Glass can mean see through glass (like in a window) or it can mean glass like in a mirror. Glass sliding closet doors usually mean the latter and they are great for a couple of different reasons.

If you have a small bedroom or any kind of room, having mirrors on the wall help to create the illusion that the space is much larger than it really is. You have probably at some time, walked into a room that had a wall totally covered with a mirror and had to do a double take when you realized you were in a much smaller room than you originally thought.

Glass closet doors can help greatly with this illusion and that is one of the reasons they are great for small bedrooms. You can have either a closet sliding door that open like the picture below:

Or you can have one that just slides back and forth:

Glass sliding closet doors are also wonderful for providing a full lenth mirror for dressing. Many homes and apartments don't have a mirror in the bathroom where you can see what you look like from head to toe. Full length glass closet doors work well for this and once you get used to using one, you will find it difficult to go back to just a small mirror like most bathrooms have.

The only drawback with closet doors that slide open and closed is the rails that are above and below the doors. You have plastic pieces that slide along those rails and sometimes they break or become detached. This can be an annoyance and if that happens, you will have to fix the problem before the door will work. The rails also have to be aligned perfectly with each other or else pressure will be put on the door that might make it be noisy or create friction and not glide smoothly.

Besides those minor drawbacks, glass sliding closet doors work well in many types of rooms but you need to make sure they don't look out of place. Glass can look great when placed in the right spots but it can look terrible if it just doesn't fit in with the decor of the rest of the room.


When it comes to closets in smaller areas, sometimes you need a door that doesn't take up space when it opens out. For this type of situation you would want to take a look at all the sliding closet doors you can find to see if any of them do the job.

You might also want this type of closet door if there is some furniture in the way or you don't like the fact that when the door swings open it covers part of the wall or a picture. This is one of the popular closet design ideas because of the space it saves.

It turns out that sliding closet doors are not that easy to find anymore even though there are two kinds. The first is the more rare version where the door disappears into the wall (this can also be called a pocket sliding door). This type of door is much harder to install and usually should be done by a professional. Your task will be to make sure that the area where the door will slide into doesn't have any cables or electrical wiring that will get in the way.

The more common sliding door is the kind where one door slides behind the other. The tracks need to be laid out perfectly and these kind of doors come in standard sizes so your closets need to be constructed that way if you are going to buy the doors in a store. You can have them custom made if you like and if you can find a store that will do that for you. You will need to have tracks at the top and bottom of the sliding closet doors and they need to be aligned perfectly or the doors won't glide smoothly. This is the hardest part of sliding doors: getting the rails and tracks aligned so that everything works in perfect unison.