Case study: Bi-fold doors

Bi-fold doors are everywhere at the moment & understandably desirable as they have a lot to offer…but how to dress them?  Even with the most up to date triple glazed units, glass is cold & in winter most of us crave cosiness.   In this instance my clients had installed bi-fold doors accross the back of their extension to give them a wonderful view of the fields beyond their property with the added benefit of being able to open them up completely to the garden deck in summer.  Having lived with their revamped home for a while they realised that they would like their lovely new room to be cosy in winter & chose curtains to achieve this.

The brief was to create a contemporary curtain treatment which could be swept to one side when the bi-fold doors are open.  My client liked the minimal look of eyelet curtains on a pole but as the width of the full span of doors & slim wall space either side is over 4m wide this posed a certain challenge, especially as the client wanted, ideally, one curtain which could run the full width of the room.  During discussion of the various options my client decided it would be preferable to have two curtains but have one ‘free running’ in order to move it to one side when the doors are fully opened.

We fulfilled the brief by using a discreet,high quality, track with smooth gliders which was wall mounted just under the coving.  We made up the curtains in a single pleat heading as this is one of the most space efficient curtain headings.  We also used a lightweight interlining to  minimise the stack back.   The curtains are hand drawn by clear draw rods so that there is no need to handle the fabric & we sourced an interesting rope design tieback in the same pretty duck egg colourway that features in the clients fabric.

Bi-fold curtains

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