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5 Benefits of a Sliding Door for Your Closet, Pantry, or Laundry Room

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Sliding doors are a convenient and charming door solution for homes. They are a simple way to incorporate an exciting aesthetic without compromising valuable room space. This is particularly true for closets, pantries, and laundry rooms where a visually pleasing door is always welcomed. 

In this week’s blog post, we listed 5 benefits of using a sliding door for your closet, pantry, and laundry room!

1. Extra Space

Closets, pantries, and laundry rooms are often in tight spaces, like hallways. While traditional swinging doors take up a ton of space to operate, sliding doors do the opposite. Sliding doors are parallel to the wall and operate by sliding over the doorway. Sliding doors take minimum space when open, closed, and while operating. 

2. Customization

Shaker Single Panel barn door with chalkboard and green neon details. Door is installed on a kitchen's pantry.

The visual impact a door adds to a space is often underestimated. A door can be discreet and blend right in with the wall and decoration or can be a stand-alone design element or focal point in your décor scheme.  


Sliding doors are highly customizable, and customizing yours can make a huge impact on the overall aesthetics of your room or hallway. You can pick the size, material, design, and so on. 


Suppose you are ordering solid wood doors from RealCraft. In that case, you get even more customization options, including dozens of premium and exclusive designs, panels and construction styles, glass options, chalkboard,  wood species, and many more! 

3. Make Your Space Appear Larger

Bi-parting white barn doors and black Aero sliding hardware installed on a kitchen pantry.

Sliding doors will not only save space but also create an illusion of an even bigger space. Because they are always parallel to the wall and never at an angle (like swinging doors), they create an even floor space in front of your doorway, making it appear larger. Another way to create the illusion of a larger space is to add mirrors or glass panels to your door. The larger the panel, the more spacious your space will look.


4. Easy to Operate 

Weathered wood gray traditional barn door design installed in a closet space.

Ever tried to open your laundry room swinging door with a basket of dirty laundry in your hands just to get stuck between the wall and the door? We know the feeling. Sliding doors are incredibly functional for laundry rooms, closets, and pantries. Rather than having to pull or push the door with your hands full, you can easily open it with just a little effort! Most of the time, just the strength of fingers will do it! You can make the process even easier with the right accessories such as flush pulls and abarn door soft stop.


5. Simple Installation 

Traditional barn door design in black weathered wood installed in a luxurious closet space.

Installing conventional doors is a pain. You must take several detailed measurements, and you may still run into issues with pre-cut doorways. Sometimes, you have to actually swap out the entire door frame when looking to change the door. 


On the other hand, installing a sliding door is fast and easy. There is no need to know specific terms or have advanced skills, and most residential sliding doors can be installed with just two people and a few tools. And once you have installed thesliding door hardware, you can change or remove your door with ease by just lifting it from the track. Take a look at this tutorial on  How To Install A Barn Door for more details.


Shop for High-Quality Sliding Doors

Reclaimed wood custom bi-parting sliding barn doors by realcraft

Sliding doors are not just for barns and farmhouse-style décor. They are an incredibly versatile design element that brings functionality and design to any room or doorway.


 At Real Craft, you can find the perfect sliding door for your closet or cabinet. We have many different sliding doors and kits to choose from. Shop our high-quality sliding door selection today at our online store!

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