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Open Up: Your Ultimate Guide To Buying Interior Doors

Updated on January 15, 2014

Building a house or remodeling an existing one usually warrants one of the most important decisions you will ever make: the type and style of the doors. Apart from being one of the heroes of your home’s aesthetics, doors make every home extra comfortable by controlling lighting, as well as affording security and privacy. To arrive at a smart decision, multiple factors will have to be considered.

Door Size

Your best bet for this is to stick to the regular door size (2’6” x 6’6”); however, if you’re refurbishing an old home, entryways may be non-standard – in which case you’ll have to get new doors custom made. Don’t let this limit you, though, as the door size may still depend on yet another factor: the style of your home. Contemporary ones usually look its best with massively wide, tall doors. Should you need to create new door openings, pay special attention to your door linings. They’re pretty simple to install, so you might want to get those DIY-loving hands working.


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Door Style

It’s common for doors to end up clashing with the house’s style; hence, the complexity that is picking the right interior doors. The key here is to always have the door add major appeal to the overall décor – be it traditional or modern. For traditional, panelled doors rank as the most popular type. If your home is of the cottage, barn, or country style, then go for ledged and braced doors. For modern, minimalist flush or glazed doors usually do the job. If you want to take it up a notch, though, then complement the look with incredibly sleek door furniture.


Door Core

Interior doors typically fall under two categories: panelled or hollow. Doors of the former category are made from solid wood; hence, the pricey tag. Once you’ve decided on this, you’ll be made to settle on the number of panels and asked whether you want it glazed or not. On the other hand, doors of the latter category are made of a timber-effect or real-wood veneer. Though popular for being relatively cheap, people often go for this type of door core for its flat surface – just the exact type contemporary homes need.

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Fire Safety

Despite the great importance we attach to the visual appeal of doors, safety must always earn a spot in you priority ladder. Owing to this, fire doors are highly recommended. They’re usually created from such materials as timber, steel, gypsum, and vermiculite boards. If your home has more than two storeys, make sure that the doors leading to staircases and escape routes are of this type.

Choosing the right door will always be a fundamental cornerstone of any winning home design. Avoid costly mistakes by taking any of the tips mentioned above, and just focus on the elements that will guide you as you make those big decisions.


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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great choices of doors I like the way you presented this helpful hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      When we were looking for doors, we were amazed at all the varieties and styles. Your post is very helpful in knowing what to look for and how to install properly.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      These points are well taken. However, are there any fire safety doors that don't use asbestos? I'm a little antsy about that.

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      4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      There are so many choices for doors... it can be difficult to choose sometimes. When we bought our house, we changes all the doors... and added a few. Thanks for sharing!


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