The use of sliding doors

Useful tips - Sliding doors to optimize space

To make the best use of every space, you can choose to use sliding doors! When the traditional door is opened and closed, the door needs to be rotated occupying the space within the length of the door, sliding doors are completely out of this problem. They are easy to use. Here we share the design experience with a unit in Taikoo Shing.

Before the renovation, the kitchen door and the corridor door were close together, forming a column position, wasting space and being unsightly. The designer changed half of the entire wall of the hallway to a sliding door, removing the sharp corners of the column and connecting it to the other wall of the kitchen. It also functions as a partition increasing the area of ​​the dining area and accommodate more guests if the door is fully opened.

A strong contrast is revealed by the use of irregular trapezoidal geometric patterns in the design of the wall, breaking the original boring pattern. The central part of the door frame is hollowed out with glass to enhance the perspective effect.

The cloakroom in the master bedroom also uses a glass sliding door, which completely replaces the traditional wardrobe. It is full height to ceilings and offers a better storage space.

Sliding door is divided into two kinds: hanging door and sliding door. The former is supported on the top and the bottom is equipped with pulleys. The latter is equipped with rails below, and the main supporting force is at the bottom. It should be appropriately selected according to the intended use and scheme. Of course, there are also drawbacks. One is that the position of the upper and lower rails is easy to attract dust, cleaning is more difficult, and the second is that the safety and sound insulation functions are not as good as conventional door.  This is why sliding door is usually used only for partition, in bathroom, cloakroom or cabinet doors. It is more appropriate to use traditional solid wood doors for extra safety and privacy in the main door and bedrooms.

Darren Au-yeung

Chief Designer

Darren Design & Associates