Sliding doors play a key role in integrating environments, combining beauty and functionality to expand space, improve circulation and keep residents closer.
Its flexibility allows you to open or close spaces, adapting to a certain occasion, for example: when we receive visitors, the ideal is to hide the mess and leave the intimate environments closed, in addition to reducing the noise.
They are also a great option in small apartments, where there is no space useful for the installation of a traditional door, nor the construction of a masonry wall. Relying on sliding rails, they take up little space and can divide the environments in an elegant and modern way.
In addition to the classic room division, they are also used in a variety of cabinets, whether in the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom - when planning a move, consider using this type of door to save even more space.
Main materials for sliding doors
Know now the main materials used in sliding doors:
Wood or MDF
Wood and MDF are the favorite materials on the sliding doors and fit in virtually every environment, whether for the bathroom, bedroom, living room or kitchen. It is only not recommended for the external area, since the humidity can spoil the material.
In addition to the different finishes and textures that suit different needs, your touch is comfortable in the hands.
Aluminum doors, usually installed with glass, are the best choice for outdoor environments, where the material is resistant to natural wear such as wind, heat and humidity.
Glass is another versatile material that can suit offices, bathrooms and other rooms. Whether maintaining transparency or an opaque solution for privacy.
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Sliding doors have gained more and more space in interior design projects, from the separation of rooms to closets in the bedrooms and in the kitchen. See where they are most used:
The rooms always need privacy, however, they can be opened in apartments so that the feeling of amplitude is greater. Therefore, the sliding door is a great choice for these rooms. The most commonly used material is wood, which completely blocks visibility.
Nowadays, many apartment bathrooms have narrow shutters and one of the ways to change the face of this environment is by switching the traditional door through the sliding door. In this way, the passage span may be larger and one can take advantage of the internal space previously occupied by the open door. Leaving the rails apparent is optional, according to your taste and design.
Kitchens can also be separated with large sliding doors - in this case, usually the option of glass, which allows a certain visibility, as well as the passage of lighting, whether natural or not.
Even in a large room, the choice of sliding doors can leave the appearance more fluid and allows some privacy between one room and another.
In backdrops, balconies and edicts, sliding doors allow the environment to fully open to the outside area.
Sliding doors are also the darlings of the planned closets in bedrooms. The mirrored model is successful and helps to leave the environment with a greater sense of amplitude.
Advantages of using sliding doors
- Space saving : A traditional door requires a defined space to be opened, with the sliding door it is possible to gain this lost space and use it for another purpose. As this model is fixed on a rail, only the space for the sliding door is required, ideal for rooms that have an extensive wall. Sliding doors can also replace masonry walls that separate environments in small apartments.
- Flexibility, integration and privacy : When opened, sliding doors can allow the integration of environments, in addition to leaving the place 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 type of fence as a traditional door, so it is common for noise from another environment to be more noticeable.
60 inspirations from environments with sliding doors
Now that you already know the key features of these ports, check out now the selection of environments with different models - inspire yourself:
Picture 1 - Give another look in the kitchen cupboard!
The advantage of this model is practicality, since the utensils are arranged in a partially open cabinet. For those who want to upgrade in the kitchen cupboard, the ideal is not to use the traditional doors and choose the sliding doors. Note that in this case the structure is caught in the ceiling and the doors slide on this horizontal axis.
Picture 2 - Maintain privacy with the help of sliding doors.
The small apartments demand optimum optimization of each m². In this project, the balcony is coupled with the living room and the bedroom, which contains a sofa bed. Sliding doors serve to isolate this room at night and to integrate the environments during the day.
Picture 3 - Closet with sliding door.
The closet is usually small and not to disturb the circulation with the opening of a traditional door, the option was to insert the sliding door.
Picture 4 - Great idea for a small room.
To give more privacy to your little corner, how about that sliding door? Besides, she can hide that mess when necessary.
Picture 5 - And who said that you can not have privacy in the home office?
Functionality is the main feature in a design, especially when using the sliding door between two environments.
Picture 6 - The panel with slats is a modern and elegant trend.
This sliding panel can cover the kitchen counter, as well as the main circulation for the bedrooms. The wood tones are present on the door and on the floor.
Picture 7 - Kitchen with sliding door.
To escape from the classic American kitchen or masonry, bet on the sliding door. This design opted for glass to maintain transparency.
Image 8 - This design uses the sliding metal door with glass.
The glass is lightweight and maintains vision between environments.
Image 9 - Work with different finishes on the glass.
Picture 10 - Sliding door to the bathroom.
With the lack of space, try to optimize with the sliding door. While the sliding door occupies 1m², the sliding door slides up against the wall and takes up almost no space.
Figure 11 - When 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 little library and also the dormitory.
Picture 12 - Let the sliding door be the highlight in the decoration.
If the proposal is to stand out, bet on a colorful door model with pulleys and apparent rails.
Figure 13 - Sliding door on the kitchen counter.
This is a practical way to hide the kitchen - because it is an open environment, it is possible to close the kitchen on a special occasion. To make such a design, use the same finish of the cabinets on the doors.
Picture 14 - Dining room with sliding door lacquered.
Only one door slides on the shaft, the other is a fixed panel that has received the same finish to give a uniform plane impression.
Picture 15 - The folding style is also a great option for your home
This model is also great for integrating environments. When opened, they allow communication between spaces, leaving everything wider and more airy
Image 16 - Corridor with sliding door.
Corridors are usually monotonous, so choose a different finish that contrasts with the color of the walls.
Image 17 - Colored sliding door.
They can still give the vibrant touch to your project!
Image 18 - Sliding door with shelves.
The translucent part gave the special touch to that door, as it can show the decorative ornaments and also bring the appropriate lighting to the hall.
Image 19 - Decorating and dividing the environments.
This design has two sliding doors, one on each wall that close the environment, maintaining visibility through the use of glass.
Image 20 - Service area with sliding door.
The service area is an environment that many seek to hide, so it is always in the background or hidden in the corner of the apartment. You can disguise the look with the sliding doors, see that when opened they do not interfere in the circulation of the space.
Picture 21 - Panel with sliding door in the kitchen.
Image 22 - Room with orange sliding door.
The sliding door allows a larger span than a traditional one, consequently it has a greater incidence of lighting and ventilation in the room.
Image 23 - Small sliding door.
Picture 24 - Sliding door to hide the kitchen
Spacious living room design with sliding wooden doors with friezes - in addition to forming a beautiful panel, it isolates the kitchen when needed.
Picture 25 - Leave your service area on the porch in a beautiful and discreet way
In this project the service area was inserted at one end of the balcony. This way you can use the other side of the wall to put a gourmet kitchen.
Image 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 sliding doors in outdoor areas, opt for aluminum or pvc frames because of their strength.
Image 28 - Closet with sliding doors.
Image 29 - Metal sliding door.
For an industrial and youthful footprint, choose metal doors. In this project, it can still be used as a panel for hanging photos.
Image 30 - Wooden sliding door.
In addition to dividing and integrating environments, sliding doors give a modern and stylish appearance in the residence.
Picture 31 - Suite with sliding door.
Picture 32 - Balcony with sliding door.
Another idea of how to hide the laundry on the balcony and still couple with a gourmet space next door.
Image 33 - Sliding door to bedroom.
When closed, they separate the two environments - a perfect choice for TV rooms, bedrooms and where privacy is most needed.
Image 34 - Sliding glass door.
Picture 35 - Give privacy and optimize space.
Image 36 - Sliding door to separate the room from the bedroom.
Image 37 - Multifunctional room with large sliding door that hides the kitchen when closed.
Picture 38 - Sliding door to closet.
Picture 39 - Give privacy to your closet with the sliding door.
Image 40 - Track for the sliding door.
Image 41 - White sliding door.
Picture 42 - Leave your functional corridor with the sliding door in the closets.
Picture 43 - Put a stylish sliding door in the social area.
In this project, the kitchen is isolated through the black sliding door, which goes from floor to ceiling and has a glossy and mirrored finish.
Image 44 - Metal sliding door.
Image 45 - The rail can be embedded in the surfaces.
In a small apartment, the finish of the rail and the floor has the same characteristics, which is fundamental to leave the result beautiful and harmonic.
Picture 46 - TV panel with sliding door.
The cool of this idea is the contrast of the wood in a clear environment, which also enhances and warms the place.
Picture 47 - Yellow sliding door.
Image 48 - Extensive sliding door.
Picture 49 - Separating rooms light and without taking up space.
The doors made with brise type friezes have the advantage of separating the environments without barring the entrance of the light. The same is true for glass or other translucent materials.
Picture 50 - Sliding door to hide the bench.
Picture 51 - Each space is precious in a room, so use the closet with sliding doors.
Image 52 - Hiding the kitchen with the sliding doors.
Picture 53 - The folding door is great for saving space.
Picture 54 - A minimalist corridor
If the idea is to leave it discreet in the environment, try to keep the finish and the color of the walls in the door.
Picture 55 - Sliding door for American kitchen countertop.
Image 56 - Mirrored sliding door.
In this project, the intention is to leave the door unnoticed in the environment, so it is fixed from the ceiling to the floor with the mirrored finish.
Image 57 - Hide the hallway with the sliding door.
The intention of this door was not to create a panel, so much so that the door handle is large in size and catches the eye. This does not occur in the case of panels, where the knobs are of the peg type and are very discrete.
Image 58 - These shelves gained more prominence with the sliding door.
Picture 59 - Have a bedroom for the kids to play and hide the mess with the sliding doors.
Image 60 - In this way it is possible to give flexibility to the plan of the apartment.