The choice of interior doors makes one’s head spin. Models are available in many colors, with and without glazing, and in a wide price range. It’s easy to get lost in all this. That’s why we’ve prepared a guide to take you – step by step – through the process of choosing an interior door.
How to choose an interior door?
When choosing an interior door, we should pay attention to many parameters. Let’s get to the details.
- 1. rebated doors vs. rebate-free doors
One of the first questions we should ask ourselves is whether we are looking for rebated or non-rebated models. With rebated doors we are dealing with a rebate – when closed, a piece of the leaf overlaps the frame. With a door without a rebate, the sash, when closed, forms a single plane with the frame. When the non-leaf door is closed, the hinges are not visible, but they are visible when the leaf is opened – the opposite is true for doors with rebates.
- 2. right-hand door vs. left-hand door
It is worth considering the direction of the door opening, to match it with, among other things, the way light switches are placed (a light switch behind the door leaf is not a convenient solution), as well as with other design elements, for example, windows or furniture. The right-hand door has hinges located on the right side, so it opens counterclockwise. The left door hinges on the left side and opens clockwise.
- 3. material
Another issue is the material of the door. You can choose from wooden doors, those made of wood-based panels, plastic, MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) or HDF (High Density Fibreboard). The type of material determines not only the design of the door, but also the resistance to damage and deformation, and thus the service life.
- 4. type of doors – swinging, folding, sliding
Bifold – which is the most classic, or perhaps folding or sliding doors – ideal if you want to save some space. The type of door is another of the issues that should be carefully considered.
- 5. type of frame
Depending on your preference, you can purchase either an adjustable or fixed frame. What is the difference between the mentioned models? We can adjust the adjustable door frames to perfectly fit the door opening. Fixed frames are models with a fixed structure, which work well for walls of standard thickness. Better visual effects will be obtained by installing an adjustable frame.
- 6. type of room solid or with glazing
Among the list of things to consider, we can’t overlook the installation site. A door leaf with numerous glazings is unlikely to work well in a bedroom. Light entering through the glazing, for example, from the corridor, will make it difficult to rest and disturb sleep. As for the bathroom door, we may be tempted to go for a model with small glazing.
- 7. design
Design is also extremely important. The door must match the interior, the style of the room in question. We can choose classic white doors, doors in shades of brown, with wood grain, with glazing, with ornamentation or without.
When buying a door for a house or apartment, we should focus on such issues as the material – there are models made of wood, MDF, HDF, plastic. Other important parameters are the direction of opening the leaf, rebate or no rebate, as well as design – after all, the door must match the interior and look great.