A Dutch door is a door, which is divided into two parts horizontally, so the bottom half can remain closed while the top half is open. When the connecting hardware is locked, the two halves act as one, posing as a solid door.
Such doors were common in the Netherlands in the 17th century. They were devised for use as exterior doors on farmhouses to keep animals out and children in, while allowing air and light to come and go. Dutch settlers brought these doors to the US and here they are now – still popular! A precursor to the screen door, it keeps unwanted visitors out while allowing sunlight and breezes to wander in, open and welcoming on the one hand, private and protective on the other, this door is a great idea for your home. If you are still hesitating, let’s take a look at pros and cons.
A Dutch door keeps out unwanted elements while letting in light and fresh air. It adds a casual and welcoming personality to an entry door plus adds historical charm. A Dutch door offers a visual connection between indoors and out, or between two indoor rooms, and it can become an alternative to a baby gate indoors. It can act as a solid-door alternative inside the house, for example as the door to a laundry room or office, where you want to let light into the room but still have a barrier for pets or children.
Such a door might not be good in insect-ridden areas (it’s cumbersome to install a screen with a Dutch door). Be careful – it can be easy to pinch fingers between the door halves.
Dutch Doors With A Glass Top
Most of Dutch doors are done with a glass top – it can be a French framed glass top or with any other configuration. If you want a more modern and sleek look, go for a solid glass piece in the top part, it looks very bold and interesting. With a glass top you’ll be able to see who has come, which is very comfortable.
Wooden Dutch Doors
If you want to make a statement with you door, prefer a Dutch door without glass, with some texture, color and maybe patterns. Make different colors on both sides, for example, bright yellow and bright blue for a bolder look.