Few interior elements are as elegant as glass doors. Providing a connection between different spaces while remaining visually open, glass doors embrace natural light without blocking views. There are wide-ranging benefits to using sliding glass doors for businesses, workplaces and homes alike.
Today, offices and residential designs are evolving, and the future of the workplace will be intrinsically tied to well-being. As a result, interior design, lighting and door selection are evolving with these new trends. In turn, changing tastes are already underway as more employees opt to work from home.
Today, companies and employees increasingly want flexibility and space to work. At the same time, as a larger share of the workforce telecommutes, thriving companies have more of their budgets to spend on office amenities. A sliding glass door system is one amenity that can transform office culture and workplace satisfaction through employee well-being and collaboration.
Explore the following insider’s guide to sliding glass doors and how these doors reflect a change in how we work and live.
Today’s Changing Workplace
The evolution of the modern workplace is rooted in changing work habits. Today, collaboration and horizontal integration have become increasingly common. Startups and new companies with only a handful of employees in a small office quickly become much larger organizations in need of adequate meeting and workspaces.
When this happens, company founders will typically set everyone up with private, enclosed offices. However, more business leaders recognize that this is where companies lose productivity and the exchange of new ideas. More and more often, traditional and closed-off private offices are less used in favor of open rooms that have seamless connections and visual transparency between spaces. This is where sliding glass doors shine.
A building full of employees with their heads down at a desk is no longer the norm. Today, employers recognize that there is value in freeing workers from their desks. Now, companies are planning their workspaces around activities. Open floor designs help companies meet this objective. Sliding doors enable companies to maintain transparency while providing privacy when needed.
Sliding Glass Door Types
Faced with a desire for more collaborative spaces, building owners are looking for ways to bring in natural light while balancing different ways to work. They need areas that support a balance of thinking and collaboration, while contractors and designers can help clients meet this need by showing them how to step out of the confines of the traditional office space.
There is a diverse range of options for sliding door selections that can meet clients’ needs while also supporting office well-being. There are many non-traditional doors available that can be used for upgrading a client workspace. For example, telescopic sliding doors retract into each other. They work much like a telescope, hence their name.
Alternatively, bi-parting sliding doors can be used. This kind of door features two units that slide away from each other. They enable occupants to create spaces with a wider opening. Designers and contractors might also suggest a corner sliding door. A corner sliding door comes equipped with two sliding doors that join together in a synchronized manner at the corner. To open the door, each side simply slides away from each other. This kind of door offers a unique look for corner offices. In doing so, it also creates visual impact and identity for the larger office.
These are just a few design concepts that can be specified and customized. There are many other modern designs that can be used for matching a company’s decor. For instance, automatic doors or sliding wood doors can serve as a solution to provide clients with the features they desire.
Create Memorable & Functional Interiors
Sliding doors offer many benefits beyond balanced and beautiful aesthetics. They’re versatile and provide functionality for many kinds of buildings. For example, glass sliding doors let in an abundant amount of natural light. This feature is a sought-after commodity as companies make the shift from closed-in spaces. Furthermore, natural light is more energy-efficient and helps to boost productivity.
Air quality is another growing concern in today’s workplaces. Sliding glass doors allow for improved airflow and circulation. A constant flow of air enhances air quality. Most importantly, however, sliding glass doors improve traffic flow. They make it easier for people to move between spaces. The result is that sliding doors make it easier for companies to build a culture of impromptu collaboration. This feature is highly beneficial for companies that are working to develop teamwork.
Best of all, clients find that sliding doors are easy to use. This, combined with their low maintenance and high durability, makes sliding doors an ideal choice for creating functional and memorable interiors. Whether looking to renovate an existing project, or to create ground-up new construction, sliding glass doors are an excellent choice to bring added value to a wide range of building types.
Providing the Right Solution
High-quality sliding glass doors satisfy a client’s aesthetic needs as well as their desire for open spaces. With a vast selection of options, a solution can be developed that fits the look that designers and clients want to achieve.
A good example is how many companies want to make the most of their existing spaces. Sliding glass doors makes spaces look bigger. At the same time, they offer the transparency that today’s collaborative workplaces demand. Working with consultants, clients can better think through their options. Here, designers and contractors can show how today’s sliding door solutions offer added value and help companies make the most of their spaces.
Glass sliding doors are the right solution because they are as practical as they are beautiful. With many different product types available, selecting the right door comes down to specifying the right type of transparency, connections and mountings for a particular space and the transition point between rooms.
Combining Function and Style
It’s important to understand how sliding glass door systems can help meet clients’ needs because these doors are so versatile. As one of the most pioneering and elegant door systems that can be specified today, sliding doors are a natural choice for commercial and residential projects alike.
For nearly a century, KLEIN Architectural Interior Systems has offered innovative sliding door systems for a wide range of clients. Today, we operate through a network of dealers out of our distribution center in New Jersey. We maintain a full inventory and can support your construction project anywhere in the country.
KLEIN Architectural Interior Systems maintains showrooms in Boston, Chicago, and New York City. Our talented experts at these locations can deliver complete sliding door systems on-demand. Please feel free to view our products online. If you’d like more information about our sliding door systems, you can also reach our experts at (973) 246-8181 or connect with us online.