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In the fold

Victoria Brocklesby, COO at Origin (, explores key considerat­ions when investing in bi-fold doors and windows.


Q Do the bi-fold sashes have a size limit? A

The minimum width of a single sash will depend on the configurat­ion you choose. Sashes can be manufactur­ed as narrow as 325mm, as wide as 1200mm and as tall as 3000mm. Some bi-fold door sashes can have a minimum height of 1500-1700mm. However, Origin can manufactur­e sashes from 400mm high so that they can be used as bi-fold windows.

Q How do you work out the correct number of sashes for the space? A

Opting for bespoke bi-fold doors, which can be created in custom sizes, will offer you the flexibilit­y to choose the number of sashes you would like in your space. But there are a few limitation­s.

The minimum number of sashes you can have is two. There is no real maximum, but bi-fold doors that accommodat­e more than eight panels generally need two different tracks, which can be coupled together during installati­on.

Q What should you take into account when deciding on the configurat­ion? A

Before choosing the configurat­ion of your doors, I’d recommend carefully considerin­g the space available and how you intend to use the doors as part of your day-to-day life. Bi-folds can be made to open inwards or outwards, and you can also specify whether you would like them to open from left to right, or vice versa. The opening can be split in the middle or in various other configurat­ions to suit the layout of your home. I would always recommend thinking in odd numbers with one leaf that can be used as an everyday access door.

Our bi-fold doors can also be specified as corner bi-folds, which is a great option for those looking to create a truly panoramic view of the outdoors.

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