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Sliding solutions for small spaces: How do you make the most of every centimetre?

20.06.2024

Saving space is an important aspect in the design of small spaces. Sliding solutions are becoming increasingly popular because of their functionality and aesthetics. They allow you to make maximum use of every centimetre of available space.

In this article we will discuss the advantages of sliding doors and windows, types of sliding systems and the choice of suitable materials and technology.

What are the advantages of sliding doors and windows in small spaces?

Sliding doors and windows allow significant space savings in small interiors. Traditional hinged doors require free space to open, which can be problematic in small rooms. Sliding doors move parallel to the wall, taking up no extra space. This allows you to use wall space efficiently.

Improved functionality and interior aesthetics are further advantages of sliding solutions. Sliding doors allow a smooth transition between rooms and this increases comfort. Aesthetic and modern sliding door and window solutions can also increase the value of a property. The wide selection of designs, colours and materials makes it possible to match the doors to any interior style.

Types of sliding systems in window joinery

  • PSK (Parallel Slide and Tilt) system – allows the window sash to be slid parallel to the fixed window element and then tilted. This type of system is characterised by ease of operation and good tightness. The sash remains flush with the frame after sliding.
  • HST (Lift and Slide) system – characterised by the ability to lift the window sash before it slides. This mechanism results in a smoother movement and the possibility of large glazing. Ideal for terrace and balcony doors, it allows heavy sashes to be moved comfortably.
  • PSK-Z system (Parallel Slide and Tilt with handle control) – is a development of the classic PSK system. The difference lies in the operation of the sash with a special handle, which increases comfort and safety. The mechanism ensures easy opening, sliding and tilting of the sash.
  • System S (Sliding) – is based on a simple mechanism of sliding the sash along the guides. Used most often in balcony and terrace windows, it allows for quick opening and closing. This solution is less airtight than PSK and HST, but provides greater simplicity of construction and lower costs.
  • HS (Hebe-Schiebe) system – similar to HST, but differs in the lifting mechanism. In the HS system, lifting and sliding of the sash is done in one movement, which simplifies handling. The sash can be very large and heavy, making this mechanism ideal for large terrace glazing.
  • FS (Folding Sliding) system – allows the window sashes to be folded, and this allows the space to be opened up completely. The sashes fold in an accordion fashion, which eliminates the need to leave space for sliding. Used mainly for large window and door openings, it provides maximum opening and freedom of use.

Technology solutions for sliding systems

Modern technology increases the functionality of sliding doors and windows. Quiet closing systems allow doors to close gently. This can increase your comfort and minimise noise. Doors and windows with a silent closing system are particularly recommended for homes with children and people who appreciate quiet and detailed finishes.

Burglar locks are another important technology in sliding doors and windows. Reinforced profiles and toughened glass increase security, protecting against break-ins. Modern multi-point locks provide additional protection. Doors and windows with burglar locks are ideal for people who want to increase the security of their home.

Installation and maintenance – practical tips

Correct installation of sliding doors and windows is essential for their correct operation and durability. Before installation, make sure that the mounting holes are properly prepared. Check that the walls are straight and the floor is level. The installation of sliding doors and windows requires precision, so it is definitely worth using a professional company.

Pay attention to the proper sealing of joints during installation. Pay attention to whether the company you hire uses high-quality insulation materials. Only then will you ensure effective protection against heat loss and protection against moisture. Properly installed sliding doors and windows must provide thermal and acoustic comfort.

Maintenance and care of sliding doors and windows

Regular maintenance of sliding doors and windows prolongs their life and maintains their aesthetic appearance.

Lubrication of tracks and moving parts is important for the smooth operation of sliding systems. Use special products for window and door mechanisms to prevent wear and noise. Check the seals and locks regularly to ensure they are efficient and effective.

Sliding solutions for small spaces maximise the use of available space, while enhancing interior comfort and aesthetics. By choosing the right materials and technologies and taking care of proper installation and maintenance, you can enjoy functional and durable sliding doors and windows for many years.


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