08.12.2021

Bifold doors, which are made of stackable panels that fold up against a wall, are one of the most sought-after features in kitchen extensions. Here’s a quick guide to the benefits of these doors as well as some inspiring kitchen extensions with bifold doors that showcase them in action.

Why Choose a Home Extension with Bifold Doors?

Unlike sliding doors and traditional doors, bifold doors concertina the panels together to allow you to open up the full width of your extension, essentially taking the place of the rear wall. They also take up much less space this way and are easier to move, so you don’t have to worry about creating space for a conventional door leaf to swing, worrying about wind and the weight of a door, or even positioning your furniture to be out of the flow of traffic. They are supported by railings on the top and base of the doorway, sliding quietly and lightly out of the way with minimal effort. This means you can use heavy, thick glazing to keep in the warmth which is most commonly framed in aluminium.

Sturdy, practical, and easy to use, bifold doors are a functional way of opening a space out into the garden, creating a floor-to-ceiling opening almost the full width of your rear wall. This creates that feeling of indoor-outdoor living, bringing your kitchen and dining space out into the garden, and linking it with the smells of fresh herbs and flowers. This also makes it easy for entertaining, creating a single, large space where people can spread out from the heart of the home and enjoy beautiful weather.

Another benefit of these doors is that they are very weatherproof while allowing plenty of natural light into the space, making them ideal for kitchen extensions where you want light and warmth to be optimised in the space even over low light seasons.

Be Inspired by These London Kitchen Extensions with Bifold Doors

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Sumptuous Space to Entertain in Lewisham

Bifold door house extensions create a powerful visual impact in small extensions, creating a feeling of spaciousness even on a smaller footprint. This extension in Lewisham is a separate 4.1m x 4.3m space, yet it transforms a small home into a functional and flowing entertainment space. With bifold doors on two sides, the room spills out onto the patio and into the garden, creating a luxurious entertaining and family space out of a cramped kitchen. With just an additional 12 square metres of space, this home – and the lifestyle of the homeowners – is enhanced in every way.

Plus Rooms, Kitchen Extension, Rosemont Road

Dramatic Indoor-outdoor Living in Ealing

In the UK, sunny days and warm weather are to be treasured – and this Ealing kitchen extension with bifold doors shows exactly how London homeowners can do just that. The 7.2 m rear walls would have been far too large to accommodate a sliding door or conventional door without closing it in with brickwork. So the owners chose to maximise their glazing instead, taking bifold doors across almost the full width of the extension. This creates a sweeping vista out into the garden, inviting full sunshine into the home and allowing the entire space to be opened to the elements on a beautiful day. Of course, because of the structure, a bifold door can be opened in sections – from just one panel to the entire expanse of the door, making it functional in all seasons.

Kitchen Extension with Bifold Doors

Free Flow of Pets, Children, and Life in a Small Camberwell Extension

Bifold doors are often associated with larger extensions, but there’s a lot to be said for small extensions with bifold doors. This is because even if the doors cover a wide space, they fold up very neatly to allow you to use the maximum amount of the doorway without having to create space for the door leaves to fit. In a small home extension, a sliding door would only be able to open half the width of the doorway, while a conventional door would have to be bricked or glazed into place, cutting the home off from the garden. This Camberwell kitchen extension shows off this concept exceptionally well, demonstrating how a bifold door allows you to make optimal use of your extension space.

Kitchen Extension with Bifold Doors in Wimbledon

Clean Lines and Modern Living in Wimbledon

With double glazing and modern aluminium frames, bifold doors create a secure, weatherproof entryway that keeps your home warm and light through the seasons. It also looks especially good in contemporary home interiors, like this extension in Wimbledon. Enhanced by large panels of overhead glazing and generous windows, this kitchen is filled with natural light and to create a true heart of the home. With generous bifold doors into the garden, it’s a space for children to play, get some fresh air, and enjoy nature with every meal.

Plus Rooms, Kitchen Extension, London, SE22-32

Bold Design and Open Flow East Dulwich

One of the main reasons to create a kitchen extension with bifold doors is to make the flow of traffic easy, serene and manageable in a smaller home. By opening up the entire rear of the extension, the garden and patio become a part of the home – a space to spill over into when home life gets busy. At this East Dulwich home, a wraparound extension of a small home is given space to breathe by the almost full-length bifold doors. This allows the home to be adapted for entertaining or daily life with ease and brings a flood of light into the bold black and white kitchen to create a dramatic contrast.

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Create a Home That Flows with Your Lifestyle

At Plus Rooms, we specialise in bespoke house extensions, with every design uniquely tailored to the needs of individual clients. If you enjoy the breathing space and practicality that bifold doors create, we’re here to help you incorporate them into your home. As a London-based custom home construction company, we take care of every aspect of your project, from design to delivery. Talk to us today and see how a house extension with bifold doors can enhance the way you live.