The history of French doors

Phantom Screens / August 4, 2016

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When it comes to decorating your home and bringing style to both the exterior and interior, you can’t go wrong with French doors. French doors consist of multiple small windows, often known as “lights,” set into the full length of the door. Because their main purpose isn’t to provide privacy, they are decorative in nature and function to bring more light into the home. Over time, this home decor essential has become widely popular throughout its existence due to its versatility and beauty.

If you can believe it, French doors date back all the way to the 17th century and the end of the Renaissance period of art and architecture. During this period of time, new ideas were being integrated more and more into building construction. The architecture largely focused on symmetry, regularity, proportion and geometry, similar to ancient Roman style, so there was a demand for more light to be let in through windows. This created the necessity for the separate glass panes that you see today on French doors. Incorporating windows into doors allowed for people to have more light in their homes before electricity existed, which was great for rooms that didn’t have windows.

French doors were previously made from wood and wrought iron for style purposes. As time passed, rigid materials like PVC and aluminum also came into fashion because of their strength and lightweight properties.

Types of French doors

There are different types of French doors that can go in your home – the one you choose all depends on the design concept you have throughout your home and how you would like your French doors to function. Here are the different types:

Interior
Interior French doors are designed to connect one room to one another. They act as a wall or a partition between the two spaces.

Exterior
French doors don’t just exist indoors, they’re just as perfect for the outdoors. These doors are exposed to outside weather conditions and allow sunlight to stream through your doors at all times of the day, enhancing the beauty of your home.

Pocket
Rather than opening on a traditional hinge, pocket French doors are great space savers and slide into a wall to give your home even more room.

Bi-fold
These doors have two to four sections that fold into pairs. They can open from either side for one pair or fold off both sides for two pair – this type of French door is mostly used for indoor closets.

Multi-fold
This type of French door doubles as a room or hall divider. They are designed for places where folding doors are needed to cover a wider than normal space.

Sliding
If you want to leave ample space in your home, sliding doors may be the way to go. They’re great for patios and balconies where there may be limited space to work with. They slide open and close on a track to allow more space for furniture and other decor accessories. This type of French door adds light and a modern look to any patio and allows guests to get in and out of the house with ease.

The best way to enjoy your French doors even more is with retractable screens. Unlike traditional fixed or sliding screens – which don’t work with French doors – Phantom’s retractable door screens are perfect for providing protection from insects and the summer sun without blocking your views, as well as letting a nice breeze of fresh air spread throughout your home. The retractable screen stays out of sight so that you and your guests can maintain a clear view to the outside when the screen is not in use.