Interior doors buying guide
Which type of interior door is right for me?
Our interior door range is split into three categories, all of which have their own features and benefits which suit all tastes, style and budgets. When choosing what type of interior door to choose it is important to take into account the specification as well as the style. We have four categories of interior doors for you to choose from - moulded, white panel and oak and hardwood veneer, please read further to determine which suits you.
Moulded doors are a popular choice; they mimic the appearance of a traditional panel door but at a more affordable price. The single piece moulded face is available with a woodgrain effect or a smooth finish to fit in around your décor scheme.
The Homebase range gives a wide choice of styles and sizes, from standard primed to fully-finished, panelled to glazed, to a small opening (bi-fold) there's something for every home.
White Panel Doors
White panel doors are a selection of superior, heavy weight interior stile and rail feature doors. The stile and rail construction method has stood the test of time and gives a door additional benefits over other methods. It uses separate components that are designed to maximise strength and create clean, sharp lines, the individual components also allow the timber to naturally contract and expand without warping. The Homebase range offers both traditional and contemporary styles all with matching glazed options to ensure there is a door to suit every home.
Oak and Hardwood Veneer Doors
A veneered door is one that has a thin layer of wood on its surface, in this case oak or hardwood. These are popular due to the aesthetic benefits of a solid timber door, but are actually more durable with less risk of warping and splitting at a much more affordable price. The Homebase range offers a wide choice of sizes in a variety of styles with panelled and glazed options available.
Glazed & bi-fold options
Whether you are replacing one door in your home or updating all of them, it is important to know the different options available to really get the most out of your choice in terms of both style and functionality. Each panelled door has a glazed option to go with it; some will also have a bi-fold option. Deciding what option to put where can be daunting, apply the below information to the rooms in your house to determine the best option for you.
Should I Choose a Glazed Door?
Glazed doors are a modern and increasingly popular choice for homeowners. They are not only pleasing on the eye, but they also improve the light between two rooms, opening up a room and emphasising the space. Different glazing options are available, so if you want full visibility or to keep your privacy, we have an option for you.
Each panelled door has a complimenting glazed option, these are more expensive, but ultimately become a feature in your room and make a difference. A glazed door is highly recommended not only as part of a full project, but also as just a 'one off' replacement - it will really make a difference to your home.
Should I Choose a Bi-Fold Door?
Bi-fold doors are built for functionality and typically picked as a space saving tool, but are gradually becoming more of a style-based pick.
A bi-fold door is effectively a standard panelled door cut in half, two panels are attached by central hinges and when a door handle is attached to the inner panel the two sections can be folded together. This opens the door and space while halving the room taken up by the door. All our bi-folds are supplied with the hanging hardware and track with easy to follow instructions on how to hang. These are ideal for cupboards, wardrobes or any opening where space is limited. They can also be paired together to make a folding French door.
How do I choose the right size? (including trimming detail)
Choosing the right size is very important and could determine which range you can and can't have. Typically, the majority of doors in your house will be the same size, apart from smaller rooms such as a bathroom or a small bedroom; as such, doors are available in set sizes. Before shopping, we recommend that you take measurements from three points on your existing door; this is due to the fact that your door may have been trimmed down in the past. Once you know the sizes of all your existing doors you can look at what ranges / styles are available for you.
Trimming tolerances can be found on the packaging of each door, this recommendation differs depending on the specification. If you're purchasing a pre-finished door please note that trimming will plane away the finish and further finishing is required to improve the aesthetics and performance of the door.
Should I choose a fire door?
In a word...yes!
Fire doors look exactly the same as a standard panelled door but they have several added benefits. The main, of course, is that it protects you in the event of a fire for 30 minutes giving you and your family valuable time to escape. Others include the feel of the door, it is heavier than your standard moulded door giving it a heavyweight, arguably a quality feel, and they dramatically reduce sound transmission between rooms due to the construction of the core. All our fire doors are rated by the BWF-Certifire scheme, which demonstrates our specifications and manufacturing methods have been assessed rigorously and audited regularly to ensure we comply with the highest safety standards.
Fire doors aren't always optional; there are rules in place that requires you to have a fire door in certain domestic properties. It is always best to seek advice from an expert (architect or planning department), but below are some basic tips of where fire doors are normally required -
Third story houses
All habitable rooms on the third story and all doors that lead to the escape require fire doors. For example, if you are converting a loft into a bedroom, then the bedroom door and the doors that open on the hall / landing and stairs all the way down to the external door need to be fire doors, so that the 'escape' route is protected.
Kitchen to a garage
If your kitchen leads directly to a garage, this needs to be a fire door.
There are special rules for homes that are for shared occupation, such as student accommodation or homes that have been converted.
In summary, sometimes fire doors are not optional and need to be purchased, but even if you don't need to conform to regulations this product is still a must have. For your peace of mind you can fit a fire door as standard, they look just like a normal door as it is the core and seals hidden in the door that protect you - no visible fixtures or fixings are needed. They are functional, durable, stylish and, thanks to the 35mm option, easily installed.
How easy is it to hang an interior door?
Hanging an interior door is a quick and easy process, if you know what you are doing. Follow our guide will help you hang doors in your house in no time at all.
How can my interior door enhance my home?
When choosing your interior doors it is important that you match these with the current style of your home. To do this there are a few points to consider -
Do you live in a period property, or does the age of your house determine the feel, i.e. traditional or contemporary.
Flooring and skirting
We recommend you find a door to complement the existing flooring and skirting in your home, i.e. wood coloured frame and oak flooring may sit better with an oak veneer door opposed to a white panel or moulded door, but this is all down to personal preference.
Some interior décor trends start in the kitchen and work their way around the house. If you have a shaker style kitchen, a shaker door will not only complement this but will also help you carry on the theme throughout your house.
Do not be afraid to paint your doors, the moulded or white panel range are the perfect choice for hanging and painting to match the colours / patterns in your room. This also gives you the freedom to have the same style of door running throughout your home, but to have a personal tweak in each room.