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Different Types of Closet Doors

December 18, 2009

Closet doors are an important part of your home, just as entrance doors, backdoors and patio doors. There are a variety of closet doors to choose from, though you should always aim to match the rest of the house with your choice of closet entrance.

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For example, you might find closet doors in sliding or bi-fold types, as well as a single panel interior door, which is the most commonly installed. Whereas single panel just involves an open-and-close, apartment-style door, sliding doors feature two panels that each fit in a metal track on the top and bottom of the closet.

Advantages of Sliding Doors and Bi-fold Closet Doors

Bi-fold doors are made with two long panels which are joined together by a hinge that runs lengthwise. Whenever one pulls on the door handle, instead of opening a single door and hinge, the homeowner would be pushing in two doors to open up the full closet space. The bi-fold door actually opens on the hinge with the two panels touching together.

Your closet door can also be customized to your liking, such as adding on a mirrored door. You would have to consider the frame and tint of the mirror (in clear, bronze or gray tint). Door installation should also be carefully considered, as you want to be sure that you can install the door without taking up too much weekend time.

The advantages of sliding doors include safety, less noise, easier performance and the fact that they take up less space than swinging doors. Bi-fold doors allow you to reach all parts of your closet, offer more decorative options inside, and ensure more privacy. Swinging doors, though they take up some space, are still the more economic option.


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