You might not give much thought to the interior doors in your house. However, interior doors play a more important role than you might initially believe and can contribute to whether or not you can sell your house fast. In the grand scheme of house design, they may be minor elements, but there’s no denying they can add architectural detail to your house.
When you do stop to consider the doors, you’ll realize there are probably as many variations of interior doors as there are paint colors.
In the DC metro area, most houses have single, hinged doors that swing open from one side. Even a door as basic as this is available with several variations. Quickly, right now, think about the doors in your living space. Do they have any panels? Panel doors come in one to six panels. And then there are different styles of panels. Doors are also available without any panels, meaning they are basically flat; those are called “flush doors.” You’ll also find doors with variations of glass inserts and designs.
Go Beyond The Basic Door & Sell Your House Faster
When you put two doors with glass-paned casement windows that reach from top to bottom next to each other with an opening in the center, where the two meet, you have what’s called French doors. They’re called French doors because their origin dates back to 17th century France where they were used to give easy access to patios, gardens, and balconies. Today they can be used that way, as well as to link two interior rooms together, such a living room and dining room.
Benefits of French doors include creating the impression of a bigger house, increased flow of natural light. They’re also visually appealing, which increases the perceived value of your home.
As with most types of doors, French doors come in a variety of styles and colors, so you can choose a design that fits your taste, budget and home’s architecture.
Now let’s talk about the pocket door. A pocket door is held on a track that slides into the interior of the wall instead of being hinged to the door frame. It’s a great space saver and comes in just as many styles as the hinged doors with panels, glass or other designs on the door itself. When space is an issue, pocket doors can solve that problem.
Another type of sliding door is similar to a pocket door in that it’s on a track. However, it doesn’t tuck into the wall; instead it overlaps another door or the wall on which it hangs. You may see these doors arranged one to eight doors in width. As you increase the number of doors in the arrangement, you can actually create a wall that you can open and close.
Similarly, there’s the barn door, which hangs on the wall from a decorative hardware strip and slides back and forth over the door opening. Barn doors operate as a single or double door and come in a plethora of styles and colors. Really you can mount any kind of old door on a track and use it in this fashion.
The barn door style is perfect for a farm house, a contemporary house or – my favorite – the contemporary farmhouse! But quite frankly, if you have the space for the tracks and you like the look, it can go in any type of house.
Barn doors are generally made of wood while the tracks are metal. But don’t let the name limit you. You can use old church doors, French doors, castle doors, garage doors and even 2×4’s nailed together all hung on a track to function like a typical barn door.
The styles and options of interior doors are endless. So, if you have the desire for a fun, showstopper element that helps you sell your house fast, one of these types of doors may be for you!
If getting your house prepared for sale seems like an impossible task, call Express Homebuyers at (877) 804-5252 for a no-obligation cash offer on your home. We’ll buy your house in as-is condition and can close in as few as seven days.
Tracy Kay Griffin is a member of Express Homebuyers Design Team. She was the Series Designer for HGTV’s “Get It Sold,” a Guest Designer for HGTV’s ” My First Place” and the Lead Stager for Washington DC’s premier staging company, Red House Staging & Interiors.