You probably don’t pay much attention to the doors in your home, but they can add significant value based on the type and design. Yes, there are several different types of interior doors, and we’ll explore the most common ones here.
Panel doors (or slab doors, depending on the design) are the most common interior door. They are solid in material and often have rectangle designs, hence the term ‘panel’ door. Older homes may have what’s called a slab door, which has the same function as a panel door but lacks the panel design. These simple doors do their job and do it well and are the most budget-friendly option for interior doors.
Bi-fold doors are typically found on closets. They consist of two separate doors, each with two panels, that slide open in opposite directions. Since they don’t need to swing inward or outward, they’re convenient for use in smaller rooms, such as bedrooms and hallways.
French doors are among the fancier types of doors you can install in your home’s interior – or exterior, even! They consist of two identical doors that swing open outward from each other and latch together in the middle. Often, they have decorative glass panes and may contain curtains for privacy. French doors are best utilized in larger rooms, since they take up so much space to swing open and require a significantly larger opening than standard panel doors. French doors look fantastic on master bedrooms, master baths, patios and dens.
A newer trend, barn doors consist of panel-style doors that hang from a rail and slide horizontally open and closed. Because they don’t swing, they’re fantastic options for utilizing smaller spaces. And even on larger rooms, they offer a look of luxury. Barn doors can either be single panels that slide over an opening, or double panels that come together and meet in the middle of an opening.
Other interior doors exist as well, of course, but these are the most likely doors you’ll come across when shopping for a new home or renovating your existing one. Each option offers great functionality, so the choice really comes down to whatever you feel fits your design and living space the best.