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Sliding Closet Doors

Updated on September 18, 2014

I've been told that the first thing people notice when they come to your living room or your bedroom are the closets. And considering the closet doors are the most visible part of your closets this is exactly what draws their attention.

There is a lot we can say about closet doors but on this occasion I'll be a bit more specific and write about a certain type of closet doors - the sliding closet doors.

I believe the greatest advantage of sliding closet doors is pretty much obvious. They take little space. They don't open to the inside (which would be a bit strange, wouldn't it) to take room inside your closet and they don't open to the outside so you would have to be careful not to place any other piece of furniture too close to your closet. As the name suggest, the sliding closet doors open to the side and kind of fold into nothing. Nothing? Well, not exactly nothing. They just close into the side of the closet or fold down.

Sliding closet doors types

There are three basic types of sliding closet doors:

1. Bypass

This type is usually made of two parts that slide in front/back of each other. It is the most common type of sliding closet doors. Sometimes there are more than two pieces (three, even four), especially if the closets are really big.

2. Pocket

Pocket sliding closet doors are placed beside the wall and the doors simply slide into it.

3. Single bifold

This type of sliding closet doors is perhaps the most common. There are two doors, each on one side of the closet and each closes the closet to the middle.

There are advantages and disadvantages to these types of closet doors so you should plan carefully before installing your closets. Keep in mind you probably won't change your closet doors for a while so your personal preferences should play an important role when you choose your sliding closet doors.

In the beginning I mentioned the most important advantage of sliding closet doors - the space you save. But this is by no means the only advantage. When you will install them you will notice something else about them. They are quiet. They make almost no noise when you open/close them and there will be absolutely no more slamming of the closet doors. If you were the one that usually slammed your old ordinary closet doors ... well, you will just have to find some new way to blow off steam.

Sliding closet doors
Sliding closet doors

Curtains and Window Treatments

Closet doors are rarely decorated with curtains and windows treatments, unless they are made of glass. Namely, window treatments for sliding glass doors are quite popular these days, because they provide shelter and help with the insulation as well.

Sliding Door Materials

Sliding closet doors can be made of several different materials. While it is true that the wooden ones are the most sold ones, you can also get vinyl or uPVC doors. They work just as well as the wooden ones, but are also a bit cheaper.


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      10 months ago

      Where did you purchase the track for the triple bypass door?

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      Joyce S Goodlatte 

      2 years ago

      I am wondering what hardware was used for these doors. What do you recommend. I am most concerned about this as my current sliding closet doors have broken horrible parts.


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