Bi-fold doors have been skyrocketing in popularity these last few years, with many of our own customers seeking out these folding wonders, and it’s not hard to see why.
Thanks to their concertina way of folding, they tend to be easier to use that sliding doors (no more annoying jamming), and can cover the entirety of a wall. This can provide large open views of your back garden, allowing natural light to stream into your home.
And just like Britain's homes, bi-fold doors come in a wide range of materials, sizes, and styles. This makes them the perfect choice for many extensions, but which style to choose? To help you make this decision, here’s some of our favourite options…
A popular option for contemporary design is to use your bi-fold doors as a way to contrast both the old and new. In this example, Resi designers have placed the clean metallic lines of the doors against tradition London stock brick. This modern feature on a traditional London townhouse brings new life into the home design, while still emphasising the Victorian charm of the original building.
A nice feature of this home is the landscaping of the patio to match the interior floors of the dining area. This added touch means that once the doors are fully opened, the two spaces flow naturally into the other, giving a greater sense of space to the household.
Though bi-fold doors traditionally come in a rectangular design, that doesn’t mean they can’t be incorporated into a variety of extension shapes. This hanger style addition has used additional glass to mould their doors into their unique roof design. When closed, the solid black lines of these doors brings some added drama into the cool whiteness of the rest of the kitchen.
Now here’s a feature completely unique to bi-fold doors - their ability to move around corners. Unlike french and sliding doors, the bi-fold can navigate easily around bends, creating what is known as a floating corner.
A floating corner requires a lot of structural planning from both your architect and a structural engineer, meaning they come with a high price point. But by adding one into this design, this home now has more space than ever, even though they faced restrictive planning.
A win for the bi-fold door and a win for our designers!
Found via Pinterest, we just love the traditional styling of these doors. They would be perfectly suited to homeowners of a period property who are looking to keep their home looking more traditional, while still allowing them to enjoy all the benefits a bi-fold can bring.
Another one from our inspiration board, these wooden bi-fold doors show how versatile these doors can be. The rich colour of the wood works as a great accomplice to the cool stone walls, and is in-keeping with the rustic interior of the kitchen.
Have we given you some food (or maybe some door) for thought? If so, why not talk about your options with our team? Our consultations are free for all homeowners, with our experts helping you get ready to transform your home.