All You Need To Know About HDB Doors

HDB Bedroom Doors

The usual measurements of a door frame in an HDB flat are 2.75ft x 7ft, while the thickness is at a standard 35 millimeter. The BTO flat is slightly different, with a larger standard width of 3ft x 7ft.

Today, this article aims to discuss more about the different type of HDB bedroom doors and give readers a better sense of the available choices and types of distinction between different doors in the market.

1.   Hollow-core

Bedroom doors with a hollow core tend to be made of plywood, which is lighter and softer. The plywood or sometimes cardboard is layered in a honeycomb pattern for durability, which is then wrapped by a more durable material like veneer to finish the look. Doors with hollow cores tend to be on the cheaper side as the door panel is empty, and because of their lightness are also easier to install. 

2.   Semi-solid core

A semi solid-core HDB bedroom door is heavier than a hollow core door as it has an exterior layer pressed onto the plywood for more thickness and weight. The exterior layer can be composed of materials such as veneer, laminate and nyatoh. They are more resistant and hardier than hollow-core doors, but come with a slightly higher cost.

Semi solid-core doors are filled up to at least 70%. As such, they are more soundproof than their hollow core counterparts, with better temperature control qualities.

3.   Solid core

Similar to the hollow core bedroom door, a door with a solid core has exterior plywood skin. What marks it as different is that the solid core door is fully filled, with one such material being plywood. As such, solid core doors have the most soundproof qualities out of the three and are generally the most expensive.

However, a door with a solid core is still less expensive than a completely solid wooden door. As such, some people may pick a solid core door over a solid wooden door for their bedroom. Additionally, a solid core door provides ample soundproofing without being too heavy for the room.

Solid core doors offer a more luxurious feel due to their weight and provide the best durability amongst these types of doors.

It is important to note that this will be used for HDB fire-rated doors in Singapore. It is because such doors can hold fire and let people escape in the case of a fire.

Types of HDB Bathroom Doors

Bathroom doors differ from bedroom doors in the sense that you have more leeway for creativity as an owner. Bathroom doors also have a higher demand for material choice and structural integrity as they are constantly exposed to water. Hence, as waterproof materials are a strict requirement, the colour and aesthetic of the door may be more restricted in terms of colours and designs.

Bathrooms in HDBs also tend to be limited in space, and with most HDBs only having two bathrooms, making the most of the space is important. The doors below are great ways to save bathroom space so you won’t feel cramped.

1.   Sliding doors

To save space without having a door swinging in and out and blocking your way, sliding doors are one of the most popular choices for HDB bathroom doors. Unlike traditional swinging doors that require space when it’s opened or closed, sliding doors help to keep a minimalistic touch on things.

Convenient and sleek in its design, sliding doors also help to add a modern and stylish touch to your home.

2.   V Fold toilet door

Like a sliding door, a V Fold toilet door helps to conserve space by folding in upon itself when the door needs to be opened. For homeowners who want a strong, durable, and stylish design, V Fold toilet doors are the way to do so.

V-fold toilets are also customisable in terms of colour and design, which gives homeowners more creative freedom. V fold doors are not to be confused with bifold doors.

3. Pocket doors

Pocket doors differ from sliding doors in terms of visibility and function. Sliding doors are still visible when opened since they slide along the outside of the wall. Pocket doors allow the door to move back into a recess within the wall, making it a great option for saving space. This also makes them good options for cordoning off smaller rooms and spaces, like kitchens, home offices and bedrooms.

Types of HDB Main Doors

1.   Nyatoh Doors

Nyatoh doors are unique in their design and outlook. Nyatoh doors are suitable for homes with a retro and classical design, due to their colour scheme. Most contractors who carry Nyatoh Doors for installation also provide painting and lacquer services.

Nyatoh as a material is easy to stain (dye) and polish while keeping the look of the original wood grain.

2.   Laminate Doors

Laminated doors are the newest trend on the market, catching on as the next popular choice and overtaking classic choices such as veneer doors and Nyatoh doors. Laminate doors offer better sound and water resistance. They are trendy amongst newer home HDB designs in 2021 too.

3.   Veneer Doors

Veneer doors come in a wide range of choices, depending on the type of veneer skin your door contractor chooses from. Veneer door shares the same outlook as Nyatoh doors, but are of a deeper and darker shade due to its organic materials.  

These consist of a door core being wrapped in a skin of material to variate its look.

Type of Kitchen Doors

Shaker cabinet doors

Versatile in colours, design and size, shaker-styled cabinet doors are famous for their elegant design. They are easily recognizable from their recessed center panel and plain rails design.

Shaker cabinet doors are commonly made out of timber and timber doors have good insulation properties, which is a bonus for when working in the kitchen, where it is often exposed to heat. You can also get these from many places since they are common, replacing your cabinet doors however you see fit. These are classic elements used in many homes for decades, and never really go out of style.

Louvred cabinet doors

Louvred cabinet doors are known for their horizontal and vertical wooden slats. Their classy and sleek design makes them a popular choice for kitchen cabinet doors. Carpentry and door choice is important to level up your interior design. The slats make them ideal for ventilation, which is necessary when used in the kitchen.

Homeowners have the option of installing an opened louvred cabinet door or a closed louvred cabinet door. The opened louvred cabinet door has noticeable space between each slat. In contrast, the closed louvred cabinet door has very little space in between them. This makes them excellent for storing produce and goods that can be stored outside a fridge without cluttering your kitchen. Many homes have cabinets that are just empty, so why not put them to good use instead of empty storage space?

Slab cabinet doors

Slab cabinet doors are designed the same as their namesake. The accompanying cabinet doors come in the form of a solid slab, with no frame.

Its minimalistic design has made slab cabinets popular with many homeowners. Slab cabinet doors are extremely versatile in terms of design, which determines the cabinet’s price. They are versatile and fit well with most trending HDB interior designs. They are versatile and fit well with most trending HDB interior designs, including modern, contemporary and minimalist looks. Their fronts are usually completely flat so they do not take attention away from other visually appealing elements or can be kept simple for a neat finish.

As such, it may not be the most wallet-friendly option on the market. That being said, slab kitchen doors that are made of solid hardwood are incredibly long-lasting and durable, which makes it a popular choice for cabinet doors.

To find out more and get inspiration for your carpentry, visit our gallery page!

Types of Wardrobe Doors

Hinged wardrobe doors

Hinged doors provide better visibility when they are used in wardrobes. When the door is opened, you can have a better glimpse of what’s inside your closet – allowing you to make a quick decision of what to wear, especially when you’re in a hurry.

To add on, hinged doors allow you to hang a mirror at the back of the door for added convenience. Alternatively, the space of the back of the door can be utilised for storage spaces or other decorative purposes.

However, hinged doors may inevitably take up more space as they swing outwards from the wardrobe, making it less ideal for small bedrooms.

Sliding wardrobe doors

Sliding doors are lauded because they don’t take up a lot of space, which is ideal for small areas. They also tend to be minimalistic in their design, making them compatible with homes with a minimalistic or Scandinavian-inspired interior design. As such, sliding doors are popular with homeowners who want a simple yet stylish touch in their homes.

Sliding doors tend to be more stable in terms of structure, as they are not dependent on hinges like most doors are. In addition, a mirrored sliding door can also help to give your room the illusion of a bigger space, which is optimal for rooms that are smaller in size. Whether laminated or wood, SG Doors’ factory in Singapore is able to customize any door you like.

However, using sliding doors mean that you cannot have a full view of what is inside your wardrobe at any given time. As such, for maximalists who would prefer their wardrobe to be laid out entirely in front of their eyes, this option may be less than ideal.

If not, for homeowners who don’t own many clothes or see this as less of a priority, sliding doors may be one of the best choices for a wardrobe door.


Types of Toilet Doors

Sliding doors

Sliding doors are a great space-saving option when it comes to toilets. This is especially ideal for homeowners who stay in small flats with limited space. These are different from pocket doors, since sliding doors are still visible when opened. Pocket doors are hidden in a recess within a wall when opened, so they can help save you even more space. They are great for HDB toilets that are already small.

Since there is no need for the door to swing out, homeowners will not have to worry about hitting other family members by accident when opening and closing the doors.

Frosted glass door

Frosted glass doors add a touch of refined elegance when used – all the while maintaining a sense of privacy. The glass surface helps create a spacious and airy appearance for the room, which may also help make the illusion of a larger space.

Furthermore, the textured glass surface helps to stylise the room, making it look mysterious and chic. Frosted doors help illuminate a room with natural light while having privacy for its occupants, so they could be used for commercial purposes.

Bifold toilet door

A well-known toilet door option with an easy to use mechanism, bifold toilet doors are affordable and durable, with an aluminium door frame that will not succumb to rust. Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of wooden doors to make a well-informed choice for your home.

Wooden doors are not suitable for bathroom or kitchen doors since they separate spaces that are commonly wet. Excess water content or moisture can affect the appearance of a timber door if not maintained properly. Bathroom doors made of wood should have a seal at the bottom that mitigates potential splashes, which might spoil the look of the door.

Bifold doors are famous for its durability and practicality and is also a space-saving option for those who have limited space in their washrooms. You can find out our bifold doors on our website today.

Things You Need to Know About HDB Door Gates

These days, personalising your home extends to the layout, design, and colour of your HDB door and gate. While gates and doors are traditionally used for safety reasons, modern creativity has pushed the limits and boundaries of doors and gates beyond their intended function.

Many first-time renovators overlook the significance of your home gate and treat it as a formality before moving on to design the interior. It still has importance in framing the look of your home and front door! Other homeowners prefer to eliminate the presence of your gate completely, and this can be done by painting it a similar colour to your door.

With creative designs and materials, some gates are made with the intention of allowing better airflow and current to make the living room area of the house much cooler and brighter.

Nevertheless, there are still HDB Guidelines that HDB homeowners and Door Contractors must adhere to, including having a fire-rated door installed by a certified installer. Your door gate, however, does not require a certified installer to modify.

For condominium owners, play by a different set of rules and must seek approval from the relevant Condominium management before the gate installation and removal process. This is to ensure that the safety, aesthetic theme, and neighbouring residence are not disturbed during the renovation process.

There is no existing permit required to apply for when homeowners replace an entrance door or bedroom door for HDB houses. This is provided homeowners do not enlarge the existing door portals. Exit doors are required to be 850 mm wide when opened.

If you were to replace or close an entrance, however, an HDB sanctioned permit is still required. Aside from the traditional door gate choices, there exist other types of doors at different costs in the market today.

Privacy gates and Pet-Friendly gates

Privacy gates and Pet-Friendly gates are also available as choices for homeowners. Privacy gates are designed in such a way that the homeowners are still able to enjoy their safe space in the living room without the fear of being stared at or looked at by neighbours walking by, granting some privacy despite having their main door opened.

Want to open your door for ventilation, but afraid that your pet might get out? Pet-friendly gates are made and created to keep pets from leaving the house unintentionally and straying away. Did you also know that HDB only allows owners to keep one dog in the flat and that one dog must be one of the 62 approved breeds (or cross-breeds) among this list? On the other hand, HDB also has no rules pertaining to the customisation of door gates so you have free reign here. 

With sufficient resources, there can also be a combination of the two gates, which merges the best of both features. The size, design and type of materials would affect the cost and durability of the gate. Mild Steel Gates, containing about 2% carbon mixed with alloy elements, are costlier than the Wrought Iron Gates due to their more desirable properties and costly materials.

Digital locks are also becoming increasingly popular due to their convenience and accessibility. Having a keyless situation eliminates the inconvenience of forgetting or losing your house keys.

Here are other factors to consider about how your HDB main door and gate should interact:

  • Have a small space reserved between the two for your door viewer to have a better scope of vision
  • Adding a waterproof splash plate at the bottom of your door gate could help your HDB door last longer and prevent structural damages. This could be important for units on higher floors that are not covered by trees, or homes that are exposed to rain.
  • Gate colour and door colour matters. Both aesthetic properties have to bounce off each other elegantly without clashing.
  • Having an insect net on the door gate could help improve your quality of life, as you fend off bugs and pests.

Installing your HDB Doors With SGDoors

We make the process painless and simple. SGDoors is your one-stop shop for all door-related needs, including door accessories like mild steel gates, digital locks and more.

  1. Place an order with us.
  2. We conduct a site-inspection and measurement of your door for confirmation.
  3. The door will be delivered and installed within a week after the initial deposit has been made.

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Give us a call at 87996106 and 8799 6105 for residential and commercial enquires respectively! We have all you need and more to settle your door worries once and for all.