Sliding doors play a key role in integrating environments, combining beauty and functionality to expand space, improve circulation and bring residents closer.
Their flexibility allows them to open or close rooms in order to adapt to a particular occasion, for example: when we receive visitors, it is ideal to hide the confusion and keep the intimate environments closed, in addition to reducing the noise.
They are also a good choice in small apartments, where there is no space useful for installing a traditional door, nor the construction of a brick wall. They take place on slides, take up little space and can divide the environment elegantly and modern.
In addition to the classic room layout, they are also used in a variety of cabinets, be it in the kitchen, in the bathroom or in the bedroom – when planning a move you should use this type of door to save even more space.
Main materials for sliding doors
Now know the most important materials for sliding doors:
Wooden sliding door or MDF
Wood and MDF are the preferred sliding door materials and will fit in almost any environment, whether in the bathroom, bedroom, living room or kitchen. It is not only recommended for outdoor use because moisture can ruin the material.
In addition to the various surfaces and structures that are suitable for different needs, your touch is comfortable in the hand.
Sliding door made of aluminum
Aluminum doors, which are usually fitted with glass, are the best choice for outdoor areas where the material is resistant to natural abrasion such as wind, heat and humidity.
sliding glass door
Glass is another versatile material suitable for offices, bathrooms and other spaces. Whether it’s about transparency or an opaque privacy solution.
Most popular sites for the installation of sliding doors
Sliding doors have found more and more room in interior design projects, from separating environments to cabinets in bedrooms and kitchens. See where they are most commonly used:
Sliding door in the bedroom
The rooms always need privacy, but they can be opened in apartments so that the feeling of amplitude is greater. Therefore, the sliding door is a good choice for these rooms. The most commonly used material is wood, which completely blocks the view.
Sliding door in the bathroom
Nowadays, many apartment bathrooms have narrow shutters and one of the ways to change the face of this environment is to switch the traditional door through the sliding door. In this way, the passageway can be larger, and you can exploit the interior, which was previously occupied by the open door. Leaving the tracks is optional, depending on taste and design.
Sliding door in the kitchen
Kitchens can also be separated with large sliding doors – in this case, usually the option of glass, which allows some visibility, as well as the passage of lighting, whether natural or not.
Sliding door in the living room
Even in a large room, the choice of sliding doors can make the appearance more fluid, allowing for some privacy between one room and another.
Sliding door in the outdoor area
In living areas, balconies and edifices sliding doors allow a complete opening of the environment to the outside area.
Sliding door in cabinets
Sliding doors are also the darlings of the planned cabinets in the bedrooms. The mirrored model is successful, helping to leave the environment with a greater sense of amplitude.
Advantages of using sliding doors
- Space saving : A traditional door needs a defined space to be opened. With the sliding door it is possible to use this lost space and to use it for a different purpose. Since this model is mounted on a rail, only the space for the sliding door is required, ideal for rooms with a large wall. Sliding doors can also replace brick walls separating environments in small apartments.
- Flexibility, integration and privacy : when opening, sliding doors can allow for the integration of environments and provide the room with a greater sense of amplitude. For the most intimate moments, just close the door to hide certain rooms.
- Soundproofing : The sliding door does not have the same kind of fence as a conventional door, so it is common for noise to be more noticeable from another environment.
60 inspirations from environments with sliding doors
Now that you already know the key features of these ports, you should look at the choice of environments with different models.
Picture 1 – Give a different view in the kitchen cabinet!
The advantage of this model is the practicality, since the utensils are arranged in a partially open cabinet. For those who want to upgrade in the kitchen cabinet, it is ideal not to use the traditional doors and to choose the sliding doors. Note that in this case the structure is trapped in the ceiling and the doors slide on this horizontal axis.
Picture 2 – Privacy obtained through sliding doors.
The small apartments require optimal optimization of each m². In this project, the balcony is connected to the living room and the bedroom to a sofa bed. Sliding doors are used to isolate this room at night and to integrate the environment during the day.
Figure 3 – Cabinet with sliding door.
The cabinet is usually small and should not interfere with the circulation of a conventional door, the possibility was to insert the sliding door.
Picture 4 – Sliding door: brilliant idea for a small room.
To give your little corner more privacy, how about this sliding door? Plus, she can hide this mess if needed.
Picture 5 – And who said that you can not have privacy in your home office?
Functionality is the main feature in a design, especially when the sliding door is used between two environments.
Picture 6 – The panel with slats is a modern and elegant trend.
This sliding panel can cover both the kitchen table and the main circuit for the bedrooms. The wood tones are present on the door and on the floor.
Figure 7 – Kitchen with sliding door.
To escape the classic American kitchen or masonry, put on the sliding door. This design opted for glass to preserve transparency.
Picture 8 – This design uses the metal sliding door with glass.
The glass is lightweight and maintains the view between the environments.
Figure 9 – Sliding door: working with different surfaces on the glass.
Figure 10 – sliding door to the bathroom.
Try to optimize with the sliding door if space is at a premium. While the sliding door takes up 1m², the sliding door glides to the wall and takes up little space.
Figure 11 – If the sliding door goes beyond functionality.
This design is cool for having the sliding door as a device in decoration and functionality. She can hide the small library and also the dormitory.
Picture 12 – Let the sliding door become a highlight in the decoration.
If the suggestion is to stand out, bet on a colorful door model with wheels and apparent rails.
Figure 13 – Sliding door on the kitchen counter.
This is a convenient way to hide the kitchen – because it is an open environment, it is possible to close the kitchen for a special occasion. To carry out such a project, use the same type of cabinets on the doors.
Picture 14 – Dining room with sliding door painted.
Only one door glides on the shaft, the other is a solid plate, which has the same finish to give a uniform even impression.
Picture 15 – The folding style is also a good option for your home
This model is also great for integrating environments. When opened, they enable communication between rooms, making everything wider and livelier
Figure 16 – Corridor with sliding door.
Corridors are often monotonous, so choose a different finish that contrasts with the color of the walls.
Picture 17 – Colored sliding door.
You can still give your project the lively touch!
Picture 18 – Sliding door with shelves.
The translucent part gave this door a special touch, as it can show the decorative ornaments and also bring the appropriate lighting to the hall.
Picture 19 – Decorating and dividing the environments.
This design has two sliding doors, one on each wall, which closes the environment and ensures visibility through glass.
Figure 20 – Service area with sliding door.
The service area is an environment that many seek to hide, so always in the background or hidden in the corner of the apartment. You can hide the appearance with the sliding doors, see if they are opened, they do not impede the movement of the room.
Figure 21 – Panel with sliding door in the kitchen.
Picture 22 – room with orange sliding door.
The sliding door allows for a wider span than a conventional one and therefore has greater lighting and ventilation in the room.
Picture 23 – Small sliding door.
Picture 24 – Sliding door to hide the kitchen
Spacious living room design with wooden sliding doors with friezes – in addition to a beautiful paneling it insulates the kitchen when needed.
Picture 25 – Leave your service area on the veranda in a nice and discreet way
In this project, the service area has been inserted at one end of the balcony. That way you can use the other side of the wall to place a gourmet kitchen.
Figure 26 – Sliding door for two environments.
Arrange the environments in the same plane so that the door slides over these two spaces.
Picture 27 – Winter garden with sliding door.
For exterior sliding doors, you choose aluminum or PVC frames for their strength.
Picture 28 – Cabinet with sliding doors.
Figure 29 – Metal sliding door.
Choose metal doors for an industrial and youthful footprint. In this project, it can still be used as a panel for hanging photos.
Picture 30 – Wooden sliding door.
In addition to the division and integration of environments, the sliding doors of the residence give a modern and elegant appearance.
Figure 31 – Suite with sliding door.
Figure 32 – Balcony with sliding door.
Another idea, how to hide the laundry on the balcony and still pair with a gourmet room next door.
Figure 33 – Sliding door to the bedroom.
When closed, they separate the two environments – a perfect choice for TV rooms, bedrooms and where privacy is most needed.
Picture 34 – sliding glass door.
Figure 35 – Give privacy and optimize the space.
Figure 36 – Sliding door to separate the room from the bedroom.
Picture 37 – Multifunctional room with a large sliding door, which conceals the kitchen when closed.
Picture 38 – Sliding door to the cabinet.
Figure 39 – Give privacy to your wardrobe with the sliding door.
Figure 40 – Rail for the sliding door.
Picture 41 – White sliding door.
Figure 42 – Leave your functional corridor with the sliding door in the cabinets.
Figure 43 – Put a stylish sliding door in the social area.
In this project, the kitchen is isolated by the black sliding door, which extends from floor to ceiling and has a shiny and mirrored surface.
Figure 44 – Metal sliding door.
Figure 45 – The rail can be embedded in the surfaces.
In a small apartment, the end of the rail and the floor have the same characteristics that are fundamental to make the result beautiful and harmonious.
Figure 46 – TV panel with sliding door.
The clou of this idea is the contrast of the wood in a clear environment that also enhances and warms the place.
Figure 47 – Yellow sliding door.
Picture 48 – Extensive sliding door.
Picture 49 – To separate the rooms easily and without space.
The doors made with bristling friezes have the advantage of separating the environments without blocking the entrance of the light. The same applies to glass or other translucent materials.
Figure 50 – Sliding door to hide the bench.
Figure 51 – Every room is valuable in a room, so use the cabinet with sliding doors.
Picture 52 – Hide the kitchen with the sliding doors.
Figure 53 – The folding door is ideal for saving space.
Picture 54 – A minimalist corridor
When it comes to keeping it discreet in the area, try to keep the finish and color of the walls in the door.
Figure 55 – Sliding door for American kitchen counter.
Picture 56 – Mirrored sliding door.
In this project, the door in the area should go unnoticed so that it is fixed from the ceiling to the floor with the mirrored surface.
Picture 57 – Hide the hallway with the sliding door.
The intent of this door was not to make a record, so much so that the door handle is large and eye-catching. This is not the case with panels where the buttons are pin-type and very discreet.
Picture 58 – With the sliding door these shelves were emphasized more strongly.
Picture 59 – Have a bedroom for the kids to play and hide the clutter with the sliding doors.
Picture 60 – In this way it is possible to give flexibility to the plan of the flat.