Showers and toilets, laundry or utility rooms, and wardrobes or armoires all have one thing in common: they are freestanding walled spaces that are often cramped and could surely use more room for storage. That is why one other thing they have in common are space-saving openings, ones that might slide sideways and eliminate any need for floor space for conventional openings swung backward or forward. Wardrobe sliding doors are indeed as space-efficient as a closet bi folds doors, wherein a single unit consists of many panels folding in pairs like garage accordion doors, but perhaps more attractive.
One popular type of wardrobe sliding doors, called bypass doors, comprise two panels that slide along two parallel support tracks, usually in either direction so that they appear to bypass or overlap each other when seen from the front. The other popular type, called pocket doors, make use of two panels that slide all the way into concealed pocket or compartment in the wall. Either type is available on sale at comparably cheap prices. Sometimes only one panel glides and the other is anchored.
The track system typically contains steel rollers to which the panels are affixed. In an upper track system, the sliding panels are hung from an overhead track. Since the track is designed to defy gravity by propping the panels up, it needs no equivalent bottom track for support. The drawback is not all panels are light enough to be propped up. In a floor track system, the sliding panels rest on a bottom track, and obviously, can be of any weight. The trouble is, with weight pulling the panels down, an equivalent overhead track is needed to keep them in place.
Wardrobe sliding doors are easy to install, with panels that may be glass, stainless steel or wood faced. Panels frames and tracks as well as hinges, ball bearings and other such as hardware may be stainless steel, PVC or aluminum material, which do not need to be lubricated and resist corrosion, so they are easy to maintain. Sliding entranceways truly marry function and form as they are also used as veranda and patio doors, for the swimming pool area or building lobby.