Custom office sliding doors

In addition to office furniture, we also build and install custom office sliding doors. Our sliding door program offers a wide range of insert options, and every custom office sliding door solution is made to fit and installed by our experienced technicians. Most often we will use white lami glass to create a space with privacy, but a popular alternative is clear glass. Made the same way as white lami glass, clear lami uses a clear film to bond the glass sheets for safety.

indeco, custom painted doors, clear glass, laminated glass

Clear lami glass is available for our sliding doors, and is a popular option for office spaces.

In this office, our client had us segment a meeting space with custom office sliding doors. We used clear lami glass. The majority of our sliding door solutions use standard finishes – aluminum for both profiles, or white for the Niagara profile – but in this case our custom paint shop refinished the hardware with a beautiful black finish, for a great look. Custom-painting the hardware does add cost of course, and may not be desired on every project, but it is an option, and as you see here it offers great results.

indeco, clear lami glass, laminated glass, boardroom doors

While most installations use standard aluminum finishes, custom painting is an option for the right project.

To get started on your custom office project, call us during business hours at 416.322.5575, or after hours, use this handy form to request an on-site consultation!


4 innovative solutions for every home

After over 30 years in the custom storage industry, Space Solutions continues to develop innovative solutions for every home. Whether you live in a multi-bedroom house or a studio condo, space is always at a premium, and finding innovative ways to get the most out of your space is always top of mind. Here are examples of innovative solutions from 4 recent projects.

custom closet solutions

Custom closets have always been the main thing that we do. Some are more elaborate than others, but every project demands the same level of attention that we bring to every project. Custom closets range from simple entrance closets to spacious walkin closets and full-on dressing rooms and dream closets. Here’s a recent walkin closet, providing ample long clothes hanging, double hanging, shelf and drawer space – seems simple enough, yes?

walk-in closet, custom melamine closet, custom, drawers, master bedroom closet

A narrow walkin closet often requires arranging materials in an L-shape to maximize storage

Looking for the innovative solution in this closet? While space management is important – it’s why we employed hooks and an overhead cabinet on the left wall – the nifty feature is what’s inside the drawers. We’ve installed custom jewellery drawers, with a twist: what looks like a single layer actually conceals a second level below it. By installing the hidden layer within the upper level, and securing it with a lock, you can keep valuables safe and out of sight.

custom drawer, jewellery drawer, jewelry drawer, locking drawer, locks, master bedroom, document storage

Opening the custom hidden jewellery drawer gives the illusion of a single layer of storage. Unlocking the lower box reveals an additional level, to help you keep your valuables secure.

custom living room solutions

Family rooms and living spaces are ideal candidates for custom built-ins, whether for general storage or entertainment, and why not both? The custom wall unit presented here combines classic white melamine with morning dew, one of a series of colours in the gray and taupe family. The white structure will blend in, while the morning dew faces stand out and add interest. We added wide flutes across the cabinet to give it weight, while chrome feet support the lower section.

wall unit, built-in, family room, living room, custom cabinets, custom cabintery, two tone, entertainment center, media center

Classic white melamine anchors this structure, offset by doors in morning dew to bring it to life.

Meanwhile, the client wished to conceal a wall-mounted interior air conditioning unit in their condo. Innovative solution time! We took the custom cabinet to the ceiling, and built around it, and installed a sliding panel in front of it. When they need to use the a/c system, they move the panel to the side. Other times of year, they can conceal it. Sliding panels make great additions to cabinets for a variety of applications, and was the right innovative solution here.

all unit, built-in, family room, living room, custom cabinets, custom cabintery, two tone, entertainment center, media center

An integrated sliding panel, also in morning dew, reveals the hidden A/C unit in the client’s condo.

custom wardrobes

Creating good bedroom storage can be a challenge if closet space is lacking. Custom wardrobes can transform your space and provide ample storage. This installation took an entire wall facing the foot of the bed, where a previous fireplace was removed. A mirror with lower drawer storage is book-ended here by wardrobes, all fronted with shaker faces for a classic look. Open storage above the desk surface keeps the structure from overwhelming the space, and therefore offers display shelving.

master bedroom, wardrobe, closet, bedroom storage, shaker style

A master bedroom wall unit with a vanity mirror and shaker fronts is always a classic design.

What if you need even more drawer space? Keeping lines simple and clean is always a good look. That’s why we added drawers behind the wardrobe doors on the right. Having all the drawers exposed would mean more line and more handles, so concealing them is an innovative solution. The scooped-out hand holds mean drawers are still the full depth, while simplifying the look.

master bedroom, wardrobe, closet, bedroom storage, shaker style

Additional drawers with scoop fronts are revealed behind the wardrobe doors.

custom room dividers

Our exclusive sliding door program features European aluminum hardware for durability and a timeless look. Completely custom means we can size our door panels to suit your space, and we’re constantly looking for new insert options. By far the most popular option is white lami glass, a glass product that offers the popular frosted look with additional safety features. We have installed hundreds of these custom sliding doors over the years, in houses, condos and even offices. The majority of our sliding door installations are for closets, but our doors also make excellent room dividers.

sliding door, closet door, custom door, aluminum, aluminium, white lami glass, frosted glass, indeco, aventura, hudson, niagara

White lami glass allows light to pass through while offering privacy.

We have converted many condo suites with our sliding doors as a room divider. Whether you need to segment a work space, create a sometimes guest room or even a permanent additional bedroom, our custom doors are an innovative solution that helps you get even more out of your home.

sliding door, closet door, custom door, aluminum, aluminium, white lami glass, frosted glass, indeco, aventura, hudson, niagara

Dividing a room allows you to create a guest room, or even a permanent additional bedroom.

bonus innovative solution!

did you know that Space Solutions combines Murphy Beds with sofas? Murphy Beds are by their very nature an innovative solution – the addition of the sofa takes it to the next level.

get started today

Space Solutions has an innovative solution for you! To get started, call us during business hours at 416.322.5575, or after hours, use this handy form to request an in-home consultation!


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!

closet doors room divider custom doors
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*:

slidingdoorsboardoptions

* 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!

high gloss door

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.






sliding closet doors

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.






two tone Murphy Bed

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.

Top hung bypass sliding doors white lami aventura Toronto condo wardrobe - closed    Top hung bypass sliding doors white lami aventura Toronto condo - left    Top hung bypass sliding doors white lami aventura Toronto condo - right

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.

condo sliding doors white lami aventura Toronto - closed   condo sliding doors white lami aventura Toronto - right

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!

Sliding door room divider Toronto 2012

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.


Next Page »