Storage solutions are in the forefront of every homeowners mind, whether it is to increase the functionality of a home or room or to add value to a home they are looking to sell. Wardrobes are certainly a home storage solution that gets a lot of attention, so what if one could have a wardrobe that features better technology to improve its functionality, while at the same time having more options to style it to suit the decor?

This is exactly what JELD-WEN Australia have done with the innovative HIRO sliding door system, which gives homeowners better functionality and even more choices in wardrobe styling options.

Most homeowners do not have to look too far past their bedroom door to notice that built-in wardrobe designs have not evolved much over the last 25 years.

JELD-WEN Australia, parent company of iconic Australian brands Stegbar and Regency, is looking to the future with an innovative design and new technology that meets homeowner demand for a more contemporary and customisable sliding door system.

JELD-WEN Australia’s Director of Marketing, Bruce Tosello, notes that for far too long designs for sliding door systems have not kept pace with changing household needs.

“JELD-WEN developed the new HIRO sliding door system to give homeowners complete design control, with the added benefit of innovative technology that makes the door system significantly better. Now homeowners can have the sliding door system they want - contemporary look, modern materials, customised, completely sealed, and free from the wobble and rattle of existing systems,” says Tosello.

Although the functionality on the inside of a wardrobe has evolved with homeowners now able to customise the internal configuration to accommodate their lifestyle and storage needs, the external look and functionality of wardrobe sliding door systems has stayed the same.

Original designs for built-in wardrobe systems were introduced in the late 70s, early 80s and comprised a cavity space with a single shelf and a hanging rod, fitted with either hinged or sliding doors in wood or mirror. Not much has changed since then.

Sliding wardrobe systems have not been completely sealed - leaving unsightly gaps; and have mostly had doors with bottom rollers that allow dust and dirt to accumulate and let the doors wobble, bounce off their tracks, and feel anything but secure.

“The improved performance in the HIRO sliding door system comes from the combination of a low profile PVC top and bottom track with integrated track and door seals and a self levelling quad roller system, that prevents door rattle and removes unsightly gaps, two of the biggest customer concerns in existing door systems,” says Tosello.

Aesthetically, homeowners will really notice the difference in the HIRO sliding door system with a contemporary wide frame and optional chair rails, allowing the flush-mounted infill panels to be completely customised in terms of size, placement and material - with multiple choices of panels that can be grooved, patterned or painted; glass, mirror or veneer.

“The uniqueness of the HIRO sliding door system is that panel layout and infill material will largely only be limited by the homeowner’s imagination. Similar to the days of the free-standing wardrobe which was often a handcrafted piece of furniture, homeowners can now make a design statement that reflects their personal taste and style, just like a custom piece of furniture,” says Tostello.

HIRO is not just a new sliding wardrobe door; the attractive design of these sliding door systems when viewed from the back means they can also be used as a room divider - the possibilities really are endless!