If you think that the only option you have for an interior door is a piece of rectangular wood with a handle on the left so the door can open to the right, you are in for a big surprise. Interior doors are available with a wealth of options. These options can appeal to a variety of aesthetic or utilitarian desires and needs.
Left-handed people may want to consider the option of replacing the standard door built for facilitating a mostly right-handed world by taking advantage of the option to buy a door with the knob on the right that opens to the left. You don't have to worry about drilling a new hole and changing the hinges over to the other side with doors that are already pre-built with these changes. You will have to redo the frame of your door to equip yourself with left-handed access to inside rooms.
For smaller houses where space is at a premium, you might want to look into the option of pocket doors. Pocket doors are a good solution for areas of the house where you don't have room for a traditional door to open. The pocket door disappears into the wall when you open it. Pocket doors should also be considered by those with a more open architectural style. Doing so gives you the option of keeping the space open or closing it up for a more intimate feel.
Old-fashioned swinging saloon doors present a fun option for spaces with narrow openings. Although saloon doors are not exactly a viable option for most as a door leading to an interior room where privacy is desired, they can actually serve a purpose in other rooms. The swinging action that requires no hands for opening is perfect for doorways leading into a washroom or kitchen. This type of door lets you seal off the space while allowing you to walk through with your hands filled with laundry baskets or a big pot of food.
Another good option for an open layout where you also want the option of closing off the space is French doors. Any kind of extra-wide doorway can be lent some style by installing these traditional side-by-side doors. French doors are often used as an exterior door leading out to a patio, but they present a very stylish way of opening from one large interior room into another. Or you might consider French doors as an interior option leading from a master bedroom into an oversized master bathroom.
- Handycanadian.com: Interior Door Types
- "Complete Doors and Windows;" Larry Johnston, Ed.; 2007
- "Doors and Windows;" William Frankel, Ed.; 1978
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