The Japanese may actually be the first people to use what we refer to today as sliding closet doors. These doors essentially follow the commonly accepted definition of a door that moves sideways or in an up and down motion. They still serve the same purpose as they did then, to manage space, provide ease of use and highlight or disguise internal or external features of a structure.
When choosing your front door designs the customer must decide if they want light let in or not. Entry doors can have glass paneling or not, and the glass paneling can either be clear or tinted to obstruct light. When choosing this option you should consider whether it is safe. The glass panels whether clear or opaque can be included in one small section or on the entire door. These panels are also found in the sidelights that frame the doors.
Closet door manufactures are becoming more in tune with the desires of the homeowner. Glass closet sliding doors can be controlled with top mounted hardware to help the user control track and hardware problems that seem to be a major concern with floor track mounted systems. The building industry has embraced this concept to the point that entire home designs are built around these concepts.