If you are looking into interior doors for your home, you have probably noticed there are a great deal of different choices to choose from, each having some typical settings in which they are used. In this run-down we will attempt to make sense of some of the different varieties of that you may be offered as you think of the appearance you are hoping for in your home interior.
Interior doors can generally be sorted into three simple types – ‘normal’, hinged, sliding and folding – though it should be noted that there is some overlap in between the varieties. We are going to look at them briefly here, and hopefully check out the details in the future articles.
Interior hinged doors – These are generally familiar to us all – most interior doors probably still fall under this category. This is the most common type, shutting in to the doorway and typically only opening in just one direction. Naturally, there are lots of types within this category – full-wood, glass paned, PVC-coated and internal French or double doors. For sheer versatility, simplicity of installation and simplicity you may still typically decide on a hinged door. However they have one or more significant drawback which other sorts of interior door attempt to redress – they must always swing outwards, and in doing so can occupy valuable space and be totally impractical for really small spaces like walk-in closets.
One hinged variety should get special mention here and that is interior French doors, by which we usually refer to internal double doors that swing out, meeting at the center, which can often be locked such that only one ‘wing’ remains used in that case wished.
Internal folding doors – Interior folding doors seek to address the area issue described above, by folding the doorway in on itself somehow, instead of it swinging out in to the room. Another side of the coin is that this most commonly signifies that some space inside the doorway itself will be occupied by the folded door, so that you need take into consideration whether this will be acceptable. Due to the fact that they usually travel along a groove they may also be called ‘sliding doors’, although see the main section on sliding doors below for an introduction to the differences. Below are a few basic types of internal folding door:
Interior concertina doors – Interior concertina folding doors, sometimes known as, confusingly, as ‘sliding folding doors’, are split into panels which accumulate when opened and are generally made of lightweight plastic. Also called ‘accordion doors’, especially in the USA. A particular use of these folding doors is just as room dividers, wherever there exists a wider doorway or natural dividing feature in a home or work area.
Internal bi-fold or bi-folding doors – They are available in a selection of types, their main characteristic being which they only fold along just one join in the centre but they are held in a channel just like a concertina door. They are a kind of trade-off involving the concertina door along with a common-or-garden hinged door, because they still get noticed a bit in to the room when stacked, but use up correspondingly less of the doorway in doing so. Internal bi-folding doors are often used as wardrobe and closet doors, along with bathroom rjlldv cabinet doors, but maybe are certainly not so commonly used as divisions between rooms inside your home or office. While they are, they are often installed in pairs, to seal off a large aperture, or where it really is essential to leave just one single half of the doorway open most of the time, while the other wing from the door stays closed till the whole doorway is defined into use.
Note here that UPVC and aluminium bi-folding doors are most frequently used as external doors, leading onto a garden or patio – a topic which we will leave to get a different article.
Interior sliding doors – Even though many interior folding doors may be classed as sliding doors and do indeed ‘slide’, the term is frequently employed to describe a sliding system with several overlapping panels in grooves alongside each other which may slide along to get back the majority of the door aperture. There are also systems who have a groove running completely away from the entrance aperture along that your single-wing or perhaps double door could be slid completely clear of the doorway. Even if this obviously requires space each side of the doorway, it will make for a very attractive look.