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Interior Doors Ideas

The treatment of doors is an important matter, as they occupy a prominent position, and being constantly in use are brought much into notice.

They may be from 6 ft. 6 in. to 7 ft. in height and from 2 ft. 6 in. to 3 ft. in width, and should be hung so as to act as a screen to the room when opened.

It is well to get away from the ordinary stock four-panelled doors which are imported in enormous quantities from Sweden.

As cheapness has to be considered in many cases, it would be a negation of progress to object to a machine-made door, and we have had to use these Swedish doors, where clients would not authorize the necessary expenditure for hand-made work. Hanging them upside down gives a height of about 4 ft. 5 in. to the top of the lock rail, which looks better than its usual height of about 3 ft. 3 in. There are indeed machine-made doors of good design, though, of course, a door made to an architect's design should bear a character of its own in keeping with the remainder of the house, and may be likened to a well-cut suit of clothes in comparison with a ready-made garment. A thickness of 1 ½ in. is usually sufficient for internal doors, and mouldings are best omitted in the smaller houses, as the panels finished square look well and are more in keeping with their simple character.

Plain brass rim-locks and handles with simple finger-plates give an effective but quiet finish to the door, and are less expensive than mortise locks, and have a decorative value not possessed by the hidden character of the latter.

The front entrance door should be of ample width, so as to give an inviting appearance from the exterior ; and is sometimes designed in two portions of unequal width, the larger one for general use, while both may be opened on occasions of entertainment when many people are likely to be using the entrance.

The doors to the kitchen, scullery and offices may be merely ledged and braced and provided with rim-locks and Norfolk latches, with cross garnet or strap hinges, which are very suitable for the purpose, and carry out the idea of simplicity.

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