The type of door will impact the aesthetics and the functionality of your home dramatically. Doors are the gateways into your house, bedrooms, and other enclosed areas of your home. They provide security, help separate rooms and activities as well as define interior design themes.
As such, the importance of doors in a home cannot be understated. Here are 6 types to consider when you embark on your home renovation.
1. Hinged Doors
As the name implies, one end of the door is mounted on hinges. They are the most traditional and common types.
TIP: Since hinged doors operate by swinging in or out of the room, they need ample space behind the door in order for the door to open.
2. French Doors
French doors are hinged doors which are installed on both sides of the opening. The doors swing either inwards or outwards towards each other and meet at the center. Since french doors are bigger in size, they help to create the illusion of a bigger space.
TIP: French doors look extremely elegant. Go for its wide set style to lend a grand entrance to your home.
3. Bi-fold Doors
Bi-fold doors are hinged doors which can be folded and stacked neatly onto each other. Bi-fold doors require lesser space (each door takes up approximately about half of the swinging space of a normal hinged door) for the doors to swing open.
Source: The Interior Lab
TIP: Bi-fold doors are suitable for smaller areas such as laundry room and closets where the careful use of limited available space is necessary.
4. Dutch Doors
A Dutch door is also known as a “stable” or a “half”. A Dutch door is essentially a hinged door which is divided horizontally in half, so that the bottom half remains shut while the top half opens.
TIP: A Dutch door is useful to keep kids or pets out of the kitchen, while allowing the top half of the door to remain open. In addition, you can use glass in the top half of the door so that you can keep a lookout for your kids and pets while you cook.
5. Pivot Doors
A pivot door is a door that swings on metal pivots at the top and bottom of the door, rather than on hinges. A pivot door is very minimalist looking for it has no handles.
Source: Free Space Intent
TIP: A pivot door’s simple design and structure makes it perfect for modern minimalist designs.
6. Sliding Doors
Sliding doors operate by gliding on tracks, unlike hinged doors which operate by swinging in or out of the room. They do not need ample clearance space behind the door in order for the door to open horizontally, which is usually parallel to a wall. Sliding doors are therefore excellent for small, compact areas.
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TIP: Concealed ‘pocketed’ sliding doors are slick and ‘disappear’ into a wall when slid open.
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