Interior doors serve numerous functions and can also be a strong design statement in your home. The type of door you choose will often be dictated by the space and budget you have. Even the smallest budget can still inject style into a space, so let’s explore the options.
Flush doors come in two versions – hollow or solid construction. When closed, a flush door of solid construction keeps more noise out of a room than one with a hollow construction. Additionally, solid flush doors are more energy efficient, as they keep warm air inside individual rooms in cold weather, and help maintain cool air during warm months. Since flush doors are easier to fabricate than panel doors, they tend to be less expensive.
From a design perspective, flush doors typically appeal to homeowners who are seeking a clean, modern and less traditional look.
Panel doors tend to be more traditional and decorative than flush doors as they feature designs that are created by stiles and rails which in turn hold the panels. A stile is a length of wood positioned vertically on a door. Rails are lengths of wood that run horizontally across a door. The flat panels of the door fit between its stiles and rails.
The fun part about panel doors is that homeowners have numerous styles to choose from. Some may go for a simpler 2 panel door, while another may choose a six panel door.
Panel doors are often a popular choice for exterior doors as well as interior. It’s safe to say that you should sync up your internal and external door styles, so also keep that in mind when choosing your internal doors.
A pocket door slides in and out of a space hidden within the wall. This kind of door comes either as a single door which slides open and shut from either the left or the right, or as a double pocket door, which slides together and meets in the middle.
Pocket doors are often found in older homes but can also be designed with a modern, fresh feel. As architects continue to look for unique ways to maximize floor space they have started incorporating the pocket door into their designs as they’re great space savers.
A barn door is actually a sliding door system so you’ll need to be sure that the frame above the door is sound enough to support a sliding door. You will also need enough wall space to slide the door along in order to create your door opening.
From a decor perspective, the only limits to a barn door is your imagination. Made with any kind of material and with a huge selection of hardware to choose from, a barn door can impart a ton of style to your interior. Practically, they do not provide as much privacy or sound barrier as other doors, but they’re great to separate public rooms in a home.
French doors hang on hinges located at each side of a wide door opening and swing toward each other, meeting at the center. When both sides of the door are open, you have an unobstructed view, however you require enough room on either side of the door opening to swing the doors open.
French doors are traditionally constructed with large panes of glass, and so are particularly suited to environments where light flowing through rooms is the desired effect.
Internal sliding doors move from left to right and are typically used in areas that have wide openings such as a closet. Since they slide open (and do not slide into the wall as does a pocket door) only half the opening is accessible at one time.