Sliding door wardrobes offer a sleek, space-saving storage solution in contemporary homes. They have several advantages and can work well in a room of any shape and size. Before choosing a door type for your wardrobe you need to weigh the pros and cons of the various options available. You need to pick one depending on your space availability, usage, and convenience. Here is all you need to know aboutsliding door wardrobes.
How Does a Sliding Door Wardrobe Work?
Quite evidently, the doors of these wardrobes slide from side to side, unlikehinged door wardrobes (where the doors are attached to the closet using hinges). These sliding doors glide smoothly on roller wheels along metal channels that are fixed to the bottom and the top of the wardrobe.
There are some that work with a vertical slider mechanism where both doors slide open at the same time. You may also find collapsible sliding doors that fold to one side like an accordion.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Sliding Door Wardrobes
Pros of Sliding Door Wardrobes
- They don’t take up any space or get in your way when you need to open them. So, they work perfectly in compact spaces with less floor space, and in spacious rooms as well. For example, if you have a small room where the wardrobe space is at the foot of the bed, a sliding door wardrobe is the best option, hands down.
- Sliding door wardrobes tend to be larger, leaving you with more space for your clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories. If you want a wardrobe all along the length of your room, this is the option you should go for.
- They are more stable as they don’t rely on hinges to hold up the doors.
- A mirrored sliding door wardrobe (one with a mirror in front) helps in making your room look larger.
- They come in a variety of designs that can be matched with the décor of your room. You can have them made in blockboard, MDF, opaque or frosted glass, or veneer, with a mirror or without, and in many other ways.
Cons of Sliding Door Wardrobes
- Unlike hinged wardrobes, one half of the wardrobe will remain shut even when you open it, so you can never see the entire contents of the wardrobe when open.
- The back of the doors cannot be used. For example, you can use the back of hinged doors to hang hooks or a rod to hold your ties, towels, or to mount a full-length mirror.
Sliding Door Wardrobe Cleaning Tips
- Sliding door wardrobes don’t need a lot of maintenance. But, you may come across the issue that they get stuck in their tracks, making it difficult to slide them. This is due to dirt accumulation in the tracks.
- To prevent that from happening, vacuum clean the tracks every two weeks or, whenever you vacuum clean the rest of your house. Or use a toothbrush or a stiff brush to coax the dirt out. Once you do that, apply an aerosol lubricant or a silicone spray on the rollers on the top and bottom to allow them to slide smoothly.
- If the rollers are damaged, replace them with new ones. If you find the roller wheel alignment to be improper, the screws that hold the tracks and the wheels together may have become loose. Get these screws tightened and replace any missing ones.
- If you have a mirrored wardrobe, clean the mirrors with vinegar diluted with water. Take care that this solution doesn’t spill onto the frames or moving parts.
Sliding door wardrobes are a great option if you're looking to save space and expand storage in your bedroom. Made to measure sliding door wardrobes by Carpentry&Reno can also be built anywhere, such as above your tatami bed to truly take advantage of any extra space. Hinged door wardrobes are a bit limited in these situations, but still a classic pick. Overall, switching to sliding door wardrobes are worth it!