We may think of the doors to the rooms of our home as being the one factor which is difficult to change. The opening is set in stone and the options available to us must be few. Well this is not entirely true. When it comes to internal doors, you can choose from different types of wood, different styles, different materials, glazed, unglazed and even folding and sliding options. Getting different doors can completely change the look and feel of a room and still offer all of the noise reduction and heat retaining qualities of your average door.
These are made from stiles and rails which are fitted together with dowels. An infill panel is then used to cover the space left. Generally the stiles and rails are made of solid wood to make it easier to trim the door to size. The panel may be of a different construction and will usually be of a lighter less dense wood. The panels can also be fully or partly glazed.
A thin frame in solid wood is used around the edges which are then completely covered by a type of plywood or laminate. The inside of the door is sometimes strengthened by adding a lattice of metal or even cardboard. It is difficult to trim a hollow door, so they need to fitted carefully to suit the space provided.
These can come as either a hollow construction or as a solid piece of wood.They are completely flat on both sides and offer a more modern look. There are no stiles or rails and can therefore have a laminate added more easily. They are lightweight and are often used in modern new build homes.
These are perfect for areas where the light needs to travel through into other rooms. A glass door can be frosted or not as required, but if it is not frosted it should have a security strip to prevent accidents. They will fit into a normal door opening provided it is reasonably square, if not it may need to be made to measure. These doors come with hinges and door furniture included for easy hanging.
Ledge and Brace doors
These doors have a more traditional look and offer a cottagey feel to a home. Usually they have tongue and groove boards on one side with a Z-frame on the other. As they are of a solid construction, they are very hard wearing and heavy. They can be easily trimmed for any size opening.
These are perfect for rooms where space is at a premium. A sliding door can either slide into a pocket in the adjoining wall or along the outside of the wall. In either case they offer an unobtrusive way of adding a door. The mechanisms on these doors can require some maintenance to prevent sticking .
As a real space saver a bi-fold door is second to none. The door is usually in two or three panels which fold back onto themselves. The door opening is left partially obstructed by the door, but the room is left free. These can be tricky to install and require a good square opening.