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Your Guide to Buying Interior Louvre Doors


If you're considering incorporating louvre doors into your home setting, then you may have one or two things to consider before doing so. Let us help you with our handy guide.

With over 3000 doors in stock and more than 64 variations of size available, fast same day dispatch* and a 'no quibble' 14-day money back guarantee Simply Shutters truly is your One Stop Louvre Door Shop.

What are the doors made from

All Simply Shutters’ interior louvre doors are made from a high grade knot free timber called Araucaria Pinus Elliotis. In addition to high quality Araucaria pine White Line painted louvre doors feature engineered stiles finished with an MDF veneer to achieve a premium appearance.

Elliottis Pine is prevalent around the south eastern United States and most of the South American continent as well as some parts of Africa.

It is a fast growing wood but not very long lived by pine standards (to 200 years) and prefers to grow where there is a humid climate and moist soils.

Because of its fast rate of growth Araucaria Pinus Elliotis is ideal to grow in managed forest plantations. The tree consumes huge amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) during its growth period (more so than an adult tree) and therefore helps to regulate the greenhouses gases in our environment.

The adult tree often grows to between 100 and 150 feet in height with a bole of approximately 4 -6ft in diameter. It grows very straight and has but a few branches at the crown when fully grown. This feature has the benefit of keeping knots in the wood to a minimum.

Simply Shutters is committed to only using timber products from legitimately authorised and environmentally friendly sources.

How are the doors manufactured?

Wood is naturally fibrous meaning it will expand and contract in different temperatures and environments. Because of this the material is particularly susceptible to warping, bowing or splitting.

All of these interior louvre doors are factory built and made with engineered stiles. Stiles are the vertical part of the frame on a louvre door. Engineered stiles are created through a process called laminating whereby thin strips of wood are bonded together in opposing directions and then encased in a veneer that gives the appearance of solid wood.

Because of the sturdy construction and opposing grain, louvre doors built with engineered stiles are better equipped to withstand the effects of high or low humidity in the air meaning they will be more resistant to warp or distortion. Not only that but since it takes a lot of time and effort to manufacture an engineered stile you will only find this feature on the highest quality louvre doors.

Thanks to advances in manufacturing processes, engineered stiles look every bit as good as solid wood stiles.

All louvre doors are built to the same specification being 28mm thick with a fixed open louvre design. Doors that are 1676mm and taller come with an additional offset horizontal bar to provide additional strength and support. Doors that are 1524mm and smaller do not come with an offset horizontal bar. As we purchase our doors directly from the manufacturer we have no control over the inclusion or placement of horizontal offset bars.

What choices of finish are available?

We offer 2 choices of finish:

- High Line Pine

The High Line pine open louvre door range is sold in an unfinished, natural condition ready for you to paint, stain or varnish as you require.

- White Line Painted

White Line painted louvre doors are made from exactly the same high quality pine as the High Line units but are painted white and sold as finished door, ready for you to hang as they are. These doors require no painting!

Please note that there may be some minor imperfections or blemishes in the factory paint finish that are unavoidable. If you do choose to add your own topcoat then only a polyurethane paint can be used as oil and water based paints will not adhere.

How do I fit these doors?

Louvre doors are extremely versatile and can be installed in various ways including use as cupboard doors, as internal walk-through doors, bifold doors or even as sliding doors. Most competent DIY’ers or handyperson will have no trouble installing these doors but if you need guidance it is always best to contact a specialist who can help you with some advice.

One thing we do advise is because timber is a natural fibrous material that absorbs and loses moisture it is important to leave them in the room they are due to be installed in or a room that has similar humidity for at least 24 hours beforehand. Doing this allows the doors to become accustomed to the conditions and should reduce the possibility of expansion or shrinkage.

How can I measure for louvre doors?

When measuring the door opening you will need to measure both the height and the width. It is good practice to take three measurements from the height and three from the width and choosing the smallest measurement from the three as your final size. For more tips on how to measure for louvre doors visit our ‘How to’ guide section below.

If you have measured your door and cannot find the size you need in stock from our extensive range we will still be able to help you. For these custom sizes Simply Shutters offers a door modification service whereby we’ll modify the nearest stock sized louvre door to your specified dimensions to create a bespoke, made to measure look.

More about Bespoke Modified Louvre Doors

Where can I use louvre doors?

Simply Shutters interior louvre doors are ideal for use as:

  • Bedroom wardrobe doors
  • Airing cupboard doors
  • Kitchen cupboard doors
  • General cupboard doors
  • Internal louvre doors
  • Closet doors
  • Interior doors and panels for partitions.

We do not recommend these doors for external applications.


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High Line Pine Open Louvre Doors

White Line Painted Open Louvre Doors


How to guides

Tips for measuring for interior louvre doors

Things to consider when buying hinges for louvre doors

How to hang louvre doors: Volume 1 – on flush hinges

How to store louvre doors before installation

Step by step guide for replacing a louvre blade on narrow louvre doors

Step by step guide for replacing a louvre blade on wide louvre doors

How louvre doors can help you make the most of your space

Where to use louvre doors around your home



*Conditions apply. For more information on nationwide delivery areas and costs, visit our 'delivery schedules' and 'delivery costs' information on our louvre door product pages. Find out more about our return policy.

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