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Sliding Doors vs French Doors

What are the key differences between French doors and sliding doors?


French doors open outwards or inwards, whilst sliding doors open on the left or the right on the same track.

Number of panels

French doors feature two panels, whilst sliding doors can accommodate up to 6 panels.


French doors usually cover smaller apertures (for example, Origin French Doors can fit apertures up to 2400mm), whilst Origin Sliding Doors can fit apertures of up to 13m.

Layout considerations

French doors must hinge open outwards or inwards, so either the outside or inside space will be partially compromised, whilst sliding doors require minimal floor space.


French doors are often a more affordable option than sliding doors.


French doors offer a classic, timeless look, well-suited to traditional aesthetics, whilst the minimalist look of sliding doors makes them ideal for more contemporary spaces.

Choosing the best option for you!

The affordable luxury of French doors makes them the best choice for the budget-conscious buyer with an eye for classic design. If you are looking for a more traditional feel rather than a contemporary feel, you may want to opt for French doors.

On the other hand, a set of sleek, expansive sliding doors would be ideal if you are seeking impressive views of your garden and are looking for a space-saving design. The contemporary, minimalistic feel of sliding doors is perfect if you are seeking a more modern style over a traditional option.

Choosing the right option for you also depends on your preferred number of panels – sliding doors can accommodate up to six panels, making them ideal for you if you are wanting a larger number of panels.

If you’re still unsure about what style of door is right for you, get in touch and we will be able to answer any of your questions.

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