Types of Closet Doors

While closets are a necessity, our home layout doesn’t always allow us to put them out of the way. That means we have to consider design for closet doors so that they add to the aesthetic of rooms in the house. Mose closet doors are made of:

  • Wood – louvered, solid or hollow
  • Plastic
  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Mirrored glass

Mirrored doors add another dimension to the room by reflecting light and making a small room appear larger. The choice of other materials depend on budget, taste and what seems appropriate in a given space. Whatever material you choose, the following are the various design styles of closet doors and their benefits:

  • Hinged – or swing doors are attached by hinges on one side and swing out to open. These doors give full access to the closet space, but may be restricted by the space available on the outside when opened. Hinged doors can accommodate mounting on the inside of full length mirrors, shoe racks and shoe bags.
  • Bi-fold – because these doors fold when opened, they save space and also make the closet area accessible.
  • Accordion – or multi-fold doors take up very little space since they fold up like an accordion on opening, and give full access to the closet area.
  • Sliding – saves on floor space. Usually installed as a pair, one slides in front of the other to open. This means that access to the closet area is restricted since only one side is available at a time.

It is advisable to have a professional install sliding or bi-fold doors to ensure optimum performance.