Glass door design ideas, inspiration & pictures

Why choose a glass door?

Although glass doors allow for a separation between rooms (such as a dining room and kitchen), the transparent glazing still ensures a visual link, creating a much wider spatial feeling. And let’s not forget how glass still allows lighting (both artificial and natural) to filter through from one space to another. 

Architects, interior designers and door professionals all know that there is a certain modern nuance that is added to a home’s style as soon as glass doors are installed.

Are glass doors convenient?

Apart from the aesthetic value of glass doors, they are also quite practical. A lot of natural light is brought into a room when there are glass doors, which is a great advantage on cloudy/gloomy days. A room with natural light makes people feel less morose as opposed to rooms with little to no natural light. Due to the natural that is brought into a room by the glass doors, people tend to use less artificial lighting, in turn saving on electricity bills. 

For those with small spaces it is a good idea to consider glass doors, for they can go a long way in making a room seem bigger than it actually is. Let’s not forget how they also usher in scenic views, such as a garden or nicely decorated patio.

What are the different types of glass doors?

The hinged single door: The hinged single door is the traditional choice. With a swivelling hinge on one side of the frame, the door is allowed to swing open from the wall inward or outward. These doors can be framed or frameless, with the handle/knob also adding to the overall feel and look of the room. Hinged doors are typically used when a room is small, as it can add visual spaciousness.

French doors: These are doors that are hinged and open away from each other. Traditionally, they usually have multiple timber-framed glass panels and swing inwards, but modern times have seen these doors evolving to suit the individual needs of homeowners. Like the hinged single doors, French doors can also be used to maximise the space in a room. Commonly French doors are framed in timber, PVC or fiberglass. 

Bi-fold doors: These doors are made of a series of individual panels that can be framed or frameless. They are typically hinged to panels that fold along a track and can be pushed to one side of the structural opening. These doors can help to create an illusion of a large interior because they don’t have noticeable structural posts. 

Pivot doors: Pivot doors have hinges that are placed at the top and the bottom of the door, which allows the door to be opened both from the inside and the outside. With pivot doors, you have the option to make them singular or multiple depending on the look you are going for. Keep in mind that pivot doors require adequate legroom for the panel to be opened widely. 

Sliding doors: Sliding doors open sideways rather than inwards or outwards. They allow for wide glass walls, thus maximising the space and the view. They also offer a transition between the interior and the exterior. 

Stacking doors: Stacking doors are similar to sliding doors, but they have more moving panels. Usually they are made of multiple panels that slide behind a structural framework. Similar to the sliding doors, stacking doors can provide for a larger opening than most doors. Cost of Glass doors.

What are the best ways to clean glass doors?

Mixing in a bit of vinegar with your warm water and cleaning agent is one of the best ways to clean glass doors. But before you go the vinegar route, first treat the door’s surfaces to a decent dusting to remove all dust and debris. A feather duster or microfiber cloth is ideal for this task. Keep in mind that should the dust not be properly removed beforehand, the added water will result in smudges on those glass surfaces. 

It is also a good idea to clean the frame first. Then afterwards, lay down some newspaper on the floor for the dripping water. As some liquid solutions can damage wooden panels, it might be a good idea to either cover the wooden frames with newspaper as well, or take good care not to let any water drip/slide down. 

Our recommendation is to use a liquid solution in a spray bottle, thereby minimising the amount of liquid that’ll be added to the glass surface, plus allowing you enough time to wipe up any drips before they cascade down onto the wood. 

If you really want your glass door (and windows and mirrors...) to be streak free, clean from top to bottom. Begin at the top and work your way down to make sure that no drips will happen on the glass surfaces that are already perfectly cleaned.