5 tips for choosing internal doors

Timber internal door with glazing

Timber internal door with glazing

If you’ve thought about defining areas of space in your home, you’ve probably thought about internal doors. However, with so many options to choose from, you might be unsure of which interior doors are right for you. So to make things a bit easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of tips.

1. Determine your ideal style

There are several different designs of internal door to choose from, the most common being flush, stile & rail and moulded panel. Here at Reddish, we manufacture and install all of them.

  • Moulded panel doors have a hollow core and softwood inner frames, making them quite light.
  • Flush doors are a cost-effective option that is also quite lightweight. However, they can be built with a solid core and from hardwoods like oak, which can create very smart and stylish designs.
  • Stile & Rail doors are created by combining a number of horizontal and vertical pieces of wood with a number wooden panels. Their design can be simple or complex, yet the result is a decorative finish.

2. Learn the differences between internal door materials

Internal doors are available in a range of hardwoods and softwoods.

Generally, hardwoods are denser and more durable, although this is not always the case. Denser woods tend to be better at reducing sound too. This means they’re great when used as bedroom doors or in areas where you’re looking to lower sound levels.

Softwoods tend to be cheaper and lighter than hardwoods. Timbers also differ in appearance so are better suited to different styles of home and furniture. For example, oak is great for achieving a traditional aesthetic. Therefore, researching the differences in materials will help you to determine which will best suit your interior décor.

3. Think about whether you’d like glazing or not

Interior doors are not just available in a solid construction; they can be fitted with areas of glazing too. If your aim is to keep natural light flowing around your home, you should consider this option. Glazing is available in a variety of stylish designs so you can achieve a variety of looks. Although, clear glass is best for maximising the amount of light coming through. When privacy is the main concern, stick with a solid construction instead.

4. Consider how they will open

Doors that open inwards or outwards will inevitably encroach upon your interior space. So, if you only have a limited amount available, you might consider internal bifold doors instead. Internal bifolds are opened by stacking to one side in a concertina style, leaving you with additional room to use as you wish.

Oak internal bi-folding door

Oak internal bi-folding doors

5. Work out how much space you have available

Determining the amount of available space is helpful when deciding on a style of door. This is because internal bifold doors are an excellent choice for larger openings, although they are unable to fit in very small areas. A single leaf door in a style of your choosing will also fit a smaller opening, whilst French or sliding internal doors can be great for medium-size apertures.

Reddish Joinery can manufacture internal doors in a variety of hardwoods and softwoods, tailoring their size and style to fit your home and budget. We also have a wide variety of other products, such as garden rooms or uPVC windows. For more information or a quote, please call 0161 969 7474 or contact us online.  

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