Interior doors are those doors that are located inside the house and do not lead to the outside. These can include doors for the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, closets, or any other area which is in the interior of the house.
Depending on the type of room for which you need the door, you have a lot of options to choose from. Here, we will describe some options that might be available for you to choose from when you are considering an interior door.
The various options available for interior doors can be classified based on their style, material, and aesthetics which are described in detail below:
Different Door Types Based on Style and Design
There are a wide range of doors available based on their design and style. Some of them are listed below.
Flush doors are the simplest and most affordable kind of doors which do not have any panels or any intricate designs carved into them. They serve as a simple door, usually in one solid color, and offers a classic look.
The panel doors are one of the most common types of interior doors. They can range from a single panel in the shape of a rectangle or a set of smaller panels which constitute the completed door.
Panel doors can also include glass parts of metalwork to add more aesthetic appeal to the design. Thus, they can be customized in a variety of ways based on your personal preferences and requirements.
French doors are a type of glamorous doors that constitute two doors in a set. Each of the two doors are fixed on opposite sides of the wall allowing them to swing towards each other. French doors can be made of a number of materials but usually comprise glass or fiberglass panels.
These types of doors are usually located in living rooms, home library rooms, and music rooms. They add an extra touch of beauty and allow the room to be displayed elegantly.
Accordion doors are usually found in living rooms and large indoor areas. These are also called Bifold doors. These doors allow the room to be divided or separated on demand. They are usually light-weight and can easily fold away when the division is not required.
The fold-away option conserves space and provides you with maximum flexibility. They can be made in a number of different construction materials including wood, aluminum, fiberglass, and UPVC. They also allows intricate designs and carvings to be made to add an appealing effect. These doors can be used in living rooms, conference rooms, walk-in closets, and to create sleeping quarters by dividing the space.
Accordion doors may also be used in constricted places where there is not much space for a conventional door to swing while opening and closing. These doors allow the partition that is required while still accommodating in a small space like in laundry rooms, closets, and a pantry.
Sliding doors usually comprise of two or four set of panels. In the case of a two-panel set, one door is able to slide over the other door which is fixed and cannot move. The door is able to slide on a track mounted to the ground.
In the case of the four-panel set, the middle two panels serve as double doors which slide in opposite direction towards the other two fixed panels. These doors can also be made from different materials but most commonly, they are made through glass or fiberglass.
Pocket doors are a type of sliding door in that there is a single door which is mounted to a wall with a hollow area inside. The hollow area can accommodate the entire door when it is slid inside the wall. This not only conserves space but also allows for the illusion that there is no door in between two areas.
Sometimes, there could be double pocket doors with each door being able to slide in two opposite walls. These pocket doors are ideal for spaces where the door seldom needs to be closed and otherwise remains an open area that doesn’t need to be separated.
Different Door Types Based On Construction Material
Another type which classifies various types of doors is the material of construction. There are a few types which are described below.
Solid Wood Doors
These are one of the strongest types of doors. They offer a natural aesthetic outlook and match almost any kind of interior. A good quality wood door is not only strong and sturdy but also durable as it does not crack or rot, and is resistant to termites. It offers good sound and heat insulation.
It can be a simple plain door or have carvings according to your preference. Although solid wood doors may be one of the most expensive choices, but their sturdiness and durability is worth the price.
In Singapore, some units are required by law to have a fire-rated front door for their unit. In this case, it is necessary for homeowners of these units to get a fire-rated solid wood door for their main door.
Solid Core Doors
Solid core doors comprise a laminated wood or plywood exterior whereas the core is made of hardwood. It offers a relatively cheaper option than a solid wood door while still offering some of its aesthetic appeal. However, they are not as durable as a solid wood door and may get damaged in humid environments.
Hollow Core Doors
Hollow core doors comprise an exterior frame made from aluminum, wood, or plywood. The interior is composed of har cardboard which allows it to maintain its shape but otherwise keep the interior area hollow.
Hollow core doors provide the cheapest form of doors but lack the properties of insulation. However, they do not get damaged in humid and extreme environments making them a good choice for kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
These are the types of doors that combine different materials of construction. For example, a metal door with wood panels or vice versa. A wood door can also be combined with glass panels or carved wrought iron.
A metal frame with a fiberglass interior also makes one type of combination door. Thus, there are various combinations for you to choose from according to your specifications and preferences.
Different Door Types Based on Aesthetics and Finishing
There are usually two main types of finishing materials which are described below:
Paint finish allows your door to be of any particular color and feel to match your room interior. It even allows you to select if you want the finished look to be glossy or matte. A paint layer also adds a layer of protection to your door making it easier to clean and maintain.
Stain finish is mainly used for hardwood doors or solid core doors with a wooden exterior. They offer the classic rusty finish of wood and is available in a variety of wooden shades ranging from lighter to darker tones. This type of finish is ideal for living rooms where it can complement classic, victorian as well as modern furniture.
So, when it comes to choosing an interior door, you have a wide variety to choose from. You can keep various other factors in mind while choosing any kind of door mentioned above to match your needs and requirements.