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6 types of doors every homeowner should know

Choosing the right type of door will impact the aesthetics of your home interiors and the functionality dramatically. In fact, the doors are gateways into your house, bedrooms, and other enclosed area of your house; they provide security, separate rooms, activities and sometimes interior design themes. Thus, the doors are an important aspect of any home interior design and so, do suit them up in style with various materials such as wood, laminate, tempered glass and even plastic to make them look their best!

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Therefore, here are 6 basic types of doors which you should know today before you start to renovate your home!

1. Hinged Doors

As the name implies, one end of the door is mounted on the hinges and they are the most traditional and omnipresent type of doors.

Renovation Tip: Since hinged doors operate by swinging in or out of the room, they need ample clearance space behind the door in order for the door to swing open.

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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 in dramatically at the center. Since french doors are bigger in size, they create an illusion of a bigger space due to the bigger entry.

Renovation Tip: French doors are elegant and the wide set style lends a grand entrance to your home.

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3. Bi-fold Doors

Bi-fold doors are hinged doors which can be folded and stacked neatly into each other. Bi-fold doors require lesser clearance space (each door takes up approximately about half of the swinging space of a normal hinged door) for the doors to swing open.

Renovation Tips: Bi-fold doors are suitable for smaller areas such as laundry room and closets where the careful use of limited available space is a must.

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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.

Renovation Tip: A Dutch door is useful to keep kids or pets out of the kitchen, while allowing 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.

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5. Pivot Doors

A pivot door is a door that swings on metal pivots at the top and bottom of the door, rather than hinges. A pivot door is very minimalist looking for it has no handles.

Renovation Tip: A pivot door’s simple design and structure makes it perfect for modern minimalist home interior designs.

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6. Sliding Doors

 Sliding doors operate by gliding on tracks, and 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, usually parallel to a wall. Therefore, sliding doors are excellent for small, compact areas.

Renovation Tip: Concealed ‘pocketed’ sliding doors are slick and ‘disappear’ into a wall when slid open.

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Lastly as the saying goes, the devil is in the details. You should up the design ante by playing up the details for your door! You can start with the door frame, door handle, followed by the door face.

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Therefore, you should discuss with an experienced renovation professional about your design needs before you embark on your renovation journey! 🙂


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