Sliding Doors vs. Hinged Doors in the Office Environment

November 07, 2015

When it comes to constructing or renovating an office, it’s important to consider how each room will be separated and accessed. Doors are a necessity in the office environment for reasons of privacy, security, sound reduction and climate control. Fortunately, there are various options available to choose from that will provide a multitude of benefits without compromising accessibility. Criterion takes a look at two of these options and explores the benefits of each, helping you to decide on the right solution for your next project.

Benefits of Hinged Doors

Traditional hinged doors provide a range of advantages, offering quiet operation, effective sound and light proofing, and a reduction in draughts. They’re also easy to use and can be fitted with a range of optional additions, such as larger pull hands, transparent panels that allow for vision through the door, and an automatic door closer.

While hinged doors are usually fitted to swing inwards into the room that’s being opened, they can also be installed to open outwards, maximising space in small rooms. This versatility allows for hinged doors to be installed and utilised in many office environments.

However, one drawback is that hinged doors can be difficult for people in wheelchairs to use. While kick-plates and larger pull handles can be installed to make these doors more accessible, there are other options such as sliding doors that are designed to provide easier access.0

Benefits of Sliding Doors

Sliding doors offer superb flexibility within an office environment. As they can be installed to slide into a concealed recess within the wall, they’re ideal for saving space, particularly in smaller office areas. They’re also much easier for a person in a wheelchair to operate, making them a more accessible alternative to hinged doors.

Another advantage of sliding doors is their versatility. They can be used to break up a single room into two different spaces, allowing the area to be used either as two enclosed offices or opened up to make a single large space that’s perfect for meetings and other office gatherings.

While recessed sliding doors are not recommended for wet areas due to the risk of them becoming damp and distorted, they’re suitable for most residential and commercial spaces. As specialists in office fit outs, Criterion can provide a wide range of sliding door solutions, including aluminium partitioning systems such as the Definium and Linium Suites. We can also provide a range of timber partition doors with endless possibilities in size, construction and style.

Solutions that comply with the latest Access and Mobility Code 

Australia’s Access and Mobility Code (A&M) has recently been changed to require higher design and construction standards for new public access buildings. These changes stipulate that safe, equitable and dignified access must be provided for all occupants, including those with a physical or sensory impairment. When it comes to doors, there are specific requirements that must be met. These include:

  • Doors must not require more than 20N of force to be operated
  • Door handles must be able to be unlocked with one hand, and handles should be able to be used without slippage
  • ‘D-Type’ handles must be used for sliding doors

Criterion is proud to supply sliding door systems and components that meet these standards and fully comply with the A&M Code (AS1428 – 2010 Access and Mobility Code).

Learn more today

To obtain more information about the door options available for your next office construction project, or to discover how your office can become compliant with the latest A&M Code, contact Criterion today. Our friendly team will provide you with relevant advice and information, as well as recommendations of the best products to fulfil the requirements of your office.


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