French Doors

Distinguish your home with French doors

A door is much more than a gateway into your home and all its rooms; it's a way to distinguish the outside of your house and evoke a certain style through your home's interior. Choosing the perfect door not only adds functionality to your space, but also lends a touch of class and style in places that often get overlooked.

French doors are a perfect way to simultaneously open your home and create privacy within its rooms. They are both stylish and durable, and French doors can be custom-made in both classic and contemporary styles.

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Choosing a French Door

French doors are characterized by wooden or metal door frames with panes of glass comprising the main body of the door. Often, the glass can be plain, or it can be frosted, beveled or even stained. If the French door is on the exterior of your home, as in the case of French patio doors, the glass may be one double-paned sheet to keep out drafts and weather. French doors can be double doors, but often one French door is used to divide a room with a smaller door frame.

Choosing interior French doors starts with measuring your door frame. Most interior doors are single-paned, so choose a style that fits with your home's decor. Installing French doors can be tricky, and you may want to get a professional to do it, but do-it-yourselfers can follow these tips:

  • Install your French door by removing the old frame and ensuring that the hole that's left is a perfect square. If it isn't, your door won't close or swing properly.
  • Install your new door frame, making sure that you use shims to properly level the frame. Ensure that your doors fit easily within the frame and can swing and close without a problem.
  • Hang your doors, using the accompanying door hinges and hardware, and ensure that they are straight and don't drag.

Exterior French doors can be installed in much the same way as interior doors, but if you don't already have the space to hang the door, consult a professional about cutting the correct hole in the exterior of your home.

Finish your beautiful doors by choosing the right doorknobs and hinges to really set off the look. Many people choose to install curtains for French doors, especially if they're exterior doors, to preserve their privacy. French door curtains require two rods, so be sure you measure correctly or your curtains won't hang correctly.

French doors are a beautiful way to let the light into your space and add a touch of elegance. They're a great choice for any home.