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Choosing wooden front doors with side panels: options and configurations

If you’re looking to invest in a new wooden front door, researching the options available to you is the best way to ensure you find the perfect external door for your home. Whether you’d like glazing on your entrance door to allow extra light in or you have a larger opening to fit more than just a standard door, there are plenty of options available.

If the idea of a front door with side panels appeals to you, then a door with a sidelight might be the ideal choice. Read on to find out more about why this particular style of door might be the perfect fit for your home.

Why choose a wooden front door with side panels?

If you have a large entrance space or want to make a statement with your exterior door, side panels are the perfect way to add something extra to the front of your home and create a more contemporary door and look. While a single door may get swallowed up by a large entranceway or porch space, a wooden door with sidelights is the best of both worlds.

A glazed sidelight provides the ideal way to create dimension or let in light, if you want to make a statement with your front door. Whether you’re looking to install a whole new entryway or you’re making use of an existing space where you had a large front door before, introducing side panels can provide the balance needed to enhance your home.

The benefits of a wooden front door with side panels

When looking to buy a door with side panels, it’s important to consider the benefits they can provide alongside your new front door. Glass side panels, otherwise known as sidelights, are a popular choice for many homes. The benefits include:

  • Make space feel bigger – with plenty of additional light in your entranceway, you can make the space feel bigger and wider while providing an aesthetically pleasing look both inside and outside your home
  • Thermal efficiency – high quality sidelights have excellent thermal efficiency to help keep your home warm
  • Safe and secure – while glazing may not seem to be the best choice in terms of security, the quality and sturdy nature of the glazing within sidelights make them incredibly safe for use on the exterior of your home, especially if you opt for an option including toughened safety glass which is included with Vufold’s full range of wooden front doors

Learn more about the benefits and factors to consider when choosing a wooden front door in our guide.

Factors to consider when choosing a wooden front door with side panels

When it comes to making your final choice on the style of a wooden front door with sidelights for your home, there are many different factors to consider.

Style of your home

Firstly, considering the style and aesthetics of your home will help you to pick a door that blends in perfectly with the style of your home, as well as your other doors and windows. Choosing a wooden or timber door helps to create a traditional and timeless look but added sidelights help to brighten the look up and introduce more light into your home.

Glazing

Secondly, the type of glazing you want is an important consideration. Do you want something frosted, patterned, or plain? With so many options available, choosing the perfect entrance door for your home should be an easy task. Read our guide to find out more about choosing the best glazing for your front door.

Size or design

Finally, the size and design of your new entrance door are important considerations. For example, you may want a door that fits into your specific doorway or opening, and want to choose the correct number of sidelights to fit into the existing space. Or, if you want to make the space larger to fit additional sidelights in, you might want to consider extending the opening to fit it in. Similarly, you could reduce your entranceway opening to suit a smaller door and glass sidelight combination.

Vufold wooden front doors with side panels

If you’re looking for a new wooden front door with sidelights, we’ve got a range of options available at Vufold. In addition to our range of standard sizes, we’re also able to provide bespoke sizes too if you find that your opening is not quite right.

OSLO External Grey Door and Sidelight

Wooden front door
SizeCostSidelightGlazing 
  • 1.44m
  • 1.59m
£1,279 Single sidelight that can be placed to the left or right of the door
  • Frosted glass
  • Double glazing
  • Toughened safety glass
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OSLO External Grey Door and Sidelight

Wooden front door
SizeCostSidelightGlazing 
  • 1.94m
£1,579 Double sidelight to have panels either side of the door
  • Frosted glass
  • Double glazing
  • Toughened safety glass
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Stockholm External Grey Door and Sidelight

Wooden front door
SizeCostSidelightGlazing 
  • 1.44m
£1,359 Single sidelight that can be placed to the left or right of the door
  • Frosted glass
  • Double glazing
  • Toughened safety glass
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Stockholm External Grey Door and Sidelight

Wooden front door
SizeCostSidelightGlazing 
  • 1.94m
£1,619 Double sidelight to have panels either side of the door
  • Frosted glass
  • Double glazing
  • Toughened safety glass
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Malmo External Grey Door and Sidelight

Wooden front door
SizeCostSidelightGlazing 
  • 1.44m
£1,369 Single sidelight that can be placed to the left or right of the door
  • Frosted glass
  • Double glazing
  • Toughened safety glass
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Malmo External Grey Door and Sidelight

Wooden front door
SizeCostSidelightGlazing 
  • 1.94m
£1,629 Double sidelight to have panels either side of the door
  • Frosted glass
  • Double glazing
  • Toughened safety glass
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Bergen External Grey Door and Sidelight

Wooden front door
SizeCostSidelightGlazing 
  • 1.44m
£1,449 Single sidelight that can be placed to the left or right of the door
  • Frosted glass
  • Double glazing
  • Toughened safety glass
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Bergen External Grey Door and Sidelight

Wooden front door
SizeCostSidelightGlazing 
  • 1.94m
£1,689 Double sidelight to have panels either side of the door
  • Frosted glass
  • Double glazing
  • Toughened safety glass
Buy Now

Browse our full range of wooden doors, with and without sidelights, online today – or get in touch with our team for further advice on our range of front doors.

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