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Sliding doors make more room

Image: Howell Custom Building Group / Michael Penney

Sometimes, it’s surprising that interior sliding doors aren’t used more often. They’re perfect for small spaces, where you don’t have enough room to open a swinging door without intruding into limited room space. We see sliding doors on closets and showers – why not elsewhere?

This simple sliding bathroom door avoids any problems with the limited space alongside the bed or in the small bathroom space.

One problem of sliding doors is that they require the wall alongside the door to be free of artwork or furniture in order to give the door enough space to slide freely. This can be remedied by using pocket doors that slide into the walls, so you can put pictures, chairs, or other items right up next to the door.

Large sliding doors can almost become walls, enabling you to create separate rooms at will. Here, the dining area can be closed off when not in use, or to create a private area, or can be integrated into the main living space.

These frosted glass sliding doors allow plenty of light through, but are ideal for separating off a guest bedroom when needed.  The room has a more open feel than it would have if there was a traditional wall and door, and the ability to open it up adds to the feeling of space.

For small bedrooms in particular, the sliding door offers a great alternative to the traditional swing door.

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