Changing interior doors

General, Interiors

Changing a few interior doors can make quite a big difference to the feel of your home. There are lots of options of functionality as well as style so you can really make a difference with relatively little effort.livingroom-door

There are plenty of options to consider when you are choosing your new door. So we’ve highlighted 3 of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make to get you thinking.

What style?

The style of your door can make a big difference in your home’s design. Feel free to mix and match a little. This can give you an eclectic or bohemian feel, but it’s a good idea to keep some elements the same so that there’s a sense of flow through the house.

Sizing is a bit less forgiving.  A large and ornate door can easily overwhelm a tiny room making it feel dwarfed and tiny.

Which way should the door swing?

This decision will determine where the hinges and handles are and which way the door swings when it opens and closes. This decision is usually dictated by the space available to you, but there is an element of personal preference.

Ideally, a door should never open into a hall or corridor, so try to keep that in mind when choosing which way your door swings. However, some rules were made to be broken. If you’ve got a very small room, for example a toilet, it might give you more design options if the door opens outwards.

Framing your door

If your door is framed badly it can take away a lot from the overall effect, regardless of how beautiful and expensive your door may be. Using cheap framing materials or construction short cuts can also lead to damage on the door and often cost more in the long run. Make sure you do your research before setting out to frame a new door – or if you’re in doubt you can hire a professional.

Door sound ratings

This can be the difference between a good door and something which you’ll want to replace the second someone wants to watch the football in a different room.

Interior doors are given an STC (sound transmission class), which measures the amount of of sound loss thought the door. The higher the STC number, the less sound will pass through the door. Of course, this will mostly depend on what the door is actually made of. Generally, 25 is on the lower end of the STC scale (most normal speech can be heard through these doors), 40 is in the middle and anything over 60 should be almost entirely soundproof.

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