When renovating a home, people tend to make quite a few big mistakes. Overlooking the importance of internal doors has to take the number one spot on this list. Doors not only make a very strong visual impression, but they are also an important architectural element that needs to enable a smooth and consistent flow throughout the house. They are notoriously hard to replace as well, so every mistake you make while choosing the right doors might cost you a lot. Since bedrooms serve a specific purpose and have a unique layout, their doors require a special consideration.
The Type of Door
One of the most basic decisions you will have to make while replacing or installing a new door is choosing the right type of your bedroom door. Generally speaking, swing doors are the most common type you can find and the one that’s the easiest to install. However, don’t forget that bedrooms have to have enough room for a large bed and, preferably, a couple of spacious storage units. If you have a smaller bedroom, finding enough clearance for swinging doors may not be possible (ideally, doors shouldn’t swing into the hallway). Here are a few good alternatives:
- Sliding doors – Usually made of wood or glass, sliding doors require very little space because they don’t swing open but rather slide along the wall. They can be used both as main doors and closet doors.
- Pocket doors – Very similar to sliding doors. The main difference is that this time, they are sliding directly into the wall; a space saving champion.
- Folding doors – Usually in a bi-fold form, folding doors are most frequently used in closets and pantries, but if you make the right design choice, they can seamlessly blend into a bedroom as well.
Keep in mind this though – If your bedroom has several entrances, depending on the layout, the doors can be of a different type as well.
Bedroom is, obviously, a place where you are going to spend a lot of time sleeping. If you want to make this possible choose the doors with high STC (sound transmission class) rating. Although the doors with the STC number over 40 are considered acceptable, don’t go below 60 if you want to really get a good night sleep.
If you are buying a door that will sit in the existing frame, make sure that they are at least 0.3-0.5 cm smaller than the frame, both in length and width. However, if you are installing completely new doors be mindful of their overall size. Too massive doors will make smaller bedrooms look tiny and cramped. The same goes for any kind of ornamental or too visually striking alternatives.
Waking up to sunrise is one of the healthiest and the most pleasant ways to get out of bed. If your bedroom doesn’t receive enough natural light from the windows, the bedroom doors should compensate for this serious flaw. Fortunately, there are a lot of brands that specialize in flyscreen doors that open to a terrace or a backyard and can solve this problem.
The material you are going to use for your bedroom doors should depend on the style you are going to pursue throughout the rest of the house. Here are some of the mostly neutral options that can make your following design-related decisions much easier:
- Solid wood – Mostly used for the outside doors, solid wood is the material that plays exceptionally well with the wide variety of interior styles.
- MDF – MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) is very stable and durable. Most importantly, it can be easily repainted and adjusted to any style.
- Hollow core – They are not so good when it comes to sound or temperature isolation, but they are very affordable, and they allow experimentation to a certain extent.
We hope that these few tips will help you make the right choice that will be worth your while. Replacing your bedroom doors is not something you are going to do every day so be sure to know what you’re doing.
Authored by contributing blogger Diana Smith
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