Stable doors, sometimes also referred to as a barn door, allow for greater freedom on how you open them. They are split into two sections horizontally so that the two sections of the door can open independently from each other, as well as opening together as a single door. This means that the lower half of the door can remain shut while the top half is open. As a result, these doors are often viewed as a mix between a door and a window.
The top section of a stable door is often partly glazed, whereas the lower section does not have any glazing. There are multiple benefits of stable doors, some of which include:
Keeping young children and pets safe
If you have young children or pets, stable doors can be a simple way to keep them safe inside whilst opening the top section of the door, as you can keep the lower section locked shut.
Stable doors allow you to open the top section of the door in a similar way to how you would open a casement window. This means that you can ventilate your home by just opening the top half of the door.
Having the lower section of the door closed, when opening the top section for ventilation, also helps prevent the wind from blowing dirt and leaves into your property.
Traditional and authentic
Stable doors are commonly associated with barns, but also look at home in traditional farmhouses and cottages. Their traditional style makes them a perfect fit for period properties and newer builds looking to replicate the charm and character of older homes.
Installing a stable door
Like other windows and doors, there are a range of different timber, glass, ironmongery and finish options that you can choose from when looking to install a new stable door.
Accoya is a popular timber choice as it is both very durable and stable. It is a sustainably-sourced manufactured wood and comes with a 50-year anti-rot guarantee, allowing you to be confident in its longevity.
Different types of glass can offer different benefits, such as increased security and acoustic benefits, so don’t be misled into thinking there is only one option. Like the type of finish, glass can also be used to provide aesthetic benefits. Consider whether you want clear glass, frosted glass or even coloured glass in the glazing part of your stable door.
Ironmongery plays a large part in the security of the door, so check the quality of the ironmongery and speak to a specialist to check that the ironmongery you would like will work in a stable door. Stable doors can be just as secure as casement windows and other back doors. The doors operate by having separate secure locks in each section of the door, with an additional lock to hold both the sections together when you wish to fully open the door.
If you are replacing an existing stable door, you may wish to replicate your current door. A specialist bespoke timber door company should be able to help you achieve this.