Renovate doors

We use doors many times a day to enter or close a room. Most of the time, we don't even notice the door as such - unless the fitting is wobbly, it jams or doesn't close properly. We often only realise that doors are much more than a transition between two rooms when we encounter a door that is either particularly beautiful or quite obviously does not match the ambience.

The living ambience stands and falls with the doors - a dark interior door in a light room can seem like a foreign body. A country-style door can make a recently modernised flat look old-fashioned, even if all the new furniture is ultra-modern. If the doors, door fittings and door handles are in harmony with the rest of the furnishings, the good living feeling will set in all by itself. If not - it's time to renovate the doors. Here we present options for door renovation and explain how to do it.

If the budget is limited, or old wooden doors may have an emotional value, you can change existing doors:

Renovate doors simply and inexpensively: Repainting doors

With a little varnish or paint, time and dedication, the children's room door becomes a colourful decoration and the dark drab living room door becomes a white design element.

Advantage: You can paint the two sides of the door in different colours so that the two rooms get their own character on each side.

Small change, big effect: modernise doors with light cut-outs

A light opening is a glass insert in a wooden room door. Putting light cut-outs in existing doors is a good option if you want to keep the original character of your home but brighten it up visually. Clear glass lets the most light through and can even create the illusion of two connected rooms. Textured glass and frosted glass maintain a good balance between light penetration and privacy.

However, you usually only get a really comprehensive change with new doors and/or fittings:

Effective detail: Changing the door fitting

Door handles, door knobs & co. are real little magicians: with the right door fitting, you can transform an old room door into a new style element: from old-fashioned to modern with stainless steel, from opulent to minimalist with an angular rose, from functional to cosy with a handle in cashmere grey. A Griffwerk lever handle set in cashmere grey or graphite black is not only visually beautiful, but is also characterised by its particularly friendly feel.

Change of style: Replace wooden doors

A renovated house in hygge style, minimalist style or other modern styles cannot really develop its ambience if a dark door in a completely different style is always in view. Changing the doors to a matching style, lighter colour and a type of wood that harmonises with the furniture changes the ambience of the entire home so that everything is coherent again.

Let there be light: Installing glass doors

Glass doors flood your rooms with light - and thus significantly increase the quality of living. With the change from wooden to glass doors, all rooms appear brighter and larger. This creates an open, free living feeling. In addition, you save on heating costs: a closed glass door keeps the heat in the room and lets the light flood in freely. Griffwerk offers glass doors in green glass as well as Pure White quality or stylish grey glass. All variants can be designed according to your taste with our designs or your own.

The space miracle: Installing sliding doors

Sliding doors create space even in the smallest flat. As the door is guided flat along the wall, there is no swing area and you gain space, especially in small rooms. Sliding door systems are also design elements, as they give the flat a modern, bright and minimalist look.

Sliding glass doors combine the advantages of glass doors and sliding doors and are therefore particularly good for creating a friendly, bright, warm and modern living atmosphere.

Renovate doors: New door step by step

Replace revolving door

The simplest method is to buy a new door leaf and fit it. In most cases, however, the frame must also be changed to match the new door. How to change the door and frame in 7 steps:

Step 1: Unhinge the old door with a door lifter.

Step 2: Place wooden wedges between the frame and the wall to protect the wall and then loosen the old frame with a pry bar. Then loosen the frame lintel with a hammer. The plaster will suffer in the process, so you will then have to restore the wall to its original state with putty and paint.

Step 3: Measure the width and height of the wall opening and determine to which side the door should open. With this information, you can buy the right door and frame.

Step 4: Place the frame and fit it into the wall opening. Now you should test fit the door leaf to see if it fits before fixing the frame with frame foam.

Step 5: Fit the trim.

Step 6: Fit the lower door hinges in the holes provided in the frame and screw the upper ones into the door leaf.

Step 7: Now you can hang the door.

Installing a sliding door
With a sliding door, the frame is omitted. This means that steps 1 and 2, up to plastering and possibly painting, are exactly the same as when replacing a swing door - unless you decide to leave the existing door frame in place. In that case, the running track is simply fitted over it. 
Then it will be easier:
Screw the running track to the wall above the wall opening and mount the floor guide - if available - on the floor.
Then attach the corresponding brackets to the sliding door, after which you can hang it in place.