Dividing residential spaces is a hot topic of debate among architects and designers. Many people wonder if the open floor concept is on its way out, but is this the case? Short answer: We think the open floor plan is simply evolving to include hardware that introduces flexible design.
This article will explore why people are putting up dividers in open floor concepts and why there is a need to evolve the open floor concept.
So if you’re curious about how this trend is transforming, read on!
Why Are Home Owners Putting Up Dividers in Open Floor Concepts?
There are several reasons that homeowners might put up dividers in an open floor concept. One reason is to create a more intimate space for entertaining guests. Creating a division allows you to make two distinct areas for use. This can be especially useful if you have a large group of people over, and you want to keep the noise level down in one place so everyone can enjoy their conversation.
Another reason homeowners might put up dividers is to help limit distraction without making the home feel smaller. For example, if you have a large living room, you can add glass walls to separate the TV area from the reading or focus area. This helps to prevent distraction while introducing two distinct spaces that serve unique purposes.
Finally, some people prefer the look of separators as they add visual interest and depth to a room, and the good news is that there are many options aside from drywall that can separate rooms. Sliding door systems are a great way to integrate flexible rooms that can open up floorplans or create separation if needed. Be sure to check out our guide to choosing the right divider hardware for your spacial needs to see which options exist.
Do Open Floor Plans Contribute to Clutter?
Despite the many benefits of open floor concepts, some suggest they increase the likeness of visual clutter. If the home is fully open, it may be hard to identify spaces for certain needs.
If you are a true minimalist that loves to tuck away functional spaces when they are unused, you can consider adding wooden sliding panels or slid folding doors to clear up the visual clutter.
Can you have dividers while maintaining an open-concept look and feel?
Yes! Unless you have lived in a studio apartment, dividers have always been a crucial element of residential spaces – open floor concept or not. The appeal to open-floor concepts surrounds the idea of having ample space to spread out without feeling confined in small rooms.
Today, many divider options are available to give you the best of both worlds.
With these options, you can benefit from both open floor concepts allowing for a sense of openness and connectivity among occupants and the functionality to separate spaces when necessary.
To name a few of the most popular choices for a flexible residential design using sliding door systems, check out wood sliding partitions, folding doors, and telescopic glass doors.
KLEIN Sliding Door Systems
As a sliding door manufacturer for over 90 years, we have seen dividers becoming increasingly popular post-pandemic. Many architects and designers realize a home is often a place of gathering and being independently productive, not only for adults but for children too.
We offer dozens of systems for particular needs, from the traditional sliding door, folding door, and swing door hardware systems alike. Be sure to check out our available US inventory and contact a representative in your area to learn more.
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