What is a Right-Hand Sliding Door?

In design and construction, a sliding glass door, patio door, or door wall is a type of sliding door with a big glass window opening that provides access from a room to the outdoors, fresh air, and abundant natural light.

Typically, a sliding glass door is regarded as a single unit consisting of two-panel portions, one of which is stationary and the other of which is mobile to slide open. Another concept, a wall-sized glass pocket door, features one or more panels that are removable and slide into wall pockets, creating a wide open indoor-outdoor space.

In Europe and North America, the introduction of the sliding glass door was an important part of pre-war international style architecture. In traditional Japanese architecture, its forerunners are the Shoji and Fusuma sliding panel doors.

The post-war building boom in modernist and Mid-century modern designs, and then on to suburban ranch-style tract houses, multi-unit housing, and hotel-motel chains, has made them a typical component in residential and hospitality building construction in many areas and nations.

Left Hand vs. Right Hand Sliding Door

The handedness of a sliding door is expressed from the exterior of the structure. A left-hand door opens on the left, while a right-hand door opens on the right.

Sometimes, these relationships are denoted by the letters O and X, where O represents the fixed panel and X represents the sliding panel. The O/X notation allows doors with more than two panels to be described.

Design Options

Below are its design options:


Traditional sliding doors consist of two panels, one of which is immovable and the other of which slides open. The actual sliding door is a movable rectangular sheet of window glass that is framed and attached parallel to a comparable and frequently fixed adjacent glass divider. Typically, the movable panel slides along a fixed track in its own plane parallel to the adjacent stationary panel.

A specialized form for Japanese-style rooms or Washitsu produces sliding Shoji and Fusuma panel doors with traditional materials for interior use and modern adaptations for exterior exposure and use.

They are utilized in themed and modern restaurants, apartments, and Japanese garden tea rooms, among other settings. Japan and Western nations house manufacturers of specialized goods.


Another sliding door style, glass pocket doors have glass panels that slide completely into open-wall pockets, so creating a wall-free, wide-open indoor-outdoor space. This may feature corner window walls to further blur the boundary between inside and outside open space. 

Frequently, remote controllers are used to electronically open two-story versions. For expansive areas, the entrance point is centered, and three to six parallel rails are utilized to transport six to twelve sliding doors into wall pockets on each side. Recent popularity, coverage in shelter magazines, and technical and structural advancements have brought numerous possibilities to market.

Trackless and Disappearing

The third design for sliding doors suspends all glass panels from above, leaving a floor surface devoid of tracks and uninterrupted. Additionally, they disappear into side pockets. Upon final closure, they dip slightly to form a weatherproof seal.

The original technique was invented by a German firm, and it is primarily utilized in temperate areas.

Opening Corner

The sliding glass doors can be modified to glide away from a corner connection, leaving behind no corner post or frame. The corner stile consists of two vertical profiles, male and female sections, which interlock and move away with the sliding doors.

This meeting point does not have to be a 90-degree angle; it can also be an inverted corner, allowing these frames to effortlessly integrate with any design.

Uses of Sliding Doors

In Southern Europe and throughout the United States, sliding glass doors are famous in hotel rooms, condominiums, apartments, and houses; for access to higher balconies; for broad landscapes out—more natural light in; and to improve incoming fresh air.


Additionally, in some places, sliding glass doors are often utilized between the interior rooms of a residence and a courtyard, patio, deck, balcony, garden, backyard, barbeque area, or swimming pool area. They are typically referred to as patio doors in this context. They are also utilized in interior design, typically in workplaces and vehicle sales areas, to provide private office space that is soundproof but still visible.

In residential interiors, they are employed, frequently with translucent frosted glass like a traditional Shoji door, to enable more natural light to enter the dwelling and expand the perception of interior space.

Special sliding glass panels, known as platform screen doors, are installed on train platforms to shield passengers from the elements.

Energy Efficiency of Right-Handed Door

Swinging glass doors are preferable to sliding glass doors because they provide a considerably tighter seal, but the glass—even the best quality of glass, chosen according to the climate zone—is always a poor insulator, making doors made from it a poor choice in terms of thermal comfort.

Therefore, glass doors should have insulated frames and be double or triple glazed with low-emissivity coatings and gas-filling to limit their detrimental temperature impact on the living space. Glass doors with metal frames should also have thermal breaks. The doors should be appropriately sized and secured using shades, curtains, blinds, and other means.

Contact Euroline Steel Windows and Doors Today!

Before making a purchase, it is essential to take into account installation and maintenance costs, as well as the desired level of security. It is also essential that the style and color of the door complement the rest of the home.

Overall, the door’s quality will influence its security and aesthetic appeal. Contact us at 877-590-2741 at Euroline Steel Windows and Doors for assistance today!

Author: Elyas Balta

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history in innovation and scalability in the luxury building materials industry. Passionate about inspiring and empowering others to grow in character and success. Determined in bringing art and engineering together to create and manufacture an exotic product line of steel windows and doors.