With home improvements, property renovations or self-build projects, it’s not uncommon to find that you might need bespoke doors. Many homeowners, interior designers and property developers have come across non-standard sized doors, but it can seem difficult at first. You might be confused about your options, worried about cost or even not sure where to look for custom made doors.
What is a bespoke door?
A door that is a different size to the standard UK door sizes is referred to as a bespoke or made to measure door. Any door that is smaller, larger, wider or narrower than standard is a bespoke door. This means that the door you buy must be made specifically for your door opening, otherwise it won’t fit.
Why do custom size doors exist?
From modern home designs that might have larger or wider door openings to older properties that can often have non standard door openings, there are plenty of reasons why you might find yourself needing custom made doors. In self-build projects too, it’s common to want custom made interior doors to suit your lifestyle and maximise space or have larger door openings than standard.
How do I know if I need bespoke/custom doors?
Most people can’t tell just by assessing the size of existing doors. Unless you’re an expert, you shouldn’t guess or assume you need custom made doors based on the type of property you have. The only way of really finding out for sure is to grab the tape measure and measure up your doors.
It’s important to make sure that you know how to measure doors before you start or ask a professional joiner to measure up for you if you’re not comfortable with this process. Also, remember that you’re going to need measurements for all the door openings in your home. It’s not unusual to find that one door may be larger or smaller than standard, but this shouldn’t automatically apply to every door in your property. This is particularly true in historic properties where uniform sizing is less common.
What do I do if I need to order made to measure doors?
Bespoke doors shouldn’t mean you have to compromise on style or quality. At XL Joinery, we’re proud to say we offer our Bespoke Service on all internal oak doors, internal walnut doors and internal white doors including panelled and glazed doors, fire doors and door pairs. This means you can usually still have the door you want even with non-standard sized openings.
So a bespoke door is just about size?
Recent interior design trends have proved this not to be the case. Even if you have standard-sized door openings, you may still decide you want to make your doors different. The XL Bespoke Service offers the solution to this. If you’ve found the door you want in our collection but you’re looking for a different finish, just ask and we’ll seed what we can do!
The important thing to take away from this guide is that solutions exist for all kind of non-standard internal doors. You don’t have to try and make do with a door that doesn’t quite fit and doesn’t shut properly or leaves a draught.
Take your time to choose, find the style that suits your home and get measuring!