How to Choose the Right Door for Your Home

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Doors are an often forgotten part of interior design. The front door is something that people take pride in. Carefully chosen, whether wooden or PVC, it is always beautifully painted, with a number, perhaps a knocker too, placed precisely. It doesn’t always translate to the interior, however, where the door is an afterthought and is given a coat of paint if you’re lucky. However, interior doors have a dramatic impact on the room and are among the first things that you see before you even enter a room. It should therefore, be given careful thought. Here are our pointers to help you.

The Mechanism

There are more to doors that opening and shutting. When designing your room you should think about whether you need a sliding door, a folding door or a swing door. A sliding door is ideal if you are short on space as it could help you save up to 6%, and are typically used for closets and wardrobes. Sliding doors are also used as pocket doors, where the door slides in to a compartment concealed within the wall. Pocket doors are useful if you need to be particularly economical with your space (for sliding door gear – visit Barrier-Components). A folding door is also a great space saver, and will fold on either side of the frame. A swing door is one that you will see most commonly for separating rooms, though in smaller spaces, folding and sliding doors are becoming more popular. They can eliminate the use of the space behind the door as they need to be open to at least ninety degrees.

The Design

There are a variety of designs out there, and the one you choose should set the tone for the rest of your room.Whether you go for a simple panel door, French doors, or even modern internal bifold doors is up to you, but it should be cohesive with the style that you are decorating in, otherwise it will stick out like a sore thumb.

The Material

The material that your door is made from will have an impact on how sound proof it is, as well as the way it looks in your room. If you opt for a wooden door, the type of wood that you go for will have an effect on the price. A glass door will let more light in, but it is also at risk of breaking. You could also opt for a door made from metal, which could give an industrial feel to the room.

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Anthony
    November 28, 2013 / 1:21 pm

    Great post Jen. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about choosing the right door. It is important indeed that the door will be well planned and thought for it is the first thing that people will see in our house. It should match the theme of the house so that there will be harmony in the design on the interior as well in the exterior design.

  2. Paul Langley
    April 14, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    This is some really great advice for anyone thinking about replacing their front door. I really like the way you broke it down into three simple categories, and finding what fits your home best in each. I really like the idea of a sliding door, I’m glad you brought that up, and I’ll have to do a little more research into that. Thanks so much for writing!

  3. Brian
    October 19, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    Great advice, doors are always the first impression of your home on someone else so you always want to choose one that is functional but also fits the style of the house. Thanks for sharing!

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