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Single vs. Double Entry Doors: Which is Better?

Double front doors, double the welcome! Learn more about the differences between single vs. double entry doors.

If you’ve ever been frustrated on moving day because your king size bed or sectional sofa wouldn’t fit through a single door—this topic might hit close to home. However, double front doors can provide more benefits than simply extending the width of your entryway. If you’re considering designing a custom iron door and you want an easy way to increase the amount of light that flows into your foyer, you may also want to think about double doors. Follow along as we discuss the benefits of double front doors, and check out a few project examples in a range of styles. 


The Benefits of Double Front Doors

Upgrading your single entry door to a double entry door is a great option for those who want to infuse some grandeur into their exterior architecture. Whether you’re focusing on function or style, here are three benefits of double front doors: 

   1. Elevate Your Exterior Architecture

Double front doors can create a more welcoming entryway for both large and small homes. On larger homes, for example, double doors can provide a sense of balance and complement the home’s vast exterior. On the other hand, double front doors can create a more open and inviting entry on smaller homes. 

   2. Expand Your Entryway 

Many homeowners choose double doors over a single door entry because of the extra space that they provide—for people and furniture. Whether you’re frequently hosting guests or moving and rearranging furniture, you’ll appreciate the extra space. We also recommend double entry doors for patios and decks as they are well-suited for entertaining.

   3. Invite More Light Inside

Double the doors means double the windows—and who doesn’t love bringing a little extra light into their home? To take it a step further, you can also add custom transoms and sidelights to double front doors, increasing their width and height.


What About Single Entry Doors? 

There’s nothing wrong with single entry doors. Plenty of Clark Hall clients choose this design which works perfectly for their home. Because of their smaller size, single doors are typically less expensive, simply due to the fact that only one door is being designed and installed. 

But when you compare a double door vs a single door entry, in homes that feature a wider front entryway, a single entry door can seem lost and underwhelming. Optimize your space and embrace more design opportunities when you choose double doors. 


Customize Double Entry Doors to Suit Your Style  

Regardless of your taste, our experts and artisans work closely with you to design the double door entryway of your dreams. Specify everything from the hardware and finish to the height, width, and pivot points. Explore a few of our favorite custom double front door projects to gather inspiration.

Traditional Double Front Doors

Inspired by classic silhouettes and design principles, these gorgeous traditional double front doors are complete with hand forged hardware, Cotswold style glass windows, and a sharp Charcoal finish that complements the exterior’s white brick siding. 

Traditional Double Front Doors

Modern & Bright Double Entry Doors

This contemporary slim profile double door welcomes visitors into a bright, cheerful foyer. Equipped with large insulated glass windows and minimalist hardware, this entrance is simply breathtaking.  

Modern & Bright Double Entry Doors

Ornate & Expansive Double Entry Doors  

Detailed wrought iron scrollwork isn’t the only eye-catching element of these ornate double front doors. The complementary sidelights increase the allusion of added width and help brighten the entrance as well. 

Ornate & Expansive Double Entry Doors

Single to Double Front Door Transformations

Have a single entry door but are unsure how it would look to replace it with double entry doors? Evaluating single vs double entry doors is best seen with examples. Check out two before and after transformations: 

Traditional Single Door to Ornate Double Front Door

A before photo of a single panel door with sidelights and a transom.
A double iron door featuring intricate scrollwork and a dark finish.

Slim Single Door to Wide Double Door

A single panel wood door with two sidelights.
An ornate double iron door with unique scrollwork and two small transoms.

Ready to upgrade your entryway and design double front doors? Contact us to schedule a consultation at one of our showrooms, and we can chat through your latest inspiration as you get the chance to experience our doors up close. And before you connect, be sure to read our reasons to consider an iron door, and know the difference between investing in an iron vs. a wood door. 


 Frequently Asked Questions About Double Door vs Single Door Entry 

Is a double front door good for a main door?

Yes, an iron double door is a great option for a home’s main door because it provides a larger entryway. This extra space is convenient for welcoming more guests and moving furniture—if you’ve ever tried to move a king size bed through a single entry door, you’ll come to appreciate the extra door. 

Why is it advisable to have a double front door in the house?

For homes that have the space, we recommend adding a double door if it suits your style and preference. Double doors expand your entryway, elevate your exterior entrance and architecture to be more welcoming, and invite more light inside since there’s an extra entry for windows.  

How much does a double entry door cost?

On average, a custom Clark Hall double entry door that involves design, custom drawings, hardware, and installation starts at around $10,000.

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