the home space often comes at a premium, especially when you consider the needs
of a growing family. However, there are a variety of techniques that can be
employed to improve your home at a relatively low cost and ensure unnecessary
space isn't taken up where it could be better utilised.
Types of door
While doors don't take up a great deal of space while they are closed, opening them requires “swing room” that can make vital floor space unusable. But fitted with sliding or bi-folding doors, entrance ways and cupboards can provide the extra floor space you require for access or storage.
Wardrobes doors are for example, a situation where fitting an alternative door
system could create more space in a room. A sliding door, for example
those from Ironmongery Direct, while it does mean
you can use the floor space in front of the cupboards to great effect, means
you will only be able to access half of the interior of your closet at a time.
This bothers some people, but isn't a concern for others. Despite this, sliding
doors are currently more fashionable in built in bedrooms than more traditional
doors because they offer a sleek, seamless contemporary look and feel to the
room. They are also relatively simple to install with the correct kit and
Bi-folding doors are another solution for bedrooms where space is somewhat lacking. This style of door fitting enables you to access both sides of a wardrobe at the same time, and the doors simply stack neatly at the sides. They take up a fraction of the floor space of regular doors when opened. Bi-folding kits are most suitable for lightweight doors and can be installed quickly by a professional fitter or experienced DIYer.
Kitchens and offices
Cabinets in kitchens and offices can be updated in a similar fashion to bedroom furniture, using simple twin fold or sliding cabinet door fittings. Again, this adds a contemporary feel to your storage, and it looks extremely professional in a work environment.
It is even possible to replace patio doors with bi-folding options. Doors that
fold outwards provide more living space inside the house while the doors are
open, but choosing to install these doors on an entire wall also allows you to
create an indoor-outdoor living environment.
What's more, modern bi-fold doors offer the quality insulated glass needed for an all year round living environment that can be kept cosy during winter and opened wide to the world in the summer months.
It's relatively simple to update your doors – and doing so can add a new dimension to your quality of life.