If you’ve ever walked into a home and spotted a wine cellar, you probably never forgot it. Whether it was in the foyer, the basement, or the dining room, a wine cellar is a stunning home statement and functional storage option—the perfect place to keep wine chilled for any occasion, from holidays to impromptu get-togethers. But, have you ever considered complementing wine cellar storage with fully-custom iron wine cellar doors?  Iron wine cellar doors are insulated and energy-efficient entryways that seal off a wine cellar. At Clark Hall, we offer clients the unique opportunity to customize entryways that fit any style or taste, as well as any height or silhouette. Feeling inspired? Pour a glass of wine and browse our design options to get an idea of finish and color, glass texture, and more. And, be sure to explore our wine cellar doors project gallery to see some of our favorite transformations—cheers!  

The Benefits of Iron Wine Cellar Doors

For avid entertainers and wine connoisseurs, a wine cellar is a great option—from both a practical and decorative standpoint. First, if you love to collect wine, a wine cellar provides plenty of storage space and the optimal chilled temperature. Second, wine cellars that are equipped with custom iron doors boast another layer of unique value. A bespoke entryway accentuates the storage room without sacrificing functionality. All of our custom wine cellar doors are insulated to keep cool air in and warm air out. Plus, they are nearly maintenance-free, requiring only occasional cleaning with a damp, soft wash cloth and mild soap. Lastly, any piece that elevates your space can have a major impact on your home’s value if you choose to sell in the future. For example, according to a survey conducted by HomeLight in 2021, a major kitchen remodel can have up to a 56.1% cost recoup—envisioning a wine cellar to complement your pantry yet?

Questions to Consider When Choosing Doors for Your Wine Cellar

Before you pull out your sketchbook and checkbook, here are 4 questions to consider when choosing the right wine cellar doors for your home.

What kind of door am I looking for?

When you’re purchasing a wine cellar door, or any door for that matter, you must account for security, energy efficiency, glass, and style. All of our custom iron doors are built with integrity and equipped with steel barrel hinges, insulated glass windows, and 14-gauge steel door panels for maximum security and energy efficiency. Plus, we use professional-grade weather stripping to seal the door and jamb. Lastly, we collaborate closely with every client to make their vision come to life—even if they want a an-glass door to showcase their wine collection. Check out our guide to designing a custom door to get a better understanding of the process.

What makes a quality wine cellar door?

Every Clark Hall wine cellar door is custom-made and handcrafted by our skilled artisans. Other prefabricated options that are built in high-quantities and made quickly use cheaper materials and paint, and usually feature insufficient welds and low-quality putty to mask imperfections. However, our custom wine cellar doors are crafted by experts who take your piece through a detailed finishing process. Learn more about our team of artisans and craftsmen when you read our conversation with the head of manufacturing.

Which way do I want the door to swing?

While you can technically customize your wine cellar door to swing in or out, we recommend having the door or doors swing in because the pressure of the cooling system will create a better seal. Also, remember to consider the depth of the wine racks as they may interfere with the door swing. Our team is happy to help you account for this during a consultation.

Does the door come with a warranty?

Always make sure that your door comes with a warranty. All of our custom iron doors come with a 10-year protection against manufacturing defects on the iron door structure and mechanics. We also provide a 5-year warranty on the finish and glass, and a 1-year warranty on the weather stripping and sweeps—essential for wine cellar clients! 

Types & Styles of Wine Cellar Doors

Whether you want a traditional, single panel wine cellar door for your foyer or a large, contemporary double door cellar in the basement, we will partner with you from start to finish. Check out a few examples of wine cellars to kickstart your next project.

A Simple Single Panel

Equipped with custom hardware and large panels of insulated glass, this slim profile door leads to a sleek wine cellar that welcomes guests as they step into the foyer. 
A custom wine cellar door in the foyer of a home.

A Contemporary Glass Cellar

These modern double front doors are complemented by two full-length sidelights and custom windows that encase the entire cellar, giving guests a peek at the curated wine collection.

A double iron door on a wine cellar.

Intricate Scrollwork Design

Featuring detailed wrought iron line work, this single panel ornate door accents the cellar’s rustic tone and European flair.

A custom, single panel ornate iron wine cellar door.

Okay, now it’s safe to take out your sketchbook and start drawing your dream wine cellar! Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experts, and read more about the difference between iron doors vs. wood doors when you visit our blog—many wood wine cellar doors that are on the market today will not offer the same warranty, longevity, or customization options!

Textures. Styles. Pros & Cons.

Have you ever walked through a set of front doors that feature inviting glass window panels? Stepping through that entryway probably felt like a breath of fresh air—the foyer was bright and the entrance was contemporary. Gone are the days of rigid wood doors that feel like barriers between you and your guests. Instead, homeowners and designers are choosing glass front doors that create a seamless transition from one room to the next. However, this simple upgrade may still pose some questions. For example, what are your privacy preferences? What texture of glass suits your style? And, what window panel layout best complements your home? Find answers to all of your questions when you follow our guide—from the need-to-know details about our glass to choosing the right style, we’ve got you covered.  

About Our High-Quality Glass

First, it’s important to consider the quality and integrity of the glass before you design a windowed front door. All of our doors—whether it features one small window or is made almost entirely of glass—come standard with clear double insulated, tempered glass that is compliant with ASTM C1036 quality criteria. Plus, all of our styles can be customized with impact-rated glass to meet specific building codes and requirements. Lastly, keep in mind that we provide a 5-year warranty on the the finish and glass.

Choosing a Texture for your Glass Front Door

Once you’ve decided that you want to design a glass front door, the fun part begins. But, your design preferences will be influenced by your privacy preferences. For instance, remember that textured glasses, like Rain and Cotswold, will offer more privacy, while clear glasses will offer onlookers an unobstructed view from the inside and outside. Additionally, consider current design trends. If staying on-trend is important to you, think about using the very popular Clear, Rain, and Aquatex textures. For more inspiration, check out some of our glass options accompanied by styling tips:x

Blog- Glass Front Door Graphic

Seedy Baroque

Intriguing, unique, and inspired by original flat glass. This pairs well with traditional door styles that pay homage to classic craftsmanship.

Horizontal Reeded

Smooth, simple, and unassuming. This glass texture adds privacy to any iron door.

Rain

Tranquil, obscure, and natural. This texture mimics glass on a rainy day, perfect for modern and traditional styles.

Flemish

Historic, eye-catching, and bespoke. This glass is inspired by Old World German antique glass from the 1800s—each panel is truly one-of a-kind, complementing any door style.

Clear

Sleek, timeless, and always in style. This glass also pairs well with pivot door designs. 

Citrus

Classic, opaque, and stylish. This glass is similar to traditional frosted textures, offering privacy and intrigue—it complements modern and traditional doors well.  

Pros & Cons of Glass Front Doors

As with any design decision, there are pros and cons to consider. With that being said, the only con we typically hear from clients is that there’s a potential lack of privacy. While this largely depends on the glass texture you choose, privacy can still be your priority. For instance, you may choose to use blinds, curtains, or other window treatments to control privacy from the inside. On the other hand, there are many pros to designing glass front doors. They are on-trend, fully customizable, and they invite more light into your home and foyer. Plus, maintaining glass front doors is very easy—simply use a microfiber cloth and glass cleaning spray to wipe away dirt, streaks, and yes, even paw print marks from your favorite security guard. Feeling inspired to upgrade your entryway with a glass front door? Browse our entire project gallery for more ideas before scheduling a consultation with one of our experts. And, be sure to visit our blog to read about sidelight and transom options—there are so many creative ways to add windows to your exterior!

Frequently Asked Questions About Glass Front Doors

Is a glass front door a good idea?

Yes, a glass front door is a good idea because it gives you the opportunity to invite more natural light into your home and foyer. Plus, glass front doors are often seen as more inviting and welcoming compared to heavy doors with little to no glass.

How can I ensure privacy with a glass front door?

To ensure privacy with a glass front door, you may choose to use blinds, curtains, or other window treatments to control privacy from the inside. From a design perspective, we recommend choosing a heavily textured glass like Rain, Cotswold, or Arctic if you want to limit what others can see.

What are the different types of glass for doors?

At Clark Hall, we offer clients a variety of glass textures to choose from. All of our options are clear double insulated tempered glass compliant with ASTM C1036 quality criteria. For textured glasses that ensure privacy, opt for Rain, Reeded, Cotswold, Arctic, Aquatex, or Citrus glass. For more clear glass, choose Clear, Illusions, or Seedy Baroque.

Choose the Right Option for Your Front Door

If you love the classic style of a single panel front door, but you want the illusion of added width and natural light, customizing a sidelight to complement your entryway may be your best option. To start, what is a sidelight? Sidelights are vertical pieces of glass on the sides of an entry door that add more natural light to a home and its foyer. These accent windows can be tailored to fit any style, height, or width, and are popular among homeowners who want to easily elevate their curb appeal. Follow along as we lay out the benefits of these windows for a front door, and what to keep in mind as you customize them.

The Benefits of Front Door Sidelights

There are several benefits of adding sidelights to your front entryway, including: 

  • More natural light. Add one or two to your front door depending on your style preference and how much light you want to let inside. 
  • Added character. Create a welcoming entryway with this unique design touch that can be personalized to match your modern, ornate, or traditional style.
  • Increased privacy. Just because you’re adding more windows to your front door, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice privacy. Opt for a textured glass for an obscure view and bespoke design element. 

3 Factors to Keep in Mind When Designing

When you partner with our team to draw a sketch of your vision, the options are nearly endless. Narrow your focus before you meet with us to design your custom door, and think about these three factors. 

  1. Style & Silhouette 

First, consider the style of your home and what kind of sidelight would best complement it. For example, a contemporary new build with a modern iron door would be best paired with one or two clear glass, slim profile sidelights. However, a home with a front door that features intricate lines and ornate patterns may be matched with windows that also feature handcrafted scrollwork and textured glass. It’s also worth noting that sidelights can help a home feel more transitional if contemporary styles don’t fit the aesthetic. For instance, a craftsman home with a traditional front door may benefit from them by increasing the amount of light that’s flowing into the home—a very modern trend, but designed to complement the classic style of the door and home.

We also recommend taking a step back and assessing your roof line to determine what type of silhouette would accent the shape of your entryway. If your entryway’s width is small or too tight to work with, you may consider only one sidelight, or two very slim ones.  

2. Size Configurations

Next, now that you have determined your front door sidelight style and silhouette, it’s time to evaluate your configuration preferences. If your entryway has enough space and you want to increase the amount of natural light that’s flowing into your home, we recommend adding two. But, if you want to create an eye-catching statement with a contemporary twist, one sidelight can also create the illusion of a large double door while adding some natural light. Here are several popular options to consider—keep in mind that our team can customize the width and height of your sidelights as needed, and no idea is off the table:

    • Single door with left sidelight
    • Single door with right sidelight
    • Single door with two sidelights
    • Double door with left sidelight 
    • Double door with right sidelight 
    • Double door with two sidelights

3. Privacy & Security

Lastly, it’s important to consider your value for privacy. If you love the look and feel of clear glass and modern iron doors, then large clear glass sidelights are a great choice. However, if you want added privacy while still increasing the width of your entryway and the amount of light that’s entering your home, choose from our selection of textured glass design options. We love the Reeded Vertical and Horizontal glasses, as well as the Rain, Cotswold, and Aquatex glasses.

Custom Front Door Inspiration

Gather design inspiration from some of our favorite projects in a variety of door and home styles.

Modern Entryway: Double door with Two Sidelights

A slim profile double iron door with two large sidelights on either side.

Traditional Front Door: Single Door with Two Sidelights

A brick home featuring a traditional door with two sidelights.

Ornate Front Entryway: Double door with Two Sidelights

An ornate door with two large sidelights.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you buy door sidelights separately?

If you want an attached sidelight to be added to a door, these elements cannot be bought separately because the sidelight would be attached under the same door jamb as the door. If you want fixed windows that act as sidelights and are not attached to the door jamb, then yes, these can be bought separately.

Can sidelight windows open?

Sidelights are typically fixed, meaning that they do not open. However, a recent popular option for customers who want the appearance of a single door and one sidelight, but the functionality of a double door, is to choose an operable window.

How wide are front door sidelights?

Clark Hall can customize the width and height of your sidelights as needed. But, to give you an idea, they are generally built in 2-inch increments with 12-14 inches as a standard. Too narrow of a window will likely take away needed light, and too wide will take away from the width of the door.