Lets Talk About: Office door options

Office doors come in many styles and finishes. We’ll look at some of the different types of office doors that are available along with their benefits & any disadvantages.

Glass Doors

Benefits
  • Look classy and stylish when fitted within frameless glass partitioning.
  • Can be full height (up to the ceiling) or standard height.
  • Full visibility both ways to and from the office area.
  • Can be fitted with locks and door closers as per normal office doors or with back-to-back handles if the door opens both ways.
  • Many styles of frosting can be applied to add a degree of privacy and yet still allows visibility to prevent opening the office door on to someone on the other side.
  • Can open both ways as this style of office door is often fitted “frameless”  i.e. not fitted into a frame with a rebate that acts as a stop lat.
  • All frameless glass doors are made with toughened glass with polished edges so no sharp edges along the glass door.
  • Can be sliding glass doors that allow for the maximum space in the office.
Disadvantages
  • Fairly expensive as far as office doors go.
  • Usually non fire rated.
  • Not the best for sound reduction – with the glass door being framless there is a small gap around the door and the glass partitioning.
glass door lock

glass door lock

 Solid Core Office Doors

Benefits
  • This is the standard office door that is normally used with office partitioning system ranges including Komfort’s  Komfire 75 and Tenon’s Fire & Sound.  It can be fitted into a 50mm partitioning system if a extra upright post is fitted to the door frame leg to aid with extra weight of the door.
  • Can be full height (up to the ceiling) or standard height. Standard height can have a matching vision panel above.
  • Can be double doors or a hospital set (a leaf and a half).
  • Vision panels can be fitted to allow visibility in many shapes and options.
  • Various wood veneer finishes including  Beech, Maple, Oak, Ash or paint grade.
  • Good sound rating as the doors have a solid core.
  • Can be fire rated up to 1 hour even with vision panels fitted.
  • All styles of door furniture can be fitted including  door closers and digital locks.
  • Quite fairly priced in comparison to glass office doors.
Disadvantages
  • This is an office wooden door and will always look like one, apart from that not many disadvantages.
Maple double door set fire rated

Maple double door set fire rated

Cherry door with vision panel in clear glass non fire rated

Cherry door with vision panel in clear glass non fire rated.

Door and 1/2 leaf fire doors with vision panels

Door and 1/2 leaf fire doors with vision panels.

Single Maple door and frame set.

Single Maple door and frame set.

Hollow Core Office Doors

Benefits
  • Nice and lightweight in comparison to the solid doors above, easier to handle and fit during the office fit-out.
  • Vision panels can be fitted as normal.
  • Used with a 50mm partitioning system such as Komfort’s 600 Series and Tenon’s Flex Plus system.
  • Can be finished with any Veneer or paint grade.
  • Looks just the same as a solid core door but cheaper.
  • Normal door furniture options available.
Disadvantages
  • Non Fire rated.
  • Only available standard height.
  • Not as good with the sound reduction due to the hollow core construction of the door.
Hollow core door with a glazed side light

Hollow core door with a glazed side light