The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Doors for Your Home Remodeling and DIY Projects

Explore the best types of residential doors offered by Darpet, learn tips on choosing the right ones for your needs, and insights into DIY door installation.

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Doors for Your Home Remodeling and DIY Projects

When it comes to remodeling your home, doors are a crucial element that can significantly impact both aesthetics and functionality. Whether you are undertaking a DIY home improvement project or a full-scale renovation, selecting the right doors for your residential space is essential. In this guide, we will explore the best types of residential doors offered by Darpet, offer tips on choosing the right ones for your needs, and provide insights into DIY door installation. Let’s dive into the world of doors and discover how they can transform your home.

Primed Doors

Primed doors offer a versatile and customizable option for any home. These doors come pre-primed, ready for painting in any color that suits your style, whether it's a timeless white or a bold black. The elegance and simplicity of primed doors provide a beautifully finished look to your home. Enhance them with crown molding, baseboards, and Emtek hardware for a personalized touch. Perfect for those seeking to add unique style or transform their home with new colors, primed doors serve as an ideal canvas for your creativity.

Shaker Doors

Renowned for their classic farmhouse simplicity and pleasing aesthetic, Shaker doors have been a popular choice for centuries. Darpet offers a variety of Shaker doors, from one-panel to five-panel designs, ideal for DIY home renovation projects. Shaker doors are highly versatile and multifunctional, seamlessly fitting into various home remodeling applications and design styles. Their distinctive 90-degree angle cuts contribute to their unique and timeless appeal. Homeowners often select Shaker doors for a modern, minimalist look that retains a touch of traditional charm.

Glass Doors

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Darpet's glass doors infuse any room with light and beauty, adding an elegant touch to any space. Perfect for areas where you want to enclose a space while allowing light to pass through, such as libraries, studies, or bathrooms, these doors come in frosted, laminated, or clear options. Our 15-lite glass doors with French molding make a stunning entryway for an office or a stylish enclosure for a butler’s pantry. All glass doors from Darpet are made with tempered glass for safety, ensuring your family's protection while enjoying the aesthetic benefits of glass doors. Enhance your home renovation with the sophisticated look and functionality of Darpet’s glass doors.

Carved Doors

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Carved doors from Darpet offer a unique design element that adds value and beauty to your home. With over 300 combinations, including six profile options and 55 design choices in the D-Series, you’re sure to find the perfect carved door. The F-Series, inspired by exceptional designs worldwide, are custom-made for discerning customers seeking intricately crafted doors. These solid core doors are designed for durability, making them a stylish and long-lasting choice for many applications.

Grooved Doors

For a modern, on-trend touch, grooved doors are an excellent choice. Simple yet elegant, these doors are ideal for minimalists and those seeking distinctive design elements. Darpet offers a variety of grooved doors and can create custom designs for a truly unique look. With subtle detailing, grooved doors add a modern and sophisticated touch to any home.

Louver Doors

Darpet’s louvered doors provide privacy while allowing natural ventilation, ideal for areas like laundry rooms, furnace rooms, and pantries. These doors keep rooms fresh by permitting air flow even when closed and can also serve as effective room dividers. Our louvered doors feature louvers arranged in series, either fully or partially, to obstruct horizontal vision while facilitating air flow.

Bifold Doors

Bifold doors are a practical and stylish solution for small hallways or narrow closets. Perfect for areas that lack space for full-size doors, Darpet stocks a variety of bifold doors in different styles. These doors are ideal for entryways to laundry rooms or for ventilated closets, making them a versatile, space-saving option.

Wood Doors

Wood doors, made from materials like poplar, oak, or flush birch, add classic and traditional styling to any home. Despite evolving trends, wood doors remain popular for their timeless appeal and functionality. Darpet offers a range of solid core wood doors, perfect for offices, front doors, senior living facilities, apartments, and hotels. Unfinished wood doors allow for customization, enabling you to create the perfect feel for your space. Solid wood doors also provide excellent noise reduction and security, making them a practical and beautiful choice for any home.

Types Of Door Installations

In addition to picking out the perfect door slab, you will also need to decide on how this door will be installed according to the utility or situation of where it is going to go in your home. The following are all installation options offered by Darpet.

A slab door consists solely of the door itself, without a frame. This option requires the installer to attach the door slab to an existing door frame. Slab doors are versatile and can be used as barn doors, sliding doors, or pocket doors.

A pre-hung door includes both the door slab and the door frame. The slab comes pre-installed in the frame, making it convenient for installation into your wall. This all-in-one option ensures proper alignment and easier setup.

Double Door
Available in most styles, including those with glass panels running the length of the door, allowing light to filter between rooms while providing minimal privacy. These doors are typically installed side by side, each opening away from the other. They come with spring-loaded ball-catch mechanisms that hold the doors shut and provide slight resistance before releasing when pulled.

Active/Inactive Double Door
An active/inactive double door setup features an active leaf, where the locking hardware is installed, and an inactive leaf, which remains closed with flush bolts but can be opened to create a larger opening when needed.

Bypass/Sliding Door
Bypass doors feature two or three slabs that glide on parallel tracks in either direction, ideal for saving space. These doors slide past each other and are useful for areas where space is limited. Any door design can be adapted for bypass installation

Barn Door
Barn doors offer a stylish way to separate rooms with an artisanal flair. They can glide along an upper rail or have a bottom track to prevent swinging. Available in styles ranging from rustic to polished, barn doors come prefinished or unfinished. Darpet provides kits to convert most doors into barn doors, with a variety of hardware finishes and accessories.

Bifold Doors
Bifold doors consist of either two or four panels hinged together, folding outward and to the side when opened. Often louvered for better air circulation, bifold doors save space as they don’t swing open like traditional doors. They are perfect for closets, laundry rooms, or utility rooms.

DIY Door Installation Tips

If you’re a DIY enthusiast, installing a door yourself can be a rewarding project. Here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Measure Accurately: Ensure you have precise measurements of the door frame to avoid fitting issues. Measure the width, height, and depth of the frame before purchasing your door.

2. Gather the Right Tools: Basic tools you’ll need include a tape measure, level, screwdriver, hammer, and a saw. Having the right tools on hand will make the installation process smoother.

3. Prepare the Door Frame: Before installing the new door, remove the old door and inspect the frame for any damage. Repair or replace any damaged areas to ensure a secure fit for the new door.

4. Follow the Instructions: Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing the door. Each door type may have specific requirements and steps to follow.

5. Test the Fit: Before finalizing the installation, test the door to ensure it opens and closes smoothly. Make any necessary adjustments to the hinges or frame for a perfect fit.

6. Seal and Finish: Once the door is installed, it's crucial to seal any gaps around the frame. This step improves energy efficiency, prevents drafts, and hides imperfections, resulting in a cleaner, more polished appearance. Finishing the door with paint or stain not only enhances its visual appeal but also protects it from wear and tear. A well-sealed and finished door contributes to a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing home environment.


Choosing the right doors for your home remodeling or DIY project can enhance your home’s beauty, security, and energy efficiency. Whether you prefer the customizable appeal of primed doors, the elegance of glass doors, the unique design of carved doors, the modern touch of grooved doors, the practicality of louver doors, the space-saving solution of bifold doors, or the timeless look of wood doors, Darpet has options to suit every style and need. By considering the purpose, style, security, energy efficiency, and budget, you can make an informed decision and select doors that will transform your home. And if you’re up for a DIY challenge, installing your doors can be a fulfilling and cost-effective project. Happy remodeling!

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