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How do I Choose the Best Glass Closet Doors?

By Sheri Cyprus
Updated May 17, 2024
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Glass closet doors can be the ideal touch to any room since they can add interest and style. Different transparencies as well as reflective qualities are available in a wide range of glass closet door varieties. To choose the best glass closet doors for you, take some time to think about which type would best suit each room in your home.

The first thing to consider is the fit. For the best results, you should replace traditional closet doors with the same kind in glass. The three main types are: hinged on one side, bi-fold and sliding. Closet doors with the hinges on one side are traditional styled and are often found in older homes. Bi-fold closet doors feature two panels hinged in the center that open outward, while sliding door types, or sliders, move within an inside track.

Within the type that you need, you can consider your glass options. Mirrored, transparent, frosted and fluted are some of the most common glass closet doors. Mirrored closet doors are ideal for small rooms as they can help visually open the space up. However, be cautious about choosing this type of closet door style if the reflection is going to be unattractive. In that case, you're just going to multiply the negative parts of the room instead of the positive ones. If the closet faces an attractive wall or window though, it can oftentimes make the room look nearly twice as big.

Transparent glass doors are a good choice for showing off neatly organized closets. Usually, these styles of closet doors feature clear glass inserts in a wood or metal frame. The color of the wood or metal should blend with the colors and style of your room. For example, in a bedroom with brass accents, a glass closet door trimmed in the same metal could coordinate well with the overall look. In a front hall closet near a living room featuring dark cherry wood, the glass door frames could be in a similar finish to tie in with the decor.

Glass doors that let the eye see right into closets are often used in neat kitchen pantries with rows of canisters or bedrooms that feature perfectly organized storage systems. For less tidy storage interiors, frosted glass closet doors may be a better choice. White etchings, or textured patterns, on glass doors that cover closets can create style in an otherwise plain space, while also not making the stored contents not highly visible.

Fluted glass doors have a rippled sort of look that really adds a lot of texture. Fluted glass closet doors can be a great choice if you want to add character to a closet. Most fluted, or rippled, glass door styles suitable for closets can blend well with any type of decor from traditional to modern.

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