Older wardrobes in older homes were built to last long and exhibit craftsmanship less often matched by modern closets, let alone mass-manufactured hollow core entries of flimsy plywood or stamped steel. This is not to say there are no durable closet doors for bedrooms anymore. Metal, steel, fiberglass, glass and composite are just some newer surface materials that are not only hardwearing but also variously provide insulation, energy efficiency, and resistance against aging, cracking and warping unlike wood, despite climate changes.
Vinyl, wood veneer and wood grain developed to look like real wood are favorable replacements for wood. However, wood is still viable for indoor use as closet doors for bedrooms. Excellent choices of solid hardwood and softwood include ash, birch, Spanish cedar, cherry, Honduran mahogany, hard or soft maple, red or white oak, and poplar. Wood panels may be flat or raised. Door hardware like levers and knobs may be changed up. Normal hinged closet portals should withstand frequent use, but some desirable alternatives are sliding and folding.
Sliding doors constitute two panels that move sideways along an upper or floor track system. In a bypass type, the panels slide either way, behind or in front of each other so that they overlap. In a pocket type, the panels glide all the way through a compartment in the wall. These types are often seen in patio, tub, shower, laundry and utility areas. Numerous panels are pleated in twos in a bifold door, or in multiples in its multifold kin. These kinds are common for breezeways pool houses, multi-function office rooms and greenhouses.
V-groove, tongue and groove, mirrored and louvered are more efficient options as closet doors for bedrooms. Fixed, false or operable, louvers in plantation, traditional and Californian stylings admit air to keep clothing from smelling musty, and so do bead and fabric types. True divided lite French doors use depth-adding glass panels, or lights, embedded in decorative grilles or mullions. Beveled or flat, frameless glass is clean-lined whereas arched tops, such as gothic or eyebrow, break from the gridded look. Closet entries are sold prehung on a frame, or jamb, or as slab door units only.