Most homeowners do not pay as much attention towards their internal doors as they should. As they are not supposed to act as sturdy protection against intruders, it is a common mistake to make. This can lead to both aesthetic contradictions in the home’s interior design, as well as practical problems.
If you are currently facing any issues with one or more of your existing internal doors, there are numerous options to choose from. Before you go on an online binge and start researching internal doors, get yourself acquainted with some of the most popular and useful internal door types next.
Flush internal doors tend to be generic, but they can also be just as sturdy, gorgeous, vibrant, and stylised as you want them to be, depending on the manufacturer and your own budget. However, they may still fall short in terms of luxury when compared to grained, raised, or even panelled doors.
Multi-layered, glazed doors with thin panels can end up looking more like large windows than doors, which is not a bad outcome at all from an aesthetic point of view. Glazed internal doors are often used as bathroom and shower doors but these can also be used as doors for any other room. Sturdier, more private internal doors with glazing will have thicker panels and a much higher frame-to-glass ratio.
Due to the amazing adaptability and customisability inherent to glazed doors, as well as their useability in nearly any interior setting, the scope for personalisation is huge. Take a look through Online Door Store’s range of internal doors, and browse over to their Glazed Internal Doors section for more guidance.
Louvred doors are internal doors with horizontal slats down the middle. Louvred doors were traditionally made from wood, and most are still made from wood and composite/engineered wood. Similar to horizontally slatted windows, these will allow for easy ventilation in and out of your internal doors, without sacrificing the privacy of that room. Most commonly, louvred internal doors are used to separate closets and bathrooms. If you have a wardrove with horizontal slats, that’s what the louvred door looks like in design. Luvred doors are also commonly used in dressing and changing rooms.
Double Doors and Segmented Doors
It should be noted that double doors are not exactly a separate door type, although it may seem so. If the space to be barred is too large for a single door to cover, almost any style of single interior door can be turned into double doors. Sometimes, a double door is designed and installed just for the aesthetic appeal it adds to the space as well. The same can be said about segmented or multijointed doors as well.
Segmented doors generally consist of three or more connected structures that bend as per design at their joints. From glazed doors and slatted doors to solid doors, if the space to be barred is large enough to need a wider structure than the average single or double door can provide, multijointed doors are installed in their place. Just like double doors, they too can be installed as internal doors just for the sake of creating a more appealing entryway.
Sliding doors can have just one set, or they may have multiple, depending on how large the entryway is. In that way, they are similar to multijointed or segmented internal doors. Unlike double doors, sliding doors are a separate door type though. They generally consist of one or more solid, panelled, or glazed structures which can be slid open or closed as needed. Unlike segmented internal doors, sliding internal doors do not bend at the joints.
In a modern home, safe sliding glass doors are most often installed inside bathrooms where they act as shower doors. Partially or fully glazed thicker sliding doors may also be used as the main bathroom door. The translucent glass adds an aesthetic appeal to the attached room, irrespective of its interior design.
French doors are European style internal double doors that are commonly installed in libraries, study rooms, and drawing rooms. French single doors are not common because of their glass construction, but they can be used if the entryway is narrow.
There is a lot of room for variability with French internal doors, but the classic structure consists of a thick but slim wooden frame with a mostly glass centre. The glass will be supported and intersected by multiple wooden or metallic support beams, and then divided into at least 12 equally sized rectangles with at least a 3 x 4 configuration.
All glass panels used will be clear, allowing for onlookers to see through from both sides. They do not make for the best privacy doors, but that can be remedied by using glazed glass instead of clear glass.
Now you know a bit more about the options available to you, you will hopefully find something that fits perfectly in your home.
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