Thursday 13th, September 2018 22:07:16: PM, Door Design.
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.
The horizontal doors used on closet sliding doors move along a track mounted overhead and a floor guide for stability. To manage the smooth movement they‘ll have cushions and buffers on the ends to prevent damaging adjacent construction to ensure a smooth gliding motion when operated. Closet sliding doors of the vertical variety are seated in a groove, much like dresser drawers to ensure they glide in one direction.
Once relegated to bedrooms, the versatility and creative use of sliding closet doors have found their way into many uses. Some include beautification of the exterior of homes, interior room dividers, decorative storage areas and even garages. The variety of finishes, colors and configurations of closet sliding doors makes them even more useful when you consider the finishes and materials that are available for nearly every application imaginable.
Glass is one of the most popular materials used today because of its availability, versatility, ease of use and cost. Simply panes of glass are often used as the sole material in some designs because it can be used safely and provides many of the aesthetic features that lend well to design.