Bifolding Doors Panels. How many is best?

What is the right number of bifolding doors panels for your project? One of the great things about folding sliding patio 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

Choosing the correct number of bifolding doors panels.

If you’re currently building a new extension and are unsure of how many bifolding doors panel to have,  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 bifolding doors panels 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 bifolding doors panels need a floating mullion. A floating mullion is an additional aluminium profile applied to the locking side of the doors. One side of the doors appears slightly thicker than the other. This is necessary and normal.  However, two panel doors are a great and affordable way to instantly open up your space. A great solution for replacing old smaller 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 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 comes with a 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.

Bifolding Doors Panels

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.

Bifolding Doors Panels

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.

Published on March 31, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Ordered Origin bifold doors. Diane, Marsha and Danny have been a pleasure to deal with. Slight delay to install date but all handled professionally. Fitters completed in one day as agreed. The product is excellent, would thoroughly recommend.
David N
David N
10:44 25 Sep 21
Lovely aluminium French Doors.Initial issue with square of door sorted out immediately and the response from both the office and the fitter was excellent. I would fully recommend Open Living Ltd.
colin H.
colin H.
13:43 02 Feb 21
Excellent service designing, removing previous (tough job it was) and installing two bespoke floor to celing windows.
Richard J.
Richard J.
13:22 19 Jan 21
Open Living was one of the last suppliers we discovered, but we were taken by their great range of windows, doors and lanterns as well as their sales team. Diane walked us through the many options but also listened to our preferences. Rather than steering us toward the most expensive option they were usually able to offer a choice on each aspect and the pricing was very transparent and competitive. Excellent quality ranges of windows, doors and lanterns. We opted for the Origin bi-fold doors, Origin aluminium windows and Atlas roof lights, all superb build quality/spec and great colour options.The installation team led by Danny and backed up in the office by the all-knowing Marsha and Linda were efficient, thorough and a pleasure to have on-site, coordinating well with our builder. Our neighbours also used Open Living before us and had a few issues at installation, but we believe these were mainly due to a supplier issue. All our windows, doors and roof lights went in as planned, well secured and sealed, with no damage.The only little point of feedback on their whole process is that the final quote and specification can spread across more than one document which did add a little uncertainty. This meant we had to double-check exactly what was coming. An all-inclusive final statement of all the options would be good. However, with a little bit of checking everything did come exactly as expected and we are extremely happy with the finished project.We would definitely recommend Open Living.
Paul E.
Paul E.
11:21 29 Aug 20
Fantastic service, great customer care. 5****
Angela I.
Angela I.
08:40 02 Jul 20
Good staff ,great fitters excellent product!
Paulo R.
Paulo R.
17:45 07 Jun 20
Open Living installed Origin bi-folding doors for our home. Their quality and service has been excellent throughout. Very trustworthy company. Right from the start, they provided good advice to help us select the right doors for our home; their quote was very competitive; their customer service was excellent throughout as they kept us updated on progress. The quality of the doors and the installation has been top-notch. Would highly recommend.
Kinjal P.
Kinjal P.
11:06 05 Jun 20
Bought a bifold door for our house extension. Great quality products and fantastic service. Very happy with Open Living
Ajith S.
Ajith S.
14:37 21 May 20
We have just had are bifolding doors fitted,We're over the moon. Marsha is very helpful and friendly.Service was great 😀Would recommend open living.Geoff
Geoff P.
Geoff P.
10:01 18 May 20
Open living installed our ORIGIN bi-fold doors about a year ago now. The fitters were great guys with really good standards. We are so pleased with our installation. It’s great 👍
Phil B.
Phil B.
22:48 02 May 20
We purchased 1 set of bifold and 1 set of French patio doors, both Origin. Sales approach and customer service was excellent. Fitting and installation also excellent. Can't fault the product, either. Would have been 5 stars if it wasn't for an issue we had around the height of the threshold, which turned out to be much higher than we wanted/were expecting. This issue was resolved in a satisfactory way after discussion. Would definitely recommend, but my advice is to make sure the threshold height for patio doors is agreed at the survey and written on the paperwork before parting with any money.
Ashley B.
Ashley B.
07:52 10 Mar 20
Lovely people to do business with, we bought some BiFold doors and a window from OpenLiving. We did have a couple of minor teething issues once fitted but these were dealt with quickly and without fuss. Recommended!
Dino L.
Dino L.
14:03 28 Sep 19
I looked into a number of companies before deciding on Open Living in Letchworth for our bifold doors. I wanted the bifolds to be from a manufacturer that was very regarded, and Origin (though Open Living can also supply from Schuco and some other suppliers) certainly fall in that camp. I also liked the fact that Open Living were close to home, which made repeated visits to their showroom easy to make. Throughout the process, Linda and Marsha were professional and courteous and I would thoroughly recommend anyone who is looking to get bifolds to put OpenLiving Ltd on their shortlist.
Roy
Roy
16:16 04 Jul 19
So far I have ordered 12.5m sliding doors, 1 set of aluminium bi-folds and 5 windows from Open Living. The fitters are all great guys, and they take time to do a good job.The service and the products supplied have been excellent. I will be ordering more windows and do not hesitate to recommend them.
jeff H.
jeff H.
11:30 17 May 19
Had some OW80 windows that were fitted some time ago (by other installers, who had lost the cill caps).Marsha kindly helped me get some replacement items from Origin despite there being no financial incentive for open living to do so.Assistance has been very much appreciated and would highly recommend.
Mark I.
Mark I.
07:32 13 Mar 19
Great service and choice of products. Highly recommend Open Living
Allison M.
Allison M.
11:11 10 Dec 18
Great service from start to finish. The origin windows and doors look fab. Can highly recommend.
Emma G.
Emma G.
11:15 27 Nov 18
Great price on a roof lantern. Installed on schedule.
Niall R.
Niall R.
14:51 31 Oct 18
Great Service from start to finish. Communication was great. The fitting team were first classWw will recommend and use again in the future.
Asa H.
Asa H.
18:30 04 Sep 18
Superb all roundMarsha was polite and informativeThe system itself is sleek and works greatThe fitter I had was polite and very effective, clean and professionalAnd the price was not only reasonable but the cheapestI genuinely don’t know why you would opt for a more expensive system or company when the origin system provided by this company does it allSuper happy and will use on other properties I haveUse these guys, awesome3772.00 for 3 leaf fitted in a week!! Immense !LukeBishops Stortford
luke J.
luke J.
18:33 18 Aug 18
Great service and brilliant product. Really happy with how the house now looks. Couldn’t recommend them any higher.
Stuart C.
Stuart C.
18:06 23 Jun 18
Had a great experience with Open Living. We had a 6m run of Origin bi-fold doors, an Atlas sky light some upvc windows installed. Customer Service and communication was good throughout, the installation guys did a good job and their technical guy was helpful with determining levels so we could achieve a level and flush threshold on the door. On top of this they were by far the lowest priced installer we found for the Origin doors which we had quoted by another three suppliers. Would recommend to others and will use again.
Richard N.
Richard N.
20:02 22 Jun 18
Great customer service from start to finish. Very helpful and competitive price.Installation was fast and of good standard.Would highly recommend Open Living.
Noleen P.
Noleen P.
11:15 06 Jun 18
We weren't quite sure what bi-folding doors would be best but all the options were clearly and concisely laid out before us and some great solutions suggested to the issues we hadn't been able to work out on our own or with our builder. The showroom has lots of choice, brilliantly set out. We decided that Open Living would install our doors and they came and did a wonderful job.Looking forward to the spring to really get our new "open living" lifestyle underway!!
Paul S.
Paul S.
17:26 27 Feb 17
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