The recent heatwave experienced in the UK left many workers rather uncomfortable in their stuffy offices. Whilst bi and tri fold doors have become quite common in residential properties, office doors are on the whole less adaptable. With office design embracing biophilic aspects, how wonderful would it be if we did have office doors that opened up the entire space thereby merging inside and out?
Whilst this may not be practical for most commercial properties, we can offer some different types of office doors. There is of course a difference between the external “front” door, or main entrance, and the interior doors, and we are talking actual doors here rather than office partitions. As not everybody will have the option to change the main entrance to a building, we’re going to concentrate on the different types of internal office doors.
Three different door types for offices and commercial buildings
Wood: By far the most common form of interior door, wooden doors provide a sense of warmth and have the advantage of coming in a variety of types of wood, different colours, and variable budgets. More commonly found in older commercial properties or offices in converted residential properties, wooden doors can be a good economic choice whilst still looking stylish.
Metal: For a more industrial look, or for practical purposes, metal office doors are usually used for security or safety reasons. Providing a high-level fire rating, they are also one of the most difficult to penetrate and have been used as the door of choice for storage of sensitive data, and other products that need to remain as secure access only.
Glass: If you’re one of our regular readers you’ll know we are rather fond of extolling glass in commercial interior design, so no surprises that we love a glass door. These doors will allow light to penetrate, give you visuals across an office space, and they have a timeless classical look. Glass can be thickened for noise reduction and coloured to match branding.
In addition to materials used, there are options of solid, swing, and sliding doors. And combining glass, wood and motion, there’s the Uniform Wares door in their London work space that has a dark timber partition which pivots open to allow access to the design studio behind with a smaller door set within the wooden wall hinges that opens independently.
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