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The Pros and Cons of Using Sliding Closet Doors

You cannot appreciate just how practical sliding closet doors are until you install them to hide your wardrobe in your bedroom. These user-friendly doors slide on tracks, look fabulous and can certainly tidy up the appearance of your room. However, buying the cheap choice is not always a good idea because what may be acceptable for one person may not be practical for you. Although you may find some discounted, make sure that they are still of good quality.

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Advantages

The advantages of these systems far more than outweigh any minor disadvantages. The number one reason people choose to buy these designs is the floor space that they open up for you. As you are probably well aware, the less crammed you feel, the more comfortable you ultimately are. Since you aren’t having to open a conventional door that is held in place with hinges, you no longer have to worry about positioning your bed a little further away so you don’t hit it with the door every time you need something out of your closet.

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Not only do wardrobe sliding doors save you an abundance of space, they are much more contemporary looking as well. Big brass doorknobs that you hang everything on are part of the past. Today, the look is clean, streamlined, modern and even mirrored. Not to mention, these types of closet doors allow you to access every inch of your closet. Now you don’t have that dead corner where you store certain items and then end up forgetting about them because they are out of sight. The fact that you can slide the doors on the track either way allows you to make the most of your wardrobe space.

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Disadvantages

The disadvantages associated with these doors are mild and also easy overcome. A traditional sliding door does not allow you access to your whole closet at one time. Even when the doors are open fully, one part of the space is blocked unless you slide the doors to the other side.

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This is actually easily remedied one of two ways. You can create a pocket inside an adjacent wall where the doors can simply slide into and disappear or you can opt for the accordion style. These designs fold in half on the track to slide open away from each other. These are probably one of the most popular types of sliding closet doors available today but be cautious when making your purchasing decision because a lot of them can be really poor quality. You’ll find that these systems come in a variety of materials, colors and mirrored or even louvered patterns.

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A sliding garage door is probably the most functional, versatile, easy to use and secure garage door system that you can buy.

Sliding doors run in tracks that allow the door to slide away from the main garage entrance to a storage point that can be either, to the side of the door's opening, or in a more distant and remote resting position. The only limitation to where the door can slide to is the length of the track.

How sliding doors work

Sliding doors are made up from a number of hinged panels that allow them to turn or bend at corners and changes of angle. The panels are connected to each other on their vertical axis and vary in width dependent upon manufacturer.

Because this kind of door has a sectional construction is means that it can be produced in a massive range of fitting widths, i.e. to increase the width of a sliding door it is simply amended by additional vertical panels.

- Sliding garage doors are strong and tough and their extensive applications in the commercial sector reflect their long term durability and reliability.

- Sliding garage doors come in a range of aesthetic styles that make their sectional construction difficult to detect. They can incorporate glass panels or mimic the appearance of wood and their sectional construction means that they can contain thermal insulation.

- Sliding garage doors are one of only a couple of door types that are able to include a human access, side hinged door, within their sectional construction. This can be a real bonus if the door is regularly used for "human only" access as it enhances security and reduces heat loss.

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You've just spent a considerable amount of money on the interior of your closet, installing a closet organizer to assure that your shoes, ties, belts, scarves, dresses, shirts and slacks are all easily accessible. As nice as the interior of your closet now looks, you don't want the effect to be spoiled by a door that doesn't do it, or the rest of your bedroom, justice.

How big is your closet?

Of course the type of closet door you have depends in large part on the size of your closet. If it's a wall closet - very shallow - then of course you'll need a different type of door then if it's a walk-in.

The four types of closet door, therefore, would be the simple panel door that opens outward and lets you into the walk-in closet, bifold doors that let you view your wall closet, and the sliding doors which could be used for either version, depending on the length of the closet itself. The accordion door is also a choice.

Bifold doors would allow you to use over-the-door system to store shoes, for example - which would not work with a sliding door. Sliding doors can look more attractive than bifold doors, however.

Matching or contrasting colors?

Of course the first thing you'll have to decide about the door is its color. You'll need to find a color that will match your bedroom walls, or set it off in a striking manner. If you'd like to give your bedroom the illusion of greater size, than you'll want to get mirrored doors. And for that really elegant touch, you can even get sliding frosted glass doors.

And you'll have to give some thought to the future, of course. If you like to change the color of your bedroom every now and then, you won't want to have to change the closet door as well because it would clash with your new decor.

Vinyl or wood or what?

And what should your closet doors be made of? You've got a lot of varieties to choose from: stamped steel, hollow core, super-thin wood, or solid wood. Solid wood doors give you the most variety in their design, for you can have them hinged, folding, sliding or with pocket applications. These doors can have flat panels - to which you can affix mirrors or fabric, or louvers. (Kestrel Wood Closet Doors is one company that offers solid wood doors of high quality. They also do custom doors.) For mirrored closet doors, Fort Glass (fabricators of Stanley Mirror Doors) are one provider out of several that you can investigate on the web.

There are so many choices that you won't want to rush into your decision. Take your time investigating sources on the web, visit such stores as Home Depot or Menards or the specialty stores in your area. You can also take advantage of open houses in housing developments to go in and visit these houses and see the way those closets and bedrooms are designed. You'll then be able to make an informed decision.

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