How to choose the best interior doors for your home
Choosing the best interior doors for a home is an essential part of your home’s function, as well as a style statement. We know that most homeowners find it very difficult and overwhelming to decide on the right interior door style, and this is precisely why we’ve put together this article, which contains all the factors that come into play that you need to know before purchasing internal doors.
What are the functions of interior doors?
Most houses tend to have several interior doors throughout them, and each has a unique function. Some interior doors might add extra privacy, soundproofing, or their primary purpose could be to block off areas for kids for safety reasons.
Before deciding what interior door you want to buy, you need to consider its functionality, not only its appearance. Most people select doors based solely on their aesthetics, so you may wish to invest a little more in a panelled door to add more dimension to your hallways. Other people choose their doors strictly based on costs. Usually, modern interior doors help to separate the functionality of each space, starting with dining rooms and bedrooms, which creates that physical break that most homes need to flow well.
If you are choosing residential doors, you might want to think about who will use them. In case they will be installed in your bedroom, designing them to open and close as silently as possible will be a good decision. If you are modifying your home’s layout for the elderly, especially those with mobility chairs, you might want to install double-wide doors. An essential factor to consider is the direction of the door swing and knowing how you want the interior door to open. But there will be times when your doors will start showing signs that they need replacing even before you thought of installing new doors, and at that point, it won’t be only a matter of wanting to change your home’s design, but a priority. Check our blog on 5 sign’s it’s time to change your front door to find out in what condition your doors are in.
Pick a door style
We know that most property owners don’t know how to choose doors, mainly due to the vast array of door style options available, which is the first step in selecting interior doors.
An imperative thing to consider is the scale of the room where you want to install new doors. A common mistake people tend to make is selecting a more ornate door and installing it in small spaces, reason why the room will look cluttered. The key here is consistency, and there are many style options to choose from, including:
- Pocket doors
- Hinged doors
- Barn doors
- Pivot doors
- Bypass doors
- Dutch doors
- Glass framed doors
- Panelled doors
- Sliding doors
- Aluminium Bi-Fold doors
- French doors
Some additional questions to ask yourself before buying interior doors are:
- What is my home’s style?
- What room is the interior door designated for?
- How tall is the ceiling?
- What material is the floor made from?
Pick the door material
Keep in mind that your interior door’s material must match your overall home’s aesthetic, and it must be coordinated with the door style. There are various options to choose from in terms of material, including:
- Solid wood
- Hollow core
- Solid core
For pantries and sunrooms, a popular choice are glass doors, whilst solid doors make the perfect choice for bedrooms and bathrooms. Let’s talk a little bit more about some particular characteristics for each interior door material.
Solid Wood Doors
This is the most expensive type of interior door material, but it is also the most durable. They have a wide variety of grain patterns depending on the wood used, and they are the perfect choice for noise-blocking purposes.
This is the most popular option amongst homeowners, and it comes with a moderate price. Essentially, it is an engineered wood door, which means that it won’t warp like wood, but it will have the same feel and aesthetics. A bonus is that this type of material can be easily painted, and it doesn’t have any grain pattern on it.
Glass interior doors are made with a wood or metal frame and glass panes. One of the most viable options that most people tend to choose is frameless doors. These doors are entirely made with glass, but they tend to be more challenging to install than the rest. Our recommendation would be to install metal and glass or wood and glass interior doors for internal purposes, as it is the best choice, especially for modern home offices.
Hollow Core Doors
This is a more affordable interior door material option made of moulded composite material or plywood. Hollow core doors have hollow interiors, making the door lighter in weight, but the downside is that they allow more sound to pass through. In case you are a lower-end budget seeker, this might be the ideal option for your home. They work very well for any room, including bathrooms and bedrooms.
Solid Core Doors
This type of interior door is slightly different, but they have the same design as the hollow core doors. The difference is that they are filled with a kind of wood fibre blend, and they are made with an engineered filler product instead of solid wood. This type of door comes with many benefits, especially with higher sound protection and temperature control, which can keep your costs down a little bit more than solid wood interior doors.
How much should you expect to pay for interior doors?
The price of interior doors varies significantly depending on three factors:
- Interior door material
- Construction quality
- Single door vs a doorset
Typically, you could expect to pay around £50 and £200 per door when buying a single interior door. But our recommendation is to budget a further £40 to £50 per door for handles, hinges and latches. For doorsets, interior doors could range between £100 and £300, but many other options go up to £1.3k as well.
In today’s online consumerism world, people tend to be drawn towards buying furniture online. We know that internal doors have great online brochures and beautiful visuals attached to them, but our honest recommendation is to view the interior doors in person before purchasing. In case you end up buying your interior doors online, make sure to inspect them as soon as they get delivered to avoid further disappointments.
Can you install interior doors on your own?
While most interior doors can be installed on a DIY basis, many factors are associated with installing an interior door, such as separate components and the required detailed labour.
The time needed to install a door leaf largely depends on the type of door installed. Usually, the steps to install an interior door are:
- Fitting the lining and architraves
- Painting them
- Trimming down an oversized door to make it a perfect fit
- Hanging it and adding door handles and latches
This can be a very long process, and it is usually more cost-effective to ask a professional door installation company to help you out. In case you want some more information about various interior door options, make sure to read our blog on why are sliding doors better than traditional doors.
Hopefully, by now, you are in a stronger position to select the best interior doors for your home. Taking your time when selecting a door that offers the best experience for you and your loved ones is a well worth investment. At Leicester Window Supplies, we have an experienced team of professionals with all the necessary knowledge to provide the best solution for your wants and needs. If you seek to install new interior doors or require door replacements, contact us today or simply give us a call on 0116 266 5088, as we are always happy to help you choose the best doors for your home.
Posted: March 24, 2021