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Internal Door Placement


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How to find the best places to hang doors


When sitting down to really consider where doors should go and making a plan, it can become quite tricky and hard to know where to start. A floorplan can tell you where walls go, but it’s not always easy to visualise the door placement. 3D modelling of a 2D image can make things clearer, although it can still be a challenge. 


One way of looking at this is the room flow. Picture going through the front door to the final room or back door and think about the clearest practical places you can see doors being. Doors that go off to the side for reception rooms, a door at the end of the hall for a kitchen… these are fairly standard. If it feels familiar, that’s the best indicator that a door should go in a certain place. 


What should I look out for when placing a door?

Aside from the overall ‘feel’ of where a door should go, there is of course the practicality of internal door placement. Obstruction and ventilation should be high on your list of what to check before cutting any apertures for doorways. Ideally, doors should swing, with no obstruction, so that they’re fully open, almost flat to the wall. This isn’t always possible, but doorways should allow for ease of movement. If a door doesn’t fully open to at least a right angle, this is a bad door placement.

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