7 Tips for Choosing Interior Swinging Doors

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What You'll Need
Swinging door kit
Portable power saw
Level
Carpenter's square
2 x 4 lumber
Hammer
Nails
Shims
Prybar
What You'll Need
Swinging door kit
Portable power saw
Level
Carpenter's square
2 x 4 lumber
Hammer
Nails
Shims
Prybar

Swinging doors are commonly used in the area between a dining and kitchen area, or for the entrance to a basement bar area. However, there are plenty of different sizes and styles of swinging doors on the market today that make them useful in many rooms.

Choose Swinging Doors Right for You

Homeowners have a wide range of choices of swinging doors today. What was once only a half door with two swinging pieces, are now single doors that are full size. Depending on what you need the doors for - a walk-in pantry, dining room access, transition into a laundry room, or other types of application, make sure to choose the type of door that will work best for your home. To do that, here are some tips to help.

Measure Framed Opening

The most important tip for choosing an interior swinging door is to make sure that you know what size to purchase. Different-sized door frames should be used depending on the room and the age of the home. Take both the measurements for the width and the height.

Choose Prehung Swinging Doors

Installing a swinging door is not a difficult project. However, a homeowner can make the installation much easier when they choose a prehung door. Everything is already included in the prehung door so the homeowner only needs to prepare and frame the opening in the wall and set the door frame in place, level it, and secure it with screws.

Construction Style

The interior swinging doors should match the overall decor of the home. A flat-surfaced door may not look as good as a door with complimentary panels in a rustic room. The decor may also call for a louvered style of door. Before purchasing the swinging door make sure to take into account the overall decor. Talk with the interior design person at the home center for some ideas.

Dual Swinging Hinges

Some homeowners purchase a door that only swings in one direction. Make sure that the door that you choose has a dual swinging hinge that will allow the door to open both ways.

Are Children Going to Use?

Swinging doors are a great way to add some character to a room, but they have their danger hazards and may be dangerous to little children. If someone is not careful, swinging doors can cause injury to someone else who is trying to come through on the other side. If this happens to be a child, the child can be seriously hurt. To minimize the risk of injury at such blind access to another room, windows should be installed into swinging doors so the other side of it is visible when pushing it open.

Is There Enough Room?

The average swinging door is going to need about 10 square feet of clearance on both sides of the door. If you are thinking about choosing swinging doors for a walk-in closet, make sure that there is enough room and that nothing will interfere with the use.