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Sliding Doors vs Swing Doors: Which is Best?

If you’re looking to substantially increase your storage space with a fitted wardrobe but can’t decide between sliding wardrobe doors or hinged swing doors, then you’ve come to the right place. 

Before you think about sliding doors vs swing doors, it’s essential that you understand which situations benefit from using each so you can determine the best option for you and your home.

What are Sliding Wardrobe Doors?

Sliding Wardrobe doors are designed to glide smoothly on tracks with one stationary panel and usually one or two moving panels to slide open for easy access. Today, sliding doors have become a popular choice as bedroom wardrobes, but you can also use them in other rooms across the house.

Pros of Sliding Wardrobe Doors

Saving space

Due to how they’re built, sliding wardrobe doors have no opening radius, making them perfect for rooms with little space. This means you have more options for where the wardrobe can be installed, as you don’t need to worry about things being in the way of the opening to prevent access. As well as this, you can intentionally leave the doors open to display some of your possessions without the doors making the room feel small and cramped.

Ease of access

Sliding wardrobe doors allow you to quickly and easily open your wardrobe and navigate to the section you are after. Typically split into two or door sections, you can easily open the compartment you’re after and navigate to the clothes or accessories you need.


Luxury sliding wardrobe doors are typically considered more stylish than their swing counterparts due to their sleek and minimal design. On top of this, you can have the doors installed with a glass or mirror to make the room look more spacious and add some functionality to the space.

Cons of Sliding Wardrobe Doors

Less Visibility

How sliding wardrobe doors are designed, the sliding part of the door will always be covering some part of the wardrobe, meaning you will never be able to have a full view of the wardrobe’s contents to get a complete look at your belongings and help you decide on your outfit. 

Improper Use

The sliding door must be used correctly and cleaned frequently; otherwise, the lower rail can become damaged or blocked, causing problems when opening the door. As well as this, with improper installation, a sliding door can fail and require costly repairs, so it’s best to have it done professionally. 

What are Swing Wardrobe Doors

Otherwise known as hinged doors, swing wardrobe doors are the traditional option you’ll see on many wardrobes. Opening outwards towards you, their simple design makes them easy to operate and extremely user-friendly. Available in a wide range of different materials, styles and colours, they are a great affordable option. 

Pros of Swing Wardrobe Doors


With swing wardrobe doors, you get full visibility of the contents of your wardrobe, giving you easy access to everything so you can make faster choices of what to wear!

Durable and Long Lasting

Swing doors are durable and reliable, with a long lifespan and minimal risk of breaking due to their simple operating mechanism. While we wouldn’t advise it, compared to sliding doors, swing doors can endure being slammed shut with a significantly reduced risk of breaking or jamming.


Swing doors use cheaper materials and are more affordable to have fitted than sliding or other types of doors. That being said, you don’t need a professional to fix the swing door, as installing it yourself is straightforward.

Cons of Swing Wardrobe Doors

Require more space

Due to their opening radius, swing door wardrobes require a certain amount of space and can’t easily be installed in tight spaces. That’s why they are not considered ideal for rooms with less space, as they can make them seem even smaller when the doors are open.

Safety hazard

You may need to be careful using the swing doors; if not, they can hit the furniture or surrounding walls to cause damage and be a safety hazard to people around them if left open. You can install special limiters to help prevent this, but they are not foolproof, as they can damage the doors if misused.

Made-to-Measure Fitted Wardrobes from Deane

Now we’ve explored sliding doors vs swing doors; hopefully, you’re equipped with the knowledge to make an informed decision. At Deane Interiors, we specialise in sliding wardrobes made locally in our Fareham workshop. Our expert carpenters have the expertise to craft beautiful, bespoke sliding wardrobes in unique finishes.

Our custom sliding wardrobes are affordable and stylish whilst still tailored to your requirements. Deane Interiors is the obvious choice for custom-fitted door wardrobes at an unbeatable price. Get in touch to speak with one of our professional team members to start the journey of creating your perfect fitted wardrobe today. 


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