Architectural partitions and sliding doors have been around for a lot longer than the average Joe would realize. Although they’re considered in many ways the ultimate in modern, space-saving convenience sliding doors actually have a long and storied history. Archeologists digging in the Roman ruins of Pompeii uncovered evidence that sliding doors were in use in Europe 2,000 years ago. And on the other side of the world both the Chinese and Japanese are known to have used sliding doors for nearly as long.
Sliding Doors Come of Age
Today the sliding door is ubiquitous in the USA and elsewhere. We encounter them in shower stalls, as the preferred type of door separating the home interior from the patio or deck and increasingly at the entrance to malls, banks and other types of business where they work in concert with electric eyes to open quietly as we approach.
One place that was stubbornly resistant to the sliding door however was the office environment. Someone who worked in offices their whole career and retired in the late 20th century may have never seen a sliding door in an office setting. Gradually though, that situation is beginning to change.
Architectural Partitions and Sliding Doors
As more and more American offices have adopted architectural walls as their design concept more and more business owners, office managers and office workers have embraced the beauty and efficiency they represent. Architectural partitions:
- Open an office space to the light: The days of the artificially lit and poorly ventilated cubicle maze are coming to a well-deserved end as modular walls open up floorplans to natural light. Increased sunlight means lower lighting costs and happier, healthier staff members.
- Provide myriad configuration possibilities: The office that embraces architectural wall solutions is no longer bound to a set configuration that’s adjustable only through the mechanism of sledgehammer and Sawzall. When you need to shuffle your office layout you shuffle your office layout without generating any debris or disruption to your business.
- Provide generous financial benefits: Not only will you save on electricity as mentioned above but architectural wall systems will:
- Allow for the more efficient use of your HVAC system year round.
- Negate the need to hire construction contractors to make changes to your office.
- Drastically reduce the amount of money you spend on physical maintenance.
- and can be depreciated at a much faster rate than fixed wall construction.
- Elevate the image of your company: While fixed wall offices are still around in great numbers the difference in experience between one of those legacy office designs and a bright new open design anchored by moveable walls is the difference between night and day. If you want an office that staff will be proud to come to work to and clients will be bowled over by you can’t miss with the architectural wall system from I-M-T.
- Find out more about Architectural Walls benefits here.
As part of the effort to make office space as beautiful and efficient as possible architectural partitions that incorporate sliding doors have been gaining in popularity. This only makes sense when you think about the total amount of floor space that is rendered useless by the opening and closing of traditional hinged doors. I-M-T single or double sliding doors will return this expensive and previously unusable space to the fold so that you can take advantage of every square foot you’re paying for. I-M-T sliding door systems include:
- Single sliding doors: The single sliding door does what a hinged door never could. It gets out of everyone’s way quickly and quietly without demanding expensive floor space to do so.
- Dual sliding doors: Our dual sliding door systems are mounted on to a single overhead track and glide silently to the side for easy access. They come in a variety of finishes or, if you prefer, exquisite frameless glass.
- Recessed sliding doors: I-M-T sliding doors can be made to disappear discreetly into an adjoining wall upon opening. Great for instantly creating a large space for meetings or presentations.
The benefits of architectural partitions that incorporate sliding doors include:
- Thoroughly modern look and feel.
- More efficient and effective use of expensive office space.
- Incredible versatility (the sliding door can move easily wherever the wall moves).
- Increased safety for staff, cleaning crews and visitors.
- They mesh seamlessly with other architectural wall components.
- Low maintenance costs.
There’s no doubt the ancients were on to something when they embraced the sliding door thousands of years ago. The only mystery is why it took this incredible innovation so long to catch on in the USA. Now that they have however you’d be wise to look into incorporating sliding doors into your architectural walls as they’ll provide the finishing touch aesthetically and allow you to make the most of every square inch of your office space.