The bathroom door is very often neglected when renovating a home. In fact, however, it plays an important role in the overall interior design. But why does this happen? The bathroom is a utilitarian room and above all, we are all used to thinking primarily about functionality. We thus leave the design of the door kind of in the back of our minds. But this should not be the case. The bathroom door can be both functional and aesthetically pleasing, in tune with the rest of the home.
Therefore, experts at SBS Design would strongly recommend you looked into how to combine style and practicality before you just slap that run-of-the-mill white PVC bathroom door. In this article we will look at exactly that and cover the most important things to consider when you get to choosing your bathroom door.
First things first, quite understandably, picking the right materials for your bathroom project is of utmost importance. The suitable materials are the most diverse, and each of them must be consistent with the characteristics of the room in which the door will be installed. The most common materials are glass, PVC, aluminum and wood.
Glass bathroom doors are extremely stylish. In addition to looking good, they also have suitable physical characteristics, such as water resistance and durability of larger temperature amplitudes in the bathroom. All this speaks to their longer service life. Naturally, the glass bathroom door should be manufactured with frosted (opaque) glass. The single potential disadvantage of this type of interior door is the need of more frequent cleaning. This is due to the water drops or condensation in the bathroom, which leave hard water stains on the glass.
PVC is also a fairly common material that is used in the bathroom. It is a light material, resistant to moisture and prevents the formation of mold and fungus on the surface. The disadvantage, however, remains the overall looks. There is no luxury home that uses PVC bathroom doors. That is why we advise you to avoid PVC doors.
What is the alternative to PVC doors?
If you want to have a door that requires little maintenance and at the same time is resistant to water and moisture in general, you can choose a combined bathroom door. This is a door that consists of two sides – an inner half made of moisture-resistant aluminum and an outer half that is made of MDF. That way, the door will be in harmony with the other interior doors in your home and at the same time, will withstand the humidity in the room. Of course, you have the option of the bathroom door to be made entirely of MDF. This is also a good choice, but it’s more suitable for rooms that are very well ventilated and those that have a shower screen. If there is no water coming directly onto the door, then it won’t lose its appeal and it won’t grow mold.
Consider which way your new bathroom door will open. In principle, bathroom doors open inwards, into the wet room. However, the door must open smoothly without hitting the sink, toilet, mirrors or cabinets in the bathroom. It is also important to get in and out of the bathroom easily. Therefore, sometimes, if the room is smaller, the door may have to open to the outside.
Additional accessories for bathroom doors
After the front door, the bathroom door is the one that sees most wear and tear. For this reason, the use of quality door accessories is an absolute necessity. First of all, you need a reliable lock and handle. They must be properly coated to be resistant to moisture. The door frame is also important. It must have a suitable seal that prevents moisture from going out of the bathroom.
To sum it all up, the best decision you can make is to trust your interior door designers/manufacturers to come up with the design of your bathroom door. This way you will get the most accurate advice on materials and accessories. Plus, the manufacturing and installation of custom doors is always a more sound option than buying a ready-made standard door.