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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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The Future: Residential and Commercial Interior Design Trends

It’s not just our passion for our products that keep us on track with upcoming trends in the interior design world. It is also our love for functionality within the world of design. As we all begin to work back into a normalized schedule, being back in the office might feel a little stifling. Even working from home could feel stale and in need of a revamp. The Sliding Door Company is looking ahead in 2022 for upcoming interior design trends – and thinking of how we can help!

Maximizing Your Space

Utilizing every inch of space you have in your home is becoming a must. The minimalist feeling that comes from an open floor plan is unmatched. All of our sliding doors, from our barn doors to our wall slide doors are made not only custom to your home but with style and functionality at the forefront. 

The Return to Work

Working in smaller cubicle spaces with a closet feel is not what workers need for 8 hours a day, and employers are recognizing that. In 2022, office spaces will be renovated to become more open for their employees. The Sliding Door Company’s room dividers are perfect for allowing the whole office to feel open and a part of the team, while keeping safe distances even when it’s flu season. Coworking is an important part of any job, and we work to provide you with comfort and ease, no matter the project. 

Self Care and Wellness

Natural lighting is an important part of every home and office, and our glass is standard tested and approved. The best thing about utilizing glass in your space, as opposed to wood panels, drywall or other materials, is that you don’t lose all that beautiful sunlight – the best free mood-booster. Soak up Vitamin D throughout the day while you are working in your office or relaxing on the couch. In 2022, we will definitely see a rise in this aspect of interior design! 

Set up for Success

According to House Beautiful, darker style wood to accent your home is on the rise. Darker accents allow for the room to feel open with natural light, with just the right touch of minimalism. We offer multiple different finishes for the frames that accompany our glass doors and walls, so that you can lean into the darker theme, or customize with a personal touch. As a bonus, our Wenge and Walnut frame finishes are actually made of aluminum, though they have the traditional wood-grain look to go with other wood accents in your space. Unlike wood, it won’t warp, chip, fade or peel. Aluminum is recyclable, easy to clean and virtually maintenance-free.

Privacy When you Need it

Sliding doors are changing the future of how we will live, how we exist in a space, and how floorplans are designed. We need a space that is versatile and fits our needs. Sliding doors are becoming a staple in areas that want an open feel but can be turned into a private and secure space. With our locks and handles that are designed and built with safety in mind, you can feel comfortable knowing that you have all the space you need without risking your well-being.

No matter what you are looking for in your home or office we can work together to bring your dream to fruition. With multiple showrooms in the United States, you can connect with us in person or online to begin the next steps in your 2022 renovation or project.

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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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Why Do People Prefer Barn Doors for The Bathroom?

It might surprise you to learn that the original style of in-home pocket doors actually dates back to the 1850s -1880s. They fell out of favor for a time as hinged doors were refined. Post World War II, these doors regained popularity as housing needs rose. Fortunately for modern design lovers, we are once again seeing a high intent and interest in the upgraded iteration – the sliding barn door. *