Closet Door Ideas
To keep from having all of your stuff in your face, your closets require some type of a door. Three types to choose from are swinging doors, bi-fold doors, or sliding doors.
Any closet door can be surfaced with glass to give the impression of a larger room.
If your closet is a walk-in closet, you might choose a traditional swinging door or a pair of swinging doors (depending on the width of your opening) to close the closet off from the room. We have frequently replaced bi-fold doors with a pair of swinging doors and are very satisfied with the ease of access and the resulting upgraded appearance.
Bi-fold doors (which are actually two narrow doors hinged together so that they fold) are standard in new construction and factory built homes. They are usually made from a pressed board material or metal to avoid problems of warping. While they can be opened to give nearly full access to the closet, they are not our first choice for the best appearance. If you do decide to purchase bi-folds, look for doors with some weight and a quality sliding mechanism that allows the doors to open smoothly.
Sliding doors are also the most expensive, but are often nicer in appearance than other closet door. As the quality of the door increases, so do its rigidity and the smoothness with which it glides on its track. Mirrored sliding doors can dramatically enlarge the impression of a room and add elegance to it. The drawbacks to sliding doors are that the more expensive ones, because they weigh more, take more effort to move, and because the doors overlap, you can never have full access to the closet at one time. Sometimes using three or four sliding doors in an opening can help reduce this problem.