As joyous as it is, equipping the home can sometimes be very tiresome. Take for example the interior doors. You have to consider myriads of small details to get them right. Still, no matter how complicated their selection may be, one would be surprised how they can elevate the room with their looks and their functionality if chosen properly. Let us see than some of the things you should pay attention to in order to find the doors that will suit your house the best.
Short Guide for Choosing the Right Interior Door
The Most Common Door Types
The amount of available door types is virtually endless. Still some of them are, obviously, more useful than others, so we are used to see them more often:
•Panel doors – The most widespread type of doors featuring three, or even for horizontal rails, and three vertical stiles. The space between them is usually filled with thinner panels (hence the name). Because of their, essentially modular nature they can be made to fit very different styles (modern, elegant, vintage) and settings.
•Flush doors – One of the more contemporary door types, usually smooth on both sides, and made out of plywood.
•Pocket doors – Very similar to their close relatives sliding doors, which are mostly used for closets, pocket doors are even more practical because they slide directly into the wall. That makes them perfect for all the turn-of-the century houses, and rooms which lack the swinging space.
•Folding doors – Again, similar to sliding doors, but due to their utilitarian look, they should be used only for laundry.
•French doors – Beautiful doors, usually made out of frame and glass panels. Because of their transparency, they are best suited for the rooms lacking the natural light.
•Dutch doors – Divided in half, allowing each individual part to swing independently, Dutch doors are best when used in kitchens.
Choosing the Door Material
Now that we covered the most common door types, we should breeze through materials they are made of.
•Solid wood – One of the most visually pleasing materials out there. Solid wood is also very versatile, so it can be used for almost all door types. Whether you are going to use some soft wood like cherry, or you will opt for some more robust option like mahogany depends of your personal preferences, and, of course, your budget. Be aware, though, that solid wood tends to slightly change its dimensions when exposed to humidity, so keep it away from bathroom.
•Medium-density fiberboard – In spite of solid wood’s versatility, MDF is the most widely spread material of them all. So, if you are in need for affordable solution for anything ranging from front to sliding doors Sidney, Brisbane, or virtually any other city will be able to meet your requirements. It should also be pointed out that, unlike solid wood, MDF will not wrap regardless of humidity.
Now, people may find its look somewhat bland due to its smooth surface, but that problem can be easily solved with the proper paint job.
•Hollow core – Hollow core doors are usually made out of plywood or some other composite skin. They are the cheapest alternative, but be aware that they let sound and temperature pass through more easily.
•Solid core – Much like the previous mention, solid core doors are also covered with molded composite, but their core is filled with a wood fiber bland. Because of that they present the perfect middle ground between the hollow core, and the solid wood doors, both in terms of price and quality.
So, those were some of the most common door types, and the most commonly used materials. All you have to do now is to see what will suit your home and your taste the best, balance the price and quality, and finally make an order. We are sure you will make the right choice.