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A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Interior Doors for Your Home

Wood pocket door

This interior pocket door was custom made to provide a seamless transition between the mudroom and the kitchen of this beautiful home we remodeled in Harbor Oaks.


Interior doors are not just functional elements; they can greatly enhance the style, privacy, and flow of your living spaces. From pocket doors to French doors, each type offers unique benefits and considerations. In this guide, we will explore various types of interior doors and provide simple tips to help you make informed decisions when selecting them.

Pocket Doors: Maximizing Space and Versatility


Pocket doors are an excellent choice when traditional swinging doors are impractical due to limited room. Ideal for small bathrooms or closets, pocket doors slide into a wall cavity, saving valuable space. Choose from a variety of materials and styles, such as wood, glass, or composite, considering privacy, soundproofing, and visual appeal. Don’t forget to consider the hardware and other design considerations to ensure seamless functionality.


Pocket doors on Florida home

Pocket doors are a great alternative to swing doors when you want save space.


Barn Doors: Stylish and Functional


Barn doors have become popular in both farmhouses and modern-style homes. With their rustic charm or sleek designs, barn doors can add a unique touch to any room. Consider the overall style of your home and choose a barn door that complements it. Materials like solid wood, glass, or metal offer different aesthetics. Remember to consider privacy, noise reduction, and insulation when selecting barn doors for specific areas.


Black Barn Doors

The barn doors on this home we remodeled in Brandon, Florida, were designed in a transitional style. The seeded glass allows light to travel through and brighten the room, while still allowing for some privacy.


Regular Passage Doors (Swing Doors): Defining Room Flow and Privacy


Regular passage doors are essential for defining the flow and privacy between rooms. They come in various materials such as wood, fiberglass, and steel. Consider the purpose of each room and the desired level of privacy when choosing passage doors. The material and finish should align with your aesthetic preferences and maintenance requirements.


Black and white kitchen St Petersburg, Florida

The shaker-style passage doors on this home we renovated in St. Petersburg, Florida, were painted black to add a more modern flair to this traditional-style home.


French Doors: Infusing Natural Light and Elegance


French doors are known for their glass panels, allowing natural light to fill your living spaces. Available in wood, fiberglass, or aluminum, they can suit different interior styles. Determine the desired level of privacy and energy efficiency. Consider the available space and traffic flow when choosing between inward or outward swinging options.


French Doors St Petersburg Florida home remodel

Single lite French Doors lead from the kitchen to the back porch of this historic home we remodeled in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Solid Core vs. Hollow Core Doors: Understanding the Difference


Solid core doors have a dense, solid core made of particleboard or solid wood, offering durability and sound insulation. Hollow core doors, on the other hand, feature a lightweight framework with a hollow space filled with cardboard or Styrofoam, providing affordability but less durability and soundproofing. Consider the level of durability, sound insulation, and budget when choosing between solid core and hollow core doors.


Choosing Door Hardware: Adding Style and Functionality


Door hardware, including knobs, handles, and locks, completes the look and functionality of your doors. Consider the style that complements your home décor, ensuring coordination with other hardware finishes in your space. Assess the functionality required for each door, prioritizing security, ease of use, and comfort. Set a budget that allows you to strike a balance between quality and affordability.


Brass door knob

The doors of this traditional-style home we remodeled in Clearwater featured beautiful, antique-style brass hardware.




Choosing the right interior doors can greatly enhance the aesthetics and functionality of your home. Consider the specific needs of each space, such as maximizing room, infusing natural light, or ensuring privacy. Evaluate the different materials, styles, and finishes available to find the perfect match for your home décor. Don’t forget to pay attention to the hardware, ensuring it complements the overall style and offers the desired functionality. With these simple tips in mind, you can confidently select interior doors that transform your living spaces into stylish, functional, and inviting areas.


Nelson Construction and Renovations, a family business founded in 2006, is a design-build company that specializes in high-end remodels, home additions, and custom homes. With our headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, we serve homeowners all over Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. We are an award-winning member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.  

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