Sliding door ideas come with a multitude of benefits including a streamlined look and seamless fitting, whether used inside or out.
Exterior glass sliding doors create a stunning view from an open plan space, helping to connect the inside and out, be that part of an extension or not.
While internal sliding doors are readily available in wood, metal and glass too, used to cleverly conceal closets, divide rooms (less harshly that a wall would) and more for modern living.
Are sliding doors a good idea?
It depends on the project, and whether you are considering them as external or internal types of doors.
To create a stylish opening onto a patio, Shannon Normoyle of IQ Glass (opens in new tab)says 'Sliding glass doors are extremely versatile systems that can be used as patio doors, for roof terraces or in a modern Juliet balcony design.
Sliding doors tend to have slimmer frames, especially when closed as you don’t get the chunky meeting style. Our slim sliding doors have sight lines as minimal as 20mm, offering uninterrupted views and allowing in a vast amount of natural light, even when closed.'
Patio sliding door ideas
1. Nod to indoor outdoor living
'When creating an indoor-outdoor living space, the threshold details are an important consideration. Although there are bi-fold doors with a flush threshold, IQ has sliding glass doors that are certified for barrier free access. How important this is will depend on the homeowners and project requirements.' Adds Normoyle.
2. Complement a home with contemporary glass doors
If you live in a historic home, it doesn't mean you should shy away from minimal, modern glass door designs for the patio. If anything they will help enhance the architecture and style of your property, letting more light in and creating a view from the inside also.
3. Frame your patio
Choosing slim frames that are pocket sliding will add an extra design accent to both your indoor area and patio space. It's a simple opening that's super effective in bringing a little of that outdoor splendour inside.
4. Create a seamless corner
Sliding doors are really flexible in design. Installing them on a corner can still give you optimal performance and an intriguing finish that will complete a modern extension, making it feel fully connected to the patio space.
5. Create a fluid transition with flooring
If your priority is to maximise space and create a fluid connection between your indoor and outdoor living area, then sliding doors will be your best bet. Using the same flooring indoors and out will enhance the unifying effect.
The sliding doors in this indoor-outdoor living space are from the Pilkington Suncool Range (opens in new tab) – they are not only unobtrusive and versatile design-wise, but will keep your home cool, making them especially useful for South-facing rooms.
6. Make the most of a small space
Homes with a difficult or awkward access to a small rear garden will benefit from a sliding door solution. This corner-access garden has been opened up with chic, industrial-style sliding doors by Maxlight (opens in new tab) which makes the most of otherwise lost space.
7. Create unrestricted views
Enhance tall sliding doors furthermore with surrounding turn windows to create a bigger view from inside and out of the house. The slim frame refines this look giving an architectural edge to the home.
8. Match your frame color inside
For a seamless transition, match the color of your glass door frames with the walls of the room they are in. White on white adds fresh aspect and enhances the natural light.
9. Go floor-to-ceiling for an ultra-modern design
In a large home with an ultra-contemporary design, bi-fold doors may look a little busy – if the space permits, why not go transform a whole wall into a sliding door, creating a completely open-plan look?
This stunning minimalist, monochromatic design is by IQ Glass (opens in new tab).
Internal sliding door ideas
Our homes and rooms now need to work overtime, segmenting into spaces fit for work, sleep, exercise and entertainment. Whether it's to conceal a closet area or feel more connected to another part of the home, internal sliding doors can help add functionality and style to your space.
'Open plan living was at the forefront of architectural home design for decades, but over the last few years we’ve seen a huge rise in demand for ‘broken plan’ living. Using internal glass doors are an excellent way to achieve this as the spaces can be separated when they need to be, but can also be opened up to create a interior space with an open plan feel.' Adds Normoyle.
10. Help light travel through
Keeping your home bright throughout is a must, and you can find internal sliding doors that let natural light come through. 'Even when closed , internal glass doors allow natural light to flow through the home, preventing any spaces from becoming dark and dull. There are a range of glazing options, such as sandblasting, that give spaces privacy without completely blocking the light.' Adds Normoyle.
11. Imitate a barn door
12. Double sliding doors
For more of a grand opening, perfect to frame a dining room, consider double sliding internal doors that you can pull apart in unison with a little drama. These white metal sliding door are from Wayfair (opens in new tab).
13. Frosted closet sliding doors(opens in new tab)
Cover up your closet with an aluminum frame frosted glass sliding door like this design from Home Depot (opens in new tab). Stylish and non-invasive, this would work really well to separate a walk-in too.
14. Create a mirror image(opens in new tab)
Choose mirrored glass sliding doors to cover up a closet and enhance a small space all at the same time.