Are doors just structures which allow access to a particular space? my response would be a NO! They are part of the home decor and hence needs to be budgeted accordingly in any home construction. www.housebeautiful.com shows how a stylish door complements the surrounding decor.
Each room has a function, and interior doors have to be decided based on the need and the budget allocated for it. Below is a list of interior doors available as an option
Passage doors – These are the most common doors at homes. The hinges on the door help to swing open and shut the door. They come in 2 varieties, either as a slab or pre-hung. The pre-hung type comes installed with a door frame and hence takes less effort during installation. The slab type needs to be installed by a carpenter as jambs and hinges need to be drilled in before fitting the doors.
Louver doors – These doors are used in rooms where ventilation is needed. It is typically used in laundry rooms or kitchen closets where there is a need for the flow of air but limited exposure to sunlight. These doors come in various styles, but if the requirement is for good ventilation, then a Full Louver is a good option. Louver over panel offers a stylish look.
Sliding doors – These are doors that open from left to right or horizontally. Sliding doors are used in bathrooms as a shower door or a glass door. It is also used in wardrobes or closets. These doors are a boon if space is a constraint as it does not swing open or close.
Bi-fold doors – This are doors which open by folding back into the panels. These are used mostly in closets or laundry room where physical and visual access is required. They are made of metal, wood or composite wood and has four panels.
French doors – These doors offer a stylish look to your home, on opening both the doors it gives a wide-angle view of the whole room.
Pocket Doors – These doors are ideal when space saving is needed. Pocket doors slide into and out of a hidden wall thereby saving space. These doors are making a comeback after being overlooked by architects. The disadvantage of using this door is that with parts hidden in the wall, it becomes difficult to repair or replace a broken door.
After deciding on the type of door next is the material to be used to construct the doors.
Hollow Core – These are doors which are hollow inside. These doors are very lightweight and built using construction paper or cardboard. Due to its low cost of construction, they are less expensive and highly affordable.
Solid Core – These are doors made of composite wood. Due to its density, these doors block sound better and is also more durable than the hollow core material.
Solid Wood – These are natural wood doors and can be painted or stained. There are a wide variety of solid woods available by various manufacturers.
A good mix of right style of door and material will give a great look to your home decor.