Interior sliding doors: mounting options and everything you need to know before installation

Interior sliding doors are an excellent choice for increasing free space. They are very practical to use and quite affordable for purchase.

Interior sliding doors are an excellent choice for increasing free space. They are very practical to use and readily available for purchase.

Sliding doors and sliding doors are a convenient and practical solution. Moreover, today such canvases are mounted not only in small-sized houses, but also in fairly spacious ones. And all because such a delimitation of the space of one room from another is stylish and modern..

Airy glass sliding doors are in perfect harmony with the decoration of the house made of natural wood

Airy glass sliding doors are in perfect harmony with the decoration of the house made of natural wood

Sliding door with a greyish wood leaf is in perfect harmony with the bright blue color of the walls of the room

Sliding door with a greyish wood leaf is in perfect harmony with the bright blue color of the walls of the room

The combination in the interior of wooden sliding doors for a bookcase and glass interior doors

The combination in the interior of wooden sliding doors for a bookcase and glass interior doors

Interior sliding doors: photos and prices. What is a compartment door?

Sliding doors are familiar to many who have traveled on trains. It is there that doors are used to separate the compartment from the corridor, which do not swing open, but slide into the wall. The solution is practical and convenient, especially if space is limited.

Despite its external simplicity and laconicism, door designs that belong to the group of compartment doors are quite diverse, both in style and in functioning..

Spacious living room of a private house with a glass compartment door that leads to a cozy relaxation area in the courtyard

Spacious living room of a private house with a glass compartment door that leads to a cozy relaxation area in the courtyard

Material

Interior sliding doors have different prices, and this depends primarily on the material used. There are quite a few options from what materials they are made, including:

  • wood – such a door often has a luxurious look and is made in a classic style;

Very atmospheric country house bedroom with wooden sliding door

Very atmospheric country house bedroom with wooden sliding door

  • MDF – the material is considered more affordable than natural wood, and at the same time high-tech, as it can be easily processed, including milling. This allows you to make the most intricate shapes, which means to make the canvas unique;

Cassette sliding door made of MDF, decorated with wood imitation

Cassette sliding door made of MDF, decorated with wood effect

  • glass – only impact-resistant glass is used for canvases. Despite the fact that glass is a rather unusual option for a door, it can become a unique piece of art, and all thanks to the variety of external finishes. These canvases can be transparent, matte, colored or plain, with or without a pattern, structural or glossy. Glass can be used to create complex radius structures;

Sliding doors made of frosted glass separate the bedroom from the working area

Sliding doors made of frosted glass separate the bedroom from the working area

Note! Glass doors are a bright enough accent in a room, even if they are of a calm matte color. When choosing such models, it is necessary to balance the design of the room.

Very delicate glass sliding doors with a neat pattern

Very delicate glass sliding doors with a neat pattern

  • a combination of materials – such a solution is also quite popular. Completely different materials can be combined: metal, wood, plastic, MDF, fiberglass, mirror, plexiglass.

Luxury combined sliding doors made of natural wood and glass

Luxury combined sliding doors made of natural wood and glass

The choice of this or that material depends on the type of sliding system and the decorative qualities of the canvases..

Advantages and disadvantages

The main advantages of sliding doors are:

Large glass sliding doors in the bedroom of a country house

Large glass sliding doors in the bedroom of a country house

  • Ease of use in small apartments. They do not take up useful space, because they do not need space to open.
  • Sliding canvases can cover a rather large opening, because they can be of different sizes.
  • Such doors can be used as transformable partitions..
  • Safety – they will not slam shut, which is very important if there are children in the house. It is impossible to slam such a door, in principle, and even more so to knock someone on the forehead..
  • Aesthetics – they can become a laconic and original decoration of the interior of any room.
  • They are quite durable, especially when using a roller suitable for the weight of the canvas.
  • Such structures do not creak, do not warp, do not damage the surface of the floor covering.

Disadvantages:

Sliding doors connecting the house and the summer terrace of a private house

Sliding doors connecting the house and the summer terrace of a private house

  • There should be a place in the wall or near it to move the canvas.
  • The opening mechanism is more complicated than that of conventional swing doors, as well as installation..
  • Opening such a door will not work silently – in any case, the rollers will make a sound when moving.

Cassette interior sliding doors made of natural wood

Cassette interior sliding doors made of natural wood

  • You should also not count on the reliability of locking: in most of these models, locks are not provided..
  • They cannot create a high-quality barrier to sounds, smells and cold.
  • The door may not resist if the guest confuses it with a swing door and tries to open it in the usual way..

How are compartment doors?

By the type of device, only 2 variants of such structures are distinguished: parallel-sliding and folding. They differ not only in the design and method of movement, but also in the installation technology..

An incredibly beautiful solution for a country house - decorate the walls under large glass sliding doors

An incredibly beautiful solution for a country house – decorate the walls with large glass sliding doors

Sliding structures

Parallel-sliding canvases can consist of one or more leaves – it depends on the size of the doorway. These move parallel to the wall surface. They have relatively good sound insulation, are durable.

Interior wooden sliding doors decorated in white will perfectly complement the overall interior

Interior wooden sliding doors in white will perfectly complement the overall interior

By the way of opening there are:

  1. Compartment doors. Single or double leaf. The first type moves parallel to the wall in one direction, the second is also parallel, but the sashes move apart from each other in two directions.
  2. Cassette. They are similar in type to the previous one, but they do not move parallel to the wall, but drive into it, more precisely, into the cassette, which is installed in the cavity of the wall. This cassette can be made of metal or made of plasterboard..

    Cassette sliding doors in a private house leading to a small terrace

    Cassette sliding doors in a private house leading to a small terrace

  3. Radial. In residential buildings, and even more so in apartments, they are not often used, but they look very original. They have the correct rounded shape, which makes them very effective. The canvases move along rounded guides and hide behind the same rounded wall.
  4. Cascading. The specificity of this design is the presence of one stationary (fixed) canvas and one or more moving ones. Each blade has its own guide rail along which it moves. All components of such a door system move to one side..
  5. Intra-doorway. This design is only bivalve. Placed inside the opening, while the sashes move towards each other and leave only part of the opening for passage.

Very beautiful interior sliding doors made of frosted glass

Very beautiful interior sliding doors made of frosted glass

Note! When choosing a particular design, you need to weigh the pros and cons: the features of the sliding system, its practicality and ease of installation, ease of use.

Folding doors

In appearance, they resemble an accordion, because they consist of several sections. Such doors cannot provide high-quality sound and heat insulation. They are often used for conditional division of space or as a decorative element..

Folding interior wooden sliding doors will become a practical and safe solution for a children's room

Folding interior wooden sliding doors will become a practical and safe solution for a children’s room

They also have different types, or rather, two types – a book and an accordion. Both the one and the second option are compact and have aesthetic appeal. They can be single or double-leafed. Each leaf in such a door has several sections, which are located vertically and they are connected to each other by means of a hinge, which provides free “folding”.

The key feature of folding doors is their compactness and ease of installation, but at the same time, folding, the components of the leaf somewhat reduce the doorway, albeit slightly.

Very comfortable frosted glass sliding doors that hide the working area

Very comfortable frosted glass sliding doors that hide the working area

Note! Folding models are an excellent option for installation in narrow openings where other structures cannot be installed.

Mounting options

Depending on the type of installation, such options for compartment doors are distinguished:

Massive glass interior sliding doors

Massive glass interior sliding doors

  • With two guides. They are attached to the ceiling (a bar that is mounted above the doorway) and cut into the floor. This design reliably fixes the canvas, it has a smooth ride. A certain inconvenience of this option is the requirement to deepen the lower profile into the floor, which leads to the need for grooving. If you do not hide it, it will quickly become damaged, moreover, it will look unaesthetic. It often becomes clogged, which can lead to difficulties in opening and closing..

Large glass sliding doors in a private house, fixed on two rails

Large glass sliding doors in a private house, fixed on two guides

  • With one guide rail. This mechanism is more convenient to install, because you do not need to go deep into the floor. The only profile is mounted under the ceiling or on the already mentioned bar. This option is suitable only for relatively light doors weighing up to 30 kg, and if you want to hang a heavier door leaf, you need to take care of additional rollers. In order not to let such a door into “free floating”, locking mechanisms are required..

Lightweight wooden interior sliding doors with one guide

Lightweight wooden interior sliding doors with one guide

  • For sliding doors of the accordion type, there is a specific fastening scheme. There must be a side profile that fixes the canvas in the opening; the sash moves along the upper profile. Roller carriages are attached to separate sections, which provide the movement of the web. The bottom profile for such doors is not used, as they are often quite light.

Door complete set

The sets of sliding doors are standard equipment, which may differ depending on the type of construction. The following set is standard:

Large glass sliding doors in a private house leading to a summer terrace

Large glass sliding doors in a private house leading to the summer terrace

  1. Canvas – there are no hinges or handles on it; just a rectangular canvas made of a certain material.
  2. Box – it frames the doorway, but does not carry the same functionality as swing doors.
  3. Set of guides with rollers. Depending on the weight and installation scheme, there may be a different number of them..
  4. Accessories are not always available. From the fittings of such a door, there are practically no handles, locks, hinges are also not needed.
  5. Cassettes are also not always available, and they are rarely needed. So, a similar mechanism is necessary for a sliding door that hides in the wall. If the kit comes with a cassette, then it is often made of metal.
  6. Limiters or motion stops. They are necessary so that the door does not go further than necessary..

How to choose a compartment door?

Choosing a set of such a door is a responsible and difficult task. So, many of them, first of all, when choosing a sliding compartment door, are guided by the price. This is in a certain sense correct, but the savings can be questionable. After all, for example, budget accordions may be several times cheaper, but their quality, ease of use and durability will be very low..

Another option for connecting to a summer terrace in a private house using light compartment doors

Another option for connecting to a summer terrace in a private house using light compartment doors

Canvas

The first step is to pay attention to it. It is worth choosing a material that suits the interior. In fact, any canvas can be made sliding, you just need to mount the rollers on its upper edge and run them into a suitable profile.

Interior sliding doors with one guide rail and a natural wood leaf

Interior sliding doors with one guide rail and a natural wood leaf

Note! Canvases for an arched opening can only be rectangular, since at the moment the manufacturers have not figured out how to arrange such an opening with a sliding system according to its shape.

Combined interior sliding doors made of natural wood and frosted glass perfectly complement the Scandinavian-style living room

Combined interior sliding doors made of natural wood and frosted glass perfectly complement the Scandinavian-style living room

As for the price of canvases, the cheapest are those that are made of chipboard, and their frame is made of wood, most often pine, since it is available. A canvas made of solid wood will cost a little more. And if we talk about valuable breeds, then it will be very expensive..

Incredibly beautiful interior doors of a compartment made of natural wood with fine handmade carvings

Incredibly beautiful interior sliding doors made of natural wood with fine handmade carvings

The most expensive canvases are made of impact-resistant glass. They can have a metal edging. There are a lot of glass options, it can be transparent or matte with different patterns and even colors.

Box

In sliding structures, the box does not have such a functional load as the swing models. Rather, it serves as an additional finishing element. It is U-shaped in shape, often made of wood. In addition and to top it off, platbands are needed, which are installed along the perimeter of the door on both sides of the opening.

Interior sliding doors in a private house. Please note that the material of the door frame matches the overall finish of the corridor

Interior sliding doors in a private house. Please note that the material of the door frame matches the overall finish of the corridor

Advice! When choosing a frame, you must not forget about the main color and style of the door leaf – they must be in harmony.

Interior sliding doors, the box of which is in perfect harmony with the elements of the kitchen set

Interior sliding doors, the box of which is in perfect harmony with the elements of the kitchen set

Guides and rollers

It is a critical component in the entire system. When compared with swing ones, they are quite similar in functionality to hinges. Often they come with a profile. When choosing, you need to pay attention to the length of the profile, it should be at least 2 times longer than the width of the door leaf. This is necessary so that the door can open freely and free the entire doorway for passage. It is better if the profile is slightly longer, because it will need to be wound behind a doorway on the opposite side from the one beyond which it drives. You need to check the strength of the profile – it should not bend, because this indicates the use of low-quality metal.

Large glass sliding doors in a private house

Large glass sliding doors in a private house

Rollers are another key mechanism in sliding door operation. For canvases weighing up to 30 kg, two rollers are enough, but if the blade is heavier, then 4 or more rollers are needed. When choosing them, you should not save money, because ease of use will depend on this, so it is better to trust reputable manufacturers.

Door dimensions

Like any door leaf, the sliding door also has standard and non-standard dimensions. So, the generally accepted height is 2 meters, and the width is from 60 to 90 cm. In the store you can buy kits designed for installation in such standard openings. They are more affordable, because they are stamped according to the standard scheme..

Combined interior sliding doors made of natural wood and frosted glass separate the kitchen and dining area

Combined interior sliding doors made of natural wood and frosted glass separate the kitchen and dining area

As for wide openings, they often require an individual kit production. These are used to block the space between parts if there is one large room. The use of swing doors in this case is simply impossible..

The complete set of sliding doors that are offered in stores is not always the best. It is often simply cheap, because the manufacturer needs to sell his product..

Frosted glass sliding doors are perfect for zoning a combined bathroom

Frosted glass sliding doors are perfect for zoning a combined bathroom

Advice! In order to be sure that the door will be durable and its mechanism will be able to function for a very long time, it is more rational to select all the elements separately. So you can find a suitable kit, which will not cost much more than the finished one..

Combined sliding doors made of natural wood and glass in a spacious kitchen-studio of a private house

Combined sliding doors made of natural wood and glass in a spacious kitchen-studio of a private house

Special fittings for sliding doors

When there is a question of choosing a door set for a sliding system, not all buyers think that the usual fittings for such a door will not work. If there are no loops as such, then the choice of a handle for a canvas that moves, expands or slides into the wall is not as easy as it seems.

Large, easy-to-use handle for sliding doors in a spacious studio-plan apartment

Large, easy-to-use handle for sliding doors in a spacious studio-plan apartment

Of course, the handles that protrude beyond the surface of the canvas are not suitable, because they simply will not allow the door to close, and this cannot be called convenient. The handles that are used are called hidden, because they cut into the canvas. Such accessories do not have any types of type, this is a modification of the same idea – a cut-in recess framed with different materials.

You can hide a small washing area behind the compartment door - an excellent solution for small apartments

You can hide a small washing area behind the compartment door – an excellent solution for small apartments

Handles can be oval, rectangular and round. As for materials, this is the most demanded and cheapest plastic, there are metal and even wooden.

If the door enters the wall, then a handle with a lock or latch can be mounted on it. In this case, the lock and the handle can be independent or form a single whole, like handles with a lock in swing leaves. Not only the handle is cut into the canvas, but also the lock cylinder, the opening occurs with a key.

Cassette interior sliding doors with a mortise handle for ease of use

Cassette interior sliding doors with a mortise handle for ease of use

Important! Reliable and strong locks cannot be installed on such a door. They will be locked, but it will not be difficult to open them..

Features of glass sliding door

A glass sliding door has a number of features in comparison with other options for sliding doors. The key difference is the thickness of the sheet (it rarely exceeds 1 cm) and the specific system of fastening the rollers, because you certainly cannot screw them to the end of the glass sheet..

Glass sliding doors - an excellent choice for the bathroom

Glass sliding doors – an excellent choice for the bathroom

Such interior sliding doors are often made single-leaf, and even so, their price is quite high. By the principle of functioning, glass canvases are similar to others.

Note! Glass, although impact-resistant, remains glass and must be handled with care.

The rollers on such a blade are not fixed at the end, but in pre-drilled small diameter holes. Sliding systems with a glass sheet have the following features:

Large glass sliding doors in a private house are in perfect harmony with the general interior of a spacious living room

Large glass sliding doors in a private house are in perfect harmony with the general interior of a spacious living room

  • There are several types of slide rail for glass sliding doors. It can be tubular or rectangular, with a groove for the rollers. For the tubular type of guide, rollers are needed in the shape of a pulley, for rectangular ones – standard roller, while the rim, which is located outside, is thin. This bezel is made of rubber for a soft and smooth glide.

Glass interior sliding doors with a slight relief to highlight a small seating area

Glass interior sliding doors with a slight relief to highlight a small seating area

  • The rollers are attached to the glass in different ways. In this case, point technology or the method of using a special rail can be used. The second option is considered more reliable, because the rail covers the canvas along its entire width, plus it is attached to this through the through method through small holes in the upper part of the canvas.

When it is necessary (possible) to use compartment doors in the interior

Even knowing all the features (advantages and disadvantages) of such a door, the types of its design, material options and other important nuances, it is not always possible to choose the perfect choice for it. That is, so that it is easy to use and looks great in the interior. A few cases when you can’t do without a sliding door:

Coupé cassette doors that perfectly save space

Cassette sliding doors that perfectly save space

  • If you need to easily close / open a large doorway. In this case, swing doors will not only not work, they will be like a giant alien element, which is difficult to even operate..
  • If there is not enough space. This is the main fact that prompts the choice of a compartment door. These will not block access to other areas of the apartment. No need to think about how to install them so that they are comfortable in both the closed and open position.

Interior sliding doors made of frosted glass separate the bedroom space

Interior sliding doors made of frosted glass separate the bedroom space

  • In cases where it is necessary to solve the problem of zoning. For example, kitchen and living room. With open sliding doors installed in a wide opening between rooms, this is one common and fairly large space. If the door is closed, then the kitchen will keep most of the smells inside. Such doors are simply irreplaceable in apartments and houses with large open spaces. When closed, they provide the necessary division into zones. In the open, they unite all rooms, creating a feeling of airiness and immense space..

Huge sliding doors made of natural wood and glass in a private country house really create a feeling of real immense space

Huge sliding doors made of natural wood and glass in a private country house create a feeling of real immense space

  • If space adjustment is needed. They will work on the principle of curtains, for example, adjusting a window of a complex shape. So, by installing a sliding door from the ceiling to the floor in a relatively low room, you can visually increase the height of the room and thereby balance it.

Advice! If in a room with a standard ceiling level of 2.65 m you put not a standard door of 2 meters, but a height under the ceiling, then the room will seem taller.

Another design option for glass sliding doors in a private house

Another design option for glass sliding doors in a private house

  • If furniture needs to be placed against the wall. At the same time, the sliding door will not interfere either physically or aesthetically. And if you make it retractable into the wall, then the furniture can be placed close to.
  • If in doubt, a door or partition is needed. A sliding door may well cope with one or the second task. Moreover, the variety of materials and styles of execution opens up great opportunities in the design of the opening..

A very bright accent on an interior sliding door made of natural wood in a snow-white bedroom

A very bright accent on an interior sliding door made of natural wood in a snow-white bedroom

  • If you need a non-standard constructive solution. Despite the fact that different types of sliding doors have a similar mechanism of operation, cascading or radius can transform a room beyond recognition.

Matching the sliding door to the style in the interior

Modern sliding doors have a variety of styles, which allows them to organically fit into any interior. But still, when choosing, you need to take into account the specifics of a particular style..

High tech

This style requires minimalism and spaciousness. Therefore, in such a style solution, the doors can be transparent. It is allowed to apply laconic stripes on the canvases or in a small number of geometric shapes, which must necessarily overlap with the decoration, furniture.

Spacious studio-plan room with an almost invisible snow-white compartment door

Spacious studio-plan room with an almost invisible snow-white compartment door

It will be correct to use metal elements as a suspension; the profile should also be selected so that it does not need to be hidden in a box. Important criteria for a sliding door in a given interior:

  1. Geometric simplicity – clear lines above all.
  2. Minimal finishing.
  3. A combination of glossy and matte surfaces is allowed.
  4. Can be made of plastic, glass, metal.
  5. Lack of halftones.

Lightweight interior sliding door made of light natural wood with one guide

Lightweight interior sliding door made of light natural wood with one guide rail

If in the interior of the apartment the key role is given to concrete, brick, stone, then the doors that correspond to the above parameters, then.

Loft or attic style

The loft does not provide for any special delights, initially this style was considered “poor man”. After all, it was this layer of society that lived in the attics of factories and factories. Naturally, it didn’t smell like European-quality repairs here. The doorway was, at best, covered with a piece of wood or metal..

Very spacious living room in a loft style with a massive interior compartment door that complements the overall interior

A very spacious living room in a loft style with a massive interior compartment door that complements the overall interior

Doors in the classic form should not be here at all, but sliding partitions are what you need. Of course, now the loft is considered a popular, modern and expensive style, but the main features of the attic entourage remain. Loft style door options:

  • Wooden, massive and rough.
  • Can be high, glass, with high transoms.
  • Brushes must be present, the effect of aging, so that the new door looks very ancient and shabby.
  • A glass door with a wood or metal profile can be used..

Massive interior sliding door with one guide made of natural wood with handmade ornament

Massive interior sliding door with one guide made of natural wood with handmade ornament

Advice! Using loft-style sliding doors with garage door styling is a special chic.

Provence

The main requirement for canvases for this style is light colors and artificial aging. The wood structure of the door should be emphasized. That is, the range of materials is limited to solid wood and wood-based panels..

The handles, although there is not much room for imagination here, but still must be exquisite, and you need to choose such that they can definitely be attributed at least to the last century.

Modern modern

Here the door is necessarily wooden, glass and stained glass inserts are welcome. Important signs are:

A bright living room with combined interior doors made of wood and glass, which give the interior lightness and airiness

Bright living room with combined interior doors made of wood and glass, which gives the interior lightness and airiness

  • Rounded lines.
  • Floral or nautical motives in the design.
  • Paneled doors will look appropriate here..
  • Non-standard forms and decor are welcome.
  • You can complement the style with forged elements.

Large glass sliding doors are an excellent solution for decorating an exit to the backyard of a private house

Large glass sliding doors are an excellent solution for decorating an exit to the backyard of a private house

Features of installation of sliding canvases

There are 3 fundamentally different systems for installing compartment doors, namely:

  • Sliding systems that open parallel to the wall slide behind it.
  • Canvases that run into the wall.
  • Installation of an accordion, books.

Unusual sliding doors made of natural wood

Unusual sliding doors made of natural wood

Harmonic

These doors are the easiest to install, the sequence is as follows:

  1. Marking is carried out to install a side profile that will hold the canvas. It is important to set it at a level, without distortions and deviations..
  2. Installation of the side profile on self-tapping screws or dowels.
  3. Securing the canvas.
  4. Installation of the upper profile in the doorway. The level is also set and the geometry is maintained. The side and top profile must be clearly perpendicular to each other.
  5. Rollers are introduced into the profile, which are often already mounted to the canvas.
  6. On the other side of the opening, you need to install counter magnets that will hold the canvas in a closed position.

Sliding type overhead canvases

Such systems are superimposed on the doorway, often from the inside of the room. The installation of this system has the following steps:

Very large glass canvases of massive interior sliding doors of a private house

Very large glass canvases of massive interior sliding doors of a private house

  • A block of wood is attached above the doorway. Its placement should be parallel to the box. Height – according to the height of the door, but higher than the frame, so that it is fastened to the wall. The length of the bar is equal to the length of the upper profile.
  • The upper profile is mounted to the bar.
  • If a lower profile is used, then you need to make a recess in the floor and lay it there, fix it with dowels. Cover the excess space left after installing the profile with cement mortar.
  • To the door leaf from above and below, if you need to screw the rollers. They are attached to the end sections with self-tapping screws..
  • Install the door on the profiles.
  • Check ease of movement. In this case, there should be no rubbing or difficulties with movement..
  • Install the travel stop on the floor.

interior sliding doors: photos and prices (cozy decoration of a spacious loggia in a private house using light glass interior sliding doors)

Cozy decoration of a spacious loggia in a private house using light glass interior sliding doors

Doors that hide in the wall

Their installation is not more difficult than that of the previous type, but it must be remembered that such systems must be installed at the design stage. Otherwise, you will have to make a recess in the wall to the width of the door leaf and insert a pencil case, where the door will enter. Such procedures are not always possible, especially if the wall is load-bearing. A significant difference from the previous type is the installation not above the doorway, but in it.

Cassette interior sliding doors made of natural wood and glass

Cassette interior sliding doors made of natural wood and glass

Output

Sliding doors are convenient and practical. They are equally appropriate both in the interior of a small city apartment and in a country house. The style and material of execution are very diverse, and this allows you to choose the right solution for any interior.

Large interior sliding doors in the interior with Scandinavian motives

Large interior sliding doors in the interior with Scandinavian motives