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A Sliding Door Makeover

The Evolution of Wardrobe Door Design

A decade ago, the architectural landscape was dominated by plain sliding doors in bedrooms e.g. mirror or white panels.  These doors, undoubtedly, had their charm. They expanded the visual space of a room, making it appear more spacious and well-lit. They were a cost-effective solution, and undeniably, they were the trendsetters of their time.

However, as with all design elements, preferences evolve.

The Need for Change

If you’re a home renovator, you understand the importance of keeping up with the times. Those hinge doors that once seemed so practical now feel cumbersome, eating into your room’s valuable floor space. Or perhaps those 20-year-old sliding doors, once the epitome of modern design, now appear plain and outdated.

Case Study No. 1

Transforming A Hallway Linen Cupboard

Homeowner inspecting old hinge louvre doors of a hallway linen cupboard that doesn't close properly, with a two-tiered design stretching floor to ceiling.

Linen Cupboard: Before the Makeover

The hinge louvre doors, reminiscent of designs from yesteryears, show clear signs of wear and tear. They hang askew, refusing to shut properly, a testament to their age and the daily struggles they must pose. The cupboard itself is an interesting piece, stretching from floor to ceiling at an approximate height of 2700mm. The design choice of having a 2200mm high primary cupboard with an additional 500mm high storage space atop is both unique and, unfortunately, indicative of potential wasted space. Though the internals remain hidden, one can’t help but imagine old, inefficient shelving that doesn’t make the best use of the available volume.

Renovated hallway linen cupboard with doors removed, revealing a newly lined back wall, sides, and the installation of Elfa shelving systems.

Mid-Transformation: A Fresh Canvas with New Shelving

The dated doors have been removed, revealing a fresh canvas for redesign. The cupboard has been given a new lease of life with a newly lined back wall and sides. The introduction of the Elfa shelving system is a game-changer. Known for its adaptability and efficient use of space, it promises to address the inefficiencies of the old setup, hinting at a more organised, accessible storage solution.

Homeowner admiring the transformed hallway linen cupboard fitted with modern white sliding doors, featuring white powder-coated mesh inserts at the top and bottom for airflow.

The Reveal

The final image is a revelation. The homeowner stands, inspecting her revamped hallway linen cupboard. Gone are the old louvre doors, replaced by sleek sliding doors. The choice of white panels exudes a contemporary feel, making the space appear brighter and more open. The white powder-coated mesh inserts at the top and bottom are a thoughtful addition, ensuring airflow and preventing the buildup of mustiness often associated with linen storage. The design not only addresses functionality but also adds a touch of modern elegance to the hallway.

Case Study No. 2

Transforming an outdated Wardrobe

Small room featuring a narrow sliding mirror cupboard with dated cream frames and tracks

Dated Mirror Cupboard: Before the Transformation

This snapshot captures a compact room dominated by a narrow 2-door sliding mirror cupboard. The cream frames and tracks, showing signs of age, give the space a dated feel, longing for a modern touch.

Updated room showcasing a cupboard with white glass sliding doors and shaker-inspired white frames

Shaker-Inspired Elegance: The Modern Makeover

The room is transformed with the cupboard’s new look. The sliding doors, now adorned with pristine white glass panels, breathe fresh life into the space. The white 50mm frames, reminiscent of the timeless shaker style, bring a touch of classic elegance, marrying the old with the new.

The Magic of a Sliding Door Makeover

But here’s the good news: you don’t need to completely overhaul your space to breathe new life into it. A sliding door makeover can be the transformative touch your home needs. Let’s delve into the myriad benefits:

No. 1

Space-Saving: Unlike hinge doors that swing open, sliding doors glide parallel to the wall, ensuring that no floor space is wasted. This is especially beneficial for smaller rooms where every inch counts.


Versatility: The design possibilities are endless. From replacing mirror panels with chic white panels or white décor glass to introducing aluminium accents while retaining some mirrors for a contemporary touch. You can even opt for a complete transformation by replacing mirrors with solid Jarrah louvre strips combined with white panels.


Personalisation: Every home tells a story, and with a sliding door makeover, you can ensure it tells yours. Whether you’re aiming for minimalistic elegance, rustic charm, or modern flair, the options are tailored to fit your vision.

A Call to Action for Home Renovators

For those of you who have a passion for home renovation, this is an opportunity to blend the old with the new. It’s a chance to showcase your creativity, to transform a mundane element into a focal point of design.

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Experience the Transformation

Book a Free appointment with Carl, to discuss your vision and guide you through the myriad of options available.


Change is the only constant, and in the world of home design, it’s the subtle changes that often make the most significant impact. A sliding door makeover is more than just a design upgrade; it’s a rejuvenation of your space, a reflection of your evolving tastes, and a testament to the timeless charm of blending the old with the new.

Embrace the future with a sliding door makeover. Visit us today and embark on a journey of transformation.

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Why should I consider sliding wardrobe doors over traditional hinged doors?

Sliding wardrobe doors are space-saving, as they don’t swing out into the room. This makes them ideal for smaller spaces or rooms where you want to maximise floor space. They also offer a sleek and modern look, which can update the aesthetic of your bedroom.

 At Form Function Wardrobes, we pride ourselves on offering unlimited design options and a wide range of material choices. Carl, is dedicated to assisting you in bringing your unique ideas to life, ensuring your new sliding wardrobe doors perfectly match your vision and style.

Are sliding wardrobe doors easy to install?

Yes, with the right tools and know how, many homeowners find they can install sliding wardrobe doors themselves. However, if you’re unsure, we can install them for you.  Alternativley you can  hire a professional to ensure a smooth installation.

Can I customise the design and material of the sliding doors?

Absolutely! Sliding wardrobe doors come in a variety of materials, finishes, and designs. From mirrored surfaces to wooden finishes, there’s a style to suit every bedroom, hallway, kitchen, living room aesthetic.

How do I maintain and clean sliding wardrobe doors?

Maintenance is relatively straightforward. Regularly clean the tracks to ensure the doors slide smoothly. For cleaning, use a soft cloth and appropriate cleaner depending on the door material (e.g., glass cleaner for mirrored doors).

Are sliding doors safe, especially if I have kids?

Modern sliding wardrobe doors are designed with safety in mind. Many come with safety features like shatterproof glass. However, it’s essential to ensure that the installation is secure and that young children are taught to use them properly.

How durable are sliding wardrobe doors?

Sliding wardrobe doors are built for durability. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for many years without showing signs of wear and tear.

Will sliding doors fit my existing wardrobe structure, or will I need to modify it?

Sliding Wardrobe Doors are made to measure.  Most sliding doors are designed to fit standard wardrobe structures.  Sliding Doors replacing hinge doors may need further preperation work to ensure a seemless fit.

Can sliding wardrobe doors be locked?

At the time of writing this blog, the answer is no.  

Are sliding wardrobe doors more expensive than traditional hinged doors?

The cost can vary based on the material and design. While some of our high-end sliding doors might be more expensive, there are many cost-effective options available that offer excellent value for money, especially when considering the benefits of space-saving and aesthetics.