You have way more interior doors in your home than you think. These doors are any door that doesn’t provide access to the outside world. This means that doors to your closet, bedroom, laundry, pantry, bathroom, etc. are in this category. These doors are highly customizable and can reflect your style. In order to design your door to fit your particular desires there’s really only three main points you need to understand: type, style & materials.
The type of interior door basically comes down one of two factors. Is the door smooth or paneled?
Smooth or flush doors are just flat with no designs or markings. This is your basic door. The benefit of this type is that it is budget friendly. They are typically light weight and can come ready to be painted or stained, or with a variety of finishes.
Panel doors are the fancier option. These doors have a wide ranged of customization options as the panels can be designed in almost any configuration and combination. Panels can run horizontal or vertical, they can protrude or be recessed. Panels can also be made of glass, whether obscured or not. These options make panel doors the go to for those that want that one of a kind look.
Swinging/Hinged doors are one of the most prominent styles out there. This is the standard where the door swings from one side, left or right, and opens. Not much to explain here, as I can almost guarantee that you have used this type of door.
Bypass/Sliding doors run on a track at the top or the bottom of the door frame and they slide to the left and the right. With bypass doors specifically, you typically have two panels, one in front one in back, which means only one side can be ‘open’ at a time. These doors are great for when you don’t have a lot of room in front of the door for it to swing.
Pocket doors are similar to sliding because they slide on a track at the top of the frame, the difference is going to be that sliding doors will disappear in to the wall/door frame when opened. This option is a great space saving method, and are typically found on bathrooms.
Barn doors have the same principal as pocket doors, the difference here is going to be that the door slides in front of the wall, which means you can still see it when the door is open. This is not an issue though, as Barn doors look like they belong in, well, a barn. They provide a unique design that adds to the decor of your home.
Folding doors work how the name describes, by folding in the middle as you open them to one side or the other. You can put two of these doors together in order to cover a larger opening, and they become bifolding doors.
There are a few other obscure styles of doors out there, but the ones listed above control the vast majority of what is used in homes.
Materials make a difference in the door as well. Solid wood is going to be the most expensive, and heaviest option. It is literally a solid piece of wood that is shaped to be the style desired. These doors will offer the most noise cancellation, and best temperature control of any material option.
MDF, or Medium Density Fiberboard, is designed to look and feel like real wood, without the price tag. The door is really easy to paint or stain, and but doesn’t have any grain pattern like a solid wood door.
Solid core doors are typically made with plywood or molded composite materials and the interior is made of an engineered filler product. This helps give the noise and temp control similar to the wood door, with out the price tag.
Hollow core is the most budget friendly option on the list. They are made the same way as solid core doors, however, the interior is not solid. Typically a honeycomb design of molded material is place inside giving the door strength. This option is going to be the most budget friendly, but at the sacrifice of noise control and temperature regulation.