Closet Door Manufacturers


USA: Closet Doors: Closet Door Manufacturers




The two most common types of closet door are bifold folding and sliding also known as bypass. Bifold closet doors fold in on themselves, and are fixed to sliding track at the top of the door. Closet doors take up less space, when opened, than normal doors. Bypass closet doors take up even less space, as they slide along double or triple tracks. Modern closet doors may be frameless, or may have frames made from wood, aluminium, or steel. The panels may be wood, glass, or steel. Glass is available clear, milky, frosted, or as mirror.


Wood panels may be of solid or molded wood. Slatted louvered doors have a traditional look and provide ventilation of the closet.




The key considerations in are mechanism, materials, and style.




In terms of mechanism there are three main options: hinged, bypass sliding, and sliding folding. Hinged doors are the most traditional form. They are typically arranged in pairs, with timber uprights separating the pairs of doors. This is a perfectly practical arrangement, which has stood the test of time. Bypass doors slide in front of each other. The advantage over hinged doors is that they do not take up any space within the room when opened; this is particularly advantageous where space between the bed and closet is limited. Their disadvantage is that only about half the closet can be opened at any one time; this may be increased to two-thirds, if triple doors with triple tracks are used. The third type of mechanism, sliding folding, overcomes this problem, because the whole of the closet can be opened up by folding the doors back in concertina fashion. The drawback is that their mechanism is somewhat more complicated than that of hinged or sliding doors, and is therefore slightly more likely to break down.




The most common materials for hinged and sliding folding doors are solid timber, painted medium density fiberboard, or veneered medium density fiberboard. Of these solid timber is the most robust, durable, and good looking. It is also the most expensive. A wide choice of timbers is available, including hardwood such as oak, maple and walnut. These doors suffer a lot of wear and tear, and the disadvantage of painted or veneered medium density fiberboard is that it is likely to chip and deteriorate, particularly at the corners. Sliding doors are available in a much wider variety of materials including glass panels which may be coloured, milky, or mirrored. Faux suede finish is also available; this gives a soft warm feel to the room.




In terms of style, we strongly recommend that you take your cue from the style of the room. A traditional style, with fancy panel designs, will not go well with a modern house or apartment, and will never look right. In an older property, we would recommend reflecting the style of existing interior doors and windows.




The leading closet door manufacturers selected by Abacus Construction Index, listed below, have comprehensive websites, with online catalogs, and information on specifications, colors and materials, and care and maintenance.


Key points of difference between manufacturers of are the choice of materials, and the method of construction. For example, manufacturers of wooden doors differ in the range of woods offered. In terms of construction, some manufacturers offer doors made of simple composite wood panels. Others offer higher quality wooden doors with frames constructed using pegged mortise and tenon joints.


Craftmaster. Craftmaster, based in Chicago, Illinois, manufactures a wide range of interior doors including wooden and molded bifold doors. Its manufacturing plants are based in Towanda, Pennsylvania, Christiansburg, Virginia, Ozark, Alabama, and Garland, Texas. The wood doors are available in Pine and Louver designs, with hollow core, semi-solid core, or solid core. Craftmaster recommends solid core doors, which gives the feel of solid timber, and is dimensionally more stable. Craftmaster molded bifold doors are available in four forms. Smooth, Textured, Pre-Stained and Pre-finished, and Tall. Craftmaster also supplies mirror doors in both bifold and bypass sliding form. The bifold mirror doors are frameless; the bypass sliding mirror doors have a solid pre-finished steel frame.


Dunbarton. Dunbarton Corporation, of Dothan, Alabama, manufactures a wide range of doors including sliding and bifold doors for closets. Dunbarton makes the Slimfold range of sound-dampened steel folding doors, painted to automotive standard. These may have louvers and raised panels. The Collegiate gives the look of a locker room. The Slimfold steel doors have a non-pinch design that makes it impossible to trap fingers or toes. Slimfold steel doors are available as two-panel units with total width of 2', 2'6", or 3', and as four panel units with total width of 4', 5', or 6'. There is a range of mirror doors, which may be bypass sliding (framed or frameless) or bifold. There is also a Markerdoor for children's rooms; this has magnetic dry erasable marker panels in a pre-finished steel frame, on which children can draw.


Kestrel. Kestrel, based in Stowe, Pennsylvania, has been manufacturing interior and exterior shutters and doors since 1989. Their wood shutters, doors, and folding screen room dividers are made to order in the factory in Stowe. They are made from hardwood, including Basswood, Spanish Cedar, and Mahogany. They are joined with deep pocket mortise and tenon joints, which are pegged for greater durability. Floating panels allow for expansion and contraction. Panel designs include Colonial and Traditional, Shaker Flat, and recessed Philadelphia Federal. 3/8 inch louver blades are available in 1 7/8 inch, 2 1/2 inch, and 3 1/2 width, in both flat and tapered profiles. Product categories in the Kestrel website include: Exterior Shutters, Interior Shutters, Doors for Closets, Louvered Doors, Board & Batten Shutters, Folding Screens, Plantation Shutters, Bifold Doors and Sliding Doors.


Lowes. Lowe's, founded in 1946, and headquartered in North Wilkesboro, North Caroline, operates more than 1700 retail home improvement stores in all 50 states of the USA. Lowe's supplies a wide range of interior doors, including doors for closets. Lowe's offers interior bifold doors, interior double prehung doors, interior mirror bifold doors and interior mirror sliding doors. Manufacturers represented by Lowe's include ReliaBilt, KingStar, Manor Court, Stanley, Spectrum, Sincol, and Jeld-Wen. The Lowe's website enables users to search by price range, with options from $50 to $400. The website includes how-to articles and videos. Topics include: Install Cabinet Organizers, Install Wire Shelving, Plan a Mudroom, Organize your Kitchen, Install a Storm Door, Install an Exterior Door, and Install a Replacement Window.


Sliding Closet Doors by IDRC. The Interior Door Replacement Company (IDRC) has been operating since 1997 from Fremont, California, and Mountain View, Huntington Beach, California. Its specialty is replacing old doors with custom made doors. IDRC uses a digital measuring tool to measure the old door; this takes under one minute. The measurements are then passed to a computer controlled door cutting machine that cuts the doors to exact measurements and bores all the necessary holes for handles and hinges. Existing doors are kept in place until the installation of new doors, avoiding inconvenience and disruption. Materials include: oak, maple, mahogany, cherry, pine, and alder. IDRC also offers a selection of handles, hinges, and paint finishes to match existing color schemes.


The Sliding Door Company. The Sliding Door Company, which is headquartered in Van Nuys, California, manufactures glass sliding doors for closets and room dividers. The frames may be made in aluminium, or in wood. The choice of woods is Maple, Wenge, and Walnut. 5mm tempered glass is used as standard; a coating is applied to resist fingerprints. The glass panels may be clear, frosted, milky, or may be mirror. Solid wood-like panels can be provided as an alternative. The floor tracks are designed to prevent tripping. The Sliding Door Company website is divided into sections for home and workplace, with further sections containing product galleries, and advice on remodeling. The Sliding Door Company product range includes Sliding Room Dividers, Pocket Doors, Swing Doors, Stationary Doors, Loft Dividers, and Office Partitions.




You may also like to visit our USA product guides on: Bifold Doors, Cabinet Doors, Door Knobs, Folding Doors, Kitchen Cabinet Doors, Kitchen Cabinet Hardware, and Kitchen Cabinet Refacing.


Publisher: Abacus Construction Index is a professionally edited directory of recommended construction websites, published by Extonet Ltd. It is financed only by Google advertising; no payment is received from included websites.


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