French Doors 101: Your Essential Guide to the Perfect French Doors for Your Needs

picSolid doors are all well and good, as far as they go. But if you would really like to have a property that looks more appealing and shows off a personality of its own, then it would be better to go for a more visually striking door such as French doors.\

What exactly are French doors and how are they distinguished?

French doors are unique in that they are more like a combination door and window. These types of doors come in a range of sizes, with a number of glass panels. Traditionally, French doors came in pairs, with two glass panels on each side that were hinged. But today, you have a lot more options when it comes to French door designs, ranging from French doors with multiple panels to French doors that swing in, swing out, or are slid to open.

The main purpose of a French door is to serve as a link between two areas or rooms in your property, such as a living and dining area, an access to a patio or balcony, or an access to a conservatory or garden.

The advantages of having French doors

French doors bring many advantages to any property as they are designed to maximise natural light.  By outfitting your property with French doors, you can provide a ‘visual connection’ or ‘bridge’ between two areas, often an indoor area and an outdoor one. If you have a restaurant, for example, French doors can easily let your patrons distinguish between the indoor area and the outdoor one and can choose where to sit accordingly.

French doors are also great at expanding your space and offering cosier surroundings, especially if it links to a terrace or garden. With French doors, the interior will automatically have more light without the discomfort of cold temperature. French doors are also ideal for creating a good flow between different rooms or areas, and allow these same areas to be easily closed when needed.

The different French door styles

You have plenty of options with regards to French door styles, as mentioned. Traditionally, French doors were distinguished simply by the number of panes they had. Today, you can opt for a single pane French door or a 10-pane one, comprised of 2 x 5 panes. These panes can also be set in different frame materials, ranging from wood to steel or aluminium and even GRP or fibreglass. You can also opt for French doors with clear or transparent glass or opaque glass panes. At window and French door experts like The Window Store (learn more about their services at, you can choose from sculptured or chamfered options as well as French doors that are internally glazed and come with multi-point locking systems and various hardware, colours, and finishes.

Where to use French doors

You can basically use French doors most anywhere in your property. But traditionally, French doors were used for providing access to an outdoor area, such as a terrace, patio, or garden. They were not known for being used as a front door. But today, French doors have also become popular as front doors, primarily because we have the advantage of better, tougher glass that has enhanced insulation as well.

You can also use French doors for dividing two rooms; especially if privacy is not an issue (this is why more office spaces use French doors nowadays as well, simply to divide one part of the room from another but still benefitting from the feeling of an open space).

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