For most of us living in London or the surrounding areas, space is extremely precious. There is not much of it available and, wherever possible, it must be made the most of! Indeed, with the ever-rising property prices in the city, many homeowners are actually looking to make improvement to their current homes rather than moving into bigger ones! There are some clever tricks you can try to make your home feel bigger and more spacious, one of which is installing sliding windows and doors – both internally and externally, if you like.
Save floor space
If you’ve always had standard internal doors that open into a room, then you may not have even thought about the amount of space this requires. The door needs to be able to swing 95° from its hinges, meaning there’s an entire square of floor space that needs to remain clear at all times – room enough for a small chest of drawers or similar! By switching your standard internal doors to a sliding option, you don’t have to worry about the amount of floor space you have available for the door to open and close, as it simply slides into the wall.
If you have internal windows within your home, sliding styles are excellent space-savers. Sure, you don’t have to think about floor space in the same way as you have to with doors, but anything protruding into a room can make it feel cramped, so having windows that create space rather than encroaching on it is bound to make the room feel more spacious! Sliding windows also mean that you can stack up your surfaces as much as you like, without having to worry about a window opening onto them and knocking everything onto the floor.
Shutters for sliding windows and doors
Another great way to save space is to install shutters rather than curtains for your windows and doors. These can be easily opened, closed and tilted (if you choose Venetian blinds) with just the pull of a chord, meaning you don’t have to have clunky material hanging from your glazing and intruding into your precious space. With sliding windows and internal doors, and fitted shutters or blinds, your home will look spacious, smart and beautiful.
Here at Unique Windows, we have a wide range of space-saving options for your property, including vertical sliding sash windows and bifold doors. If you live in Beckenham, Croydon, Crawley or a nearby area of London or Surrey, contact us for a free, no-obligation quotation.