Are you looking to upgrade your home with modern finishes? You can start with your closet doors in that case. While there are plenty of different types of closet doors, each offers a unique benefit and style to match what you want.
You might be keen on barn doors because they’re in style, but they’re not always the most practical option. But you also might want to stay away from your sliding door that makes the room look run down.
Here is everything you need to know about the different types of closet doors and which one you should choose.
Bypass doors are sliding doors that run on a track. With bypass doors, you’re limited to only having one side of the closet open at one time. This can make organizing your clothes difficult.
Bypass doors are also easy to break and fall off the track. This makes bypass doors a pain for upkeep.
When it comes to choosing closet doors, people will pick the bypass door with a mirror attached. This tackles two objectives with one item. You get a closet door and a full-length mirror.
French doors offer an elegant accent when it comes to home closet doors. They open wide and into the room, making every item accessible. French doors have the option for mirrors as well, making them another easy choice.
Your room does need enough space to be able to open these doors, however. So if you’re already tight on your space budget, adding these doors can start to look more like a nuisance more than anything.
French closet doors are less likely to break. They’re on hinges rather than tracks, which are much sturdier. For those with walk-in closets, French doors are a great way to make your closet stand out in the bedroom.
Bifold doors are an in-between when it comes to closet doors. They offer full access to the closet, while still staying on track. These doors are cheaper than French doors, but still, look classier than bypass doors.
Bifold doors will open by sliding out and folding in half. They don’t take as much space as French doors when they swing open.
Bifold doors will also run into the same problem as bypass doors though. Where they constantly come out of the track.
If you need help hanging bifold doors, this video offers a great explanation on how to keep them in their tracks.
Barn doors are the latest trend in the door space. People are using them for every door in the house, rather than just the closet.
Barn doors are a single or double door that is also on a track. Unlike bypass doors, these doors are on tracks above the doorframe. This means you can fully move the doors out of the way of the doorway.
Barn closet doors offer a rustic yet modern look, which is one of the main trends taking over homes these days. Because of their rustic look, they come in a wide variety of colors. You can stick with warm tones like browns, or go cool tones with grays and whites.
If you don’t align barn doors correctly, they can become more of a pain than they are worth. They can slide open on their own and scratch the wall quite easily.
Ensure that you have a way to open the door from both sides. You don’t want the door to close while you’re in the closet and have no efficient way to get back out.
Pivot doors are an up-and-coming closet door type that most people are starting to look into. They are installed at the top and bottom of a door, which allows you full access to the closet.
You have the option to hang them slightly above the bottom and below the top to give it a vibe of a western saloon.
For those that have the money, you can opt for a fully revolving pivot door. These will rotate like you’re at a hotel and the doors are constantly revolving.
Pivot doors are one of the most expensive options. They almost always require professional installation and require specific door frames to make them work.
Pocket doors are great for closets that are built into the room, rather than having their own separate space. These doors offer smaller clearance space and are perfect for organizing.
These doors resemble the elegant features of a dresser. If you want to install these, you’ll need the specific items that come with your closet.
If you’re installing the closet yourself, you’ll have more customization available to you. But because you’re installing a closet and doors, this will be the most expensive option by far.
If you’re working on a budget, accordion doors are a great option for you. They’re made up of cheap materials and have tiny folds that will fold like an accordion when opened.
If you’re waiting to install a new closet door, but still need privacy for that space, accordion doors are great in a pinch. They aren’t made cheaply like they used to be. They are sturdier and offer better privacy than previously.
Though in the long run, you’ll want to still switch these out. The accordion vinyl can wear out and stop folding correctly over time.
Use This Guide on the Types of Closet Doors to Help Redesign Your Room
Now that you know the different types of closet doors, you can start on your closet remodel. Pick the style that fits the rest of your room and your budget. Each closet door type has plenty of styles to choose from, so look into how each would match your new style.
If you want to learn more about renovating your home to your liking, then be sure to check out the rest of the blog. Know someone with a broken closet door? Share this article with them so they know which closet door to pick for their upgrade.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.