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What Types of Internal Doors Are There?

In most homes, internal doors are single wooden doors that use a hinge mechanism, allowing them to open and shut effortlessly. However, you can completely alter your space by installing a different type of internal door, whether that be the material that you use or the style.

Wall-length doors and bifold doors are a trendy replacement for a single internal door. They come in a range of styles, materials, and colours; all while allowing you to open up your space or close it off for a much cosier feel.

Standard internal doors are typically timber, but if you want to keep it simple, you can achieve a different feel to your home by using uPVC or aluminium.

When upgrading your internal doors, you must consider your lifestyle and the space that you have available. While a bifold door looks great, it may not be practical for your home; a pivot door may be much more useful.

If you’re carrying out interior maintenance and want to upgrade your internal doors, there are many types of doors for you to choose from…


What are the different types of interior doors?

There are a few different internal doors; they come in many sizes, shapes, colours, materials, and styles.

  • Single doors
  • Sliding doors
  • Folding doors
  • Bypass doors
  • Barn doors
  • French doors
  • Pivot doors
  • Dutch doors

We’re going to dig deeper into the four main most popular types of internal doors…

Internal Single Doors

Standard internal single doors, also known as a hinged door, are either flushed or panelled.

A flushed door is a standard single timber door and frame with a flat surface; they do not contain any detailing.

A panelled door is the same standard single timber door and frame, but it contains detailing in the surface of the wood. This could be raised squares and rectangles or vertical indents.

Both types of standard doors are hinged. A hinged door is the most common type of internal door. They’re easy to install, effortless to open and close and cost very little compared to the other types of internal doors.

At Aspire Doors, we take the internal single door a step further and provide you high-quality internal timber doors with glass insets.

Internal French Doors

French doors can be used internally or externally. A typical French door consists of two doors that open outwards from the join in the centre.

By design, a French door is made from timber with glass inserts. However, French doors can be made out of a variety of materials, with or without glass. They can even contain frosted, coloured, or patterned glass.

French doors are a great way to open up your internal space; or close it off for a cosier atmosphere. The thing to consider with internal French doors is the space that you have behind them. French doors open outwards, so you’ll need enough clear floor space for both of the French doors to open, to fully appreciate them.

Internal Folding French Doors

Folding French doors are similar to standard French doors; however, they’re much better for small or crowded spaces.

Folding French doors can be pushed open 180 degrees and can sit flat against your wall. This eliminates the issue of having two doors open at 90-degree angles. You will still need to ensure that there is enough space for the doors to open fully, however folding French doors are much more space-friendly.

Internal Bifold Doors

Bifold doors are a great way to separate two rooms apart while allowing natural light to flow through the entire area. Bifold doors can be made in uPVC, timber, and aluminium, and have a large glass surface area.

Internal bifold doors require a track to open and close them. Much like any other door, you must push the doors for them to open, however, depending on how large your bifold doors are, you may have to pull the door to your left or right so that the doors fold in a concertina.

If you have the wall space to hold a set of concertina doors, a bifold door is an excellent option for smaller spaces as it doesn’t require much in the way of floor space. While you can separate your rooms with a set of bifold doors, you can also use this style of door for wardrobes and small cupboards.

There are many types of internal doors to choose from. The key reasonings behind your purchase should be budget and your personal style; however, the space that you have is the biggest factor.

We have touched on the main four types of internal doors, but there are many more out there to choose from. If you need some guidance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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