Louvered Closet Doors6 Feb 2012
For the homeowner that is trying to update from old one piece doors to a more contemporary look, the size of the doorway is one of the factors that will decide what type of doors you can use. If your doorway is less than 36 inches in width, you will not be able to use sliding or bypass doors. They generally require at least 52 inches for installation due to the width of the panels and the track they will sit in. Louvered Closet Doors come in many styles including retractable, multifold, bifold and accordion. The bifold type can be used in doorways as small as 36 inches, while accordion or multifold doors can be used on any sized doorway up to 74 inches. Retractable doors come in many widths and dimensions; therefore they can be used on any sized doorway.
When choosing contemporary doors for your room, it is important to decide what type of materials you want your doors made from. The heaviest are made of solid wood, and are generally the most expensive. Retailers offer discounts on some types of wood depending on the time of year you shop, so it may be best to check online retailers for deals on shipping during holiday sales. Prices are less for polymer doors, as these are lighter and easier to manipulate when manufacturing. These are just as durable as wood and come with many options including mirrored panels and can be custom made for any sized doorway.
Closet doors regardless of options can be found at most home improvement chains and come with instructions for adding other hardware or options for customization. Custom jobs for polymer doors are the least expensive with many companies, because of the short period of time it takes to manipulate the material. Interior wood doors that are unfinished can be added to by simply applying mirrored tiles or panels, linen panels or painting with your favorite color. Applying a layer of matching wallpaper to the entire panel can create the illusion of having no door in a wallpapered room.
Louvered Closet Doors are more easily customized than the exterior kind, because there are so many mediums that can be used to alter the appearance, whereas exterior doors generally can only be painted or stained to alter the appearance. There are very few things that cannot be done to interior doors, the only limit is your imagination.