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20+ Sliding door ideas – stacker doors, bi-folds and more

By Elise Hodge

Updated: June 9th, 2022

Keep your space open with these creative sliding door solutions.

Whether you’re building a house or looking to renovate, I’m sure doors are one of those things that are toward the top of your list of ‘to do’s. But who knew there were so many types of doors? No worries, because we’ve put all of the best sliding door ideas here to help make the right design for your home and interior styling.

To name a few sliding door ideas, there are farmhouse-inspired barn doors, modern glass stacking doors or traditional bi-fold doors. What makes sliding doors so great is that they allow for the much needed open plan living and creating seamless indoor, outdoor living.

Sliding doors can come in many shapes, sizes and styles so check out these 20+ sliding door ideas to inspire you.

1. Glass and black aluminium

How’s this modern bedroom for the first of our sliding door ideas! I love the simplicity and minimalist feel of this space with the simple black framed glass sliding doors that just work so well here.

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Source: Photo by R ARCHITECTURE on Unsplash

2. Light and airy

How light and airy is this gorgeous dining room! I’m all about a light and airy space and the good news is that they can be easily achieved with lots of windows! And I love the floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors in this kitchen-dining room that help to make everything feel so open.

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Source: Photo by Josh Hemsley on Unsplash

3. Narrow sliding doors

This is a lovely terrace renovation that has added sliding doors, with the frames painted white to complement the white walls. This is a beautiful minimalist look for inner-city living.

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Source: Photo by Ryan Christodoulou on Unsplash

4. Open to the outdoors

I just absolutely love indoor-outdoor living! These accordion doors completely fold back which makes the informal dining space so open that it opens right out to the outside. If you had a few families over, you could have the parents inside and the kids outside but still be able to easily see them!

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Source: Photo by Laurence Katz on Unsplash

5. Bi-folding doors

I love glass doors with timber borders that are perfect to push completely open, leave halfway or have closed. It’s really up to you.

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Source: Photo by Beazy on Unsplash

6. Corner stacker doors

Corner stacker doors are such a great idea to make a room look massive. By adding stacker doors that open at the corner, it makes your outdoor patio or decking area seem like one big room.

7. Indoor-outdoor sliding doors

Who else absolutely loves indoor-outdoor living? Indoor-outdoor living is the perfect combination of comfort with the luxuries of furnishings but with lots of fresh air! I love the large sliding doors in this space that look fantastic completely open to bring in lots of fresh air to the open plan lounge room.

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Source: Photo by R ARCHITECTURE on Unsplash

8. Sliding slats

Consider a unique installation of sliding slats! These timber slats double as a wall and a sliding door and can be perfect as a feature for a master bathroom. Make your home stand out with the help of a carpenter.

9. Thin framed stacker doors

Having frameless or thinly framed windows and doors is a trend that encourages as much of a view and light inside the home as possible. It really brings together that inside-outside modern living.

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Source: Photo by Samuel Regan-Asante on Unsplash

10. Tiny pocket door for pantry

Sliding pocket doors can come in all shapes and sizes, and a small one is ideal for a butler’s pantry. When it’s a mess, you’ll be able to just shut the door and hide it all.

11. Traditional style barn door

Love a traditional style barn door? This style is the quintessential barn door that looks like it has come straight from a farm. Sliding barn doors are ideal if your room is quite modern but you want to give it more of a farmhouse look.

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Source: Photo by Jon’Nathon Stebbe on Unsplash

12. Raw wood

An alternative to a traditional barn door is to use a slab of raw wood that literally looks like it has been freshly cut off a large tree. The imperfections of the wood just add to the character of the piece.  A raw wood sliding door makes an awesome alternative to a traditional barn door.

13. Modern design

If you’d like to separate your ensuite and bedroom with a more contemporary modern vibe, consider a black slatted sliding door. The horizontal slats create some privacy and modern black slats just go perfectly with the styling of a lovely modern bedroom.

14. Timber pocket door

Another great sliding door idea for inside the house is a pocket door. They are great because, as the name suggests, the door literally disappears into the wall like a pocket. I love a pocket door which has been made with the same timber as the other finishes in your space.

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Source: Photo by Sven Brandsma on Unsplash

15. Subtle entrance

Sliding doors are excellent as internal doors for areas where you don’t want to take up too much space. A regular door can get in the way, but a sliding door just makes sense.

16. Vintage barn doors

Another option if you love barn doors is to source a vintage set. I love the ones that look as if they were plucked from a French chateau and added into a modern Parisian home. Having a professional restoration can also allow for a raw rustic door to become the instant feature.

17. Triple track sliding doors

Another great modern sliding door idea is triple track sliding doors! Triple track means that there are three tracks, so as there are three panels, the panels can all move freely and you can position the panels however it would suit you. I love how large the glass is which really provides a great view of the courtyard.

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Source: Photo by adison clark on Unsplash

18. Antiqued glass fronts

As I mentioned, sliding doors are a great idea indoors as they don’t take up any room at all and never get in the way. But you can still ensure they stand out visually by choosing doors with antiqued glass fronts.

19. Sliding glass

Having a glass door next to where the pool area is always a great idea as you can see what’s happening in the pool at all times. (Speaking of pools, check out these pool ideas.)

When it comes to full size indoor-outdoor sliding doors, it’s an installation that’s best left to professional glaziers.

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Source: Photo by Curtis Adams from Pexels

20. Rain glass barn door

If you like a glass door that provides privacy, consider the finish called ‘rain glass’. This is meant to look like rain pouring down onto the glass – and what a cool effect it gives! It provides a clear glass look but also enables plenty of privacy as you can’t actually see through it.

21. Open up to the outdoors

I love these glass sliding doors with the white borders which perfectly match the white panelling of this home. There’s plenty of visual interest here created by all the angles and lines—what a stunning contemporary look.

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Source: Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

22. Farmhouse dining

If you love farmhouse style, check out this gorgeous farmhouse dining room! I love the soft colours and décor choices in this space that just go so well together. The white sliding door looks fabulous in this space.

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Source: Photo by Sven Brandsma on Unsplash

23. Double pocket door

Want a traditional look for your door separating your dining room and lounge room? A double pocket door will give you that classic Parisian chic. Double doors also increase your options—you can open them both up, or just one side, or close them both!

24. Tropical view

Finally, how relaxing is this space with the colourful styling inside and the gorgeous tropical garden view outside! The bi-fold doors to the balcony are super large glass panels which really give an indoor-outdoor feel even when the doors aren’t open.

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Source: Photo by Lavi Perchik on Unsplash

So that concludes our 20+ sliding door ideas to help you in building your dream house or getting ideas for your next reno! I absolutely love all the different barn doors that are available as well as the modern room dividers. What were your favourite sliding doors? Let me know in the comments below!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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