Passage doors: one of the most popular doors in homes. Make sure you have enough space to open and close the swing door and ensure that there is nothing blocking the door space.
Louver doors: typically used for closets or laundry rooms due to their thinness and excellent ventilation. These doors have several stiles and can look like normal wooden doors.
Sliding doors: awesome for living rooms or closets and small spaces in general as sliding doors don’t need the extra space for opening and closing.
Bifold doors: normally used for winter gardens or in the terrace, they can be made from aluminium or wood. The awesome thing about bifold doors is that they provide a panoramic view and connect the interiors with the exteriors.
French doors: very trendy and can give your home the stylish and unique personality it deserves. Basically, they’re double doors therefore you will need extra space for when both of them are open.
Pocket doors: looks like a normal door but in fact they’re sliding doors, which are very convenient for saving space. They can be either single or double doors.
Hollow-core: These doors are very light and affordable but on the downside they don’t have good sound insulation. However, there are many designs to choose from that can be easily changed, and they can look very similar to wood.
Solid-core: it feels like a high quality door, and it’s sound isolation is very good. They can also last for very long time if they are properly maintained, and the price is more affordable than solid wood, but higher than hollow core.
Solid wood: The aim of any house owner is to have solid wooden doors although the prices are higher and they need frequent maintenance such as being painted and finished at least once per year. However, if well maintained, they can last a lifetime.
Before you decide on your door design and type of material to use, there are certain considerations and measurements you need to make to ensure that the installation of the door is suitable for your home. Firstly, you need to measure the top of the door, the far left hand edge and the far right hand edge. Finally, you also need to measure the base of the door and the thickness of your door
Door hardware 101: keep in mind that the hardware has to work together with the thickness of your door. For example, if you choose a hollow-core we highly recommend that you invest in more quality hardware to make your home more secure and safe.
Lockset eyed vs electronic: in order to make the right decision here, ask yourself how many times you’ve lost your keys. If you have a tendency to lose keys, it may be easier to remember a few numbers so you can unlock the door without a key.
Keyed door knobs: for interior doors a simple keyed door knob is sometimes the best as you want to avoid anyone getting locked in the room, especially children.
Finishing interior doors is a brilliant way to highlight its natural beauty. It also provides a permanent seal and will protect your door so that it lasts longer. The best option is to get a professional to do it but just in case you’re feeling a little adventurous and want to try to do it on your own, here are some tips:
a. Sand and clean the door: after you sand the door to remove scratches and other blemishes, thoroughly wipe down the door with a cloth (tack or lint-free cloth is the best) to remove any dust and/or debris from the sanding. Use acetone for effective cleaning and better results.
b. Primer: apply a coat of primer, which can be a clear stain (for a natural finish) or custom tinted to add an element of color to the wood grain. If you intend on using an oil-based finish, make sure you use an oil-based primer. The same is true for latex-based finishes. Do not mix up the use. After the first coat, allow it to dry fully, check for consistency and smoothness, and then apply a second coat of primer.
c. Finish: After the primer, it is time to apply the finish. There should be a minimum of two coats. Apply more to give the wood a deeper hue, but that is optional. Remember, the finish protects the wood as much as it highlights it. Also, cover every side of the door, including the sides, top and bottom, and, as with the primer, allow each coat to dry thoroughly.