Sliding vs Folding Wardrobe: which one is better for you?

Wardrobes have become a prerequisite for modern homes. Apart from being superiorly practical, they add an element of contemporary style to a bedroom – or any part of a home for that matter. Determining which type will suit your needs and taste can be tricky, however, because there really are so many different designs to choose from.

In this guide, we’ll compare sliding door wardrobes with folding (or bi-folding) door options.


  • 3 Pros and Cons of Bi-fold Wardrobes
  • 4 Choosing the right wardrobe for you
  • A beautiful chic wardrobe with folding doors

    Sliding vs Folding Wardrobe: which one is better for you?

    What is the difference between a Sliding Door Wardrobe and a Folding Door Wardrobe?

    The one thing that these two wardrobes have in common is that they’re both great space-saving solutions. But other than this factor, they’re somewhat different in design. For example:

    Sliding door wardrobes have doors that open and shut by sliding sideways on runners, rather than swinging (or folding) outwards on hinges. A great collection of sliding wardrobes can be found here.

    Folding wardrobes (commonly referred to as bi-folding wardrobes) have doors that fold open by neatly stacking together like a concertina. Check the folding wardrobes at this page.

    Let’s look at each design’s pros and cons to get a better idea of their defining features:

    Sliding mirrored wardrobe by Instrument furniture

    Pros and Cons of Sliding Wardrobes

    Pros of sliding wardrobes

    Cons of sliding wardrobes

    A bi-folding wardrobe example

    Pros and Cons of Bi-fold Wardrobes

    Pros of folding wardrobes

    Cons of folding wardrobes

    Ultra-modern sliding wardrobe door inspiration by Instrument furniture

    Choosing the right wardrobe for you

    Choosing the wardrobe door for you comes down to two things: the space you have in your room and your personal taste. If you need a smaller wardrobe for a tiny bedroom, then bi-fold doors may be the better choice. They take up little space but are still open wide enough to give full and easy access to all your belongings.

    If space isn’t a huge concern and you want a higher-end look, or to install full-length mirrors, then a wardrobe with sliding doors may be a better fit. These wardrobes complement contemporary homes and apartments well. The one drawback is that you will only be able to access your wardrobe one section at a time.