Upgrading your interior doors gives your house a whole new look that’s filled with personality and helps maintain the value of your home.
Space-saving pocket doors slide into wall cavities when they’re not needed, but reappear to create privacy or a temporary wall partition. They come in all styles and sizes. You’ll pay $400-$1,000 for a single door if your walls are already opened up for remodeling; figure $1,000-$3,500 if you’ll be tearing out drywall and reframing to accommodate a pocket door.
Cool Improvements: Replacing Your Interior DoorsMirror, Mirror on the Door
Maximize the amount of light available in bedrooms, basements, and hallways with mirrored closet doors that help bounce light around. A pair of full-length mirrored sliding doors — also called bypass doors — runs $150-$500 for doors with aluminum frames to fit a 6-ft.-wide opening (two 3-ft. doors). Upgrade materials, such as cherry wood frames, cost up to $1,800. Add $100-$250 for pro installation. You’ll see better, and that’s a good reflection on you.
Cool Improvements: Replacing Your Interior DoorsThese Doors are Dense — and Smart
Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product made from recycled wood fiber and resin binders. It’s molded into shapes using heat and high pressure to create dense boards and panels that are more stable and less-expensive than real wood. Because there are no grain lines, knots, or imperfections, MDF is ideal for making paint-grade interior doors that come in virtually any style you can imagine.
Cool Improvements: Replacing Your Interior DoorsLightening Up
Interior doors with glass inserts are ideal for rooms that have access to natural light and where total privacy isn’t a chief concern, such as laundry rooms, pantries, and home offices. Glass helps precious daylight reach interior rooms. Choose etched glass for a dash of personality and to keep messes out of sight. A 24-inch-wide mahogany-framed door with etched, laminated safety glass runs $500-$800.
Cool Improvements: Replacing Your Interior DoorsThe DIY Option
Pre-hung interior doors ($65-$250 at home improvement centers) offer DIYers the chance to put in the door themselves and save money. Pre-hungs include jambs and hinge hardware. Your challenge: Install the door jambs straight, level, and plumb so your door will give you years of trouble-free service. When ordering, you’ll need to know your left from your right! A left-hand door is hinged on the left when it swings away from you. A right-hand door — well, you know.
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Cool Improvements: Replacing Your Interior DoorsHandsome Hallway
Turn your hallway from boring to bodacious with architecturally interesting closet doors. This bank of closet doors features flat-panel doors made from low-cost MDF. The double-opening design of each set of doors ensures that an open door doesn’t completely obstruct the hall.
Cool Improvements: Replacing Your Interior DoorsSalvage Style
Including some salvaged building materials is a great way to give your interiors one-of-a-kind character. This 18th-century door was covered by layers of paint that the homeowner scraped off “inch by tiny little inch.” Most salvage yards have a good supply of old doors. When shopping for salvaged building materials, be sure to measure carefully and use caution when removing old paint that may contain lead.
Cool Improvements: Replacing Your Interior DoorsSpace-Saving Barn Door
Did you know a standard 32-inch swinging door takes up almost 14 sq. ft. of floor area? Reclaim that space by replacing swinging doors with barn-type sliding doors. You can get a complete barn door kit (with door) for $400-$700, or pay $100-$250 for the hardware alone and supply your own door.
Cool Improvements: Replacing Your Interior DoorsFrom Plain to Eye-Popping
Dressing up ordinary slab doors is a great way to inject personality into an otherwise dull hallway. Here, nails with decorative brass heads add subtle architectural texture, and a strong color lends character. A good rule of thumb for bold hues is to use regional colors — this bright aqua is a comfortable fit for this Miami home.