Inside doors: design ideas, inspiration & pictures

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Inside Doors

What turns a house into a home is never just the exterior, but the heart of a home, it’s interior. No matter the style of building we live in, what we have around us on a daily basis is what is most important to us. A home must be a place of rest, relaxation, as it is our refuge. Houses with multiple rooms, even the most open-planned, are always in need of interior doors for privacy, security, and sometimes purely for aesthetic purposes, but choosing them isn’t always easy. Here is what you should consider when looking for interior doors in your home.

Designs for interior doors

Passage doors: Passage doors are by far the most common type of interior door around. They are usually light, made commonly from wood or fiberglass. Space is always needed to use these doors, so they require accurate measuring in order to ensure that they are free to swing open without hinderance. 

Louver doors: Louvers are small slats which sit at an angle in a frame inside the door, used for ventilation. The standard use for these thin doors is for closets or cupboards in cleaning and laundry rooms. There are various styles which are available, and most commonly they are made of a light wood. 

Sliding doors: Sliding doors are great for a closet or a living space, since they slide horizontally meaning they don’t take up space to operate. There are a myriad of door styles, including Japanese style sliding doors and telescoping doors which can have more than a single door able to open at once. 

Bifold doors: Bifold doors are normally used for terraces or garden side views. They operate by folding each door in a set of doors, vertically, along a rail. The doors are joined by hinges to enable them to swing to 90 degrees from the rail, and be pushed to one side. They are great to provide a view of the interior of a home  from outside. 

French doors: These particular doors normally consist of a set of double doors with glass window panes, running vertically. They can have up to 6 or 7 panes in one door. The most common material of these is wood. 

Pocket doors: Are actually sliding doors which are made to resemble a normal door, however, they don’t slide across an exterior wall. They are used by sliding the door into a recess in the wall itself. Due to this, they are fantastic space savers, and may come as single or double doors, with our without window panes.

Interior door materials

Hollow-core: Hollow core doors are usually made from MDF, a compressed, processed wood. They are very light, and affordable, but the open core means they don’t provide effective reduction. If you live in the Northern United States, you should remember that although you may have interior heating, these doors also aren’t the best for energy conservation as they don’t insulate very well.

Solid-core: Common sense dictates that solid core doors are much heavier than their hollow counterparts. They can be made from a variety of materials, and made to look like wood. Their affordability is in the middle ground between hollow core and solid wood, and they are much better for insulating against sound. (Rooms such as a music studio will benefit from a solid core door made door soundproofing.) 

Solid wood: Solid wood doors are the goal for most homeowners, as it is easily the most attractive material for any interior door. It is one of the most effective insulators, and they can be easily made to any specification, and design choice. Wood doors carry the highest price tag amongst interior doors, and do tend to need more maintenance, as solid wood is a natural substance, but a good wooden door with the right type of care can last indefinitely.

Choosing your interior door 

* Using a measuring tape, accurately measure the sash and the top of the door. 

* Repeat this process for the side frames, the sill and the sweep. 

* Once you have accurately measured all the sides and the frame, measure the thickness of your door and the depth of the frame.

* Research what types of door are available to you, and be sure to get as much information as you can before choosing a style. 

Talk to professionals in your area about which doors and styles would work best for you.

   Locking your interior doors 

Door hardware 101: Each door type is different, and so are the pieces of hardware which come with them. Using a heavy lock on a hollow core door is not the best idea, since the door type doesn’t suit the lock. A simple latch is all you need for a laundry room door, whereas a nice brass keyed lock may look good on a set of white French doors. 

Lockset; eyed vs electronic: Electronic locks are something which may seem a little extreme, but ask yourself if you’re the type of person who loses keys often, if you are then they may be for you. If not, then an eyed lockset my work perfectly to suit your needs.

Keyed doorknobs: The simplest, and probably one of the best, is a standard keyed door knob. Easy to use, and simple to lock and unlock, it is simply put, a keyhole inside the centre of a doorknob, which can easily lock and secure a door.

 Repairing or finishing your own interior doors

We suggest getting a professional to do this in order to save time, but if you’d like to go it on your own, here’s what you need to do.

Clean your work area - Always clean up the area you’re going to be finishing or repairing before beginning any DIY job such as this.   

Use acetone on old paint and new surfaces for better cleaning—Acetone is a great way for you to clean up any old paint, and also any excess dirt prior to applying a new coat of paint or varnish. It helps prepare the area properly. 

Sand the door to remove the scratches—Sanding your work area makes sure you have a smooth, even surface to work on. If there are deeper grooves, an epoxy or wood filler will work, remember to research what kind of filler to use on your door’s material.

Use wood conditioner all over the door both sides—Before applying paint, if you are using a wooden or MDF door, apply a conditioner to help keep the wood in good condition. Even if you are only going to varnish the door, conditioner helps prepare the wood and long term prevent damage. 

Finish - Apply varnish or paint, and  leave to dry. Use a finishing paper or a sanding block to sand the door clean one last time, and check the repairs for any areas that are not flush with the original door.