A quick spin through your house counting how many doors you have can lead you to a surprising number of portals. Between exterior doors, room doors, and closet doors, you have a lot of opening and closing going on every day. Whether you are remodeling your home or designing a new home for yourself, you might want to consider some of the advantages of switching out some of the solid panel doors with lighter weight Bi-fold doors.
Admittedly you will need strong, solid doors on your exterior portals. They help provide security against intrusion by weather and unwanted visitors. Be it the front door or a glass patio door, you will want to increase the security potential here.
Once you get inside, however, that is a different story. Bi-fold doors usually consist of two lighter and narrower panels that fold up together when opened. There are wider configurations that consist of four panels of which two fold back to either side of the opening. They are traditionally used for closets and pantries. Sometimes they are used as the doors between rooms.
Bi-fold doors come in a vast variety of styles, materials, and configurations. With so many choices, it is never hard to find some bi-fold doors that will blend into your home’s decor. Be it glass, slats, or beveled panels, these folding doors require less clearance for opening. This improves the amount of usable space around the door so that you are not required to leave open spaces around the portal for the door to open into.
A great advantage to putting bi-fold doors on your closets is for the improved visibility of the content. Since the mid twentieth century most American homes installed sliding doors to avoid requiring floor space for opening them. The price paid for this advantage was the inability to see more than half the closet at a time. With folding doors, you can see everything at once.
The only real disadvantage to bi-fold doors, and it isn’t much of a problem, is that it does take a little effort to put the hardware components together so the door will swing freely. rather than just a couple of hinges and a door knob, bi-fold doors require coordination between top and bottom rails, the bolts that slide along them, and the hinges fastening the door to the wall. It can take some practice but is not so hard it keeps you from learning to do it yourself.