What’s the Difference Between Patio Doors and Bi Fold Doors?

By on 10th August in Home Inspiration

You want to add more light to a room, but also want it to be a functioning door, giving you access to your garden and a great view from inside your home. If that’s the case, you’ll probably end up looking at Patio doors and bi fold doors, but what’s the difference between them?

What are Patio Doors?

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Patio doors are similar to French doors in that they are two nearly full length panels of glass, however these doors tend to slide across one and other. They first became popular during the Mid-century modern styles period just after the war, and are much like the Shōji or Fusuma that originated in Japan.

Their purpose is much the same as French doors, however, what makes Patio doors different is how they don’t take up much space. If there isn’t much room to manoeuvre outside, where French doors would not be able to open fully, sliding Patio doors are the ideal next option.

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What are Bi fold Doors?

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Bi fold doors are doors that fold neatly allowing you access to a room or the outside. They’re commonly used inside the house between rooms, as cupboard doors where there’s limited space or to open up your home to the outdoors in a rather grand way.

There have been reports suggesting bi fold doors were used in Italy during the time of the Romans, but they didn’t become mainstream in our homes until the 19th Century, when closets and cupboards became more common.

Bi fold doors can be any size and can make a beautiful statement on your home, especially when they’re used to open your whole conservatory or orangery up to your garden. The technology used for them has advanced greatly, which gives you endless possibilities.

With glass bi fold doors, you allow so much more light to enter a room and help blur the lines between indoors and the great outdoors! The trend becoming even more popular at present is getting closer to your garden, having stunning views from the comfort of your home looking out onto the garden.

They bring you much closer to your garden too, opening up entire rooms to the open air, creating an al fresco experience even if your inside your home.

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If you’re looking to open a room up to the garden and increase the amount of light entering a room, bi fold doors are the way to go!

Now you know the differences between these doors, have you heard of French doors? No! This article explains what French doors are and why they’re another alternative to patio or bi fold doors.

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