If you can’t incorporate a whole wall of glass, think smaller. “There are many areas in the home that would benefit from the features of a folding wall system, but may not have space to accommodate such a large opening. JELD-WEN® Custom wood folding windows offer the same advantages of a folding wall system — increased natural light, easy access to the outdoors for entertaining, gorgeous views — in any room of the home,” says Jim Parello, Vice President of Marketing for JELD-WEN.
For this modern home’s kitchen, architect John Bertram wanted a strong relationship between the kitchen and pool area, so he designed a frameless folding window system that stacks flat against the wall.
Huge windows with accordion blinds allow for full control of the natural light into this transitional bedroom. A dark orange accent wall adds depth to the design without being overly bright. A large tufted headboard folds at the corners to fully enclose the bed space. Yellow accents on the bed add the perfect touch of sunny color.
Moving glass wall systems can maximize your living space, opening interior rooms to decks and patios. But don’t forget to account for the floor or deck space taken up by folding doors themselves when in the open position. “Folding door units are always stacked perpendicular to the opening. The amount of space that the folding doors will take away from the opening is dependent on the number of panels, panel width, height and thickness,” says Ximena Rojas, Marketing Director for Panda Windows & Doors.
Sliding doors can work in a wide range of architectural styles and configurations, including a curved opening like the one shown here. “Sliding glass walls offer more flexibility in configuration than folding glass walls. Sliding glass panels stack or disappear into a pocket when open, opening up living spaces to the outdoors,” says Ximena Rojas, Marketing Director for Panda Windows & Doors.
This contemporary bedroom was designed with clean gray walls and pops of orange in the floral drapery and patterned pillows. The bed is actually a Murphy bed, which folds up to allow the room to be multipurpose.
This masculine media room is fully clad in walnut cabinets that give the space a comfortable, yet truly modern feel. This sophisticated space doubles as a guest bedroom, with a Murphy bed that folds down out of the wall, adding extra functionality to this room.
Of course, you want your glass wall to make a style statement and open your interiors to outdoor living spaces and views, but it’s also important that they keep your home safe and comfortable. All of the Kolbe’s sliding and folding doors have the ability to have both dual-pane and triple-pane glass installed within the panels. Along with several types of low emissivity (LoE) coatings, these units can be produced for maximized thermal performance in any region and with any desired performance, from the heating regions of the north to the cooling in the south. And, says Lance Premeau, LEED® Green Associate Product & Market Manager, Kolbe Windows & Doors, “There are areas in the United States that require window and door products to be impact-rated. This means that the units have passed rigorous testing protocol and can be used in areas ranging from the eastern seaboard, around Florida and along the Gulf Coast.”
Enjoy your cabin days in style! This cozy cabin features country white wall paneling and cabinet doors in the bathroom and red toile fabric for the adjoining bedroom. The folding shutter window dressing and decorative plate wall art add charisma and charm to an already adorable palette.
The type of moving glass wall you choose depends in part on the effect you want to achieve when open and closed — an especially important decision if you want to maximize great views. “In the closed position, folding doors have more vertical stiles due to the panel width limitation; therefore, they impose greater view obstruction when compared to sliding doors. Sliding doors allow for larger panels, which results in fewer vertical posts and more unobstructed views,” says Ximena Rojas, Marketing Director for Panda Windows & Doors.
This light-filled roomy living room benefits from the bright nickle gap whitewashed walls, ample windows and a clutter-free design. The living room couch folds out to make a guest room so there is always room for more.
This gated estate in Houston, TX, encompasses nearly an acre of beautifully landscaped grounds with an additional 580 sq. ft. pool house. The additional space offers floor-to-ceiling windows, and a wall of steel bi-folding doors that open to landscaped lawn and pool terrace.
This laundry room makes utilitarian tasks ever so much more inviting with its plentiful natural light and well-thought-out design. Ample countertops give room for folding. There's also a sink, an in-wall ironing machine and storage for cleaning supplies. Sleek stainless steel countertops reflect the sunlight from the clerestory windows.
Built-in storage fixtures provide maximum storage in this men's walk-in closet. Drawers are stacked below a small window providing some natural light to brighten the room. Shelves provide room for folded clothes and hanging clothes, creating an organized, clean space. The dark neutral tone of the shelves contrasts well with the bright white walls and ceiling.