Swinging? French? Pocket? Find out which type of MARVIN® Interior Door is best for your new home or next remodeling project.
When choosing a door type, there is more to think about than how you’re going to get from one room to another. In addition to traffic flow, the best door for you depends on space, security, light, and your unique design vision. This guide to MARVIN® Interior Doors will equip you with the information you need to make the kind of buying decisions that you’ll be happy to live with every day for as long as you live in your home.
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Westside Door’s Guide to MARVIN® Interior Door Types
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MARVIN® Swinging Doors
What is a swinging door?
Swinging doors are the most common doors found in a home today. As the name implies, a swinging door swings. The direction a swinging door swings is called the handing. To determine the handing of an interior door, stand in a door opening with your back to the hinge-side jamb. If the door is on your right side, you have a right-hand swinging door. If the panel is on the left, it’s a left-hand swinging door.
You can buy a swinging door by itself, sometimes called a door slab, or you could buy a pre-hung swinging door. A pre-hung swinging door is easier to install because the hinges are applied, and the door is hung on the jambs at the factory. A pre-hung door is the most common type of swinging door installed in both remodel and new construction projects. Individual doors are most often purchased when it would be difficult or undesirable to remove the existing door jambs or the decorative casing trim around them.
The hardware style and finish options are virtually unlimited, and swinging doors are often the lowest cost option.
What are the advantages of a swinging door?
Swinging doors are the most familiar and widely available choice. Because of this, the hardware style and finish options are virtually unlimited, and swinging doors are often the lowest cost option. Pre-hung swinging doors are one of the easiest types of doors to install, and if installed properly, will last a long time.
Considerations when choosing a swinging door
When choosing which direction an interior door swings, you need to consider how the foot traffic flows in a room. A door should not have to be swung all the way open to get to your destination.
And keep in mind there needs to be enough furniture-free space away from the wall for a door to be fully opened. This means the larger the swinging door, the more wall space it takes up. Also, building codes designed to prevent collisions don’t allow a door to swing open into a hallway. And to prevent a nasty fall, building codes prohibit doors located at the top of stairs to open into the stairwell.
MARVIN® French Doors
French doors work well at delivering fresh air and light to interior rooms of a home while still maintaining the option for creating private spaces.
What is a French door?
A typical French door is a type of swinging door that has two, all-glass door panels that have a thicker top and bottom rail. The French door acquired its name in 17th century France and was originally created to serve as an exterior door designed to bring more light and fresh air indoors, but the popular design was soon adopted for interior use as well.
What are the advantages of a French door?
A French door works well at delivering fresh air and light to interior rooms of a home while still maintaining the option for creating private spaces. Given their history, French doors provide a classic aesthetic to a more traditional design but given the numerous decorative glass and divided lite options and combinations, an interior French door can be made to suit virtually any decor, including modern.
Considerations when choosing a French door
Because each door requires its own furniture-free wall space that it can occupy while open, French doors typically work better in larger spaces. And due to the two-door configuration, locating light switches near French doors can sometimes be tricky. A well-placed occupancy sensing light switch for living and workspaces can be a convenient solution.
When closed, a pocket door is tucked conveniently away into the wall cavity, saving space for rooms and halls.
What is a pocket door?
Instead of swinging on hinges, most pocket doors slide on wheels that are hung from a rail from above. When closed, a pocket door is tucked conveniently away into the wall cavity. Pocket doors can have one panel that slides either right or left or can be comprised of two panels that open in the middle.
What are the advantages of a pocket door?
The main advantage of pocket doors is that they do not require any floor or wall space to operate. This means you could park an end table or chair or hang photos or paintings on both sides of a pocket door in each room, making it perfect for smaller spaces.
Considerations when choosing a pocket door
Installing a pocket door requires planning. The interior of most wall cavities is not empty — pipes, wires, and ductwork are usually hidden inside. In order to make room for the door panel to slide inside the “pocket,” all wires and mechanical systems cannot be routed through that space. This is not a big problem with new construction projects and additions, but adding a pocket door to existing spaces can sometimes pose a challenge.
MARVIN® Barn Doors
A barn door is attached to wheels that hang from an overhead rail, the rail and door panel are located on the surface of the wall rather than inside it.
What is a barn door?
Just like a pocket door, a barn door is attached to wheels that hang from an overhead rail, but unlike a pocket door, the rail and door panel are located on the surface of the wall rather than inside it. The interior barn door style was adopted from actual historic barn doors, which are still popular with farmers because they are easy to open, easy to keep open, and don’t require a lot of space to operate. Even though today’s interior barn doors share the same name with their rural cousins, the term barn door refers more to the operation style of the door rather than the appearance of the door panel. An interior barn door panel doesn’t need to be made of red, rough-sawn wood. You can find barn door panels and hardware that could live comfortably in any décor from Mediterranean to French cottage style.
What are the advantages of a barn door?
The main advantage of barn doors is similar to pocket doors, which is that they don’t require a lot of floor space to operate. While you can’t place furniture right up against the wall, a barn door panel is still able to slide behind a table or chair. But unlike a pocket door, installing a barn door does not interfere with most mechanical systems so it can be a great choice for remodel projects.
Considerations when choosing a barn door
Due to the nature of the operation style, locking mechanisms on barn doors can be a bit awkward. Barn doors also don’t seal tightly like other doors, so they may not be the best choice if you want to prevent the movement of sounds or air flow from one room to another. To prevent pinched fingers, the sounds of slamming, and damaging hardware, consider a soft close hardware option for heavy barn doors. Installing jambs and casing is not necessary when installing a barn door, so if you want a trim-free look, make sure to remind the drywall crew to finish the openings while they’re working on the walls and ceilings.
MARVIN® Bi-Fold Doors
Bi-fold doors are often found in long shallow rooms like bedroom closets or where space needs to be maintained for people to walk by
What is a bi-fold door?
A bi-fold door, sometimes called a folding door, has two panels that are hinged together. The panels fold into each other when pushed to the side. Smaller openings can have just one two-panel bi-fold door that slides either to the right or left. Larger openings can be fitted with two, two-panel bi-fold doors, one that opens to the left and the other to the right. Bi-fold doors can be hung by wheels that slide on an overhead track or can operate on pivot pins located at the top and bottom on the hinge-side panel near the door jamb.
What are the advantages of a bi-fold door?
If a four-panel bi-fold door is used to fill an opening, the panels will only protrude into the room 1/4 of the distance when open compared to if a single-panel swinging door was installed. This is why bi-fold doors are often found in long shallow rooms like bedroom closets or where space needs to be maintained for people to walk by, like laundry rooms and kitchen pantries.
Considerations when choosing a bi-fold door
There are no easy-to-install pre-hung options for bi-fold doors — the side and top jambs in the opening will have to be installed and finished before the bi-fold door panels are installed. Heavy door panels may require heavy-duty hardware, so make sure to match the weight of your pocket door panel with the weight capacity of the bi-fold door hardware. There are not as many secure and simple-to-operate locking mechanisms for bi-fold doors, so they may not be the best choice if security is a concern.
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