Sliding, Gliding, Hiding Interior Doors

In addition to standard passage doors, there are other interior door styles. Barn, bifold, sliding and pocket doors all work on a track. They move side to side instead of swinging open and shut from a hinge. These are perfect when space is tight for a door to swing completely open. Listed here are a few sliding, gliding, hiding interior doors.


Barn Doors

Barn doors, open and closed

Sliding, Gliding, Hiding Interior Doors

Barn – Styles can range from wood to modern materials, with a rustic, old style barn door appearance being the most popular. Track hardware is placed above the door.

Bifold – Doors that fold in sections, allowing for extra space. A great choice for closets.

Sliding/Sliders – Usually glass, but can be made of other materials. Sliders are two doors, one in a fixed position and one movable, which slides open and closed.

Pocket – These are similar to sliding doors with the exception that the door(s) move smoothly into a wall compartment. When fully open, the doors are completely hidden from view.

Bifold and patio slider doors

Bifold and patio slider doors

Interior Sliding Door Terms

  1. Rails/Tracks – These hold the door in place and allow the door to slide open and closed.
  2. Hangers – Attached to the door; plus connects a door with the rollers.
  3. Rollers – Attached to the hangers; these slide along the rails.
  4. Stopper – Just as it sounds; placed at the end of the rails to stop the door.
  5. Slab – Quite simply, a door with no frills. No hinges, no frame, nothing but the door.
  6. Frame/Jamb – It’s the frame surrounding a door. (Pre-hung doors have the frame already attached.)


Another post in our continuing series of blogs about terms and products used in remodeling and home improvement. Visit any of our store locations to speak with an associate if you have other questions about doors. We’ll be happy to help with your home project!