Sliding wardrobe: basic concepts.
In our country, a sliding wardrobe is not so much a tribute to fashion as a new tool in the historical struggle for square meters. You have low ceilings, the pillar acts as a “navel” in the middle of the corridor, the room is disfigured by a stupid niche into which no finished furniture will fit, and the wardrobe with a sideboard is littered with dusty suitcases? Then this article will be useful to you.
In sliding wardrobes, sliding doors do not require additional space for opening. And since such a cabinet is made and modeled individually, it can be installed anywhere: in the labyrinth of the corridor, in the cramped office, and in the niche. There are sliding wardrobes for offices, bedrooms, living rooms, libraries and even for children. To order exactly the cabinet that is needed, the buyer must speak with the seller “in one language”, that is, know his professional terminology. Here are some special words and phrases.
False panel – a decorative plate that is used to increase the height of the cabinet, hiding voids. In texture and color, it is usually the same as the door trim.
Base – supporting strips on which the cabinet is installed. It may not be a supporting element, but a decorative element.
Profile – vertical framing of doors (in some versions of cabinets it is also a handle at the same time).
Track – the maximum length of the guide (rail).
Melamine is a decorative coating resistant to water and mechanical damage. Thicker, more flexible and more durable than laminate
MDF – a plate made of vacuum-pressed wood dust (without the use of epoxy and phenol, which are harmful to human health).
The layout is an overhead decoration.
Panel – convex finish plate.
Faceted mirror – an element of a decor of a door. It has a special, semicircular shape from above, glued to a chipboard plate.
Let’s start with the configuration.
Firstly, it is not at all necessary to make the built-in cabinet solid. Instead of the back wall, side panels, bottom or roof, you can use the walls, floor and ceiling of the room. It is much cheaper. The same option is the only solution if you install a “coupe” in a narrow niche (less than 1 m wide). By adding false walls, you will reduce the track (“mileage” of the sliding doors) and risk getting an inconvenient to use cabinet. Secondly, the doors in sliding wardrobes are made not only of a smooth finishing plate, but also of “panels”, glass and mirrors, solid and combined (for example, top – glass or mirror, bottom – chipboard). If funds allow, it is worth using. Thirdly, what kind of doors are needed (and whether they are needed at all) depends on where the cabinet is installed and what is supposed to be stored in it. For example, in a narrow dark room mirrored panels will be appropriate, they will visually make it wider. Glass is more suitable for a library. The living room is likely to require open shelves for video and audio equipment or a computer. Fourth, a comprehensive interior solution based on furniture with sliding doors is also possible. For example, a wardrobe can smoothly go into a bed, then into a desk, and then into a bookcase, one of the sliding doors of which serves as an interior partition. This approach takes into account all the nuances of the location of the walls, ceiling, doors, windows and heating system. So, the walls of sliding wardrobes are no different from the walls of ordinary finished wardrobes (stand only the difference that the “compartment” may not have them at all). All the salt in the doorway. A closer look reveals just two fundamentally different sliding door systems. The most common – the perimeter door is placed in a steel or aluminum frame and rolls on rollers in a groove. Rollers in these systems are usually made of plastic or steel. This installation principle has certain drawbacks: high doors in case of accidental impact, for example, of a child, can slide off the guides (although they are easily put in place), dust, pet hair and small objects that clog in the groove can interfere with movement. Therefore, grooves and rollers should be periodically vacuumed. In another method of installing the door, the rollers move along the rail. To increase reliability, the support roller is equipped with a device to prevent slipping from the rail. At the time of installation, this hook latches onto the lower guide. Such systems have enhanced protection against dust and grains of sand. It should be noted that the noiselessness, ease of sliding of the doors and the service life of the sliding wardrobe depend on the quality of the guides. The sliding door system is given a long warranty (sometimes up to 10 years).
The internal arrangement of wardrobes is not diverse. All companies offer traditional shelves and drawers made of chipboard (ordinary or sliding). They, as a rule, have standard sizes, so you are unlikely to be able to order something extraordinary – this is a constructor with the given elements, which you can “play” as you wish. Most likely in narrow sliding wardrobes you will not be able to order small drawer drawers (standard drawers simply do not open – doors interfere)