Interior Door Styles
Ysobel Croix | Improvement Center Columnist | December 14, 2011
In addition to giving you and your family members privacy, interior doors keep out noise, let in light and can give your home an added burst of style and personality. Even if your house came with certain types of doors, you can always replace them with the following interior door styles that better suit you and your home's aesthetic.
Bifold doors are popular options for pantries, closets, laundry rooms and other small spaces because the narrow doors take up very little real estate when open. You can choose from bifold doors that open to one side or two doors that split in the middle and open to either side. Cost: $50-$300
These doors are great for contemporary design because of their clean, simple style. Flush doors are smooth on both sides and make for easy do-it-yourself refinishing. Some flush interior doors have hollow cores, which can make them lightweight to handle and install, but not superior at sound insulation. Others are fire-proof. Cost: $25-$500
Not all doors with glass panes, or lites, in them are considered French doors. A French door is any door, either single or paired as swinging doors, with glass panes extending the length of the door. These types of doors allow more light into a room, and you can choose from glazing options that allow more privacy, such as rippled or frosted glass. Cost: $100-$1,000
Panel doors have infinite possibilities in the number of panels, molding, inclusion of lites, panel surfaces and elevations and decorative accents. Doors with two rectangular panels are popular, as are configurations of six square and long rectangular panels. Cost: $25-$500
Like bifold doors, sliding doors are great for closets and other places where space is tight. In small rooms, mirrored sliding doors can make a room appear larger. Cost: $60-$250
Prices vary considerably based on materials, finish, quality, manufacturer and door style--and don't include installation costs. If you're not sure about swapping out door styles or enlarging doorways into rooms, consider consulting a local contractor using the form on this page.
The doors you choose can change the flow and feeling of your home and possibly make a difference when it comes to resale value.