The doors in your home serve the practical purpose of partitioning rooms and providing privacy, but they also play a big role in the appearance of a room. If you’re considering upgrading some of the doors in your home, Glass Doctor® recommends interior glass doors for many applications. Consider some of the places you might install glass doors, and don’t forget to weigh the pros and cons.
Places to Add Interior Glass Doors
Not all doors in your home should be made of glass. Also, not every opening in your home should be partitioned off with a door. Weigh your decision carefully and consider working with an interior designer to help you make the right choice. Here are some of the best places to add interior glass doors.
Where there wasn’t a door before
Some homes have a very open layout with large openings connecting rooms together. If you prefer to separate some rooms from adjacent ones, interior glass doors could be a good option. French doors with glass panels are particularly trendy right now, as long as you have a wide enough opening to work with. Examples of places to considering installing a glass door where there wasn’t a door before include:
- Between the dining and living room
- At the entrance to the piano/music room
- Between the foyer and the dining room
In place of a solid wood door
Sometimes, you want to separate adjacent rooms while still being able to see between them. In this case, you can choose to replace an existing solid wood door with an airier glass door. Good places to make the switch include:
- At the entrance to the study
- Between the master bedroom and master bath
- At the entrance to the laundry room
Pros of Interior Glass Doors
Whether you’re hoping for practical or design-related benefits, interior glass doors could be just what you’re looking for. The option provides great benefits when used in the right places.
- Block sound without blocking sight: Sometimes, you may find it important to block sound traveling between rooms. For someone working in the study, it’s nice to drown out sound from the rest of the house. When someone’s playing the piano, it’s beneficial to close the door so the musician can practice even when other family members don’t feel like being serenaded. In both instances, it’s still nice to be able to see into and out of the room thanks to interior glass doors.
- Make your home feel bigger: If you installed wood doors at every possible place in your home, it would feel closed off and seem smaller. Glass doors provide an open flow when you need it, without partitioning off your house too much.
Cons of Interior Glass Doors
While beneficial in many instances, glass doors aren’t the answer to every situation. Keep the drawbacks in mind to help prevent you from making the wrong choice.
- More cleaning requirements: Fingerprints show up on glass-paneled doors, requiring you to wipe them down more often than you might clean a wood door. If you have little children, be prepared for fingerprints always showing up on the lower half of the door.
- Not appropriate when privacy is a concern: Some couples prefer greater privacy in the bathroom, so a glass door between the master bedroom and bath might not always work. Of course, one way to combat the privacy concern is to choose textured or satin etched glass to obscure the view.
For more ways to use glass in your home, please contact Glass Doctor today.