8 ways with sliding doors

Space is at a premium in many homes as property gets more expensive and we look for ways to kit out smaller bedrooms and living rooms.

Space is at a premium in many homes as property gets more expensive and we look for ways to kit out smaller bedrooms and living rooms. Sliding doors allow a room to appear more spacious as they won’t extend out when opened and are a sleek and modern update to any space.

For understated chic choose walnut or teak-effect sliding doors. Add a mirrored panel on one of the sliding wardrobe doors to reflect light around the room. Maximise space by positioning fitted sliding doors in the alcove space either side of the chimney breast.

Pale wood sliding doors can act as a simple division between rooms, such as a bedroom and en-suite bathroom. It creates an unfussy spa-like element, with a clear and chic division between spaces.

In a small boxy bedroom a mirrored wardrobe panel will double the size of the space. Add a freestanding wardrobe that has sliding doors so they won’t extend out into the bedroom when opened. Allow plenty of storage space with baskets and extra shelving for folded garments and footwear.

Make a statement in your bedroom by adding coloured glass or high-gloss sliding doors. If you are looking to maximise space in your bedroom then use the area behind the sliding wardrobe doors for more than just hanging clothes. Create divisions for shoes and accessories – add an internal light that reacts to the sliding doors opening.

Bring a teenage girl’s room to life with sliding doors decorated with wall stickers to reflect their favourite interest. Sliding doors are a great way to store teen clutter and hide unsightly bits and bobs.

Coloured glass sliding doors

kitchen area with coloured glass sliding door

(Image credit: Future PLC/Bill Smith)

Make a feature of your kitchen storage with a bespoke coloured-glass sliding divider. As well as defining storage and dining areas, the blue hue makes an uplifting addition in a contemporary neutral space.

For made-to-measure coloured glass doors, contact The Door Stop (opens in new tab).

Jali wardrobe doors

wardrobe with indian style fretwork doors

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jake Curtis)

If your preference is for ethnic design, Indian-style fretwork doors are a beautiful option for bedroom storage. This wardrobe is an authentic piece of furniture, but you can reproduce and update the look by creating your own built-in storage with ornate panels from Jali (opens in new tab).

You may want to find a registered tradesman to help you with installation, though.

Japanese sliding doors

attic room with pink wall and japanese sliding door

(Image credit: Future PLC/Bob Smith)

Taking inspiration from a different part of the world, these Japanese-style sliding doors have a smart, minimal feel. Here, specially constructed panels create privacy between bedroom and bathroom areas, but also difuse light helping to create a peaceful atmosphere.

Luxaflex (opens in new tab) manufactures Japanese sliding panels which can be used as room dividers. Check their website for your nearest stockist.

Bathroom sliding doors 

bathroom with white wall and blue sliding door

(Image credit: Future PLC/Tim Evan-Cook)

Smart blue doors add to, rather than detract from, this peaceful ice-white bedroom. Dividing off the en-suite bathroom, the sleek glossy finish references the water-based space beyond.

Try The Door Workshop (opens in new tab) for a range of coloured sliding doors.

Stencilled sliding wardrobe doors

bedroom with white wardrobe and sliding door with stickers

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

Customise plain sliding wardrobe doors to suit the space they occupy. This teen girl's room benefits from a travel-inspired Parisian theme in striking pink and black.

Try recreating this with basic doors from B&Q (opens in new tab) and either stencilling or applying wall stickers for a unique fascia. The Stencil Library (opens in new tab) has all manner of designs, while Rockett St George  (opens in new tab)offers  easy-to-apply decals.

Wallpapered sliding doors

bathroom with bathtub and wallpapered sliding door

(Image credit: Future PLC/Bill Kingston)

Disguise your sliding doors by papering them with the same wallpaper used on the surrounding wall. The classic leafy design used in this spa-style bathroom really creates a sense of escaping to a secret retreat.

Before you start the job, though, ensure there's enough room in the wall recess to accommodate an extra layer of paper.

Palm Leaves wallpaper is a Cole & Son (opens in new tab) design.

Rustic folding doors

room with wooden floor and red wall and Rustic folding doors

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore )

Nothing says country style quite like stripped wooden doors - and these folding doors are no exception. Acting as a neat little room divider in an open-plan living area, they are as pretty as they are practical.

Try Doors & More (opens in new tab) for internal folding and sliding doors in classic wood finishes.

Kate & Wills sliding wardrobe doors

room with wooden floor and kate and wills sliding wardrobe door

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Make a statement in your bedroom with coloured glass wardrobe doors. Or you could go a step further and prove you're a true Royalist with these special sliding doors featuring Kate & Wills.

Kate & William sliding wardrobe doors from Spaceslide (opens in new tab).

Now that's dedication to the Royal cause!

Thea Babington-Stitt
Thea Babington-Stitt

Thea Babington-Stitt is a Content Editor on Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for nearly 10 years. 

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.