|Your standard-issue six-panel Colonial|
door—king of the hill since the '80s.
|From Grandma's house:|
An old single-panel door
made of honest-to-God
Stile-and-rail doors are available in many other panel configurations as well, right down to the elaborate vertical-panel formats of Victorian times. Of course, genuine wood panel doors will cost you more than the molded variety—a basic single-panel door in fir will run around $150.
|A flush door is the "correct" style for Mid-Century|
Modern homes, which didn't cotton to a lot of
And while we're on the subject, here’s a brief summary of door types:
|A pocket door can be a boon|
when space is at a premium.
|Bifold doors are sometimes the best|
choice for odd-width openings;
in closets, they allow much better access
than bypassing doors.
• Bypassing doors (also often incorrectly called sliding doors) are the least expensive type for closets. They consist of two or more panels that slide behind each other, or “bypass”. They can be of molded wood products, plastic, wood veneer, or solid wood. They’re also available mirrored, with wood or aluminum frames.
• Bifold doors are twin pairs of hinged panels that fold to either side of the opening. They’re available molded or in solid wood (and less commonly in aluminum). They’re popular for closets, since they’re available with louvers or half-louvers. Though they look great when properly installed, they’re susceptible to misalignment and tend to bind as they get older. The louvered type are also a nightmare to paint.