This article was published in the January issue of the Door & Hardware Magazine, a publication of The Door and Hardware Institute and reprinted here with DHI’s permission.
You don’t have to look far to notice the popularity of sliding doors and sliding barn-style doors. This trend is hitting the commercial and residential markets with gusto, and according to the experts we spoke to, the movement will continue to climb with no sign of letting up in the coming years.
While the use of sliding doors has steadily increased each year, the emerging trend itself is more about the expansion of use – how designers are finding new ways to integrate them into spaces.
This growth has also sparked a revolution in door and hardware manufacturing to meet the growing demand. For example, just a few years ago, a sliding barn-style door needed to be custom designed and built, but today the number of pre-fabricated doors on the market continues to rise. Accompanying hardware is evolving as well, offering many more finishes, styles and durability options – giving architects and designers a nice variety from which to choose.
Up until recently, the most common applications for sliding doors included healthcare and office spaces. While those segments are still strong, sliding doors are replacing traditional ones in several new areas.