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A Dutch door is a door divided in half with a top door and a separate bottom door. These sections can operate together as one door or only half of the door can remain open. Usually the top is left open, while the bottom half of the door is closed. Dutch doors are sometimes constructed with a shelf attached to the bottom half of the door. Dutch doors are also known as stable doors, half doors, or divided doors. Dutch doors can also be ordered with flat panels, raised panels, or doors with glass, instead of wood panels.
Dutch doors were invented in the Netherlands in the 1600’s. They were first used on front doors, then were introduced into the home as doorways into the kitchen. These doors were used in farmhouses as a way to let air and light flow through the house, while keeping farm animals out. As farmhouses slowly left and our modern suburbs came, Dutch doors eventually left. Their popularity came back around the 1950’s. Neighbors would stand and visit with each other through the charming doors, popularized by such tv programs, such as “Mr. Ed”. But once again as the neighborhoods changed and people did not visit as much, single panel doors became more popular, and the Dutch door was set aside again. The Dutch Door is often found in pre-revolutionary houses from the Dutch areas of New York and New Jersey. They are also widely found in 16th and 17th century paintings. Today Dutch doors are gaining in popularity again.
Dutch doors are not only unique and lovely doors for your home but they also have many uses. Dutch doors can be used as a garage door, children’s playhouse door, back door, tool shed door, nursery door, or a kitchen door are jut some of the many examples. Dutch doors are perfect for a nursery. They allow toddlers to stay in and not get into trouble or hurt. Dutch doors allow you to not close the room completely off and eliminate the need for ugly baby gates. Dutch doors also provide a way to keep pets in one area of your home. They are even A.S.P.C.A. recommended. Cats can jump over these doors but most breeds of dogs cannot. Dutch doors are also used in many offices. They can replace reception desks. and allow customers to walk up and speak with an employee,but not enter the workspace, which can be dangerous to the customer such as a mechanic shop or a woodworking shop.
WHY A DUTCH DOOR
Dutch doors are a charming door to add to your home. Not only do they have many uses but they raise the resale value of your home. Dutch doors are a way to add a bit of history with a modern twist to your home., adding a nostalgic feel, but yet designed to fit in with your other doors, and home décor.
DUTCH DOOR PICTURES
HOW TO LOCK A DUTCH DOOR
To lock a Dutch Door you’ll need the following:
1 Keyed in Knob or Lever
1 6″ Surface Bolt