Aluminium bi-folding doors are one of the must have features in a kitchen extension – folded right back they allow a seamless extension of your living space into the garden. Aluminium is a popular choice of material as it’s so strong and therefore offers excellent support for a large amount of glass, allowing excellent views out onto your garden and letting plenty of light into your home.

We have chosen our favourite ideas showing that bi-folding doors can work in all sorts of homes – from small spaces to character properties.

Bi-folding doors create the illusion of a larger space

If you have a small indoor space, bi-fold doors can create the illusion of a larger area. You will ultimately have a better view into the garden than you would with French doors and when the doors are open, the outdoor and indoor space will flow giving you a larger living area.

This small contemporary extension on a Victorian property has incorporated bi-folding doors at the rear in a space of 3 metres. Making the most of this small space, the owners opted for narrow frames which have a minimal siteline of 120mm when the doors are closed. The casement window to the side works so well with the bi-folding doors, letting even more light into this kitchen/diner.

Aluminium bi-folding doors

Image source: IQ Glass

You can install bi-folding doors upstairs too

Bi-folding doors are perfect for upper floors in a home, flat or a maisonette. The owners of this property have installed bi-folding doors in the basement and ground floor to give an ultra-modern look to the period property. These bi-folding doors let so much light into the rear of the home – far more than a window would.

Glaze a corner of your extension for a modern look

Two sets of aluminium bi-folding doors meeting at a corner can create a contemporary look, like the kitchen extension below. It’s common to have a steel support column, but you can have this completely open if your builder installs the correct structure.

Aluminium bi-folding doors look great on character homes

We often think of aluminium bi-folding doors as part of contemporary extensions – either giving a modern twist to a traditional property or in-keeping with a new home. But aluminium bi-folding doors can look great on character properties too, like this stunning barn conversion where the black doors blend with the black cladding.

Bi-folding doors allow the seamless integration to the outside

To make the whole space feel as one, choose as wide a glass door panel as possible with narrow frames. Try and keep the floor in the garden and inside of your home the same level so that the threshold is flat – this will further add to the flow from the inside out.

In the home below, the doors have been fitted with large panels and narrow frames to allow excellent views outside.