Barn door solutions!

sliding door,   barn door, suspended doorIntroducing barn doors! Space solutions now makes and installs traditional barn doors. Our barn doors are made to order in custom sizes, and in the same incredible range of finishes as our custom closets and other cabinets. The hanging door panels are built solid, using 3/4″ board that is doubled up around the perimeter to create a 1 1/2″ border. These doors are solid! The barn door support rail is manufactured of steel in a matte black finish for a classic look, and operates with heavy-duty pulley-style rollers. We may, as in the image presented here, mount the rail against a panel that is in turn mounted against the wall, if, as in this case, we need to clear a door frame or molding with the barn door panel. For wider openings, we can install a pair of barn doors on a longer, shared rail, that either part in the middle or both travel to one side for full access. The barn doors travel over a guide mounted on the floor that prevents the door panel from swaying front to back, and the hanging rails feature built-in stops to keep them from running away on you.

barn door, bypass door, room divider, Toronto doorOur aluminum sliding door series also features a top-hanging option. The installation shown here is installed to the ceiling, but like the barn doors above, we can similarly install the top track against a panel mounted to the wall above a doorway. This type of door can be produced in all the same options as our regular sliding door series, with one exception – the hardware is not available in white, just aluminum. We think that’s okay, though, as they look pretty spectacular as they are! And, like the barn doors, these top-hung door panels are similarly installed with a guide pin in the floor, which in this case serves to again prevent swaying front to back, but also acts as a stopper to keep the doors from traveling too far. If you look closely at this installation, you will see there is a matching, fixed door panel installed underneath the bulkhead on the right hand side. The client for whom we installed this project was good enough to review our work on Houzz; have a look to see what they had to say about us, along with our other reviews!

Both of these types of hanging door installations are on display in our showroom. Come see them in person, we’d be happy to show you how our barn door and other sliding door systems can transform your space!


Sliding doors – 26 standard board colours!

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Because we produce our custom sliding doors in-house, we are able to offer a wide range of options for finishing details. The European aluminum hardware can accommodate a variety of insert materials. Most often we use what is known as ‘white lami’ glass, a composite glass product using two sheets of clear glass, joined with a white film that both gives the glass a semi-opaque frosted appearance and also acts as a safety backing to prevent breakage; you will see this in the majority of the images on our Doors page. Other glass products include mirror and back-painted glass, the latter being completely customizable, as our glass supplier will colour-match any paint sample of your choosing. But more and more we are working board panels into the mix, which can offer a wide range of looks and also a more economical price point than glass.

At Space Solutions we are happy to be able to offer the widest range of finish options for our custom products in the industry, and that includes our sliding door offerings. We currently offer 26 different 1/4″ melamine finishes for our custom doors! These 26 options are all double-sided, so they may be used in room divider applications where both sides are seen, and even better, all of these finishes are available in the thicker 3/4″ board that we use for our cabinet structures, meaning you can have your custom closet doors match your closet organizer, your wall unit, your room.

So, how many finishes can you select from for your custom sliding door project? This many*:

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* and if that’s not enough, there’s even more options; we can have MDF factory-painted to the color of your preference, or, we can also have board laminated using any of a few hundred formica or arborite laminates.


High-Gloss Laminate Trends

work station Loft High-gloss laminates are in higher demand than ever before, and Space Solutions offers a full range of incredible colors from a variety of sources. Where once upon a time, if you wanted a glossy finish on your cabinets you needed to invest in lacquer finishes – which we still offer as well – you can now choose from a dynamic pallette of solid colors, woodgrains and other patterns with a durable, high-gloss finish for less cost. The home office to the left is from a recent project in a loft space near Liberty Village in Toronto. We used a high-gloss finish called Antracita for the cabinet exteriors – doors, drawer fronts, fillers and end panels. The dark gray hue of the high-gloss board is highly reflective, and brings light to a space in a way that a traditional matte dark finish never could. The cabinet interiors were done using a matte version of the same color. As a contrast, here we used a textured woodgrain melamine called Castellina for the open shelves and back panel above the work surface, and for that surface itself we used a laminate in a stainless steel finish. You can see more of this project on our Houzz page, where we show other angles, and also some additional cabinets in a high-gloss white in the entertaining area. This loft offered an interesting challenge with its rustic restored flooring and exposed brick, and the high-gloss finish proved to be an amazing complement.

High Gloss White Built-In Wardrobe TorontoNo question, white remains the most popular choice in high-gloss laminates, as it is readily available in all formats that we work with – melamine, thermoplastic, HPLs, and more. A high-gloss thermoplastic option is important if you wish to have a formed, shaker-style door, for example, or if you prefer to have the laminate wrap the edge on a flat slab door, instead of the seam you get using melamine and separate edgebanding. But considering that the preference for high-gloss tends to coincide most often with a preference for a flat, linear style, the color options are broadening all the time. Here’s a wardrobe we did for another customer in their condo. We used a high-gloss white thermo laminate, which wraps the edges of the material without seams. Again, as if often the case, we used regular white melamine for the cabinet interiors – basically, you want all the aspects that you see on a regular basis to match, and be that higher-end finish, but there’s no point in using the high-gloss material on the interior where it won’t be seen. Combined with our old favorite, the “towel bar” handle, it makes for a classic combination.

Here are some other examples of different ways to use high-gloss materials on your next project!

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This cabinet was constructed largely using a melamine finish called Aria. But this dual-purpose cabinet needed an innovative way to conceal a television, so we added a sliding panel using a high-gloss melamine called Euroline 2.






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This project featured high-gloss drawer fronts inside the closet, and high-gloss white panels using our sliding door hardware for a truly unique result.






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Here’s a twist on working with high-gloss. In this case, we used a green apple high-gloss for the back panels on this wood grain Murphy Bed. In combination with the LED lights we added across the top, the contrast of the glossy backers with the matte melamine really stands out.

Come to our showroom, where we can show you our full range of high-gloss options, and see how we work. And then set up an in-home consultation to meet with our of our designers, who will take measurements and go through concepts with you, and come up with a plan for your next project. Ready to book now? Fill out this handy form and one of us will be in touch to get started!


A Playful Child’s Mudroom

hooks playroom storage basementThis week we did an interesting mudroom project for one of our customers. While not a mudroom per se, we did set up a couple of storage spaces with structures that are very similar to what we would use in a mudroom, with a playful, children’s theme. Bright colours really bring this setup to life. The cabinet shown here provides overhead storage for the grownups, and down the back we sourced these great multi-colored hooks shaped like elephants – you can find them at Lee Valley Tools – for hanging hats. Note the cutout we made on the left-hand side of the cabinet to allow access for the lightswitch that lights the space concealed by the sliding door panels to the left. At the base of the structure, we added a seating area – another common feature in mudroom units – and added a single row of storage drawers, with open space below for shoes. By using the vertical dividers we have created a “locker” effect, such that each child may have their own defined area – no fighting over who’s on who’s side! The doors and drawer are accented with colourful, acrylic pulls shaped like tulips, also available from Lee Valley. The hardware brings a fun, funky element to these simple, white cabinets, and also goes hand-in-hand with the sliding doors we provided.

 

Toronto sliding doors room divder melamine white lami glass back-paintedWe also supplied and installed 2 sets of our sliding doors for this project. The first, smaller set, you can see a part of in the image above, which enclosed a closet. Here’s a second, larger set that we made. Both sets feature a variety of insert materials, and are a great example to show you the range of products we can use in our door program. As always, the hardware is made of aluminum, here in its natural appearance, and we used the Niagara profile for the sides. (Read this post for a comparison of the 2 profile options.) The solid, non-reflective material used for the bulk of the doors is white melamine. (There’s over a dozen melamine finishes available that may be used for our door line – we’ll be updating that colour selection soon, so check back for updates!) The large, bluish-gray panels seen here are white lami glass. White Lami is a translucent material that gives the appearance of frosted glass, without the etching or sand-blasting process that dulls the finish; it comprises 2 sheets of glass with a thin white film in between, providing privacy but allowing light to pass through. Lastly, those colourful panels? They’re back-painted glass, painted with colours selected to go with the hardware used on the cabinets. Select any colour from the paint deck of your choice, and our glass source will match it!

We have full-sized examples of our sliding doors, using a variety of insert materials including back-painted glass, on display in our showroom.


Sliding Doors – Hardware now in White!

niagara doors closet doors melamine doors aluminum sliding doors We’re excited about the latest hardware options for our sliding doors: the Niagara profile is now available in White! Shown here with melamine inserts in Summer Flame, it’s the same great hardware system we’ve been using, made of aluminum and featuring smooth rolling action. As always, it’s entirely up to you what we put into your new sliding doors: glass, board, mirror, or even a combination! Every sliding door set is entirely made to order, to suit your space, be it a closet opening or as a room divider, and the options are constantly expanding to make each installation as unique as it is long-lasting.

For all the options, visit our showroom at Bayview and Eglinton, or fill out the Express Appointment Form to get a quote and get started on your Sliding Doors today!


The Condo Wardrobe – Stylish and Essential

Condo Home Office Toronto High Gloss White Laminate wardrobeWe all know that condo living has its advantages and disadvantages, and one of the latter can be space. Fortunately, Space Solutions has been dealing with small and unusual spaces for 27 years now, and our expertise and custom design really got a workout on this recent project. The home office shown to the left is situated in a condo between its entrance and an open kitchen. On the immediate left of the cabinetry is the original entrance closet – that closet is half-occupied by the stacked washer and dryer, with the remaining half being used for storage of cleaning products and linens. After replacing the standard builder-grade mirrored doors with our own aluminum-framed white lami glass doors, we needed to create a new closet wardrobe for the entrance. The tall cabinet section in this photo shows the wardrobe that we built, complete with drawers below. We used high-gloss white laminate for all exteriors, to match the facing of the kitchen cabinets, which are opposite this unit. The light source atop the cabinets is something we provided, we used LED strip lighting across the wardrobe top, facing the ceiling, to provide some ambient lighting for that corner, as the overhead fixture is a bit distant. Along the adjacent wall, we built a desk, which includes file drawers down below, and an overhead cabinet with lift-up doors. All doors and drawers on the wardrobe and cabinets feature touch-latch hardware (press the door or drawer lightly and it pops open) avoiding handles or knobs, and preserving the clean lines of the design.

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The bedroom presented another challenge. There were two narrow closets on either side of the entrance to the en suite bathroom. Each was again covered with a pair of very narrow, builder-grade sliding mirrored doors. We wanted to increase the access to the wardrobes, and at the same time increase their usefulness, without affecting access to the bathroom in between. The solution: our top-hung bypass doors. Using the same door profiles and glass as our regular sliding doors, we use their top-hung hardware to create a single large panel for each closet, which slides completely to the side, in front of the bathroom door, to reveal the entire left or right closet. The top hang feature means that there is no floor track in front of the entrance to the bathroom, so you don’t have to steop over it each time you enter and exit. And while it is unlikely that one would need closet access while the bathroom is in use, on the off chance that happens, the doors have the same grip on front of back so they may be opened and closed from either side.

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In the second bedroom there was another small closet. In this case, we used our regular version of our sliding doors, and again replaced the existing mirrored doors. For the interior, we did something that we also did in the left hand closet of the master closet above, and built our drawers extra deep to get the most capacity out of them, but left the shelves shallower in order to make them more useful higher up. In both closets, we made the drawers with scooped fronts to again avoid handles – in this case, it was to ensure they did not interfere with the sliding doors.

We also recorded some video clips of this project, and will be sharing them soon!


The Room Divider and obstructions

We know that our custom sliding doors make an excellent room divider, but sometimes there are challenges, in the form of columns, moldings or other obstructions. What do you do if there’s a variance in the height that prevents the doors from sliding all the way to the end of the space?

No Problem: we think outside the box, and come up with a unique effective solution!

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In this case, our customer had a valence running parallel to the end wall of the space, left over from a curtain that used to hang in the room. The molding is a nice architectural detail, and removing it outright from the entire room was not an option. Nor did we want to cut a wide channel into it for the width of the three doors required to fill the space – it wouldn’t have looked right when the doors were open exposing it, nor would it have looked right when the doors were closed, and the remaining molding would have hung down in front of it. And lowering the entire opening, by filling in a space equal to the height of the molding for the width of the space wasn’t practical.

Sliding door room divider Toronto 2012 detailInstead we cut a small channel into the top of the molding at the ceiling, just enough for the track, such that the doors, when closed come up against the lower portion of the molding. Against the wall, we filled in the space below the curve of the molding with white melamine to create a level top surface, and below we installed a skinny, stationary door panel to match the mobile panels.  The result is a clean, even look.


Melamine Sliding door colour options

Sliding Doors with Melamine Panels in Tuxedo and Ivory Aluminum hardware TorontoMelamine sliding doors? Why, yes! Space Solutions continues to expand product selection for our sliding door program. The latest is a new assortment of standard melamine colours – these sixteen finishes all come in 1/4″ melamine, ideal for use in our door hardware.  These melamine sliding door finishes are sure to provide enough variety to suit most styles and preferences. Even better, these boards are all double-sided, making them ideal for use in room dividers where both sides are visible. The image shown here depicts a set with Ivory panels top and bottom, with a band of Tuxedo in the middle. You may combine the melamine panels with glass and/or mirror to create an endless series of scenarios that are as unique as you. White Chocolate has been a very hot colour since it was introduced. Like many of the finishes in this collection, it is also available in the standard 3/4″ board we use for cabinet construction – so you can carry the colour theme throughout your home! Or use it to contrast Dark Chocolate! White chocolate looks great with aluminum hardware.

Space Solutions Standard melamine colour options for sliding doors Toronto melamine sliding door Click the image here to enlarge the colour selection. We have physical samples of these finishes at the showroom so you can see exactly how they look with the door hardware. As always, we produce our melamine sliding doors in house for a perfect fit, every time. For a quick quote, why not use this handy form.  Or use this one for a free in home consultation.

Our selection of materials and hardware for our sliding door program continues to evolve. For the most up to date options, please see our Doors page.


Space Solutions in Style At Home’s 100+ Best Designer Secrets issue

Last fall, we did a closet makeover for Stephanie Saunders, and at the time, a profile of her space was shown on CityLine. Style At Home magazine has just released their 100+ Best Designer Secrets issue, and Stephanie’s project gets covered there too. Pick up a copy on newstands now and have a look! Thanks Stephanie!

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The following was originally posted on October 13, 2011.

Today our friend, stylist Stephanie Saunders presented a makeover of her condo on CityLine‘s Home Day that we contributed a closet renovation towards. She’s done a wonderful job of bringing modern and traditional looks together, and shows you that white need not be boring! You can watch the entire episode by clicking here.

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This reach-in closet interior (click the image to view the original sketch of the layout in a new window) is constructed in white melamine, with high-gloss white drawer fronts. We’ve provided clothes hanging on either side of the tower, and ample shoe storage below the long clothes hanging; Stephanie has selected some of her favourite shoes to sit in a prominent space atop the bank of drawers. It looks great. We’ve also closed off the closet with a set of our sliding doors. The aluminum hardware uses the Niagara profile, and features mullion strips on top of high-gloss white insert panels, carrying the look that she has employed in the rest of the bedroom to the closet, both inside and out. Stephanie’s entire project looks great, and Space Solutions is proud to have been a part of it.

Here are a couple of quick images from the production, so you may see the finished product in more detail.

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Sliding Door Room Dividers

Room Enclosure Doors with White Lami Glass

We make our sliding doors for all sorts of applications. Closets and room dividers are certainly the most common, and we find that the combination of aluminum hardware with white lami glass inserts is the most popular. Our door system is ideal for use as room dividers, as the hardware conceals all moving parts, and there is therefore no obvious “front” or “back” to the doors – you have an excellent view on either side. Along the same lines, white lami glass makes an excellent insert material, since unlike traditional frosted glass, it is the same on both sides; white lami glass is actually composed of two sheets of glass sandwiching a white laminate film, giving it that frosted appearance. While still translucent, the white lami glass has more opacity than traditional frosted glass, providing privacy yet still letting light through.

Lately, we are finding we have more and more customers looking to use room dividers where there is no obvious wall to separate the rooms. Or maybe it is a scenario where you only wish to segment a corner of a room. Well, our sliding doors are ideal for this application also. These photos show an example of this, where we created an L-shaped set of doors to close off an office. On the short side, a single wide panel will slide along the interior of the space, and the three doors on the long side tuck into the right hand side. Thus creating the possibility of privacy when needed, and keeping the office attractive and clean.

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To find out more about our sliding door options, both for closets and room dividers, head on over to the Doors page and see some other examples, or come visit our showroom where you can see full sized panels in person. You can also request a quick quote on your project using this handy form.


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