Doors are more than gateways to move between rooms, interior and exterior spaces. They are an understated but critical element in the design of a space because they can make or break the experience of entering a room. Have you ever tried to pull on a door that was meant to be pushed? Did that experience feel the same as walking through a pair of automatic doors that gracefully slid open in front of you? While we don’t usually think of our interactions with doors until we experience a problem with them- doors have the power to transform a space and elevate experiences.
Deciding Door Type
During the planning process, a lot of considerations go into the flow and layout of a room. Doors play a critical part in the functionality of the room and address entry and exit points, divisions in the space, and how it will be used. When planning a room layout, it is important to establish what kind of door (swing, slide, pocket) will most complement the use scenarios of the space. A seamless transition between offices or rooms via a sliding door system will create a better flow for coworkers to move about and collaborate, just like a poorly designed system will limit and restrict movement. Also, swing doors can greatly take away usable space when it comes to smaller spaces such as closets in bedrooms or offices.
Privacy and Light
Door selection also affects an interior design in terms of how it influences privacy and light. The materials and orientation of a door- especially when it’s made of glass- expands visual access to the space and makes a room feel much larger than with an individual walled section. Using a glass sliding door system allows more natural light to travel through the room- creating an open, bright aesthetic that requires less artificial light. Privacy can be achieved in clever ways using frosted glass systems or solid partitions. Smooth and seamless door systems allow for both privacy and light, creating an inviting, functional atmosphere without sacrificing aesthetics.
Movement and Ease of Use
In order to create a good experience when transitioning from room to room, it is necessary to find the appropriate door mechanism for the use case scenario. You don’t want the motion of a door swinging open to block a hallway path or worse, injure somebody walking by. The right choice of sliding door system will promote seamless, continuous movement and ease of use. Paying attention to details such as door handles, sizes, as well as orientation can make every day use more enjoyable.
KLEIN’s ergonomically designed TEMPO handles are a perfect example of this. Because of their curved design and minimal aesthetics, they offer a mechanism thats complimentary to the modern look of KLEIN sliding door systems. The resulting interaction when entering or exiting a room is smooth and effortless- making it a part of a pleasant and frictionless experience.
Next time you are entering your office or a building, try to take notice of your interaction with the doorways you encounter, and what residual effects come from that. Does struggling with a heavy door make you enter the office feeling frustrated? Do you feel a slight sense of satisfaction when the conference room door smoothly slides open? Doors are grossly underrated but beautiful opportunities to elevate the function and aesthetics of a space into something that we enjoy dwelling in. If you want your next project to integrate sleek and innovative sliding door systems, give our products a look. KLEIN is a leading manufacturer of modern, innovative sliding door systems that function flawlessly and are easy to install. We have a wide selection of door systems to meet your office, home or project needs.
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