French Doors: What Are the Benefits?

Karin Mangan

French doors can transform a room. They let in natural light, provide a view onto the outdoors, and they should also be a design feature in themselves.

You could choose to replace a wall with French doors to create a smooth transition between the interior and exterior, which can increase the sense of space even when the doors are closed. When the weather is warm, open the doors to expand your living space, make the most of your garden or patio, and allow fresh air to circulate in your home.

You might also decide to replace old French doors with new ones. The advantages of modern French doors over older ones include:

  1. Improved home security
  2. Improved energy efficiency and insulation
  3. Improved durability
  4. Reduced maintenance

You could have your French doors fitted with opaque glass for privacy or you could opt for tinted glass if they get direct sunlight.

French doors can also be suitable to create a division/connection between two rooms. The advantages of French doors to separate two connecting rooms include:

  1. Light can travel through, making both rooms feel brighter and less closed-in
  2. You can save on heating/cooling bills by only heating/cooling the part of the room you are using
  3. Your home is more versatile than if you created an open archway between the rooms or left them as two separate rooms with a standard connecting door

Sliding French doors or louvered French doors make the most of your room because you don't need to leave space for the doors to open--you can use that space for furniture or indoor plants that accentuate the connection between the interior and the garden.


About the Author

Karin has worked as a freelancer for over ten years, writing informatively about a wide range of subjects. She has a PhD and a background in education and research.

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