The art of saving space with automatic doors

July 12, 2018

Space is always at a premium. Populations are growing and there’s finite space in which to build or renovate structures. Whether you’re an architect or business owner, we all aim to use space to its full potential. 

For business owners, especially, having to restrict the flow of customers is far from ideal. By optimizing your entrance to maximize space, you can achieve a higher visitor count.

There are several automatic door solutions, including revolving doors and balance doors. 

Revolving doors

While most people wouldn’t picture revolving doors as space savers – they’re quite large after all – their benefits flow into the building itself.

The key feature of revolving doors is that they eliminate draughts, maintaining a steady temperature. In offices, this means reception can be located much closer to the entrance, reducing empty space and allowing reception rooms to be more functional.

For retail outlets and shopping malls, revolving doors control the flow of traffic – so shoppers aren’t constantly pushing past each other – while maximizing the commercial space and conserving energy output from air conditioning.

Balance doors 

Balance doors are a great option for narrow passages when space around the entrance is limited. They’re essentially a hybrid, incorporating the best features of swing doors and sliding doors. 

Many shopfronts are tucked away, with limited space. On busy days, getting customers in and out can be a nightmare. Small outlets need to be able to maximize their yield and this means being equipped for rush periods.

When shoppers are frustrated with the layout of a retail outlet, it reflects poorly on the brand and reduces the chance of repeat business.

Balance doors offer – as the name suggests – a balanced solution to save space, without compromising on access, strength or security.

Swing doors with a 180º opening angle also enable the traffic flow in narrow passages. 

Learn more about revolving doors and swing doors