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#1 StillDreaming

Posted 13 May 2019 - 09:00 PM

Just wondering if anyone has feedback re sliding or hinged doors for wardrobes? Is there much of a price difference? Do you find everything easy to access in wardrobe with sliding doors?

I’d like floor to ceiling cupboards - approx 2m wide (possibly a bit bigger) with mixture of hanging space and drawers/shelves.

Any idea if I could do this for $1k or less? I’ll be looking for quotes in a few weeks but would love to hear what others have done.

I think I prefer the idea of hinged doors but if there was a big price difference I’m happy to do either.


#2 roseparker

Posted 13 May 2019 - 09:06 PM

Not sliding. Ours comes off the rails on a weekly basis and drives me berserk. The smallest thing impinging on the track seems to bump it off the track, it gets stuck, and DH has to take it off completely to realign it because the b*st*rd thing is so heavy and clunky I can’t do it. Some days I want to kick it to bits 😆

#3 StillDreaming

Posted 13 May 2019 - 09:08 PM

Thanks for that! That’s the sort of thing I need to know.

#4 SM3s Fight Song

Posted 13 May 2019 - 09:12 PM

Ours come off sometimes too, but I'd always go sliding unless they're very large bedrooms.  Our bed couldn't fit in our room if the doors were hinged.

Eta: ours are mirrors, doors without can be a lot lighter.  Bathroom sliding door is heaps lighter.

Edited by *Super*Mombie3, 13 May 2019 - 09:14 PM.

#5 MrsPuddleduck

Posted 13 May 2019 - 09:14 PM

Hinged doors require a fair bit of floor space to open outwards. We had to take them off in the nursery or everything wouldn’t have fit! It’s a small room. They do require valuable real estate.

#6 EmmDasher

Posted 13 May 2019 - 09:17 PM

I prefer sliding by a mile. I love full, huge mirrors. I love that they don’t take up floor space. I love that I can leave it open and it’s not an obstacle I have to avoid or blocking light. Access has never occurred to me as an issue. If you have a 2m wife space you could have two doors with almost 1m wide drawers on each side which seems like plenty to me.

For those that have sliders falling off tracks, consider replacing the runners. They do wear out and new runners make a big difference.

We currently have doors and they drive me crazy. 5 year old DD has also asked for sliding doors in our new house because “they’re easier to open”.

#7 SM3s Fight Song

Posted 13 May 2019 - 09:21 PM

Mine mostly come off because there's so much stuff shoved in the bottom of my wardrobe 😅, it shifts and blocks the tracks. I think the tracks themselves are OK.

#8 StillDreaming

Posted 13 May 2019 - 09:23 PM

Thanks for the replies. Does anyone remember roughly how much they cost? I know they’re all different sizes etc I’d just really love an idea of whether I’d be looking at hundreds or thousands...

#9 Cheesy Sanga

Posted 13 May 2019 - 09:27 PM

Our sliding doors haven't come off and we've had them for 5 years. 2 mirror panels, and 2 opaque glass panels. They're approx 1m x 2.5m each panel. It depends how much floor space you have, is there floor space available to swing doors open?

#10 StillDreaming

Posted 13 May 2019 - 09:35 PM

I would have the floor space for opening doors so that isn’t really an issue. Price is though, however, I’d like something that I’m going to be happy with long term.

#11 Lifesgood

Posted 13 May 2019 - 09:40 PM

We have hinged doors in our bedroom and I would never do that again. They look great, much nicer than sliding doors but they are floor to ceiling so are very heavy and we have had lots of trouble with them moving / dropping. They are also a nuisance as they take up so much space to open - if you have a large bedroom this won't be a problem of course. Finally, they were much more expensive than sliding doors!

#12 EmmDasher

Posted 13 May 2019 - 09:45 PM

I think we did 2 x 700mm wide standard height mirror glass ones and it was maybe $400. Testing my memory though. You can pay more depending on what they’re made of, framing around glass, size etc but they’re really not expensive.

#13 Noodlez

Posted 13 May 2019 - 11:19 PM

Our sliding doors annoy me to no end as I find it difficult to access the middle hanging space. If I had room I would much prefer hinged.

#14 JomoMum

Posted 14 May 2019 - 06:13 AM

Hinged doors don’t always need a lot of space to open them outwards. And even if you have sliding doors, you still need space in front of the wardrobe to actually stand there and move things in and out of the cupboard - I’d suggest 70-80cm or so to be comfortable... about the width of a hinged door anyway.

#15 qak

Posted 14 May 2019 - 06:49 AM

Are you looking at flat-pack or having a wardrobe built? 2m isn't very big. You could have a look at IKEA wardrobes.
I think hinged doors look more modern, and custom-made if you are talking about a built-in wardrobe.
Either way, the doors will need to be open a sufficient width for you to open drawers, so think about where you want drawers.

#16 Elly_Bells

Posted 14 May 2019 - 07:03 AM

We just moved from hinged to sliding and I am not a fan so far. As PP said, hard to access the middle hanging space and DH and I can't both have our sides of the wardrobe open at the same time.

#17 Lesley225

Posted 14 May 2019 - 07:07 AM

My hinged doors have moved and no longer close so are just open all the time.  

I'd much rather sliding.

#18 Abernathy

Posted 14 May 2019 - 07:28 AM

Definitely hinged. With the sliding doors you cannot open your whole wardrobe at once and have a good look (you can only access half the wardrobe at a time). Harder to clean and sleep sorted.

#19 StartledFlamingo

Posted 14 May 2019 - 07:35 AM

I prefer hinged, if they're ceiling height then you can also separate the space with 2 doors vertically- one usual wardrobe size and one up top for extra storage of all the junk you don't want to see every time you open your wardrobe.

With young kids I was scared of them getting a finger squished by sliding doors, especially underneath. I also find it hard to get to middle spaces and if my partner leaves even a bit of shirt sticking out his side (which he always does, grr) then I can't open the drawers in my side of the wardrobe.

Edited by StartledFlamingo, 14 May 2019 - 07:37 AM.

#20 just roses

Posted 14 May 2019 - 07:36 AM

A vote for hinged! Our old master (now DS’s room) had a full walk of hinged cupboards. DH and I each had two doors (opened to face each other) for hanging space and then a door each in the middle for shelves. So six doors altogether. Then there was a full row of upper doors by enough to store suitcases etc. Each door probably only opens about 50-60cm into the room so takes up hardly any space. And definitely not too heavy. I love the built in look of them, much more than sliding door wardrobes.

#21 Romeo Void

Posted 14 May 2019 - 07:46 AM

I prefer hinged if you have the space.  The sliders we had were mirror and heavyish.  I know this sounds weird but I *hated* how slow it was to get the doors open and get to things.  I'm so used to being able to throw open a door in a split second or pull out a drawer (and I do it lots of times a day) that that delay of puuuulling the big door aside became a pain so I would just leave the door open.

#22 Lesley225

Posted 14 May 2019 - 08:06 AM

Am I the only one who hates the idea of mirrored doors?

THe last thing I want to do in the mornings is see myself first thing!

#23 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 14 May 2019 - 08:35 AM

Hinged! I hate not being able to open both sides of my kids wardrobes at once. And they get caught on things that are poking out that little bit too far and then don’t open. And crud gets in the bottom rail and the rollers get caught on it. And they take up space, because you need the width of two doors at the front of the wardrobe so they can slide across each other. They’re so annoying.

You don’t need full width hinged doors. Our main bed has narrow hinged doors, a bit like a kitchen cabinet in width. They don’t get in the way much at all and if I want to I can open all the doors (there are 4) to see everything. They fit into the space you would leave free in front of a wardrobe anyway. And when I’m done I just walk past and slam them all shut in 2 seconds flat. Can’t do that with a temperamental roller door.

When I redo the kids wardrobes I might swap to the same hinged doors.

#24 **Xena**

Posted 14 May 2019 - 08:50 AM

I have sliding in our room and hinged in the kids room. Far prefer the hinge and will be swapping ours over as soon as I can afford.

#25 Crazy4

Posted 14 May 2019 - 09:52 AM

Hate sliding. I have no idea what is in the middle section of our wardrobe as I can’t access it.

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