Doors can be a portal to another world, or maybe just a great first impression when you walk through a home. But when they don’t look their best, a dated or damaged door can make an entire space feel off.
The doors inside your home come in all kinds of different styles, and can be updated in just as many ways. Some updates can be done on a dime, while replacing doors entirely will likely come at a higher cost. Utilizing a home improvement calculator can be useful as you navigate through this process.
What are the different types of interior doors?
Interior doors come in many styles, and the costs to replace them vary just about as much depending on the labor involved.
Standard swing doors, such as a bedroom door, swing in or out to open and close. This type of door can be either hollow core, or solid composite or wood varieties.
Cost to replace: $30 to $600.
These space-saving doors slide “into” the wall when they’re open. Pocket doors hang from the top and slide along a track mounted in a space inside the wall and across the top of the door opening.
Cost to replace: $140 to $1,000
The door with a certain je ne sais quoi, French doors can be either single or paired and can have either a full (single) glass pane or a number of divided panes. French doors are often used as exterior doors to porches or patios, but they can also be a great way to let light diffuse inside a home.
Cost to replace: $200 to $4,000
A cousin to the pocket door, sliding doors save space by sliding in tracks at the top and bottom of the door frame. Unlike a pocket door, however, they don’t disappear into the wall. Glass sliding doors are typically used as exterior doors to a patio or deck, but can be used indoors to separate rooms while maintaining visibility between them.
Cost to replace: $400 to $4,500
Also called folding doors or concertina doors, bifolds are made of panels that fold next to each other when opened, sliding on tracks both on top of and below the door. Single bifold doors are sometimes used as doors to smaller closets, and a pair of bifold doors might divide a large room.
Cost to replace: $35 to $70
A sliding barn door in the home takes rustic farmhouse trends to the next level. These doors slide on a track mounted on the wall above the door. Barn doors have a low profile, as they do not swing out.
Cost to replace: $150 to $4,000
Head straight to the wild west with these doors. Sometimes called cafe doors, saloon doors hang on a pivot hinge, meaning they can easily swing in and out with a nudge. Because they swing in both directions, they’re commonly used as kitchen doors or in cafes where traffic goes both in and out.
Cost to replace: $100 to $500
You may have encountered a murphy door before without even knowing it. Often custom-made, murphy doors are typically bookcases that swing out, turning a door into storage space.
Cost to replace: $700 to $2,500
Signs you may need new interior doors
Interior doors in a home take quite a beating. They’re slammed, kicked, scuffed and maybe pounded on a few times. Depending on the quality of the door, as well as its age, there’s a chance your doors may simply have seen better days.
If these signs sound familiar, it may be time to buy some new doors for your home:
- The door is stuck and has trouble staying open or closed. The more someone struggles to open and close a door that doesn’t budge, the more damage they’ll do. If a door’s always sticking or never manages to stay closed, it’s time to replace it.
- The door is warped or cracked. Age will affect the quality of any door, and if the frame or hinges are visibly cracked or peeling, it’s time to think about replacing them.
- The door’s style is dated or old-fashioned. If your kitchen’s classic saloon-style doors feel decidedly old school—not in a good way—it might be time to consider replacing them. Even if they still work, dated styles can negatively impact a home’s value at the time of sale.
Depending on the style of door and the complexity of the installation, swapping out an interior door can cost anywhere between $364 to $1,108, a couple hundred of which can include the cost of professional labor.
While hanging a door might sound simple, doing it wrong can lead to improper closure or a door that just won’t close at all, which leaves you back at the drawing board. It could be worth asking for estimates from a few professional contractors if you decide to replace several specialty interior doors at once.
A door can make an impression—good or bad—when someone enters a room. That first impression might become very important when considering home value. This kind of home improvement project could pay off when a person eventually sells their home.
DIY ways to update your interior doors
Replacing interior doors altogether can be expensive, and is not always necessary. If your door is in good shape, an inexpensive DIY can update your interior doors to look more modern or trendy.
Interior door styles can be updated before ditching a door altogether.
1. Swapping out doorknobs and hardware
Sometimes dated brass or an ornate finish might make a standard swing door feel out of place. For between $75 and $150, a door’s hinges, knob and lock can be updated.
2. Trying a new hue
A fresh coat of paint might transform a door’s entire vibe. Instead of a standard white, opt for a neutral shade, make a statement with a black door, or choose a rich, deep tone that complements other colors in your home. You can even switch things up by painting the frame and the door different colors. Although you have to remove the door from its frame, this project is DIYable, and can be done within a day or two.
3. Updating hollow core doors
Hollow core doors are the standard type of door installed in most homes when they’re built. It’s a swing door with a flat surface. These are basic doors that can be a blank slate for your personal taste.
For a small investment, some patience and elbow grease, molding, and beadboard panels can be used to create a paneled look on standard doors. It can make a builder-grade, hollow-core door look like a custom-molded door. This DIY project is a small investment for a big payoff.
In your home, doors don’t just provide privacy, they’re a feature of a property. If your interior doors are in poor shape, replacing and updating them could help increase the value of your property. However, the cost of an update shouldn’t keep you from improving your home.
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