What do consumers think of sliding doors and which demands do they place on them? These are the questions at the focus of Hettich's market-research study. It clearly reveals that consumers' specific wishes and needs are the driving force behind the trend towards sliding doors in furniture design. Compared directly with side-mounted doors and flaps, they score in terms of ergonomics, functionality and design.

Ergonomics – benefits that come with sliding doors
It is in everyday use that sliding doors show the strengths where the majority of consumers give sliding door the upper hand in the ergonomics and convenience stakes. And for good reasons: open sliding doors don't get in the way where space can be at a premium, such as in bedrooms and offices. Doors left open on wall units in kitchens and bathrooms are not likely to leave you injured. Sliding doors demonstrate a further advantage over flaps: they never move out of reach when opened and are always easy to use.

Design – creativity with sliding doors
Sliding doors are ideal for carrying modern spacious interior design through into furniture because large-surface doors provide the key to creating spaces with purist look while reducing necessary gaps to a minimum. The new InLine range for flush fitting unit fronts meets the most exacting demands on practical functionality and aesthetic appeal. It's the first sliding door system that manages without handles. Doors open in response to a light pull on the door's outermost edge. InLine XL for doors weighing up to 60 kg and InLine S for doors weighing up to 20 kg are ideal for a wide range of applications. As designer-style solutions are in demand whatever the space they are used in, you can now expect to find InLine XL not only in wardrobes but also in pantry units for high-end kitchens. InLine S can be used for much more than just sideboards in living-rooms and offices. InLine S also gives a designer feel to kitchen wall units and mirrored cabinets in the bathroom. Infinitely variable soft-closing force, the option of flush opening doors as well as various adjustment options for perfect gap alignment are just some of the product qualities that make InLine systems a premium product.

Introducing SlideLine M, which Hettich now offers as a new single-track sliding door system for ringing the changes between open and closed sections in furniture. The system functions as a practical design element in living-room units, shelf systems, kitchen wall cabinets and bathroom furniture. In virtual silence, SlideLine M lets closefitting sliding door fronts weighing up to 30 kg glide back and forth with effortless ease on furniture of any type. Once furniture is in place, the system can be mounted by just one person on all top panels in standard gauges of 16, 18, 22 and 25 mm. Just one profile can be used for running two doors in front of shelf rows fitted one above the other. Optional soft-closing Silent System is integrated to leave it hidden out of view and the activation point can be positioned wherever chosen.

The top-running SysLine S sliding door fitting for inset doors impresses with its smoothly floating action and luxurious ease of movement. Particularly quiet, smooth running performance helps to cut noise levels in the office. This can be optimised further still with the optional Silent System for soft, automatic closure. As the soft-closing mechanism is fully integrated in the runner profile, absolutely no storage space is lost. There are no profiles in the bottom panel either. This helps to provide a neat look and easy access to cabinet contents.

Functionality – What good sliding doors need to do
Hettich's market study makes a clear statement: When it comes to cabinet doors, it's the practical aspects most users attach importance to, particularly to ease of opening and closing. The benefit of linear movement provided with sliding doors should be combined with low forces needed to open them. Consumers also appreciate the convenience of soft, gentle and silent closing action. 

TopLine sliding door systems from Hettich now come with all-new soft-closing units that are perfect matched to the various technical and practical demands on different sliding door units. At gateway level, Hettich now offers the new soft-closing system for TopLine M that's capable of closing doors weighing up to 35 kg both gently and quietly. In future, TopLine L will be available with a newly developed soft-closing unit. Over its predecessor, it leaves no margin of doubt with less opening force, less noise and the option being able to adjust soft-opening force to door weight and preferred closing velocity. Optimizing design, the soft-closing system has also undergone a facelift: reducing the size of casing and minimizing the gap between profile and soft-closing unit have removed the soft-closing system even further from sight. And in future TopLine L will also bring the option of soft closing to all doors on three-door units. The new center-door soft-closing element lets the center door close quietly and gently. The last word in convenience users get from center-door soft-closing is also reflected in the effortless ease with which doors open again.

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