We've written lots about sliding doors over the years, and they remain a beautiful and functional choice inside the home. When you go to renovate, or replace an interior door at home, consider these 8 reasons to forgo traditional doors and choose one of these instead...
1. To streamline space and make it more functional. In Ellen & Greg's Renovated Loft Kitchen, they opted for open shelving with sliding panels in lieu of regular cabinets with hinged doors. They take up less space, and there's no fear of clobbering your head when cabinets are left open.
2. To mask televisions, or anything else unsightly. Eric and Maaike hid their television behind a rustic sliding door in their tranquil country cottage. When they aren't watching, all they need to do is push it closed.
3. To close off staircases and other spaces. Sarah Sandidge added a sliding door to a stairwell in her home, as seen over on A Beautiful Mess. Not only is the door itself pretty cool, but it keeps warm air from escaping upstairs if need be.
4. To upgrade the look and feel of a closet. Vintage Revivals created this custom sliding door, and it became an art piece that totally transformed the bedroom where it was installed.
5. To add architectural interest. Obviously this sliding door isn't for privacy, but is sure is pretty. The black metal contrasts nicely with all the white.
6. To trick the eye. Using this really tall door over a smaller opening makes the viewer think that the entry is much larger then it appears. Sneaky, Jan Ware, and I like it.
7. To divide open plan living spaces. Instead of erecting a permanent wall, consider a sliding temporary wall instead. This huge metal panel, built for Solenne de La Fouchardière's loft, separates to large living spaces that can be combined into one when the door is open.
8. To incorporate recycled or repurposed elements. This cottage pantry with industrial door originally appeared in Cottage Living. It's made from a bank safe in New Orleans, where the home is located.