Unusual appearance, stylish design - this is the first thing that comes to mind when you see arched doors - an element of the interior that is more and more popular in home decoration.
The oval shape of such structures can give comfort to the house, relieve stress and give a positive mood. It was the arched doors that decorated the royal chambers, the palaces of the sheikhs, then they were unjustly forgotten about them, and only about fifty years ago it was this form of doors that was again relevant and in demand.
Today, arched doors can be found in houses, cottages, apartments, offices, and even in monasteries and temples. Luxurious, elite arched doors will definitely emphasize the social status of their owner.
Interior arched doors, or rather, their design, in principle, is the same as that of ordinary swing doors. The main difference is the upper shape of the door leaf is not horizontal, but in the shape of an arc, moreover, curved.
Again, arched structures were the decoration of the chambers of Russian tsars. Such models were trusted to be made by the most experienced professionals. Today, the method of manufacturing such doors, of course, differs from the old ones, but one thing that unites them is the complexity of the technology.
Modern manufacturers offer a lot of varieties of various designs. The main thing is to decide on the interior of the room and choose the most suitable.
Arched interior structures can be entrance and interior. In this article we will talk about those who divide rooms into certain zones. They are usually made of wood, sometimes they can be glazed. Stained glass windows are often used.
Entrances are most often installed in office rooms, in shops or entertainment centers, so plastic is most often the material for their manufacture.
Before choosing your door option, take a look at the arched vault in your home. A considerable number of people, choosing the interior of their housing, try to change the usual idea of arches, so the openings in the rooms can be of different types :
- in the shape of an ellipse;
- elongated parabolic;
- curly (in the form of a trefoil or Venetian)
- romantic - with rounded corners.
In such cases, many are faced with the difficulty of installing the model in some of the above arches (the formation of the arch in the opening), but nevertheless, the results justify the means.
Fans of the unusual choose arched interior doors folding with an accordion - this saves space, since the opening swing doors occupy a certain space in the room. True, the accordion doors are not an ideal soundproof element of the interior, but nevertheless, they can become its stylish design.
"Accordion", which is originally formed, can be called the door-blinds. With regard to the difficulty of installation, experts argue that in this case it is important to correctly install a curved transom. In extreme cases, you can use drywall to give the opening the desired shape.
Arched doors are an ideal opportunity to separate the room from the balcony space. For such a modification of the bedroom, it is necessary to use the former balcony opening. Often this option is used when decorating arches from a balcony in the bedroom.
The semicircular shape gives grace to the apartment, increases the amount of daylight. Such an arched door can combine almost the entire balcony block.
Professionals can install double or triple designs in this version. They are suitable if the opening for your door is more than 1m 30 cm, that is, it is larger than the standard, and it needs to be narrowed.
Several door leaves will successfully cope with this problem. To do this, use a tree with a stained glass window or just glass structures that create the impression of luxury and coziness. Using a pendulum system, doors can open in both directions.
Doors with stained glass elements can be compared to a work of art. No wonder the history of their origin dates back to the times of Ancient Greece and Rome. The modern stained-glass window practically does not leave anyone indifferent. Refined plot compositions can amaze anyone's imagination.
The glass that scatters the light will create unique color shades in the room, and if the stained-glass window is made of multi-colored pieces of glass, such as in the Tiffany style, the arched door will become the highlight of the interior.
Transparent glass on the doors can be replaced with decorative. This can be done using a self-adhesive film with different patterns. Sandblasting is also another opportunity to decorate the interior door. Like a convex pattern - fusing, which is created without a metal profile.
Baroque arched sliding or swinging models made only of expensive and valuable woods - this is luxury and gilding. Usually they are decorated with many carved decorative elements and serve more to decorate the interior. Such massive devices are made in dark colors.
Rococo playful arched doors are also a tribute to history. Decorated with carved elements, covered with gold and jewelry, they will adequately withstand any criticism and will become a bright spot in your home.
The aged arched doors in the Provence style, bright, with a floral ornament, with a patina, elegant, as in the southern province of France - the personification of good mood and sunlight. Rooms with such "gates" recreate the atmosphere of past years, this French style.
Asymmetric semi-arches can diversify any decor both in a standard apartment and in a country house, and in public places, this solution will become non-standard and creative. One side of such structures can be non-standard, semicircular, and the second can be standard.
You can choose the material for the interior arched doors only depending on your preferences - it is not necessary to buy those that are available in one or another store.
So, you can choose the material of your arched door:
Wooden models are the most durable and durable. However, if you decide on a model, for example, from oak, remember that this is not an expensive pleasure. Most often, oak products are made to order. And what is important - the walls where the doors will be fastened must be massive and durable, as well as the hinges on which the structure will be installed.
Therefore, you can consider a more economical option - from pine, ash or beech. Such material is environmentally friendly, and doors decorated with various decorative elements or stained-glass windows will create an incredible design in your home.
Particleboard and MDF
Structures made of chipboard or MDF, or even combined options, can become an even more economical option. A cozy look will be created by models made of alder, cherry or the roots of valuable tree species.
Veneered products are one of the most popular models. They are quite durable, visually pleasing, harmoniously fit into any interior design.
Veneer is a thin section of wood (up to 10 millimeters) that is glued in several layers to the panel of the future door. This technology has been used since the beginning of the XIX century.
Now such doors fully meet the requirements for interior designs - economical, high-quality and meeting all requirements.
Unfortunately, this technology has a drawback - there is too much waste in production. Therefore, manufacturers today use fine-line - when the structure of the trees from which the door is made uniform, the waste becomes much less. Such doors are made of abachi or poplar - industrial wood.
Plastic doors are a very common option. Firstly, it is an opportunity to choose any color for your doors, which will facilitate the choice of wallpaper and furniture "in tone". However, most often plastic doors are installed in office premises, public places and shopping centers. This is an inexpensive option, and most importantly, they are easy to install, seem light and airy.
In addition to all the advantages, manufacturers have learned to produce such products that look like wood, stone and even metal.
Mirrored or stained glass
Mirrored or with stained glass elements - one of the most popular today. True, this is an expensive pleasure, although the most striking decoration of your space. Such doors visually expand your square meters, including the ceiling. Well and most importantly - a guarantee that your room will always be bright and comfortable.
By the way, such models are made of tempered glass, which is absolutely safe for small children.
How to choose?
If you decide to save on the work of the master and independently install the doors in the form of an arch, then listen to some advice from experienced professionals. First of all, carefully measure the width of the opening of the future door. Do not forget about the width of the door frame and take into account all the gaps between the structure itself and the walls.
To correctly insert the door into the arch, it is necessary to install it so that the radius of the structure absolutely coincides with half the width of the arched opening. And most importantly, if you decide to put a wooden door, all the boards should be the same and located strictly horizontally. Take care of the grooves that tightly “grip” the structure.
You will need a lot of power tools: a jigsaw for workpieces, a grinding machine for processing the arched part of the structure, an electric mill for creating grooves.
At the end of the work, be sure to cover your structure with special protective equipment, and if your door faces the sunny side, use colorless varnish instead of the laminated coating.
How to install an arched door, see the next video.
Of course, no one has yet come up with a “recipe” for the best doors. When choosing a suitable interior design, rely only on your preferences, but the opinions and reviews of other users can also bring you considerable benefit.
For example, many craftsmen emphasize that when installing a wooden door yourself, you need to make sure that the boards for it are thoroughly dried, otherwise the arched structure may twist. It is also important, according to installers, when securing double-leaf doors, more than once verify the symmetry of the installation.
The choice of the door also depends on what material the walls are built from, to which it will be attached. If the walls are made of timber, then an arch with a closed box will be logical here.
Among manufacturers offering ready-made models, pay attention to those who already have a solid track record in this market. Be sure to find out if the company has after-sales service for the sold model. After all, in case of any breakdown, you can contact a professional from the company who will help you solve all problems at the proper level.