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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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Are Bi-fold Doors Worth It?

Glass doors continue to be a highly sought-after product across the US housing market and interior design trends. If you are planning a renovation, you might want to consider a modern glass bi-fold door. Bi-fold doors are, in many settings, functional and practical solutions to unique settings in your home. You may consider a bi-fold door because of the following reasons.

Bathroom space with bi fold doors
Left Pull Bi-fold Door

Space-Saving Bi-fold Doors 

In a small footprint or tight location, a bi-fold door can be created to open and close inward or outward to be more convenient in your space. The Sliding Door Company offers left pull, right pull, and even double pull bi-fold door options. This style frees up floor space where it’s needed most—in cramped bedrooms, narrow hallways, small laundry rooms, and tiny pantries and linen closets. Additionally, you can easily move large furniture through and have more space on the sides of the door opening. Even in very small openings, a bi-fold door may be a better choice for your needs than a traditional door. 

Are Bi-fold Doors Expensive?

Bi-fold doors are quick and painless to configure and install. Depending on all the specifications, there are situations in which this solution can be more budget-friendly than alternative options. Bi-fold doors are more current and popular than old-fashioned pocket doors and accordion doors. Especially with our timeless glass and sleek frames, you can find the best cost-effective bi-fold doors for your home.

Double pull bi-fold door
Double Pull Bi-fold Door

Privacy with Bi-fold Doors

Fully flush to the wall in which the panel is created, when closed, the bi-fold door keeps a separation between the rooms it divides. Choose from a wide range of glass opacities to find the right mix of maximizing natural light while creating your desired level of privacy. Folding the door back opens up your space. 

Where to install a Bi-fold Door?

Bi-fold doors are a smart choice for your:

  • Bedroom closets
  • Coat closets
  • Laundry closets
  • Children’s playrooms
  • Linen closets
  • Home offices
  • Kitchen pantries
  • Wine storage
  • Narrow hallways
  • Unconventional layouts
  • Tiny homes

Bi-fold Door Types

Our high-quality Bi-fold System offers a stunning, brilliant solution to any workspace, home or children’s playroom. Since it allows the doors to fold towards the edge of the frame, this optimizes the space and is suitable for narrow closets or ‘phone booth’ type applications as well as larger spaces to allow access through almost the entire width of the opening.

In addition, our bi-fold doors are safe for your fingers! Our unique anti-finger pinch system sets this Bi-fold System apart from any other in the industry. Reach out to learn more about all our options! 

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Optimize Your Office Space with Interior Glass Doors and Partitions

We know there are many options to increase the quality and productivity of your office workspace. Here we explore a few options and their benefits.

According to Jory MacKay, “few things affect our productivity as much as what we surround ourselves with. Yet most of us rarely take the time to step back and really analyze our working environment.”

We couldn’t agree more, and that is why we designed our interior glass door solutions to optimize your work area and uplift any occupants of the space. The options are endless, from single fixed panels and partitions, to rows of glass cubicles for coworking needs.

This private office space below includes our floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, paired with a swing door, with designer handles and recessed bottom tracks. When the doors are open, it’s a free-flowing collaborative workspace. But when quiet and privacy are needed, the doors can be shut and locked accordingly.

Floor to celing glass panels with swing door

Clutter-free, Organized Workspaces Boost Productivity

The results of this study tell us that physical clutter in your surroundings competes for your attention, resulting in decreased performance and increased stress.

Similar to what multitasking does to your brain, physical clutter overloads your senses, making you feel stressed, and impairs your ability to think creatively. Set time aside each month to assess your workspace and ensure it is not too cluttered. This will lead to increased productivity and morale. Our modern cubicles are a great way to give employees room to work and also set boundaries.

Optimize Your Space & Allow Natural Light To Come In

Glass room dividers with combo glass (bottom half frosted, top half clear) provide a unique workspace allowing in a ton of natural light. Plus, our space-saving glass wall and aluminum frames are all recyclable and perfect for green construction projects.

Smaller “phone booth” workspace options give plenty of room for a team of 2 or 3 to create, collaborate and solve! The open-air design allows for the sharing of lighting, heating, and air conditioning, saving energy costs year over year.

Frosted glass workspace divider

Optimize Functionality

The many benefits of our interior workspace solutions:

  • Strategically optimizing of every square foot of your floor plan.
  • Lighting, air conditioning and heating can be shared, eliminating the need to move or re-do the HVAC system…saving tons of money.
  • Each work area can be re-purposed on the fly if needed as the business evolves. Talk about flexibility!
  • Offices with glass sliders or swing doors can be locked and even master-keyed to the storefront or building door.

We make our interior glass doors in our own factory where safety and quality are carefully fabricated into every single glass door.

The selection of glass types, frame color finishes and ADA-compliant accessories provide our clients with sustainable, functional and stylish options to suit their specific project needs.

Optimizing every fraction of your floor plan by creating spaces that can be re-purposed as technology changes and as the business grows is essential. Functional glass office dividers, storage enclosures, glass partitions and conference room dividers are our specialty.

Want help choosing the right office option for your space? Contact the friendly interior glass door experts at The Sliding Door Company, to learn more about our workspace solutions.

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Why the Glass Office Is Here to Stay

Every year, offices get smaller—by at least 30 percent—and, every day, they get more transparent. Sliding glass doors have replaced solid hunks of wood and metal. See-through partitions and glass walls now rise up where tiny cubicles once stood. Welcome to the glass office of the 21st century: small and sustainable, bright and beautiful.

Glass meeting room partition

The Space Challenge

Businesses today face a tough challenge: maximize space in an increasingly cramped world. As square footage gets scarcer and scarcer, finding extra legroom becomes more and more difficult. How do you downsize without giving your employees a bad case of claustrophobia?

For one, you can install sliding room dividers and doors. Not only do they make an office look and feel bigger; they also cut down on wasted space. Gone are those large “dead” zones in front of swing doors. Sliding glass doors open with an easy horizontal movement.

Replacing conventional office doors with glass allows designers and their clients to skirt common design challenges. It means they can place private workspaces and conference rooms in previously taboo places like hallways or other confined spaces that can’t accommodate the clearance zones needed for swinging doors. In an era when every square foot matters, that can make all the difference.

The Light Challenge

If space is scarce, then light is a precious commodity. Particularly in North America, where offices often cover a large plot of ground, it’s hard to get natural light into the deep nooks and crannies of a building. The only alternative is to install expensive lighting fixtures—and lots of them.

That’s a deal-breaker for many executives and entrepreneurs. Electric light (of any variety) is no substitute for natural light, which has been proven to elevate mood, promote health, and raise productivity.

Then there are energy costs to consider. It takes a lot of money to illuminate an otherwise dim office—unless you can find a way to bring sunlight into the deep, dark recesses of your office. The easiest way to do that is to replace solid, light-blocking walls with glass. With a simple change of materials, you get more light and less sticker shock.

The Privacy Challenge

As time goes on, more employers realize the benefits of glass. That has led to an explosion in the popularity of glass office walls and doors. Still, some have concerns. What about privacy? How about echoes?

Enter the privacy wall—a partition made of frosted or smoked glass. The best part is that each wall can be customized to meet particular needs. Some businesses choose fully frosted office partition walls. Others opt for a half-and-half arrangement.

Another popular strategy is to put a frosted strip across the center of glass room partitions. That way, employees get plenty of light and visibility, without the complete openness that comes with full transparency.

Half frosted glass partition wall divides meeting room space

Embracing the Glass Office

There are as many reasons to embrace a glass office as there are offices in the world. Every business has its own unique set of concerns—health, privacy, productivity, energy costs, sustainability, openness, collaboration.

The popularity of glass fixtures owes largely to the fact that they satisfy such a broad spectrum of needs. Only with glass can you balance privacy and openness, collaboration and individuality, aesthetics and economics. Only with glass can you economize on space while getting an expansive design—all of which is why the glass office is here to stay.

Home office space divided by two clear glass panels with glass swing door

Want to know how you can take your office space from humdrum to spectacular? Contact the friendly interior glass door experts at The Sliding Door Company, to learn more about our workspace solutions for the 21st century.

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