French door sizes explained
If you’re looking to spruce up the entryway to your garden, upgrading your patio doors to a French door set is a great way to give your home the refresh it needs. When choosing the right French door set for your home, you’ll need to take into account the measurements needed in order to choose the correct French door size and think about how wide your door will open.
Here, we explore how to measure your door so you can pick the right French door size for you, the various ranges we have and everything you need to know before making this investment. If you’re looking to install a French door set in your home, keep reading on to find out more.
In this guide:
We provide a clear guide to choosing the right French door size for your home.
Find out if there are any specific building regulations you need to adhere to.
Read the different options of French door sizes from Vufold.
Find out the benefits of choosing bespoke French doors.
We answer common queries on choosing French door sizes.
Choosing the right French door size for you
While getting your head around French door sizes may seem daunting, it’s not as difficult as you might think. Before you begin, ensure you measure from the brick opening, rather than the existing door or frame. Here is an easy-to-follow guide when sourcing your measurements:
Measuring for the width
In order to get the most accurate reading when measuring for the width, use your tape measure to get a measurement across the top, middle and bottom of the door opening. Bear in mind that in some properties, this may vary slightly, so we recommend selecting the largest measurement as your final width size.
Measuring for the height
Next, you need to measure the height for your door. Again, going from the size of the opening, measure down the left-hand side of the door, followed by the right side. If one side is slightly bigger than the other, choose the largest option of the two.
When measuring for your door – if you need to stand on a step ladder or chair to reach the top of the door, always ask a family member or friend to lend a hand. We also recommend measuring up a couple of times to ensure that the measurements are spot on.
After you have worked out your measurements, you’ll be able to choose the right French door size for your home. French door sizes come in a variety of widths and heights. Whatever size and accessories you choose – French doors will offer a traditional, classic feel.
You can find external French doors that open inwards or outwards, and some bespoke manufacturers can allow you to choose how your door opens. The configuration of the door is important, and whether your door should open inwards or outwards depends on the space you have available either side of your door, and which option is more practical for your environment.
Using your measurements, you should be able to figure out which French door is right for you. If you are struggling or need help, get in touch with our team who will be happy to assist you.
What building regulations do I need to adhere to?
Before you decide to upgrade your patio doors to French doors, you need to make sure they follow the up-to-date building regulations - otherwise, you could run into trouble when trying to sell your home at a later date.
While some may be tempted to skip this step, not meeting building regulations for your door could result in heat loss and higher energy bills for your home. Building regulations are designed to keep people safe and save them money.
When choosing your new French door set, you need to ensure that the glass used complies with the thermal performance standards. You also need to ensure that there is appropriate ventilation and access in the event of a fire.
If you have any questions about whether or not your new French door set meets building regulations, take a look at the official government website for more information.
External French door sizes from Vufold
We have a wide variety of French door ranges and sizes for you to choose from:
Our Master French doors come in opening width sizes of 1.2m, 1.5m and 1.8m. These doors are made from solid and durable hardwood material and come in a white or grey contemporary finish. They are available in an opening height of 2.1m, and a door thickness of 54mm.
Our Elite French Doors come in opening width sizes of 1.2m, 1.5m and 1.8m. These doors are made from hardwood and real oak veneer, making them sleek and stylish for your home but affordable at the same time. They are available in a brick opening height of 2.1m, and a door thickness of 54mm.
Our Status Express French Doors and Status French Doors come in opening width sizes 1.2m, 1.5m and 1.8m. These doors are our latest aluminium range of French doors which keep warm in and cold air out. They are available in a door thickness of 75mm, and an opening size height of 2.1m.
Our Supreme French Doors come in opening width sizes of 1.5m and 1.8m. These doors are our most sophisticated aluminium French doors on the market with a white or grey finish that’s guaranteed for 15 years. These doors perfectly complement our Supreme external bifold doors and windows. The Supreme French Doors are available in a door thickness of 70mm, and a brick opening height of 2.1m.
Are you unsure which type of French door is suitable for your home? Our team of experts would be happy to help you work which size and type of French door is right for you and your home.
Frequently asked questions
What are the standard French door sizes and dimensions?
The average size of French doors is 2.1 meters tall and 1.8 metres wide.
What are the different types of French doors?
There are a wide variety of French doors including external, internal, uPVC, composite, and aluminium. French doors can also have different opening options, and can open outwards or inwards.
What widths do French doors come in?
French doors often come in brick opening width sizes of 1.2m, 1.5m and 1.8m.
What is the maximum width of French doors?
The maximum width of French doors is 3 metres wide. If you want a French door with sightlines, make sure you take these into account when figuring out the width of your door.
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