Finding the ideal door for your space

Finding the ideal door for your space

4th Jun 2024

Choosing the right door can significantly impact your home's aesthetics, security, and functionality. At Canterbury Timbers, we understand the importance of finding the perfect door for each space. We offer a wide range of doors, including internal, external, and comprehensive door hardware, to ensure you find the perfect fit for your needs. Let's explore the various types of doors and how to select the best one for your space.

Finding the perfect door for your needs

When selecting a door, it's essential to consider the purpose and location. Different doors serve different functions, whether they provide privacy, enhance security, or add style to your space. Our range at Canterbury Timbers includes options for every need.

Understanding your needs:

Before diving into specific door styles, take a moment to consider the following:

  • Location: Is the door for an interior space like a bedroom or bathroom, or is it an external door facing the elements?
  • Functionality: Do you prioritise soundproofing, security, light flow, or space-saving features?
  • Style: Consider your existing décor and desired aesthetic for a cohesive look.
  • Budget: Door prices vary depending on material, construction, and features.

Door styles and functionality:

Now that you understand your needs let's explore some popular door styles and their functionalities:

For Interior Spaces: These doors separate rooms within your home, providing privacy and enhancing the overall flow.

  • Solid Core Doors: Excellent soundproofing for bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • Hollow Core Doors: Budget-friendly option for hallways and closets.
  • French Doors: Elegant and airy choice for living areas or studies.
  • Bi-fold Doors: Space-saving solution for closets or tight spaces.
  • Pocket Doors: Sleek and space-saving option that disappears into the wall.

For Exterior Spaces: These doors act as the guardians of your home, offering security and weather resistance.

  • Solid Timber Doors: Timeless beauty and exceptional durability.
  • Security Doors: Robust construction with reinforced cores for enhanced security.
  • Glass Panel Doors: Natural light with security through a combination of glass and sturdy frames.

Remember: This isn't an exhaustive list! Canterbury Timbers offers various doors to suit any need and style.

Overview of different door types:

Doors are more than just portals between rooms; they are crucial in defining your home's aesthetics, functionality, and security. They come in various styles, materials, and configurations, each catering to specific needs. Here's a breakdown of some key factors to consider when choosing a door:

  • Swing vs. Slide: Swing doors are the most common type, opening on hinges attached to the jamb. Sliding doors offer space-saving advantages, perfect for smaller areas or creating seamless transitions between rooms.
  • Material: Solid timber doors offer timeless beauty and durability. At the same time, engineered wood options provide a cost-effective alternative. Glass panels can add a touch of light and openness, while steel doors prioritise security.
  • Core Construction: A door's core impacts its weight, soundproofing, and insulation properties. Solid-core doors provide the best soundproofing, while hollow-core doors are lightweight and affordable.

Additionally, doors can be further categorised based on their function:

  • Interior Doors: Separate rooms within the home, providing privacy and enhancing the overall flow.
  • Exterior Doors: The guardians of your home, offering security and weather resistance.
  • French Doors: Double doors with glass panels, creating an elegant and airy feel.
  • Bi-fold Doors: Folding doors that maximise space efficiency are often used for closets or doorways with limited clearance.
  • Pocket Doors: Slide into the wall cavity, offering a sleek, space-saving option.

By understanding these key factors and door types, you'll be well-equipped to choose the perfect door for each space in your home.

Internal doors: Enhancing interior spaces

Internal doors come in a variety of styles, including:

  • Solid Core Doors: These doors provide excellent soundproofing and privacy, making them ideal for bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • Hollow Core Doors: These lightweight doors are a budget-friendly option that balances affordability and functionality. But are hollow core doors right for every space? They excel in areas where soundproofing isn't a significant concern, making them ideal for hallways, closets, or laundry rooms.
  • French Doors: For a touch of elegance, consider French doors. These double doors create a light and airy feel, perfect for connecting living areas or studies.

External doors: Ensuring security

External doors are the first line of defence for your home. Popular choices include:

  • Solid Timber Doors: Offering timeless beauty and exceptional durability, solid timber doors are a premium entryway choice.
  • Security Doors: Prioritise security with these robust doors featuring reinforced cores and advanced locking mechanisms.
  • Glass Panel Doors: A combination of glass panels and sturdy frames allows natural light to flow into your home while maintaining security.
  • Blockboard Doors: They can be used externally with proper weatherproofing; however, solid timber or security doors are generally the preferred choices due to their superior weather resistance and durability.

Can I install doors myself?

Installing a door can be a DIY project but requires precision and the right tools. For those who need help with their skills, professional installation might be the best option to ensure proper fit and function.

Door maintenance tips for longevity

Maintaining your doors is crucial for their longevity and performance. To ensure your doors last as long as possible, you should get into the habit of:

  • Regularly cleaning them with mild detergent.
  • Inspecting for and repairing any damage promptly.
  • Lubricating hinges and locks to ensure smooth operation.

Beyond the door, looking at essential hardware

No door is complete without the proper hardware. At Canterbury Timbers, we offer a comprehensive range of door hardware solutions, including:

  • Door Jambs: Surround a door and are available in internal and external styles to match your chosen door.
  • Locks and Hinges Offer smooth operation and security while helping to complete the door's aesthetics. We offer a variety of styles and finishes to complement your door selection.

When choosing your door hardware, you need to:

  • Consider the door type and location.
  • Ensure compatibility with the door material.
  • Opt for high-quality materials for longevity and security.

Choosing the proper door hardware can significantly impact the functionality and aesthetics of your door. Our experts at Canterbury Timbers are happy to assist you in selecting the perfect hardware for your doors. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!


What size door do I need?

Standard door heights are 6'8" or 8', with widths of 2'8", 3', or 3'6" for single doors. Double doors have wider openings. When measuring, account for the jamb width (usually 4-5").

What is the difference between pre-hung and slab doors?

Pre-hung doors come with a frame attached for easier installation. Slab doors are just the door, offering more flexibility but requiring separate frame purchase and installation expertise.

How do I soundproof an existing doorway?

Install weather stripping, a door sweep, or soundproofing blankets on the existing door to improve soundproofing.

What are fire-rated doors, and where are they required?

These doors withstand fire for a specific time (e.g., 30 minutes). Building codes require them in exitways, stairwells, and around particular rooms.

How do I choose a door with the correct fire rating?

Consult a professional or your local building department to determine the appropriate fire rating based on building codes for your needs.

What are my warranty options for doors?

Door warranties vary, but Canterbury Timbers offers high-quality doors with warranties for peace of mind. Check the product page or ask a sales representative for specific details.

Can I install external doors myself?

Installing external doors can be complex and requires precise measurements and proper fitting techniques. Professional installation is recommended for external doors, especially security doors, to ensure a secure and weatherproof fit.

Find Your Perfect Door Solution Today!

By following these guidelines, you can ensure you choose the right doors and accessories for your space, enhancing both functionality and aesthetic appeal.

Explore our plywood products for additional building needs, learn more about us, or contact us for personalised advice. We offer a comprehensive range of doors and door hardware to suit every project.

From internal and external doors to door hardware and expert advice, Canterbury Timbers provides all your door solutions.