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Choosing The Right Timber Doors for Your Conservatory

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When it comes to picking doors for your conservatory project, the choice can feel a little overwhelming. French, bifold or sliding? Whilst all aesthetically pleasing, they will each provide a different finish to your oak orangery or conservatory, so it’s important to consider your options thoroughly.

Below we explain the difference between the main types of timber door used in conservatories and orangeries, along with advice on how to make the right choice for your home.

French Doors

French doors date all the way back to the 17th Century, meaning they earn their place as one of the most enduringly popular types of both interior and exterior door. They traditionally consist of glass panels that take up almost all of the door’s length and are typically available as either a single door or double doors.

oak framed conservatory extensions with french doors

Oak Framed Conservatory Extensions with French Doors

Timber french doors are hinged and usually open outwards. When the doors are open you will benefit from full access to the width of the door. However, you are usually limited to double door width when choosing this style.

Sliding Patio Doors

Sliding doors are another great choice for hardwood conservatories and orangeries. Like French doors, they are made of glass panels. Sliding patio doors, though, can consist of multiple panels and the biggest difference is that they open to the side by sliding along a track.

Timber sliding doors are an ideal option for smaller or restricted spaces, as when they’re open the doors do not protrude into the space. However, you are not able to open sliding doors to their entire width; usually you can only open up to 50% of them as the doors themselves will block the rest of the door space. 

Bifold Doors

Bifold doors are most definitely the door of the moment and are becoming increasingly popular with modern homeowners. Bifolding conservatory doors are usually made up of at least three glass panels that, when opened, fold together and slide along a track.

These doors are a great option for making the most of your outdoor space as they provide extra-wide access to your property. 

Both internal and external timber bifold doors offer great flexibility and can be customised to suit almost any requirement. They are also a stunning focal point to any room.

Timber Framed Extension - Oak Bifold Doors

What style should I choose for my conservatory?

Wooden Framed Orangery - Bifold Doors

When selecting conservatory doors for your project it’s important to consider your priorities. Are you limited to a tight budget? Do you have a specific style in mind? How do you want to use your new space? All of these answers will help to select the perfect timber doors for you.

For example, if you live in a period property, French doors could offer the traditional finish you desire. Or, if one of the main goals when designing your new conservatory was to make the most of your garden and ‘bring the outside in’, bifold doors could be the perfect option. Alternatively, if your garden is quite small, sliding doors could be a great alternative as they will make the most of the space available.

Your conservatory designer will be able to help you make sense of your priorities and answer any questions you may have, ensuring the timber doors you choose are the right ones for you and your home

When designing and planning your oak conservatory or wooden framed orangery, picking the right timber door can really finish the project off in style. But with different types available, how do you know which doors are the right choice for you? Here at Richmond Oak Conservatories we design and install beautiful oak conservatories, orangeries and garden rooms. We can help you pick the perfect timber doors for your needs, tastes and budget. Just get in touch with our team of professionals today! 

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