the right door tracks, it’s best to consult a professional. They’ll need to be compatible with both the material and the type of door you’ve chosen. You can find some really beautiful and decorative designs that will make your doors stand out from the crowd.

These are just some of the many reasons we love sliding doors. Beautiful and versatile, these simple doors will allow you to connect your rooms, and bring light into your home. Play around with the materials, colors, and styles until you’ve got the perfect look.