Dressing room is the most convenient option at the moment in terms of storing clothes and shoes. Sliding doors for the wardrobe are a very important mechanism, thanks to which it is very convenient to take out and put things in the closet.
Advantages and disadvantages
Wardrobes with sliding doors are very popular, and more and more often a similar design can be seen both in an apartment and in a country house. What is the reason for the popularity? Let's figure it out.
The advantages of sliding doors include:
- Saving space. One of the most important and useful points. A wardrobe with a sliding door can be placed anywhere, without worrying about whether the doors will interfere with something or open at all?
- Security. This point is important for families with small children, who very often like to climb such places. Trapped fingers and scattered things on the floor will be left behind if your closet has sliding doors.
- Relatively easy installation. Installing wardrobe doors on your own is not difficult if you have a standard set of tools and a little patience with you.
- Big choice. This item is necessary if the cabinet will be placed in a room, and not in a small closet. On the furniture market, you can buy absolutely any doors, since their range is huge. You can easily choose the door to your taste, while taking into account the decor of the room in which the cabinet is located.
There are few downsides to sliding structures, but you shouldn't forget about them either:
- Fragility. With careless and frequent use, the door often looses or breaks altogether. It all depends on the build quality and the material of manufacture.
- Easy permeability of odors. To prevent odors from entering your clothes, you should install the cabinet away from the kitchen.
How to choose?
All sliding doors can be conditionally divided into several types in relation to the design. Each of the designs has its own characteristics and properties. Having considered each example from all sides, you can make the only right choice for yourself.
Retractable (pencil case)
These doors are great for a closet in a small room. Doors - pencil case open and close relatively quietly: each leaf smoothly enters its own niche. Not everyone can afford this option, since an installation of this type requires not only special skills, but also considerable funds.
Sliding doors can be made entirely of wood. You can make absolutely glass doors.
Doors - compartment
This option is the most popular. The door operation system is not very complicated: each leaf is on special rollers and can freely pass parallel to the "neighbor". Such doors are often chosen when there is a small passage to the wardrobe.
Compartment doors can be either combined (wood and plastic) or wooden with a mirror. Models with photo printing are very interesting.
Such designs are quite rare. Most often, these doors are made to order. They have their own advantages over other options, including a low price. A feature of the technological version is that the doors are fixed exclusively in the upper part, and the bottom moves freely like a coupe.
Simple techno style wooden door.
Doors of this type are larger than previous models, so cabinets with them are usually placed in spacious rooms. The design of the doors is such that they fold in half and slide back. This option looks very stylish. Usually it is chosen by people who prefer classics and minimalism in the interior.
A prime example of folding doors.
This option is similar in design to the previous option, but differs in the number of "folds" in a larger direction. Often such doors are made one-sided: the accordion folds either to the left or to the right.
Doors - an accordion for a wardrobe.
Such doors are fundamentally different from all options, since a special mechanism allows the structure to open in any direction. In addition, roto doors are relatively expensive. They also take up too much space, and you cannot put a wardrobe with them in a small and cozy bedroom.
In any case, choose doors for the dressing room based on the area of the room. Put safety first: sliding doors and accordion doors are dangerous for small children. And put your own desires in last place. For example, although mirrored doors are beautiful, they can deteriorate and injure household members if they were purchased from an unverified manufacturer.
Materials and care
Sliding doors differ not only in appearance, type of construction, but also in the material of which they are made. This point is very important, since the service life and the health of the whole family depend on it (often there is an allergy to certain materials). The most popular are natural wood, plastic and glass. Also, door structures are made of chipboard, MDF and aluminum.
The price of the product also depends on the material. Particleboard and MDF doors are relatively cheap. Combined doors made of metal and plastic are more expensive.
Wooden doors blend harmoniously into the classic interior, giving it even more chic and solidity. Both expensive and cheap doors are made of wood. It all depends on the type of wood and the method of processing. Natural material goes well with mirrors, glass and plastic.
Glass models are especially interesting. At first glance, they seem to be dangerous and can easily break. In fact, everything is like this: the inside of the glass door is covered with a protective film that will keep the fragments from breaking. It is difficult to break a glass door leaf, since high-quality doors are made from the most durable materials.
The glass surface can be produced in several variations:
In addition to the original surface, mirrored doors are distinguished by very interesting decorative details such as patterns, stained-glass windows and foil.
Film is the cheapest option. With its help, you can combine a variety of color shades. In addition, the film surface can be changed very often. This option is ideal for a sliding door for a children's dressing room.
A striking example of the decor of a sliding door using a film.
A very interesting option for applying a pattern directly to a glass surface is ultraviolet printing. With its help, you can create absolutely any pattern or drawing. Doors with such images look very stylish and neat, so wealthy people choose this way of decoration. Sliding doors with UV printing fit very organically into the interiors of bedrooms and living rooms.
The most spectacular patterns and designs are created using sandblasting. In this case, a jet of air and sand acts as a kind of brush, which is sprayed over the previously prepared surface of the door with templates for the pattern. Such drawings last for a long time without damage, and it is not difficult to take care of them.
An interesting version of the sandblasted pattern on the glass surface.
Another striking option for the decor of a glass sliding door is a stained glass window. To create it, a pseudo-stained glass technique is required. This option begins with creating a contour, then the drawing is filled with paints, and the decoration ends with fixation, which reliably keeps the drawing from water and mechanical damage. Glass surfaces look stylish and expensive, so dressing rooms often separate the work space and the recreation area. You can install a dressing room with stained glass decor in the office, as in this photo.
Sliding doors made of plastic can be called universal, since they are the easiest to install, they are easy to care for, and the decor possibilities for these models are almost endless. Plastic doors can be decorated with various patterns and stickers. And also such doors can be simply painted with colored paints as you wish. The disadvantage of plastic is significant - fragility, so doors made of it are very cheap.
Bamboo and rattan
Such doors are suitable for lovers of eco-style. Wicker sliding doors look elegant, and their durability can only be envied.
Sliding door - compartment made of rattan and glass.
A few examples of what bamboo sliding structures look like.
It is not difficult to buy doors for a dressing room nowadays. Before going to the supermarket, it is best to check the approximate prices using the Internet or friends who purchased such designs.
The cheapest way is to purchase sliding doors made of chipboard. For such a canvas, at least 5 thousand rubles can be given. If you choose a product made from natural wood, then you will have to fork out an order of magnitude more. Prices for structures made of valuable tree species start at 15 thousand.
If you prefer mirrored doors, then when buying, prepare at least 10 thousand rubles. And if you want something more interesting, for example, a mirror with a picture or glass stained-glass doors, then you will have to spend two or three orders of magnitude more.
If you want to get high-quality and original sliding doors, then just order them from the manufacturer according to your taste. In this case, you will get the perfect doors for your dressing room, which will fit into the interior of the room and the apartment as a whole.
How to assemble correctly
Almost all sliding doors are very easy to assemble. Sliding doors can be made by yourself if you have any skills in such a business. It will be difficult for one to cope with this task, but together with someone the problem will be solved without problems.
What to do:
- Carry out the markup.
- Fasten the chipboard decorative panel with self-tapping screws.
- Measure the guide only after making sure that the panel is correctly attached.
- Saw off all unnecessary and sand the edges, and level the protrusions. Without these works, damage to the chipboard is possible.
- Measure the parameters of the bottom.
- Fasten the bottom rail to the floor.
In order for the doors to work properly and for as long as possible, it is necessary to take proper care of them. This will require both conventional detergents in the form of a sponge and soap, as well as standard tools: a hammer, wrench, screwdriver, lubricant. In addition, spare parts for door mechanisms are needed to replace worn bolts and rollers in time.
For sliding structures, accuracy in use is important so that the mechanism works properly. It also requires constant lubrication to keep the doors quiet.
Sliding doors in the interior
The doors in the dressing room, in addition to their main function - to hide the contents - have several additional functions:
- Division of space;
- Increased space; Mirrored sliding doors perfectly cope with this function, without any divisions. Such doors are able to visually increase the area of the room almost twice, so they are installed in small rooms. Mirrored doors look no less impressive in large rooms. Doors with a glossy surface also have a similar effect, which, like glass, reflects the space. You can also expand the space with the help of matte surfaces of the dressing room.
- Interior decoration; In order to emphasize a certain style or dilute it with something original, absolutely any sliding door is suitable. The material is not important, the decorative design in the form of a drawing, stained glass or photo printing is important.
Sliding doors are a practical and stylish design that is an absolute must for a dressing room. The number of types of doors of this type allows you to choose a design for every taste and color. Sliding doors fit perfectly into the interior of both an apartment and a country house.