If you have ever been in charge of the set-up of an open plan office or an apartment that is not as spacious as it could be, more likely than not you would have wished there was a stylish and practical way to divide the area that reduced clutter as it increased privacy. When faced with this kind of seemingly impossible task (of creating a sense of space when there already is none!), Installing bifold doors can be one of the most preferable solutions.
Far more effective and stylish than standing partitions, These doors possess the flexibility of screens combined with the strength, durability, sound proofing and security of regular doors. They are ideal for creating interior rooms in small homes and offices because, rather than swinging, they concertina against the adjacent wall, creating a larger opening of adjustable size and leave more room available to move around them.
These doors are so good at creating space because of the way they are constructed. The doors are typically suspended and run along a horizontal track that sits above them. They are generally composed of two or more rectangular door panels, held together by flexible hinges. Because, in most cases, the base of the panels is not affixed to a track on the ground, they can be easily and quickly folded away to expand divided spaces for changes in office arrangement or family events and special occasions.
These doors can also be used as a transition between interior and exterior spaces. On the external surface of your home, they can provide a casual and stunning transition point between the interior and exterior, folding in to reveal patios, decks and balconies. Used in this context bifold doors increase the distribution of natural light and avoid taking up the interior space normally occupied by doors that operate using a swinging hinged mechanism.
Available in a variety of materials, bifold doors can be built to incorporate techniques such as double glazing that is effective at protecting the interior environment from heat, cold and noise – factors that can also impact negatively on the comfort levels of a limited space. Similarly, mirrored bifold doors can be incredibly effective at creating the illusion of depth in a small room.
Whether you're seeking more seclusion in an office context or wanting to create a living space that is more sizable and easier to negotiate, bifold doors can offer a large number of opportunities to enhance the appearance and use of an interior in ways that are functional and tasteful.