What is a Dutch Door?

Dutch DoorA Dutch door is rooted in agricultural history, but it is very well suited for modern living. The most unusual aspect is the split design of two horizontal parts that can be opened and closed independently of each other. It is mounted with additional hardware and when the connecting latches are locked, the door can be used as a one-paneled solid door.

The Practical Use

Original to the Netherlands, the idea of the Dutch door quickly found its way to America, where it was first used in rural areas as an exterior door on farmhouses, stables and barns. The purpose of it was to keep the children in and the animals out while allowing the light and air to enter the building.

It eventually progressed into home use for the same purpose. Because of its usefulness, the style rapidly migrated to the cities where the door was used to separate the dirt and debris found on the street from the home. It also served as a barrier between the occupants of the house and the delivery men. The interaction could take place without letting the delivery men inside the house. Today, the Dutch door is mainly used for its aesthetically unique value as it can be designed in various ways to add to the visual effect of the home or business.

Styles of Dutch Doors

Different variations of the Dutch doors are typically found in its panel design, type of material and height of the dividing break, according to Vintage Design. The most preferred material used is still wood, but many minimalistic designers have incorporated the use of metal due to its durability. Generally, the bottom half is solid while the upper half can be modeled according to the need or specifications provided by the customer. Designs vary and may include glass, multiple panels or stained wood.

Because of the unique purpose and design, pre-fabricated door may be difficult to find. In most cases, the Dutch door is custom-made for a specific purpose desired by the client.

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