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Create Space with French Doors

Create Space with French Doors By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
February 22, 2005

French doors can do more than look nice. The addition of an interior French door can increase usable space, add beauty and light all at the same time.

Adding sliding French doors may not be the first thing you think of when it is time to change the looks of your living space. Today's French door designs not only add a decorative touch but can increase natural lighting and relieve the oppression of a cramped room.

How Can French Doors Create Space?

You can use interior French doors to create additional space in a number of ways. Small rooms are made even more cramped when the door is opened so one possibility is to install either a sliding French door or one that opens outward. Using an interior French door in this way you save space in the smaller rooms of your house while adding an abundance of natural light.

Larger rooms can actually waste space because you may tend to spread the furniture to cover most of the area. Consider dividing a room with a sliding or folding French door that can then be removed when the larger space is needed.

French Doors Create Space, Add Beauty, and What Else?

A growing trend in some areas of the country is to use sliding French doors to extend the interior living space into an outside area like the patio or backyard. Quality exterior and sliding French doors now come especially equipped for harsher climates.

Some French doors have been made with security in mind so you can have peace of mind without making your house look like a prison. If you are looking to create more inside space then interior French doors - along with these other benefits - make the choice for French doors all the more clear.

About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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