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How to Use Sliding Doors to Maximize Your Storage Space

The problem with a lot of modern homes is storage space is often at a premium, and that means not having enough room to store all of the items you own. This can be a particular problem if you moved from an older home with plenty of storage space into a newer home lacking in closets!

In order to maximize the space in a home which lacks storage room, a lot of people are installing sliding doors. Sliding wardrobe doors are a great way to save space compared to hinged doors which take up much more room, and can restrict movement in tight spaces. Wardrobes and cupboards are the most popular choices when it comes to installing sliding doors, although there are many other uses for them.

There are three popular options when it comes to installing sliding doors:

  • multi-fold doors
  • bypass doors
  • bi-fold doors

Benefits of Sliding Doors

The great thing about these doors is you can install storage space in the unused spaces of your home, without the added problem of having to move items such as furniture in order to make room to open the doors.

One additional feature of sliding doors is that there are very easy to fit if you fancy installing them yourself. Many home improvement stores will have comprise pre-constructed sliding door panels with all of the necessary bits and pieces that you will need to install them correctly. This will help to save you money and time compared to hiring a contractor to do the work for you.

When you fit sliding doors to your storage space, not only are you getting functionality, you are also getting a stylish addition to your home. However, not only should sliding doors look great they should also operate without jamming or making a noise when opening and closing them.

Sliding doors also come in a number of styles and designs, and you should think about the shape, size and layout of the room prior to making your final decision on which styles of sliding door to install. Otherwise, you could end up installing sliding doors that are totally unsuitable to the size and design of the room.

Great for Small Spaces

For a small room for instance, there is a lot to be gained from having sliding doors that are mirrored, as this can be a great way to add the illusion of light and space. Of course, mirrored doors are not to everyone’s taste, and as an alternative, you might want to take a closer look at sliding doors that are glass fronted. Glass fronted doors are quite popular, especially the ones that have smoked or frosted glass panels. Wooden doors are also a popular choice, and they are also available in a number of styles from solid wood to panel to louver.

Installing sliding wardrobe doors is a great way to save space in a room that has limited storage space. One of the best places to look for sliding doors is the internet, as there are a lot of stores online where you can purchase these kinds of doors, plus you will be able to get an idea of what design will suit you best.

Ameline Clerk is a contributor to and she has a great passion for interior design.

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One thought on “How to Use Sliding Doors to Maximize Your Storage Space

  1. Alex Trodder

    I had never thought about how sliding doors could help you maximize the utilization of your space. I guess it’s true that you don’t have to worry about the radius of the door swinging while opening and closing. Maybe this is why a lot of homes use sliding glass door for entrances to their backyard. This way you don’t have to worry about a door taking up space in your great room, living room, or kitchen. Thanks for the article.


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