Choosing the right inside doors
for your home is a critical part of your interior design scheme and
there are a number of elements to take into account.
of Interior Doors
come to materials, hardware and decoration shortly, but first, you
need to know what different types of actual doors there are to choose
from. The most frequently seen designs are:
These are, by far, the most common style of interior doors and
operate via a simple swing open and close mechanism. You’ll
normally find that these are wooden doors, made from softer
varieties of organic material.
slatted and more decorative than they are practical in terms of
increasing privacy, these doors tend to resemble shutters and are
most commonly found in bedrooms and laundry rooms, to hide away
closets. This style doesn’t need structural door frames, which
makes them extremely popular.
When space is tight, sliding doors, which open via one panel
slipping behind another, are perfect. Open-plan homes often employ
as simple space dividers.
Usually made from aluminium or wood, these beautiful doors
concertina, to offer access to different spaces. These are very
popular at the back of a house, to connect to the garden
Similarly to bi-folding, French doors are often used to connect a
house and garden, but more and more people are choosing to install
them as room divides as well. French glass doors, with inset-glazed
panels, offer a beautiful way to divide large rooms into different
To look at, pocket doors are very similar to sliding varieties, but
they slot into wall cavities when opened, making them ideal for
houses with little space to spare. These are popular in family
are the most common interior door compositions?
will always play a role when you’re deciding on the style of
interior doors you want to install and something that will directly
impact on costings is the material composition of different door
styles. Typically, you’ll find that there are three varieties:
These are exceptionally popular when a small budget is available, as
they look like wood, but in actual fact, are similar to a thick
cardboard in construction. They are light, hollow and easy to hang,
but offer little to no insulation or noise barrier.
to hollow core doors, these ones are relatively cost-effective and
look like real wood, but have been filled, usually with recycled
material, to give good insulation and a level of noise blocking as
well. They have a sturdier feel and can last a long time, if looked
The dream for many homeowners is to have solid wood doors
everywhere, as they look great, offer maximum heat and sound
retention and will last a lifetime. They have a definite sense of
class about them too.
to measure for new interior doors
with any DIY project, the rule of measuring twice and cutting once
really does apply here, but regardless of how thorough you are, you
will normally have to do a little fettling, or expect your carpenter to. If you buy off the shelf doors, you will simply need to buy the
closest standard size and adapt the dimensions. You need to
top of the door
far left hand edge
far right hand edge
base of the door
thickness of your door
Accessories for Interior Doors
you won’t need locks on every interior door in your home, you will
need handles, which should be in-keeping with your wider décor
style. Think about the following:
a style of handle or knob and be sure to stick with it throughout
your home, for a truly cohesive feel and finish.
spaces will require locks, for privacy. This will include your
bathrooms, so decide how many locking doors you need before deciding
on a lock style.
your home is a master class in contemporary aesthetics, you might
like to install electronic locking doors, but far more common in the
UK are manual locks with keys or simple bolts on specific doors.
a perfect finish, you are best to hire a professional to install and
finish your wooden interior doors, but if you want to tackle some of
the process yourself, you can follow these steps, for a beautiful end
by dusting and washing your doors, to remove any debris.
over doors with acetone as well, for a perfectly clean starting
doors gently, working your way through the grades of sandpaper, to
get a smooth and imperfection-free finish.
your doors using a wood-specific oil, stain or paint.