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Bi-fold Basics

May 6th 2009

If you fancy the privacy of a traditional, segmented floorplan, but yearn for the scope to merge bedroom and lounge, or kitchen with living, look no further than bi-fold doors. Not only are multi-leaf partitions a versatile alternative to hinged doors, their concertina mechanism means they all but disappear when open, truly optimising space.

For premium privacy, such as in the bedroom or powder room, try a hardwood louvre – with a lime wash for a touch of province or solid paint for period charm – which admits slivers of light, but precludes prying eyes. Where the aim is to increase light and openness, on the other hand, consider French-style bi-folds with frosted glass for slight seclusion, or clear panels for seamless light flow.

A stylish addition to any space, French bi-folds opening to a north-facing deck can completely transform a home’s feel and function. They come in a variety of sizes and materials, suitable for any style of home.