Japanese Sliding Doors: A Buying Guide

The Japanese culture has never failed to amaze people across the globe. From high tech gadgets to unique architectural designs, more and more people are going gaga over Japanese products. In the field of interior design, the Japanese culture is quite visible because of the use of Japanese sliding doors. Also called “fusuma” or “shoji” by the native tongue, sliding doors from Japanese are becoming quite popular in most households because they are unique and real space savers. Used to separate individual rooms from the others and from the hallways as well in traditional Japanese homes, today fusuma/shoji are used as doors in a modern house setting.

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Aside from being unique in terms of design, the doors appeal to many people because they are designed with exquisite paintings of scenery and nature, authentic kabuki fans, sakura or cherry blossoms, samurai graphics and other geometric designs. But today, to make the doors cater to different age brackets, gender, race, or religion, many designs are industrially printed on plain rice papers. They can even be customized via order if you want to give it as a present or gift to specific person.

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If you are looking for the Japanese sliding doors for your house, you may want to consider the following:

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The first important thing is the design. To achieve the uniqueness and authenticity of Japanese culture through sliding doors, make sure that you choose something with a timeless design. The best option for this is those doors that depict the scenery of the ancient Japan. By choosing an authentic design in doors, your room can be easily transformed into a typical Japanese home.

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Multi-function feature is the second important thing. If you are planning to buy a door, choose those that have double tracks on its slides and those that can be used not only as a room separator but also in other spaces of the house such as kitchen, living room, and patio.

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Third, you have to make sure that it is puncture resistant and has a surface that can be easily wiped. In choosing a door, opt for those that cannot be punctured easily to ensure that it will last for a long period time. Also, opt for those that you can easily wipe to save you some time in cleaning it.

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Fourth, you must double check if it has top and bottom tracks as well as intact doorjambs in the right and left.

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The last one, it’s better to choose those that are crafted from lightweight, durable, exquisitely varnished Spruce. This will ensure the authentic look of your doors.

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While Japanese sliding doors may seem flimsy from a western perspective, they inhibit the flow of air just enough to allow a room to be heated in the winter, while allowing needed air circulation in the hot summer months.