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Sliding Doors vs Folding Doors - Which Is Better?

March 26, 2019

When the weather is great, having doors that bring the outside in transforms any living space. The right sliding or folding doors in a dining area or lounge, or perhaps in a commercial property with access to courtyard or landscaped area, will evoke the look and feel of a much larger space - and the result will be aesthetically enhanced and uplifting.

Choosing the right doors

Modern doors are a luxurious option that give any building that feel-good factor. Here at Barrier Components, we provide folding and sliding door accessories that might appeal to you, depending on the style of door you choose. So let’s consider the choice between sliding and folding doors.

With a bifold door, you can pretty much open out a whole wall. When the door is fully opened, the various leaves are folded into about a metre of space, and they jut out (or in) the full width of one panel. They can open in multiple directions if required, and you can decide what works best - whether they fold in or outwards.

With a sliding door, you’re simply left with the width of one pane in place, and the size of that panel can be determined by what’s practical. If you have specific requirements, you might also consider lift and slide doors, or a design that loses the panels into a hidden cavity in the wall.

Traditional or contemporary?

A more traditional style of door for a large window space, is the French door. Here you have two glazed doors, with other parts of the wall around them also glazed, but immovable. For an ultra-modern look, you can have a design that avoids the need for supporting columns, but of course that will depend on your architect and your budget. What’s more, French doors can only be 'so' big.

If you have a really large space to fill, remember the size of a French door that can be supported in that space will be limited. That’s why the popular choice tends to be for the sliding door, just because it’s really convenient and simple, and avoids the bulk you get with the folding door when it’s fully open.


Bear in mind that if possible you’ll want the threshold of the doorway to be flat, and preferably sunk into the floor so that there’s no danger of tripping.

These options are available with most of the sliding or folding door mechanisms, and although they require a degree of additional building work, it’s well worth it for everyday usability, especially if children or less able-bodied people are using the space. If you're in need of any folding or sliding door accessories, we're perfectly placed to help.

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