There are various different aspects that have to be considered when putting together the design of built in closets and in terms of importance, the door is usually right up there. The door is not only a highly functional element of the design, ensuring the interior of the closet is out of view when it is not in use, but it also plays a vital role in terms of aesthetics since it is often the most visible part of the closet. This means it has to fit in with other design features found in the room. There are several decisions that have to be made relating to the door, with the main one being the type of door that will be installed. Other considerations include the material used to construct the door and whether it will possess any accessories. Royal Custom Closets has a great deal of experience in this area, having produced built in closets featuring every variation of closet door imaginable.
Different Types of Doors That Can Be Incorporated into the Design of Built In Closets
We always advise our clients that no single type of door is the “right” choice, but each option does have its own set of pros and cons, which we are going to outline for you now.
Traditional Swinging Door
You know the type we are talking about. Thousands of homeowners in the Greater Toronto Area will have closets fitted with swinging doors, as it’s one of the most popular styles available. Why is that? For a start, swinging doors can increase the storage capacity of built in closets simply because the backs of the doors are accessible. This allows you to install hooks and racks in these areas. Swing style doors are also popular because of the way they offer unrestricted access to all parts of the closet. There’s only one real drawback to swinging doors; the fact that they swing outwards. This may sound silly but the fact that they swing outwards can make them an impractical choice for built in closets that are installed in tight spaces.
Another popular option among our many clients in Toronto is the sliding door. The principal advantage to incorporating sliding doors into the design of built in closets is their ability to save space. Unlike swinging doors that move into the room when opened, sliding doors slide open and remain parallel to the front side of the closet. This can be useful if you live in a small apartment or your closet is located in a high traffic area. While this type of door improves on the main weakness of swinging type doors, they do restrict access to the interior of the closet. This is because only one side of the closet can be opened at a time, restricting your view of the items inside. Sliding doors can be made in a wide range of different finishes and often feature a mirrored exterior surface.
Bi-folding doors combine the positive attributes of swing style doors with those of slide type doors to offer a good compromise. Bi-folding doors run along a track that makes them easy to open and are hinged in the middle, meaning they only take up half the amount of space that a standard swinging door does, but offer unrestricted access to the whole closet. There are very few drawbacks to bi-folding doors; the only real disadvantage is that due to there being more parts used in their construction the door is more likely to develop faults as it ages. There are various different types of bi-folding doors that can be used for built in closets, including Raised Panel bi- folding doors, Accordion bi-folding doors, French door style bi-folding doors and Louvered bi-folding doors.
Rather than opting for one of the more common options, you could choose to have curtains fitted to cover over the entrance of your closet. While solid doors generally blend in with the rest of the room’s design and continue the theme of the other walls, a fabric “door” can be used to add character to the room. We often advise our clients that curtains can be a good option for built in closets located in children’s rooms as they remove the risk of the child accidentally trapping their fingers in the door while playing.
Make Doors for Built In Closets Multi-Functional
Closets doors don’t have to just be a feature that simply provides access to the interior of built in closets; accessories can be added to increase their functionality. These include:
- Mirrors – A mirror is perhaps the most common feature added to a closet door to make it multi-functional. This helps to save wall space in other areas of your room.
- Storage Features – As mentioned earlier, on certain types of closet door it is possible to install racks, pegs or pockets on the back of the door to provide additional storage space.
Are you finding it difficult to decide on the best type of closet doors? For professional assistance from a design team with more than 20 years of experience of creating high quality built in closets,