How To Choose The Right Internal Bifold Doors
If you're looking for a way to liven up your homestead that will not only look striking but will open up your space to a number of fresh possibilities, internal bifold doors are a wonderful option. Here, we'll be talking you through how to choose the best bi fold doors for your specific situation, whilst also giving you a few ideas regarding how best to use your new doors to create greater feelings of light and space in a room. Which internal bi-fold doors you opt for will also depend very much on your individual taste, of course, but hopefully, this guide should at least give you a few ideas and nudge you in the right direction.
Bi fold doors for the Kitchen
If the lounge is the heart of your home and the bedroom is the brains, then the kitchen is definitely the stomach, and we all want to look after our stomachs. When you think of bifold doors for your kitchen, the first place your mind goes is probably to the garden, as in most modern homes, the kitchen leads out into the garden or backyard. Installing a set of bifold doors leading from your kitchen to the rear of your home is a wonderful way to bring a bit more light into the room, and, if it leads out onto decking, you could create a gorgeous, Mediterranean atmosphere in the summer months, perfect for BBQs! You could also install your bifold doors with a fly screen, to keep out those pesky insects whilst leaving the doors open and letting some air and warmth into your home. We're here, however, to talk about internal bifold doors.
Many kitchens might have a pantry in which to keep tinned and dried foods, and if this is the case, a bifold door would be a wonderful option. Not only will the doors open out fully, allowing you easier access to the goodies within, but space is always at a premium in a kitchen, so the space saving nature of a bifold door will really help in those busy evenings slaving away over a full Sunday roast or the weekday family meal. The other popular option could be kitchen bifolding doors leading between your kitchen and dining room or living room. This could lend your home a wonderfully contemporary feeling, and open up your downstairs immensely. You could also replace your cupboard doors with bifolding doors for easier access, or even use it to segregate a breakfast bar. Thinking outside the box, you could also use a bifolding doors in a kitchen/diner scenario to conceal your setup when the kitchenette isn't in use. These kind of setups can even be automated to fold back at the push of a button. Yes, this would be an expensive option, but you'd feel like a James Bond villain every time you went to open the microwave. And that is priceless!
Bifold doors for the bedroom
Folding sliding doors in the bedroom are generally found in the wardrobe, where the mechanism involved means you have access to more room, and therefore the ability to store more clothes. You could also, however, use bifold doors to disguise a floor-length mirror, or even to lead into your ensuite bathroom. The options are practically endless. Here, however, we'll be focusing specifically on using bifold doors for your wardrobe. Take into account, however, that everything mentioned below could always be adapted for another, less conventional use.
When it comes to bifold wardrobe doors, the benefits are obvious. French doors consume a lot of swing space and therefore limit movement in and around the wardrobe. So, for example, if you happen to have a smaller bedroom, you’ll have to completely close the doors to move or maybe open just one pane and keep the other one closed to move around easily. Sliding doors also lead to problems accessing the entire wardrobe at once, because, as the name suggests, since the slide sideways, you can only access the left or the right side of your wardrobe at one time. This can be a big problem, especially when you need to get dressed quickly, or if you happen to have a rather extensive collection of clothes, shoes, jewellery and more!
With bifolding doors, not only will you have access to more space because they consume far less swing space than conventional doors, but the whole wardrobe can be accessed in one go! Bifold wardrobe doors can also be quite easily customised to fit almost any opening, and are surprisingly easy to install, making it the ideal DIY project. The amount of styles available will probably surprise you too, so there should always be a suitable option for the individual style of your bedroom. Bifold wardrobe doors will come in a variety of materials such as wood, glass, or even mirrored. So, whether you are designing your bedroom with a modern flare in mind, or you're looking to find a bifold door that can be used as both a mirror and a door, you should have a multitude of options at your disposal!
Bifold doors for the living room
Now we get to the real heart of the matter; the living room, where we do most of our actual living! When it comes to installing bifold doors in your living room, perhaps the most popular option is to create a partition between your lounge space and kitchen/dining room. The reason why many people might opt for this configuration is because it offers up so many options regarding how you use your downstairs living space, whilst cutting down on noise throughout the home.
For example, you could completely open up the doors and have one, massive open-plan space, or, you could choose to install bi fold doors with glass panels, opening up the space with more light, whilst still giving the appearance of two, separate rooms. To further elaborate on this, you could even choose to install a curtain or blinds. Generally, with bifold doors of this nature, people tend to go with a wooden material (oak is always a popular choice thanks to its durability and attractive appearance), but that's not to say your options are limited. You could experiment with frosted glass panels, different panel sizes, or even different patterns if you dare to be so bold. There are also tracked or trackless systems to consider, and a wealth of other specific design options, which will depend on the manufacturer you choose to go with. Either way, we're certain you won't be disappointed!