Interior Doors Buying Guide

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More and more consumers are going online these days to purchase their goods. They can often get better prices and they get to shop from the comfort of their home - plus they can browse for as long as they want without being pestered by sales staff.

 

So it is no surprise that door sales online is another industry that is rapidly on the increase. Doors are not the most straightforward of items to purchase online (it's not like buying a book from Amazon!) but that dosn't seem to be deterring people. However, we thought it would be useful to put together this little guide to help you avoid any pit falls and ensure you get what you're looking for.

 

Do's & Dont's

 

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Do consult a joiner or the person who is going to fit your door for accurate measurements and advice on what you need.

Do carefully examine any images / videos of the doors to get a good idea of how the actual door will look.

Do understand, however, that door's are made from wood - a natural material - with an unpredictable grain, so it is unrealistic to expect your door to come in exactly the same shade and grain pattern as the picture on the website. It will obviously be the same wood type, the same style, the same size and roughly the same shade and tone but it may not be absolutely identical.

Do ensure you select the right size of door for your needs including the width, height and thickness.

Do check for any handling or delivery charges. Doors are bulky items and not cheap to deliver so most online retailers will include some sort of delivery or handling fee for orders under a certain value.

Do double-check whether the displayed price in inclusive or exclusive of VAT.

Do check the returns and damages policy. Most online retailers will use 3rd party haulage companies and they should offer specific and informative advice on what checks you need to make before signing for your goods.

 

 

 

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Don't expect your door to come with frames, hinges, door handles etc. Many retailers do offer all of these as additional options but they will not be automatically included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Don't be afraid to call the online retailer (if they provide sufficient contact details) and ask them for advice. This is a good test of what service you are likely to get overall too - if they have poor knowledge and an unwillingness to help you are better off buying elsewhere. If they are selling doors online - they should be able to offer expertise and technical know-how too!

 

Don't expect a specific time for your delivery without additional costs. It is unlikely an online retailer will be able to offer you a specific time slot for a delivery free of charge. Typically, you will be provided with a delivery date and will need to make sure you are around to receive your delivery. However, most retailers will be able to offer a morning or afternoon delivery but they will be charged extra by the haulage company for this and will need to pass that charge on to you.

 

 

Interior Door Styles

 

Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of interior doors available on the market? Chances are, you're not the only one! With styles ranging vastly in appearance, it's easy to get confused about what you should be looking for. Here we offer a breakdown of different styles and their common uses, to help you make a decision.

 

Traditional

Traditional styled doors are what you might call a safe bet - they look good in almost any setting! After all, if a design has stuck around for so long, there's probably a good reason why. Traditional needn't mean old-fashioned, however. Even the most modern home needn't be afraid of adopting a classic theme when it comes to doors. Symmetrical is design, often involving one or more moulded panels, traditional styles strike a balance between simplicity and ornamentation, and are great for forming a theme that will work well in any or every room of the house.

The colonist style, featuring six aesthetically balanced panels, is a classic example of a popular door design, which is still going strong to the present day. One advantage of such popular, traditional designs, outside of the obvious fact that they are almost guaranteed to remain in fashion, is that they are typically available in every standard of door, from plywood to hardwood, finished and unfinished, registered fire doors, and in a range of popular sizes. Replacement doors will also be easy to come by in the future, if you stick to a classic style.

 

Rustic

Rustic traditional doors form an attractive sub style of their own, as they offer a more particular, rural appeal, most commonly utilized in barn conversions and cottages. Features include the use of whole planks of wood constructed across the length of the door, offset and finished with contrasting strips of timber, running across the breadth. This rustic feeling, basic aesthetic is both striking and compelling, very reminiscent of humbler, perhaps happier, times! Ken's Yard's range of country - styled traditional doors are hand constructed from high quality American White Oak. Bespoke sizes are also available for no additional cost. Browse the range and give us a call or email if you would like more details.

Alternatively, why not employ in a modern, city flat, for a bit of irony and a simple, unusual look!

 

Modern

Contemporary door styles are generally categorized by clean lines, no fuss minimalism and a streamlined look. Another strong feature, ironically in line with its classical cousin, is symmetry, but with less emphasis on ornamentation. Modern designs will bring your home right up to date, and as they are current on the market, will also be available in a variety of materials, commonly with glazed options available. Replacing your interior doors with a more modern, sympathetic style is a great way of updating your home when fresh paint won't cut it, but don't want to spend thousands on a total redesign. You will probably find that lighter, contemporary designs will open up your home, making it much more appealing when you come to sell it.

The Humber design, featuring four equal rectangular panels, is a common and particularly popular example of modern interior door style.

 

Glazed

Glazed doors are more of a modern as opposed to a traditional feature, favouring a light, as opposed to a grand feel. This can be nevertheless luxurious in effect! Commonly employed in hallways, kitchens and living areas, panels of glass allow for the transfer of light between rooms, where privacy is less of an issue. Doors with glazing are great for opening up spaces, when you want to create the feel of open plan, whilst still maintaining room boundaries. Use in any dark, small corners of the home, to bring in any light possible! You'd be amazed by the difference this makes. Different levels of glazing are available, to achieve varying ratios of illumination and privacy. Choose from full-light, for maximum impact and illumination, and half light, or even smaller panes of glazing, for a more subtle effect.

Glazed doors are often available as part of a styled theme, with unglazed or partially glazed versions in the 'family'. This makes them even easier to incorporate into the home, and a more appealing option than ever. Safety glazed and registered fire door options are also widely available on the market.

 

Commercial

Many of the more striking, unusual pieces you'll find whilst browsing door styles online are most commonly used in professional or commercial environments, such as offices, schools and colleges. More modern than traditional, they feature contrasting lines and tones, often utilizing insets and diagonal designs. Of course, there's no reason you couldn't utilize these in your own home, for a more funky feature! Contrast often leads to an interesting, classy look.

As a final rule: there is no real rule when it comes to personal door choice. Have a browse, imagine the doors in the environment of your home, consider, and come to a natural conclusion, whatever style genre that may be! If in doubt, consult with like-minded individuals, who broadly share the same tastes as yourself. You might even want to consider the expert opinions of an interior designer.

 

After all, when it comes to your home, you want to make sure you get it just right -- and internal doors needn't be an exception.

 

 

Interior Door Material Explained


One of the biggest decisions a person has to make when choosing an interior door for their home, is choosing which material the door will be made from. Interior doors are available in a wide variety of materials, the most popular of which is wood, but there are also a wide variety of different wood types to choose from. In this article I will explain the different material that interior doors are available in, from mahogany to walnut tointernal glazed oak doors. When you know about all the different materials you will be able to go out and pick the perfect door for your home.

 

The Make-up of Interior Wood Doors

Interior wooden doors are by far the most popular type of interior door. Even if you have decided to buy a wooden door, there are still a lot of varieties to choose from. First let us consider the different make-ups of the door; Solid wood doors, solid core doors and hollow core doors.

 

Solid Wood Doors

These doors can be found in many homes. These doors will help give your room a warm glow and the stunning grain patterns will add class and style to your room's interior. They are available to buy in a wide variety of wood species, from mahogany doorsto internal glazed oak doors, so it should be easy to find one that will complement your home. A major advantage of these doors is that they can dramatically decrease the amount of noise travelling from room to room. They can also be easily stained and finished to your personal preferences.

 

Solid Core Doors

These doors recreate the appearance and durability of the more expensive solid wood doors. They feature a solid wood fibre core which gives the door a heavier and more expensive feel to it. The surfaces of these doors are available in a wide variety of grains and textures, with each one mimicking the look of a real solid wood door. Like solid wood doors, they offer better sound insulation than a comparable hollow core door.

 

Hollow Core Doors

These are the least expensive option when considering the make-up of interior doors. Wood boards are placed on the surface of the door and between them is a patterned core of wood material. These doors are generally much lighter than the others. If they are damaged they are not as expensive to replace.

 

Different Types of Wood Species

Once you have chosen which of the three ways you would like your door to be constructed, it's time to choose the type of wood you would like it to be made from. This will come down much to personal preference, but below will give you an idea of what the different wood species entail.

 

White Oak

White Oak is a very popular material for interior doors, and you've likely seen it in other homes before. It is a dense hardwood, so it will put up with a fair amount of wear and tear. The colours of these doors tend to vary between shades of white to a light brown colour. White oak is one of the most durable wood types for doors and tends to cope well with shock. This would be a good choice if you have people in your home who have a tendency to slam doors. These doors are easy to stain and there are a wide variety of different stains available. To add a bit of style to a particular room you could choose to go with an internal glazed oak door.

 

Mahogany

Mahogany is one of the more expensive options for interior doors. It is a hardwood and can often be found with either an interlocked or a straight grain. The surface of a mahogany door typically exhibits a fairly course texture. Mahogany itself is split into different species, which includes Sapele (an African mahogany species). It is a relatively heavy door, but it features low stiffness and resistance to shock. You may want to look at different wood types if you want better hock resistance.

 

Walnut

Walnut features a contemporary dark grain and may be just what you're looking for if you have a darker door in mind. A walnut door has the potential of becoming the centre-piece of your room, they really are that beautiful. Beauty doesn't come cheap however. A downside of having a walnut door is that they are relatively soft when compared to the likes of mahogany for example. This means it will be easier to mark a walnut door. Also, walnut doors will always be dark. If you're looking for a door to brighten up a room, this is not an option for you.


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