How Many Panels is best for Bifolding Doors

One of the great things about bifolding doors is their versatility and flexibility. Unlike any other type of door they can be constructed from two right up to seven leaves. Not only does this give you a great opening when fully folded back but a door that is as good to look at closed as well as open

How to configure your new bifolding doors.

If you’re currently building a new extension and are unsure of how may leaves to incorporate in your bifolding doors, we can help.

How your bifolding doors open and the number of leaves is a consideration. Obviously the more leaves, the more the doors will cost. But if getting the right door for your home is important we’ve created this guide to the benefits of a two to seven panel bifolding door.

It’s important to think about how your new doors will open and work for you in day to day use. How a door looks in a showroom doesn’t mean it will necessarily be right for you. You need to configure your doors to work with your property. If the bifolding doors are your only rear doors this is even more important.

Two Panel Bifolding doors

The smallest type of folding door is the two panel. This is a great arrangement if you want to replace your old patio door or a set of French doors. If you already have a two panel sliding door (where the sliding leaf goes behind the fixed pane), a two pane folding door will instantly give you a bigger clear opening when fully folded back.

Two pane bifolding doors will usually have a floating mullion. This is part of their design and it’s an additional aluminium profile applied to the locking side of the doors. Whilst one side of the doors may appear slightly thicker than the other, this has to be done and is normal. But two pane doors are a great and affordable way to instantly open up your space and replace your old tired doors.

Three panel bifolding doors

The three pane folding door is by far the most often choose style of bifold. Its chosen because it’s ideal for the replacement of older sliding doors, french doors with side panels and ideal for new extensions in the average home.

There are several opening options you can have with a three panel folding door. Your doors can all slide together to the left or the right, to the inside or the outside. You can also have them fitted with an access leaf that enables one door to function just like a normal door. This makes your bifolds very convenient when you need access to the outside without having to slide all the doors back. Contact us and we can show you why the access leaf is so important in a bifold and particularly if its the only back door in the home.

You can have an access leaf on the one side your doors, hinged as an independent door. You can also choose to hinge the access leaf on the same side as the remaining two folding panels meaning all doors fold back in the one direction.

Four Panel Bifolding Doors

For larger openings a four panel door will provide even more glass area and convenience. You’ll also benefit from a great opening when fully folded back as well. There are three possible options on a bifolding door with four panels.

All panels can fold to the left or the right.

Four panel doors can incorporate a French Door arrangement in the middle. This means your doors opening just like normal doors and fold back on each side when you want them folded back.

Another option is for one leaf or the French door arrangement to be on one side of the doors rather than in the middle.

Five Panel Bifolding Doors

Five pane folding doors again offer three opening options.

All the panels can slide in one direction, an access leaf can be fitted anywhere in the set or you can have three panels sliding to the one side and two to the other side.

Six Panel Bifolding Doors

Where a bifolding door consists of six panels, the same general arrangement exists as for the four pane, but with two extra leaves - one on each side.

Again every door can slide in one direction or three to the left and three to the right. A further choice is an access leaf on the one side and five remaining leaves sliding in the opposite direction.  

Seven Panel Bifolding Doors

The ultimate in large bifolding doors and maximum open space is offered by the seven panel folding door. This large span door also gives you the most flexible opening options compared to the others.

You can split the doors so four panes slide to the one side and three to the other. Doors can also slide all together to the left or to the right.

A further option is the access leaf on one side or somewhere in the middle. A final option is two leaves sliding to one side and five on the other.

If you’re considering stacking all seven leaves on the one side bear in mind that these will take up quite a lot of space on the one side of your opening. If your inside or outside space is large enough to accommodate these seven panels then fine, otherwise consider splitting your doors accordingly to balance out the visual effect when open. We can advise you further on this.

Corner opening bifolding doors.

Have you considered an open corner bifolding door set? The open corner arrangement available with our folding doors enables two sets of doors to meet in the middle but when opened, the corner post moves away to create a fully open corner.

You’ll need to ensure your extension features the right design and support for the roof and your building or architect can advise you further on this. Often a cantilever arrangement or similar method is used. The result is a roof that looks like it’s suspended and a fantastic open corner to your home with no visible corner post.

Still have questions? Contact us today.

Open living are award winning bifolding door installers and we have the knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your bifolding doors.

Visit our showroom or contact us to arrange an appointment. In our showroom we can show you a selection of doors in a choice of opening options. You’ll also see how you can enhance your doors with colour choices and our range of fabric, automatic or integral blinds between the glass.

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