How To Find The Right Door For You

Everything you need to know: covered.

For new homeowners or project developers, the first leap into the world of purchasing your supplies can feel intimidating. How do the professionals do it on a daily basis? How do you know when you’ve gotten your choices right? With so many options available on the market, finding even your starting point can feel almost impossibly difficult, with many homeowners simply putting off the task of a home upgrade. Have no fear – that is where we come in. We are experts in everything doors, joinery, and general home DIY. Trust our handy, helpful guide to get you set on the right track. You may even want to turn professional, too!

Walk, Don’t Rush

Your first steps into your project need to be slow. It may seem simple enough, but you would be surprised how many developers rush into decisions without a second thought. That is why you should take a step back at the beginning, take a wider look at your project’s scope, and see just what you have to work with. Overpromising yourself can end in bitter disappointment, not to mention a bank balance that would make anyone weep. Knowing your own limits is possibly the most essential skill of all when it comes to DIY. If you are a beginner, don’t try to rush through the basics – mastering them first will always be key to your eventual success.

Now, what are these basics? The easy way to remember what to consider for your doors is simple. Stick to these four categories:

  • Size

  • Style

  • Colour

  • Budget

Once you have these four points of interest down, you are almost good to go. Sizing up the door you require is mandatory for getting a product that fits your available spaces. Styles are a more – well, stylistic choice! Colours are subject to your own personal preferences, and your budget is not to be overlooked. Once you take in these simple steps and take the time to get to know what it is you need, you’ll be well on your way to finding the right door for sale. Now, let’s get you off to a flying start!

Size Is Important

Before you begin to decide on other factors, always – always! – size up your doorways. In my own experience, I was rather shocked to realise that the doorways in my home were not to the standard that most modern builds now have. In fact – they were so bizarrely shaped, that I had to opt for custom-cut doors in every single doorway. Had I not taken the time to accurately measure up each space needing a new door, I would have struggled to find a product that suited my project.

This happens a little more regularly than you may think, and doorway sizes are the number one deciding factor in any decision made. Many suppliers provide their doors in set sizes, and knowing which you can use will help to condense the number of available options.

Unsure how to size up a door? Check our our quick guide right here for all you need to know. If you require further help, we are just an email away to help you.

Decide On Your Style

Most good door suppliers will divide their stock into ranges that are easier for you to digest. Though we always recommend seeing a product in person, when browsing online – much like reading through a catalogue – there are certain categories you can pay more attention to. For example, if you are certain you would like to buy a pre-finished white door, we have our own selection of white doors carefully selected for you already. 

Familiarise yourself with the available styles that you will find not only with us at Shawfield Doors, but with other suppliers too. This is knowledge you can carry with you from your purchase and beyond – and makes for some neat pub quiz facts too! (We promise!) Different styles of doors make working in a wider theme to your project far easier. You would be surprised just how many ways the ideal door can shine in a room. If you consider the sort of decoration you are aiming for alongside the style of the building, considering the style of door will be made that little bit easier.

For example: a modern build may benefit more from a crisp, modern-style design – but if you are aiming for an interior that feels warm and cosy with lots of greenery and warmer touches, why not something more rustic? The possibilities begin to branch out the more styles you take a peek at.

So, what styles are available and which should you buy? It’s all up to you! Here is a helpful, handy way to remember what each door style name means, and the features you will expect to see on each.

Traditional

Doors that are typically panelled in style. Usually 4 distinct panels, with bevelled (or raised) edges.

Contemporary

Going against the more’traditional’ straight-edge panel look. Features curved, distinct design ideas.

Modern

Flat-surfaced, flush doors. Feature a simple design, straight-lined. Panelled design.

Colonial

One of the most popular styles. Typically white, panelled doors. Vertical-style, horizontal panels.

Rustic

Just as the name implies – often in a cottage, or farmhouse styling. Formed of rustic wood panels.

Victorian

Distinctly straight-lined and feature more itnricate designs. Often feature glazed panels in some way.

Industrial

A heavy-duty, striking feature door. Heavy full-wood or metal in design.

Don’t be too strict with yourself when you consider style. Though we advise you not to mix and match opposing style choices too much (this can create a confusing layout and muddle the overall experience in your home), it is ultimately in your hands and your own plans. We won’t dictate your project, and will help to guide you along the way. After all – you’re making your own house a home. The right doors are here to help too.

Budget Your Project

As touched on previously, one of the more important factors for your house project – and honestly, for any project at all when it comes to DIY – is choosing a set budget. As mentioned, skyrocketing bills are not something that we want to be facing, so planning ahead and to an allocated spend is crucial for you to make the most not only of what you have on hand, but of the supplies and products that are within your most affordable range.  

That is not to say that ‘wiggle-room’ is not a factor. In fact, at times it is a necessity to have a certain maximum above what you intend to spend that you can go to. From personal experience, there can be times where you may forget a specific tool or product that you require that was not originally factored into your job, and the surprise of the cost could be make or break for quicker project completion. To avoid setbacks when the project is time-sensitive – as many door installations can be when privacy is involved – try to plan ahead and keep a checklist of what you need too. You never know when this will come in handy.

Change Is Easy And Affordable

Remember, any decision you make needn’t be a permanent one. Doors are, at the end of the day, replaceable items. If you decide in future that the ones you chose for your project no longer fit your vision, you don’t have to settle forever. Many people turn to second-hand sales websites such as Gumtree to sell old pieces of furniture, even doors, that are often in good condition or fit for upcycling.

If you are struggling for ideas of your own, places like these can also often serve as a good source of inspiration, with some items already having been upcycled or customised to fit the previous owner’s ideas. We have found some interesting creations on several online ad placements – what might you find on your own scroll through?

Bust The Jargon With Professionals

Now you have a handle on the basics, you may want to take a step further into understanding just what is out there – and we fully understand! Discussions with professionals can at times be a little confusing for beginners, and with this in mind we have created a full door jargon guide, an easy guide for anyone to take note of any terms they may not be too familiar with. 

Have we used any terminology you are still unsure of? That’s just fine – get in touch and we will explain what our products include in ways you can understand. Our careful, expert team is here to help you with your purchase.

Visit Our Door Jargon Guide

All you need to know to get involved with door fitting, buying, and more!

Leap On In To Your Project

You’re well on your way to buying the right internal door for your project. However, if there is anything further we can help with, why not get in touch or take a browse through the rest of our blog? With handy hints and tips posted regularly, we’re here to help you.

See you in the next entry!