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How to Choose the Perfect Commercial Sliding Doors

Choosing the right interior style for your business is a huge step in perfecting your vision. Commercial doors are for more than office space. Cutting-edge applications and designs can be found in hospitals, hotels, malls, and schools – all places we’ve worked. Made specifically to catch the eye of potential customers while also making them comfortable, The Sliding Door Company specializes in unique, multi-faceted doors and custom installations for your commercial space

What are “commercial” sliding doors?

When you encounter the unique day-to-day logistics of employees, patrons, furniture and equipment, your design plans may be different from another type of business. First, you have to know what your needs are for your business. If you’re employee-focused you may be looking to boost productivity, ease employees into team working spaces, or provide a space with a lot of natural light. To save space, sliding doors create more space and don’t interfere with the area you may need for workflow ease. Renovating your building isn’t just to make your space better looking, it is about providing a supportive space that will let your company and your employees thrive. There are limitless applications – from restaurants to offices, gyms and spas to malls and museums. Schools, government offices, retail, car dealerships, and childcare centers to name a few can all benefit from rethinking their workspace layout and design. 

dining area with sliding door

When do you use commercial sliding doors? 

Knowing when to utilize commercial designs versus residential styles is also an important aspect of preparing for your renovation. There are key differences in how these panels are installed and the way they are designed. If you are working in an office, the hospitality industry, brick and mortar sites, or hospitals we highly recommend viewing commercial doors that work because they are specifically designed to provide the right elements for your needs. You should be sure to optimize your interior door solution with the glass opacity of your choice, frame finishes to complement your decor and accessories that will provide the functionality you need. Things like locks, levers, tracks and ADA compliance will all be important factors for you to consider. 

Key Considerations for Commercial Doors

There are a few things to consider on top of which door you choose. How you will choose to keep your space private with different glass opacities or which handle will benefit you the best all need to be considered when planning your interior. Stepping back, assessing your work needs and employee necessities, and deciding what aesthetic would be best for you are all key aspects of your project that you need to consider before beginning your renovations. 

You may wonder about safety, flexibility, whether or not the door is floor to ceiling, how changes will affect your space, turnaround time and even what happens if you move. All these important considerations can be fully addressed with the support of our professional team. 

dressing room with unique doors

Connect with us to begin your renovation journey. We work hard to provide comforting spaces so that your consumers will linger in comfort. Visit any of our showrooms to see our doors and handles in-person to find the right fit for you. To learn more about our commercial designs, you can connect with a representative on our site. 

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Working From Home: 5 Tips to Ensure Success

Life since the pandemic began has changed – and for some, it’s for the better. If you are a computer-savvy person with a role that went remote in 2020 or 2021, it might be staying that way. Many businesses have chosen to cut down on commercial real estate costs and let their employees stay home to do their jobs. The Sliding Door Company’s glass door solutions and room dividers have seen a large increase in demand as home offices are set up around the world. Through our various conversations with remote employees, we’ve found these common tips to enhance your workspace for joy, productivity, and success. 

Prepare your home and family

It’s important to set expectations for availability if you have friends, family, and even pets at home with you while you’re working. The Sliding Door Company has been creating workspaces to help with the issues of privacy and noise. You might not be able to casually transport your computer from the kitchen counter, to the living room, or travel around the house. If you don’t have a spare bedroom, you may be able to set space aside with a partition or doorway. We’ve even seen people creatively convert closets to desk workspaces!

home office room divider

Take breaks

In reality, you take time to leave your desk at the office, but sometimes your guilt might make you feel tied to your desk at home. It’s ok to grab a snack, get a stretch in, or even walk in the sun for 5 minutes much as you did at the office. You don’t have to be hard on yourself! Small breaks are proven to boost productivity and your overall mindset as you do your job. 

Maintain regular work hours

Flexibility with schedules has become a huge win for remote workers, but be careful you aren’t sacrificing your boundaries. When your job allows, be clear on your start and end availability times, to maintain a clear work-life balance. Having a separate room comes in handy when you need to start early or work late occasionally, but it is also possible to make space in a sectioned-off part of your home. 

Set up for Success

You might have left the office with little more than a laptop and mouse, but no one should be stuck 9 to 5 in a folding chair! A second monitor, standing desk, quality printer and comfortable, ergonomic chair are all reasonable requests that your employer can and should help you secure. Ask about a budget for remote equipment and understand whether things are on loan or outdated, and who is responsible for what. Try to make yourself as comfortable as possible, maybe with a support cushion, better lighting, or a laptop riser. 

well designed home office with sliding doors

Have fun with your team

Zoom fatigue is so real it’s a term we didn’t have in the vernacular 2 years ago, but is all too present now. You might dread the weekly recurring standup, so try to bring something to the table. Suggest an icebreaker question, wear a Santa hat during the holidays, or open the door and let the cat in for an introduction. Although we connected in new ways, we can still feel lonely or isolated in our remote work life. If you are a manager, be sure to check in with your team, even the extroverted members, to be sure they are getting what they need from their role and time spent online. 

Overall there are some pros and cons to working from home. It might depend on the boundaries you set and the quality of your work-from-home setup. Hopefully, you can incorporate these tips into your routine to find the joys in working from home. If finding some bonus square footage to make a home office work for you is on your 2022 list, reach out to us here at The Sliding Door Company to get started on designing the perfect remote setup! 

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