One of the overlooked finishing touches inside a home are the interior doors. Doors can add to the look of a room or house and provide privacy, yet most people overlook them and opt to focus more on paint, bathroom fixtures or even countertops (not that any of those aren’t important; we’re just saying don’t forget about doors.)
The best way to begin is to go over the common types of interior doors.
- Hinged Doors- These are the most common doors that every house has. They attach to the door frame via hinges and swing open and closed. While they are basic, you can get hinged doors in various styles so you can match the doors with molding and trim.
- Pocket Doors- These doors slide in and out of the wall itself. They are attached to a track that makes it easy for them to be opened and closed. These doors allow you to have closure in a room if you want while giving you the option of keeping the doorway a completely open walkway. They are also good in tight spaces that might not accommodate a swinging hinged door.
- Folding Doors- These are doors with several sections. The sections fold and press against each other when they are opened. This type of door is good for large openings as they can be made with many sections. You commonly see them on closets and pantries.
- Bypass Doors- These are similar to folding doors in their use but are not always the best for large spaces. They involve multiple sections that slide on separate tracks. As you open one section it slides behind another. Sliding glass doors are the most common type of bypass door.
You will need to choose your doors based upon:
· The size of the doorway- If your opening is more than a traditional hinged door can handle you will have to decide which another type of door suites you best.
· The space around the doorway- If the doorway is in a hallway or a tight space you will probably factor in the area needed for a swinging door. You might want to look at a pocket door that won’t take up any more space than the doorway itself.
· How sealed you want the room to be- If the door is only in place for aesthetics or to keep pets or children out, you won’t need a very thick door. A folding or bypass door will be perfect. If the point of the door is privacy, you will need to think your choice out a little more. Likely you are thinking about a hinged door, but remember that they come in different thicknesses. Most interior doors are a hollow core. This means that the door is made of two pieces of plywood that are spaced by either wood or thick cardboard, leaving the rest of the door hollow. While they do the trick, they are not that sturdy (if security is an issue) and they don’t block noise. If you want a thicker door you will be looking at engineered wood doors or solid wood doors. Engineered wood doors are made of compressed wood with solid wood support systems. They are heavier and stop noise effectively. Solid wood doors are a far more expensive and generally unnecessary option, so save that expense for exterior doors.
· Your personal preferences- Remember doors are functional finishing touches. Realistically you could live in your home without them, but they add function and aesthetics. Pick outdoors that match your trim and molding to tie the room together. Also look into painting or staining your wood doors to match with the colors of the room.