Choosing internal doors: A guide
Finding interior doors that complement the décor of your home can be a difficult task, but if you want your home to look truly stylised, it’s an aspect worth giving some thought to. Internal doors from Todd Doors are a good start if you’re looking to revamp your home.
First of all, you need to measure your door frames to assess the size of the doors that you need. The most common door size is 762mm x 1,981mm, although older homes may be more likely to have non-standard fittings. However, even in modern homes, doors that are extra tall or wide can look great, so you shouldn’t feel obliged to stick with standard size doors unless that is all you can afford. Most internal doors are either 35mm or 40mm thick, although fire doors have to have a thickness of 44mm. If you have to create a new door opening, then you will also need a door lining, which is relatively easy to install using a timber kit from a DIY store. Alternatively, you can buy a door set in which the door is already hung within the frame.
Next, you need to choose a door style. For more traditional properties, panelled doors made from solid wood are a popular choice, lending a quality look and feel to the décor, and you can have some or all of the panels made of glass instead of wood. While these are available new, you might find that a reclaimed door imparts more character, although you should be aware that these are not always available in standard sizes and must be checked for damp, warping, woodworm and splitting.
Panelled doors made from solid wood can be expensive, so if you are on a tight budget you might want to consider moulded doors, which imitate the appearance of panel doors with varying degrees of success, and are much cheaper. These contain a core of steel or chipboard to emulate the weight of solid wood doors, and usually come with a veneer which means that they do not need to be stained or painted in any way.
Another good option for period properties, especially country-style homes, is ledged or braced doors, which are made from planks of wood held together by horizontal ledges and diagonal braces.
For contemporary homes, you may be better off with the minimalist look of flush doors or glazed doors, which can be either frosted or clear. These are hollow, with a light cardboard or chipboard core, which means that they cannot be cut down by much if they don’t fit the frame, and they tend to be cheaper than solid wood doors.
If you are short on space, sliding doors or folding sliding doors can work well, sliding into wall cavities and providing you with an open-plan option when you desire it. These are often made of reinforced glass inside a metal frame, although other styles are available.
Finally, if you have more than two storeys in your home, or have a loft conversion, then building regulations require you to fit fire resistant doors leading to staircases and other escape routes. These come with a dense core that takes longer to burn through than other types of door, and any doors between the home and the garage must also be fitted with a self-closing mechanism. The door fitting has to be sealed to prevent smoke from getting through, and as a result these doors have to be fitted by qualified tradespeople. This, in tandem with the higher cost of the doors themselves, makes them more expensive to fit, and gives you fewer stylistic options, although they are still available in a few different styles such as moulded, flush, and glazed to fit in with different interior styles.