How much difference can a simple door make? For the professionals whose task it is to design, build, and manage large institutional spaces like offices and hospitals, it’s important never to forget that anything could be a game changer. Lately, even the placement and design of doors have been subject to a radical shift; increasingly, facility design professionals are incorporating interior barn doors with glass or with other functional materials into their floor plans. These doors can do it all: conserve space, create more efficient traffic flow, and protect privacy. In this article we’ll examine how AD Systems, the industry leader in high-performance sliding barn doors, helped start a revolution in this field through their innovative product designs.
Opening the Door to Change
Doors have existed for so long in essentially the same basic array of forms, that creating new and innovative door systems was long considered an attempt at building a better mousetrap. But several facts about traditional swinging doors demonstrate just how reasonable it is to question the conventional wisdom and why many professionals are now choosing interior barn doors with glass and other AD Systems products:
- Swinging doors take up a lot of space.
Did you know that the average swinging door requires up to thirty square feet of space just to swing open and shut properly and provide clearance for users? Swinging doors necessitate wider larger rooms, strategic furniture placement and other architectural concessions that small-footprint sliding doors simply don’t need.
- Swinging doors can obstruct foot traffic. Even if they have adequate swinging room on a building’s floor plan, swinging doors can be much more cumbersome in practice. In fast-paced work environments, particularly medical facilities, seconds can make a difference, and a series of unwieldy swinging doors is the last thing employees will want to deal with. AD Systems’ sliding barn doors, with their easy opening action and unobstructed footprint, allow a smooth and relatively uninterrupted flow of foot traffic through facilities, whether offices, schools, or medical institutions.
- Swinging doors don’t enhance design. Swing doors are standard. That can be their downfall. In spaces desiring a more contemporary, less institutional look and feel, swing doors don’t contribute to a reimagining of space. Sliding doors however can make an instant impact because they are noticeably non-standard.
Interior Barn Doors with Glass and Beyond
Given the many opportunities that traditional swinging doors offered for improvement, it was only a matter of time before someone came to challenge the status quo. In 2009, AD Systems introduced their first line of interior barn doors with glass, offered in an “interior storefront” configuration aimed at high-end corporate clients.
Since then, they’ve expanded to offer multiple distinct styles of interior barn doors, available with glass and without: their ExamSlide (aimed at clinics and hospitals) and their OfficeSlide (for corporate clients). Their products have been sought after by architects and designers worldwide. The ExamSlide and OfficeSlide have found their way into a variety of top-flight projects, from Salt Lake City’s Mountain View Hospital to Washington’s Coastal Community Bank, and their reputation as the industry’s gold standard means that their doors are gracing new institutions all the time.
AD Systems’ doors feature a recessed sliding system with no exposed floor track, durable wraparound jamb design, soft-close technology that prevents harsh slamming, and heavy-duty rollers built to last. They’re available with a wide variety of hardware, glazing options, and finishes that can be adjusted to the needs of any business or institution. Their customer service technicians will help you and your team find the sliding door solution that works for your project. To get started today, contact them using their easy and secure form or call 425-374-1360.