Apart from providing necessary privacy for certain areas (like bathrooms and bedrooms), the right inside door can transform the aura of a room, completely rejuvenating any interior space. Making sure that you choose the style which best suits your tastes can be one of the most important aspects of revitalising your home.
Internal doors are integral design elements to a residential, institutional, or commercial establishment’s interiors. Of course the average wood-panelled door is not your only choice, especially here in South Africa. Some popular designs to choose from include:
Aluminium: Aluminium flush-type doors are available in various colours, and decorative trimming is also an option.
Glass-and-Aluminium: This combination is perfect for contemporary residential applications. For example, a bed area is cut off from the rest of the room through a glass and aluminium door partition. The suite partition is made of distinctive and thin glass and aluminium profiles that may be adjusted in any architectural structure and dimension.
Wood: Wood doors are best suited for contemporary-style interiors.
Wood-and-Aluminium: The wood-and-aluminium internal door varieties are perfect for a more edgier look. Linear wood-and-aluminium swinging doors come in various colours, finishes, and designs.
Glass: To brighten up modern interiors, glass doors are the best bets and they can be combined with wooden or aluminium frames. These hinged doors offer a contemporary and eclectic decoration to modern commercial and residential buildings.
Hollow-core: Even though these doors are very light and affordable, they don’t have good sound insulation. However, there are many designs to choose from that can be easily changed, and they can look very similar to wood. Solid-core: A design that perfectly imitates a high-quality door with reasonable sound isolation. They can also last for very long time if they are properly maintained. In terms of price, this option is more affordable than solid wood, but higher than hollow core. Solid wood: The aim of any house owner is to have solid wooden doors, although the prices are higher and they need frequent maintenance such as being painted and finished at least once a year. However, if well maintained, they can last a lifetime.
Door hardware 101: Keep in mind that the hardware has to work together with the thickness of your door. For example, if you choose a hollow-core, we highly recommend that you invest in more high-quality hardware to make your home more secure and safe.
Lockset eyed vs. electronic: In order to make the right decision here, ask yourself how many times you’ve lost your keys. If you have a tendency to lose keys, it may be easier to memorise a code, allowing you to unlock the door without a key.
Keyed door knobs: For interior doors a simple keyed door knob is sometimes the best, as you want to avoid anyone getting locked in the room, especially children.
Finishing interior doors is a brilliant way to highlight its natural beauty. It also provides a permanent seal and will protect your door so that it lasts longer. The best option is to rely on a seasoned professional, yet if you want to flex your DIY muscles (or are just curious), here are some tips:
a. Sand and clean the door: after you sand the door to remove scratches and other blemishes, thoroughly wipe down the door with a cloth (tack or lint-free cloth is the best) to remove any dust and/or debris from the sanding. Use acetone for effective cleaning and better results.
b. Primer: apply a coat of primer, which can be a clear stain (for a natural finish) or custom tinted to add an element of colour to the wood grain. If you intend on using an oil-based finish, make sure you use an oil-based primer. The same is true for latex-based finishes. Do not mix up the use. After the first coat, allow it to dry fully, check for consistency and smoothness, and then apply a second coat of primer.
c. Finish: After the primer, it is time to apply the finish. There should be a minimum of two coats. You are allowed to apply more to give the wood a deeper hue, but it’s completely up to you. Remember, the finish protects the wood as much as it highlights it. Also, cover every side of the door, including the sides, top and bottom, and, as with the primer, allow each coat to dry thoroughly.