Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: corvallis, Oregon
My guess as to the lull in popularity of sliders is 2 part: first, debris accumulates in the bottom groove and if it's not cleaned out, it can get gross, but it also inhibits the smoothness of the sliding action. Lack of occasional lubrication also contributes to this problem, and the fact is, as a whole, Americans have become a somewhat lazy lot, so it seems more often than not, they're not maintained as they ought to be.
Secondly, this is just my guess, but woodworking styles are a fashion, and styles go in and out of fashion. Unless it is for a really practical reason, few people opt for sliders if they don't need to. But give it time and they will regain some popularity again.
But also, the look of cabinets with sliding doors is not as appealing to many people. And aesthetics are a subjective thing. So while you happen to like that look, few people I have ever done work for would want to pay for custom work and end up with that style of cabinet. Maybe it's because so many of that style were made in the 60's & 70's from hardboard, which was cheap, & it warped and wore out if you opened and closed it very much. So maybe it has a stigma. I know that those cabinets are what I envision when I think of cabinets with sliding doors. I grew up with a few of them around.