When building your dream home, choosing the interior doors may not be at the very top of the construction agenda, but they play a very important role in setting the overall tone and vibe of the finished house, bringing with them a vast range of utilitarian functionality as well.

Overall design and atmosphere

When decorating your house with paint or beautiful wallpapers, remembering to choose a good quality interior door can elevate the entire decor and act as a finishing touch for the overall design.

Even though internal doors are a necessity, it doesn’t automatically mean that they cannot be customised to bring out a certain style statement in the overall design of the house. Wooden interior doors are very elegant in their design and they have been used as interior doors for centuries. Their design is very practical, and they bring a regal and stylish look to the home decor.

Practicality and functionality

Also, contingent on the design that you choose for the interior doors, it can help in bringing a good amount of natural light and brightness into your home, along with ensuring proper air circulation. Making the selection for a wooden door, therefore, needs to be very practical and must be done slowly. With the rise in buildings being built as an open plan, houses featuring a good number of interior doors have been steadily declining. Nevertheless, a good full-featured internal wooden door is full of features and functionality. They bring about a sense of privacy to the room and help to reduce ambient noise and generated sound by absorbing the excess sound energy, serve as good insulators, keeping thermal equilibrium, and bring in an element of style to the entire equation.

So, the question to be asked here is, how do I select the best type of internal door for my construction project or my home?

Door construction type

Firstly, you must properly analyse the purpose for which the door is to be installed and make the following decisions after performing that analysis. You need to know the ultimate purpose for the room that requires a door, and how the circulation pattern varies into that room, as well as how the other rooms adjoin this specific room.

Pocket door system

In almost all cases, standard hinge model doors are the most preferred type of door, as they will work well. But in a few cases, it makes sense to use other types of doors. If you have a small bedroom, using a pocket door system, wherein a door slides back into the frame, can be practical. It will save up a lot of space and won’t require you to reposition your entire design.

Flush panel door

If you are looking for a good door that blends into the decor of your home and adds a cool aesthetic vibe, whilst still being neat and easy on the wallet, it is best to go for a flush panel door, which is available on the market in a variety of finishes and colours, with great economical options to choose from.

A flush panel door is at its core, a door with a smooth, flat surface, which can either be painted fully or patterned with a wooden finish – a kind of faux wooden door. These doors are not designed to be very flashy, as they don’t immediately hit you when you first look at them. But they are very utilitarian in nature. When you are looking for a wooden type flush panel door, you are talking about doors made from plywood with a honeycomb structure – while not strictly being a completely wooden door, it is made of a lot of wooden elements. If you are looking for an internal door with a solid wooden core structure, a solid core flush panel door may be the best fit for you.

Solid core flush panel door

A solid core flush panel door is made of a solid wooden core and is far heavier than all the other type of flush panel doors that are available on the market. Wooden doors are known for their durability and longevity of use, and a solid core type of flush panel door will afford you that, especially if you are using it as an internal wooden door. Solid core doors are very strong doors, because of their solid core structure. This makes them a little trickier to install correctly, but in the long run, they will provide you with many years of service.

Internal door maintenance

In order to protect your newly installed door from getting damaged due to environmental factors like water, wind, humidity, and changes in temperature – it is best to get it painted, which will prevent the wood inside from getting into contact with the external atmosphere. Since these doors will be used as internal doors in rooms which are air-conditioned, these doors act as barriers between the cold and hot regions on either side, and this temperature difference after a while can cause the wooden doors to start warping ever so slightly. This becomes a problem if you do not properly calculate the size of the door while installing, and this can cause the door to have a problem when shutting, as in it won’t close fully, or the latch will not work as intended. These temperature differences can even cause the paint to start peeling off over time. Periodic maintenance will help to keep your doors working at their best.

Choosing the best internal wooden door doesn’t only end with choosing the best door with the best materials used in it, but it also has to do with the installation process, the maintenance process, and how the door is ultimately being used. In order to have a functional, good looking door that serves you for a long period of time, it is better to spend a little more cash upfront to make sure that you get the perfect wooden door, install it properly, and maintain it well, so that your wooden internal doors will even outlive you.

Pieter Boyce - Wooden Window and door specialist

Pieter Boyce
Wooden Window and Door Specialist

This article was written on behalf of The Wooden Door Company by Pieter Boyce. Pieter has an intense passion for English Architectural history and has been specialising in the conservation of original wooden windows and doors for decades. His exceptional knowledge of timber windows and doors, both listed or non-listed, is attributed to his hands-on approach to learning all aspects of the complete restoration of original features as well as having personally surveyed thousands of items throughout his long tenure as a head surveyor for one of the largest window and door restoration companies in the UK. He now runs a boutique wooden window and door consultancy and fervently champions the retention of original windows and doors. To learn more of Pieter’s services, visit his website at www.boultonboyce.co.uk.