When choosing interior doors for your home or office, it is important to first think about the function that the door will operate. There is a variety of doors on the market for specific purposes: decorative doors, protection doors, as well as privacy and security doors. Decorative doors are usually installed inside homes as a barrier between the rooms or common areas that do not need security – for example, doors connecting the kitchen and a living room. The main purpose of a decorative door is overall attractiveness and being an element of décor of the house. Protection doors are usually the doors that connect the house or the place of business with the outside world and serve as a security measure to prevent trespassing and unwanted business to enter the premises. Security doors always have special locks and most of the times are made with heavy materials like solid wood or stainless steel for an additional sturdiness. Privacy doors are used to keep the noise and unwanted people away and to connect common areas like person’s room, office or utility room.
Types of rooms which the doors connect also determine the way the interior door will look like. Decide what you want the door to do for you and choose accordingly. For example, bathroom doors should be different from cabinet, closet or AC room doors, because they all serve different purpose.
Most homeowners nowadays prefer contemporary home design over traditional and modern interior design, even though contemporary style is often being criticized for being too cold and sterile. Choosing the right door will help to contribute to overall house atmosphere and to make contemporary home feel more inviting and warm, while contributing to modern and traditional design as well. Solid timber doors generally have a more traditional appearance.
Interior doors come in a variety of finishes: some people prefer traditional wood, but often individuals and business owners choose veneer which is much more affordable than solid wood, and also glass of leather. Veneer doors are ideal for connecting between the rooms and living areas; they provide medium noise isolation and low to medium security. Glass doors are great for the rooms that need more light like kitchen, bathroom, sometimes even the outside door. Leather finish is popular in a modern home design; those types of doors are usually used for offices or exterior door in the apartment building. Leather finish is chic and elegant and provides high noise isolation and, depending on the material, high security.
There are residential and commercial use interior doors. If you are choosing the door for your business it has to be extremely functional and tough. Correctly chosen door is an important part of a successful business, because it will protect your workplace against unpredictable weather, wind, fire or vandalism and theft. Commercial use interior door should be pretty much invisible – not to attract much attention until you need to use it.
Residential doors include Bi-fold, Pocket, Sliding and French doors. The choice is yours depending on the possible locations and functions of the doors mentioned above.
There is a variety of local and foreign interior door manufacturers. Most US manufacturers use American Red Oak, Knotty Pine, Cherry and Maple timber. Each of those materials has its distinctive coloring and grain. Italian door manufacturers use mainly high quality wood, but on demand can provide high quality synthetic finishes, too. The wood for Italian doors comes through a process of strict verification procedures on origin, fiber structure, maturity and texture of the material.
Interior door prices range anywhere from $320 USD for a simple composite wood interior door to thousands of dollars for more complex and high quality design. Average price of a great Italian door is about $1000 USD.Fun fact, if recession did not affect you, you might be interested in purchasing a Gioconda Shine – the most expensive door in the world that retails for only… $34000! Gioconda Shine is made with ecological leather and is decorated with 31000 Swarovski crystals.