Do you want to get a new interior door? If so, you want to make sure that you can make the right choice. A door is something that you will use all the time. You need to make sure that it is durable. But not only that, you also want to make sure that it will complement the overall aesthetics of your home. Finally, you should also make sure that the door you will choose will be fully functional.
So how can you find the right door to meet all of these requirements?
The truth is, your choice will depend on your own personal preferences. If you want to be smart about choosing the right interior door, you need to know your options first. Here are the different things that you need to consider when choosing the right door for the interior of your home.
Let us start by choosing the right type of door. There are various types for you to choose from.
- Panel doors. This is the most common type of door. It is made of MDF or wood. It is called a panel door because it has square panels on the surface that acts as the classic pattern.
- Flush doors. This type of interior door is simple and contemporary in style. It is smooth on both sides and is typically made of MDF or plywood.
- Folding doors. Usually, it is a bi-fold form. This type of door folds on either side and is best for closets, laundry rooms, and other small rooms or spaces.
- Sliding doors. These doors slide along the wall instead of swinging open or close. It can be made of wood, glass or aluminum. These are perfect for closets or small rooms that do not have room for swinging doors.
- Pocket doors. These are modern doors that are also space-savers. However, instead of sliding along the side, it slides into the wall – being hidden when it is opened.
- French doors. This is characterized by having a transparent panel – whether it is the whole door or just a section. The transparent panel can be a glass or any other translucent material. This helps maximize the natural light.
- Barn doors. This literally looks like the doors you will find in a barn. It is used as an interior door mainly for aesthetic purposes. It can help you achieve a rustic look.
- Dutch door. These doors are divided horizontally in half. The top half can swing open even as the bottom stays closed.
- Blind doors. This type of door has no handles, hinges or any visible trim. It is meant to be a hidden door.
Once you have chosen the type of door, the next consideration is the material. This will not only affect the aesthetic appeal of the door but also its functionality. Here are the various materials typically used for interior doors.
- Solid wood. While this can be expensive, it is usually the most preferred material for exterior doors because of how flexible it is and how beautiful it can make the door look like. Among those commonly used are mahogany, maple, cherry, pine, and alder. As an interior door, it can also be used – but preferably for bigger rooms. Since wood tends to expand when the temperature changes, you should not use it for bathrooms or other rooms with a damp setting.
- Hollow core. This is a type of material that is made of molded composite skin or plywood. It is not as expensive and makes the door quite light – since the inside is hollow. Of course, the hollow core means it has a lower noise reduction and insulation features.
- Solid core. This also uses plywood and molded composite – but the inside is filled with wood fiber blend. This has a better noise reduction and insulation feature and is still less expensive than solid wood.
- This stands for Medium Density Fiberboard. It is the most popular material used for interior doors. It is an engineered product that is stable. Although it is meant to look like wood, it will not warp like one. It is also very smooth.
- Metal and glass. These materials are used to help give interior doors a modern look. It can be quite expensive but not as much as the solid wood doors.
Other considerations for interior doors
Here are the other considerations that you need to look into.
- Door swing. You have two options: right-hand or left-hand door swing. Obviously, your choice will depend on who will use the door. Whatever you choose will affect a lot of things about the door – like the handles, hinges, etc. It is also important to consider where the door will be swinging. Usually, the door should open by swinging to the inside of a room. It should never open into a hall or corridor where it can hit someone passing by.
- Door framing. This completes the overall look of the interior door. It has to complement the material of the door. It also has to be durable so the door will not be compromised. Some doors can be bought as slabs, wherein the frame and hinges have to be bought separately. A pre-hung door is one that comes mounted in a frame.
- Door sound ratings. All interior doors are given a rating for Sound Transmission Class (STC). it is basically the amount of sound that is lost as it goes through the door. The higher it is, the less sound passes through. 60 is the most soundproof while 40 is acceptable for an interior door. 25 is very low.
As you can see, there is a lot going on in an interior door. It comes in all styles and sizes. It is important to take into consideration the room where it will be placed. Is it a big room? How will you decorate the room? Understanding the location of the door will help you identify the right door that should complement it. Some doors, if they are too ornate will make a room look small. It is probably best to opt for a simple one. Of course, if you want to make a good choice, make sure you look beyond the physical appearance. You need to make sure it is highly functional and very durable too.