How to design the perfect bifold for your home

Bifold door designs

One of the reasons bifold doors are a popular choice in new build projects, refurbishments and renovations is because of the abundance of design options they offer.

You get to choose the size of your door, opening options, thresholds and colour of your door, but this can often be a daunting decision.

So, we’ve put together a guide to help you design the perfect bifold door for your home, making the process simple and easy.

Size and number of panels

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The beauty of a bifold door is that they completely open up to reveal a stunning wall of open space. They fold away, leaving you with a seamless point of access to your garden and when closed you can benefit from a bright, sleek & stylish feature that transforms the entire look of your living space.

The bigger the bifold doors, the more impressive the feature generally looks.

The size of your bifold doors depends on the size of your wall.

The larger your wall, the larger your bifold door can be to best make use of the space.

You can choose from a variety of panel options to best suit your space and how you’d like to use your bifold doors.

For maximum apertures, you can design your bifold door with up to 10 panels that each can be as big as 1200mm wide and 3000mm high.

Choosing fewer individual panes will make it look even more luxurious and create a sleek glazed feature wall for light to shine through.

Opening options

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Bifold doors offer lots of flexibility thanks to a range of opening configurations.

You can design your bifold doors to be stacked inside your home or outside and can either fold away to open in one direction or split to fold on both sides.

You can also choose whether they open from the left or right to best suit how you use your living space and how you’d like to lay out your room.

The configuration options mean that you can design your bifolds to meet your exact specifications and plans.

If you’re planning to add bifold doors to your property on an external wall, which is the most popular choice, how you design your bifolds can have an effect on both your home and your garden. For example, if your children often play and run around in one area, don’t stack your door into their play space.

Traffic doors

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While bifold doors are favoured for their ability to give you maximum openings, it’s sometimes handy to have a smaller opening too.

This is where a traffic door – just like a back door – would come be useful.

A traffic door is a single door that is built into a bifold door system, which opens separately from the rest of the feature.

You can open the traffic door without having to open the entire glazing feature, which is ideal during colder weather. It leaves you with access to the garden when you need it, whether you’re letting the dog out or taking out the rubbish, without compromising the warmth of your home.

Bifold doors can be opened up so that they are stacked away completely, or left partway open, however the addition of a traffic door leaves you with all the choices you need for optimum access.

Low thresholds

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Bifold doors offer a seamless entry and exit point to the outdoors, allowing you to effortlessly make best use of your garden space.

This can be made even easier with the use of a low threshold.

Low thresholds are chosen for easy access, which is ideal for children and pushchairs and wheelchair users, as well as a more practical option for people with limited mobility.

An added bonus of choosing low thresholds when designing your bifold doors is that they finish the feature off to look clean and sleek.


Smarts Aluminium Bifold Doors Colours Sussex Bifold Doors

Once you have designed the perfect bifold door to suit your property and needs, you’re left with choosing the colour.

The colour you choose depends on the style of your home. If it’s a contemporary project you’re completing, a modern colour such as the popular Anthracite Grey or Black is best. If you’re restoring your period property, you can choose colours with hints of brown and gold. If it’s a light, bright feature you’re after, choosing White or Cream could be the best choice. Alternatively, you can make a style statement with a striking Red feature.

Aluminium bifold doors are available in any RAL colour, so you can choose the exact shade you desire. This way, you can colour match your bifold door frames to the colour scheme of the rest of your living space, or to the hues in your garden.

Bowalker Doors can design your dream bifold doors

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If you’d like more information on designing bifold doors for your home, get in touch with the experts at Bowalker Doors.

We work on refurbishments and restorations across Sussex, designing and installing 2 ranges of bifold doors, including the impressive aïr range.

You can send us your plans and specifications or bring them into our showroom, and we’ll come up with a bifold door design that will best suit your space and needs. You can even bring your architect in to see us, and we’ll work with them to create a bespoke bifold door solution that works for you.

Visit us on Bolney Grange Business Park, Stairbridge Lane, Hickstead, Haywards Heath from 8am – 5pm Monday to Thursday, 8am – 4:30pm Friday and by appointment only on Saturday.

Alternatively, you can fill in a contact form here or call 0800 881 5640.

April 24, 2019

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How to choose the perfect coloured bifold doors for your project

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The beauty of aluminium bifold doors is that they are available in any RAL colour.

While this offers a world of design possibilities, it can be difficult to choose from the astounding amount of colours.

The right colour can make a big difference in your project, adding ultra-modern style, striking the balance between classic and contemporary, or by making a stand-out design statement.

To help you, we’ve put together a guide on how to choose the perfect coloured bifold doors for your project.

Modern projects

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Homeowners and architects working on self builds or contemporary renovations need contemporary architectural glazing.

Bifold doors in colours grey and black shades, such as the reigning modern home improvement colour Anthracite Grey, add sleek, modern style to properties.

Black and grey bifold doors create a cutting-edge statement and can be colour matched to dark aluminium window frames for a whole house transformation.

Using dark colours can make the frames seem to disappear, to give you an even more stunning look.

Period property restorations

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If you’re restoring your period home and are looking to add a 21st century spin, choose your bifold doors in a colour that strikes the perfect balance between charming and contemporary style.

Cream, stone, green and brown shades will be in keeping with the original, traditional features of your home, whilst the aluminium frames and large glazed areas will add the perfect amount of modern style.

Statement renovations

To make your glazed feature stand out, coloured bifold doors will add the wow factor.

If you’re looking to make a real style statement with your bifold doors, you can choose from a selection of eye-catching RAL colours, including gold, red and blue shades.

As bifold doors already make a statement, the you could choose subtle blues such as Sky Blue and Steel Blue, warming red tones such as Basque Red and Caramel, and show-stopping golds like Sand.

Coloured bifold doors from Bowalker Doors

At Bowalker Doors, we offer aluminium bifold doors in an abundance of colours across 2 ranges:

Each of our bifold doors are available in any RAL colour, as well as different finishes on the aluminium frames.

Smart Sensations

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Bowalker aluminium bifold doors are available in a stunning range of metallic finishes, called the Sensations range.

Sensations colours have a unique textured finish which adds a stunning sparkly hint to the frames and is available across a selection of colours, from blacks and greys, to whites and creams, as well as greens, browns, blues and reds in between.

Choosing your coloured bifold door with a Sensations finish will give the feature a remarkable edge, unlike any other door, that will shimmer in the natural sunlight and will dazzle guests at evening dinner parties.


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The most impressive bifold doors on the market, aïr bifold doors, are available with the option to upgrade to an aïrcoat finish.

aïrcoat is a durable, textured, dirt-resistant powder coating that is applied to aïr bifold doors to create a functional and practical feature.

aïrcoat also offers additional resistance to corrosion, as well as even more durability thanks to a scratch resistant finish and resistance to peeling, blistering, fading and any loss of sheen to the colour.

Choosing aïrcoat for your coloured bifold doors means that your new feature will last for longer and be even less maintenance, as well as super stylish.

Get in touch with the experts at Bowalker Doors

Thanks to years of experience, we are experts in architectural aluminium glazing for new builds, renovations and refurbishments.

We have been designing and installing bifold doors for projects across Sussex for 10 years and can help you choose the perfect coloured bifold doors for your home.

We can chat with you and your architect about your ideas and take a look through your plans to recommend the best bifold doors for you.

You can visit our showroom on Bolney Grange Business Park in Hickstead, Haywards Heath to speak to a member of our team and to take a look at our range of bifold doors on display.

To book an appointment or to get some advice, you can get in touch with us on 0800 881 5640 or info@bowalkerwindows.co.uk.

Alternatively, you can fill out a contact form here, or upload your plans online and one of our specialists will be in touch.

April 18, 2019

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Here’s how to create the perfect kitchen and dining area with stunning bifold doors

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It could be one of the most exciting projects you ever take on in your home and that’s why choosing a new kitchen, complete with stylish bifold doors to provide the perfect house-to-garden connection, needs careful thought, planning and preparation.

From selecting the right kitchen units and workspace, to finding an architect or designer who shares your passion for creating an interior masterpiece, it’s a journey that gives effort its worth. And choosing the perfect glazing, which opens out onto contemporary patio paving and luxury garden furniture, will only add to the sleek design by successfully illuminating your indoor/outdoor living space.

Last year, according to industry figures, over 40,000 bifold doors were installed in the UK and houses up and down the country were being transformed into stunning and stylish homes oozing individual personality, character and charm.

The way bifold doors combine inside and outside living space is totally unique, and this stunning look really transforms a home by letting in the perfect amount of light. This is probably the biggest and most important reason why homeowners are choosing to welcome bifold doors into their homes – and into their lives.

If you love entertaining outside and hosting dinner parties in the summer, installing bifold doors will give you that beautiful, smooth and seamless transition – linking the delights of your back garden to the luxuries of your beautiful home interior.

Bifold door design

Bifold doors kitchen dining

To enjoy the absolute maximum space from your kitchen and dining room, bifold doors immediately open up an area but they can also create a contemporary and useful divide between different rooms in your house. Whether you’re planning on linking a kitchen to a dining room or joining up a conservatory or orangery, bifold doors will work perfectly in your living area and can add a real wow factor when you walk in.

One of the biggest benefits of bifold doors is just how flexible they can be in any downstairs room. If you’re working with a designer or an architect, you’ll probably already know that you can have all the sashes designed so that they open up the same way. You can even choose how many leaves you would like on each side and whether you would like to opt for bifold doors that open inwards or outwards.

And there’s something else… Instead of peeling back every single door if you just want to pop out into the garden to run an errand, you can add a single traffic door to your practical design to make it more convenient.

Top 4 benefits of bifold door

Bifold door benefits

  1. They let the light in. Homes can be truly revamped by adding bifold doors, especially if you’re keen to give your home a stylish makeover and transform the interior layout by opening it up to more daylight.
  2. They help to create more space. When closed, bifold doors turn into a wall of glass, which is sleek and space saving. And when they’re open, they completely fold away to maximise natural light and promote a stunning open plan area – ideal for entertaining.
  3. One word – aesthetics. They’re sleek, simple and stylish and have become a must-have for homeowners planning a bespoke interior design project – especially at the back of the house to encompass the kitchen and dining area.
  4. They don’t warp or bend in the heat and they’re much less likely to look dirty or split during the winter months. They also have a longer lifespan which can make them the more cost-effective choice in the long run. You can expect to pay more but bifold doors will provide superior thermal insulation and extra security features.

Catering for the kitchen of your dreams

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Consult your designer and installer for clarity, but bifold doors could quite easily give you the space you need to introduce a stand-alone, functional and fantastic island in your kitchen.

These firm favourites are often square in shape, but can be L-shaped, rounded or rectangle. If you’re planning a renovation, it is often possible – thanks to the installation of bifold doors – that one can be naturally incorporated into a space to act as a transition element between the kitchen and dining area or the kitchen and the garden.

If your bifold doors open outwards, you will could be creating more kitchen space to allow easy movement around the entire island – creating an airy and opulent focal point and drinks area for entertaining guests in the evening.

Islands have been a long-standing ‘wish list’ feature in kitchens, but you need ample space to accommodate one, otherwise they look too cramped and squashed in. If you keep in mind that the walk space around the island should be at least 120 cm, you won’t go wrong. But just think how wonderful it would be to have one – especially against the backdrop of a set of beautifully-crafted bifold doors.

As functional as they are beautiful, a hugely sought-after kitchen island will provide a smooth workflow and comfortable space for preparing and cooking food.

The hub of the home

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Kitchens are the hub of the home and if you love cooking then transforming it into your dream space could be just a tiny bit exciting.

It’s where families get together on a sunny Sunday afternoon and where you host parties for friends on a Saturday night. It’s the heart of the home and if you’re planning something new and exciting, then it requires some careful thought – and perhaps some expert input to help map out the perfect design.

For many homeowners, it is the room that takes the most planning and certainly the most investment and that’s why it’s vital to get everything right if you’re considering a renovation or refurbishment.

Creating a brighter interior with an open-plan kitchen design – including bifold doors – can literally transform a house and make it into a home. Their chic and minimal look in today’s world can be hugely attractive to homeowners, especially if you’re keen to create an unobtrusive and versatile room that maximises natural light.

Ask the experts

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To achieve the absolute most of your space, input from a professional can work wonders and provide invaluable advice when you’re at the design and planning stages. Their experience and expertise will offer you plenty of ideas and there’s a strong chance they could bring something new to the table. They will know what does and doesn’t work and that’s because they have probably created similar looks and designs for other clients.

Don’t be afraid to introduce your architect or designer to us. We’ll happily work together and map out an innovative and bespoke design to transform your home and create the most wonderful space for you to live in. Bringing the experts together can make a massive difference to how a project can run.

The brilliant bifold

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Bifold doors can brilliantly and efficiently turn a dark and drab room into a light and airy living space that you’ll be proud to show off to your friends and family.

How you want your kitchen to look is, of course, a very personal choice but remember that whatever glazing you choose becomes a serious consideration in the design process.

When you’re thinking about colours of cabinets in the kitchen, assessing work space and flooring, talk to the experts about bifold doors and find out everything you need to know including colours and styles. Ask yourself what on-trend look you are trying to achieve and how much you want to open up the living space.

Creating a unique indoor/outdoor area between the kitchen and the garden is probably the biggest reason homeowners decide to renovate their current living space and decide to have bifold doors installed. They want to create a stunning al-fresco area in the garden, beam light into their kitchens and achieve the perfect indoor/outdoor area to suit their needs.

It is a fact that making your kitchen feel more coherent by subtly linking it to a dining area or the garden, can add serious wow factor.

But remember…However tempted you may be to rush into a showroom and pick out the perfect kitchen or dash off to find fabrics and flooring, it’s vital that you take plenty of time to consider what it is you really want.

And if you’re thinking of having bifold doors, the same rules apply. The best advice is to ask the experts and work together to break down the planning processes into manageable steps so you’re always in control.

So, is open plan living the future?

Open plan kitchen bifold doors

Over recent years, homeowners have shared a dream – to live in an opulent open plan area that looks stylish and beautiful and enables a fluid movement between activities.

We’ve been challenging older interior design rules, which used to separate rooms of the home with dividing walls, and are embracing the exciting journey towards open plan living. Now, all we want is for the rooms in our homes to flow together with a perfect through-design and celebrate the innovative use of space when creating a ‘knitted together’ living area suitable for all the family to enjoy.

Bifold doors ARE the go-to glazing

Since establishing how popular it has now become to create areas of open-plan living and introducing the family to a whole new way of life, bifold doors really are the future. If you’re going to invest in a modern home design and rework your kitchen area, this sort of glazing has endless benefits and can change the dynamics of any room.

They’re popular because they work well in this kind of living environment and today, because there’s no need to divide rooms in terms of dining, cooking and relaxing, these bifold doors have become the go-to glazing for homeowners who are planning to sprinkle some interior magic and transform their properties.

Light and bright

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If you want to create a stunning living area which embraces the character of your home, you need to think about design, style, materials and lighting. It’s true that people rate their kitchens as the room with the most financial value but get it right and it could literally save you a fortune by lasting you a lifetime. A wall of doors leading out from your newly-installed kitchen and into your beautifully-tended garden, can create the most perfect look.

Planning out the space and choosing the right finishing touches, like creating the right amount of lighting, can really bring a room to life and in the evening, you can create a warm and intimate atmosphere without compromising on space or style.

Budget, brief and build

Kitchen extension with bifold doors

Before you start flicking through kitchen brochures and thinking about knocking down walls, think about what you want and how you’re going to achieve it. There’s something rather wonderful about having more space and being able to continue the ‘flow’ throughout the downstairs of your home, but your kitchen needs to work for you. The finer details are often what makes a kitchen truly handsome but opting for the right glazing can bring elegance, luxury and charm – and this is key to any interiors project.

At Bowalker Doors, we’re here to help

Architectural aluminium glazing is what we do best and there’s no better place than at Bowalker Doors to get the right kind of advice. Our dedicated team of experts know what they’re talking about and can help discuss your plans with you, your on-site designer or architect.

In the showroom, we’ve got aluminium bifold doors on display so you can see how they could work in your home.

If you want, you can call us on 01444 810111, or fill in a contact form or email us on info@bowalkerwindows.co.uk

Uploading your plans to our website is another way to show us round your home and receive the very best advice from the experts.

April 1, 2019

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