What a Difference a Door Makes!

Alfresco-DoorsWhen it comes down to it, we tend not to pay too much attention to doors – unless they’re very ornamental, a bright colour or made from glass (and in the case of the latter, it’s more to do with ensuring there’s no breakage than admiring the design).

Doors, however, are criminally overlooked when it comes to interior design. Maybe it’s because they’re seen as functional, rather than decorative? If you’re in the market for new interior doors, then why not have them tick both boxes – style and function? 

Different door styles

Folding doors: These bi-fold doors are usually put in an area where there’s not a lot of room (simply because they don’t take up a lot of room). Cupboards, toilets and small studies tend to have these.

Sliding doors: Again, these are excellent for small spaces since they hardly take up any room at all (certainly there’s no ‘swing out’ into the body of the room). As their name suggests, the doors simply slide along the wall.

Panel doors: Simply designed with patterned squares you’re more likely to find this type of door in homes than any other.

French doors: A favourite for conservatories or rooms which open out onto a garden, French doors tend to be made of glass and because of this, add plenty of light into a room.

Pocket doors: Similar to sliding doors in that they go sideways rather than out into a room, pocket doors are even cleverer. That’s because they don’t go alongside the wall but into it.

Dutch doors: This type of door – where it’s split in half and the top can open while the bottom remains closed – has gone out of fashion in the past two decades, although it’s often found in restaurants and other eating establishments simply because it’s convenient for transporting food.

Other elements to consider when choosing a door:

Swing: The way the door swings towards the individual opening it depends on where the handle is ie a handle on the right hand side of the door means it’s a right swing door. In relation to the swing, the door should always swing into the room rather than into the hallway.

Door frame: Here at Chadwick’s, we have found that there’s no point in paying a fortune for an attractive door if you’re going to skimp and save on the door frame. That’s because an inexpensive or poorly constructed frame with detract from the door itself.

Sound proofed doors: These days interior doors come with a sound proof rating where the higher the number the better the sound proofing. A door with a rating of 60 or over is generally considered completely soundproof.

Door materials: Wood used to be one of the most common materials used for doors. Both hard and soft woods were used for this purpose although hard woods shouldn’t be used for kitchens or bathrooms where steam and condensation can cause the wood to either shrink or expand.

Today, the majority of doors comprise of easy to paint and inexpensive MDF.

Glass is also a popular material for doors – especially in bathrooms or space-compromised areas.

To see a range of doors available from us here at Chadwick’s, why not take a quick look through our range today!