Folding doors-accordion were originally invented as a solution to save space in small apartments. Over time, the development of industry and design ideas, people began to perceive them not as a hard necessity, but as a beautiful and practical element of decor. That is why a fairly large number of consumers install the door-accordion. Photos in the interior of various design works impress with their unusual and unique look.
Materials for the manufacture of interior doors-accordion
To date, manufacturers have a fairly wide range of starting material for the manufacture of this type of door. The main ones are wood, MDF, chipboard and plastic.
The wooden massif is considered the most environmentally friendly, durable and reliable for the manufacture of interior doors-accordion. Most often used in the production of pine. Its wood has a very nice pattern, but is subject to damage with sharp objects. Of course, like any other products made from natural materials, the price of the finished product will be quite high. The weight of wooden interior doors-accordion will differ significantly in a big way compared to products from other materials.
Quality doors made from chipboard. Many have a number of doubts about the harmfulness of this material, so you need to pay attention to the upper coating of doors. It may be veneer or laminate.
Important! Chipboard is made by pressing wood chips with the use of formaldehyde resins for a bundle of fibers. It is the presence of these resins that can have a bad effect on human health.
Lamination prevents the evaporation of these resins. Therefore, laminated chipboard is a good and safe option. Veneer has the same qualities. Its use also makes chipboard a safe material. It is made from tree species that have a beautiful texture, and subsequently applied to the chipboard.
Excellent doors are made from MDF fiberboard. This material differs in durability, wear resistance and moisture resistance. Plus, all these qualities – MDF is much lighter than a wooden array.
The most popular option is plastic. PVC wins at once by several indicators: affordable cost, no cracks form on it and it is not afraid of moisture. Plastic doors are easy to maintain, can be made as deaf, and with glass inserts.
In a special way will look like a door leaf with glass inserts. Such a combined method gives individuality and diversity. The latest trend in technology has become folding doors, made of tempered glass. A lot of ornaments and drawings, toning and matting make the door unforgettably beautiful. Glass is fixed in wooden or metal lamellae. The use of glass products will always present in any favorable light any part of the interior. Using them in the manufacture of doors, accordions will provide an opportunity to practically decorate the room. To create more impressive effects – use mirrors with a special method of processing. This is a facet and fusing.
The concept of facet includes polishing and engraving the plane of the glass. It diversifies and presents a completely new kind of mirror.
Fusing is a method of making stained glass. Such decoration of the door-accordion will present it not quite as a door, but as a kind of decoration in the form of a multi-colored composition.
The design of wooden doors, plastic or plastic, as well as any other materials, has the same principle. By itself, the door leaf consists of two or more panels, which in appearance resemble blinds and are attached to the rails. The mount is often located on the upper strap, in more rare cases – on the bottom. The width of each segment is in the range of 10 to 15 cm. When opened, they all fold against the wall, having the likeness of a famous musical instrument – an accordion. The door of this design opens due to the mobility of each component. The first section is attached directly to the opening, the next, thanks to the roller, is responsible for moving. All parts are fastened together by metal loops. The guide rail makes it easy to use such an interior door. For uniform movement of all segments a special lock is installed.
Common to the swing and sliding doors will always be the presence of the door frame and trim. Among the constituent components there are also various mounting elements, a carriage with a roller slider and others.
The right choice of interior doors – accordions will provide ease in its installation and further operation. The well-known price-performance ratio is also relevant here. First of all, the buyer should decide on where this door will be used. The plastic version is well suited for rooms with high humidity (baths, saunas, etc.), wooden – for children, offices, living rooms, and glass – well emphasize the exit, for example, on the terrace or simply divide several zones in one room.
Interior folding doors-accordion is very convenient to consider on special stands in hardware stores. Photos of sliding doors, accordions in retail outlets directly upon purchase will not be enough.
Important! Only with the presence of doors on the stand, can the density of the shutters be assessed. Do not be amiss to try out the goods in motion. When opening and closing the slide should go smoothly, without jerks.
To purchase a door, it is necessary to initially measure the doorway – its width and height. From these measurements depends on the number of valves and the size of the door-accordion. The necessary fittings, fixing material and construction tools should be at hand from the very beginning.
As many videos of installing accordion doors with their own hands demonstrate, this process requires attention and precise following of instructions. We can highlight the following main points:
- adjusting and trimming the right, left and upper guide;
- adjust to size and trim to the desired length of the valves;
- fastener guide slide to the locking plate;
- connection into one of all components of a folding door;
- fixing the connecting elements with screws on the bottom and top;
- door lock;
- mounting clips on the top rail. Since the main load lies on it, more clips are required than on the sides of the frame;
- hanging the door on the ready-made mechanism;
- installation of the door handle.
Following the above recommendations and instructions of the manufacturer, each without much effort on his part will be able to install the door-accordion with his own hands.
Among the main advantages of interior doors are the following:
- they save space in small-sized apartments or simply satisfy the desire not to occupy the space for opening and closing hinged doors;
- they can not shut the draft;
- good hinge mechanism reduces noise generated during opening and closing;
- photos of interior doors-accordions prove the abundance of options that fit any interior style;
- low weight This advantage will be appreciated by parents of small children;
- each door leaf can have an original look. Therefore, the whole structure can be used not for its intended purpose, but as a partition in the room or just a decorative element.
Listing all the advantages, it is necessary to take into account the disadvantages that have door-accordion. Photos in many publications cover only the advantages of profitable, and the minuses can be summarized in just two points:
- a large number of different parts such as bearings, hinges and roller mechanism significantly reduce the door safety factor;
- when closing, there are always small gaps. This indicator reduces noise and heat-insulating characteristics.
Important! You should not make a lot of effort when using the door-accordion, otherwise the sliding mechanism will quickly become unusable.
To evaluate all the pros and cons, you can view the video of the door-accordion in operation.
The use of accordion-type constructions is a practical and modern solution for an apartment or a private house, capable of performing not only a functional, but also a decorative role in the interior.