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Dutch Doors

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Nothing says Americana like a Dutch door. With this style, a single door is divided in the middle, allowing homeowners to open the top portion while keeping the bottom portion closed. The halves are secured with a latch to keep the door as one when needed. The dual functionality of a Dutch door is a unique, yet practical way to connect indoor and outdoor spaces.


As farmhouse design continues to rise, so too does the demand for country chic Dutch doors. Dating back to the 17th century, the doors enabled New England colonial homes to let in light and air through the openable top half while keeping dirt and farm animals out. Today, designers are also putting a contemporary twist on the Dutch door, fusing a modern aesthetic with the practical classic. Whether traditional or ultramodern, dive in and give this trending style a try.


Simpson can turn almost any door into a Dutch door, as long as it has solid wood across the area to be dutched like a flush door or an intermediate rail. Simply choose a door design that fits your architecture, and your Authorized Dealer will make sure the Dutch cut on your door is the best fit for your application. Consider these exterior and interior Dutch door options to make a statement:


Let classic reign with one of these beautifully handcrafted doors. The Bungalow Series is offered with subtle design elements, including traditional beaded v-groove panels and a large selection of glass layouts and options. Pack the focal point of your home with personality by featuring one of these series cut as a charming Dutch door.


For a more contemporary feel, look no further than the clean, modern lines of our Contemporary Doors. These doors draw the best of modern design into the Simpson heritage and can function as Dutch doors. Greet guests and accept deliveries in style while keeping the kiddos in.


Simple and elegant, traditional exterior doors are mostly wood. The country feel is a natural fit for the character-rich Dutch door, which exudes a sense of welcome to all who come to call.


Create a striking entry with Exterior French and Sash doors, which are designed to provide optimal views. When cut Dutch, these doors bathe the interior in natural light even when the top half is closed.


With a nod to the rustic, barn doors can cozy up any room. Try a barn Dutch door in your mudroom for a comfy corral for kids and critters. Or dress up your laundry room door and toss in dirty clothes without the eyesore of a growing pile.

Simpson can Dutch a door a number of ways. Get inspired with our full Dutch Door Design Gallery.


DIY dutch doors on a budget.

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We want to help you achieve the dutch door look for less! Here are some of our favorite DIY projects.



It's no surprise that dutch doors are a popular design choice for traditional and modern styles alike. They offer a charming way to add a little more character to your home while maintaining utility and providing lots of value. You can read more about the benefits of dutch door styles here. If you want to add a dutch door to your home while keeping your project on budget, we can help you achieve the look for less! Here are some of our favorite dutch door DIYs and a few tips for getting the look just right.

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Taking an existing interior door and adding a little DIY sweat and skill is a great way to save several hundred dollars. HGTV put together a thorough tutorial for this interior upgrade to help you get the look and functionality for way less.

Exterior dutch door

Just like with interior doors, you can take an existing front door and give it new life as a dutch door. Would you believe this project from This Old House only cost $63 to complete?! By adding a few details where the door is halved, you can keep this project from looking like you know...sliced a door in half.


Juniper Home turned a standard door into a beautiful backyard feature. It’s as stunning from the kitchen inside as it is from the patio outside. We’re probably a bit biased, but those Schlage® Siena door knobs really help complete the look, too.


Split doors for sheds

A gardening shed, backyard office or other ADU could be the perfect place for you to install a dutch door. Because these sheds often don’t have A/C, natural air flow is important. Nitty Gritty Dirt Man now has somewhere he can store his tools and work in comfort.


When Twelve on Main built their own greenhouse, they included a dutch door for the same reasons.


Dutch ... or French? ...  Doors

If one is nice, two must be even better, right? Double dutch doors make a striking entrance. With these examples from Rasmusen Painting and Design and Houzz, you can easily see how a pair of dutch doors works for different styles of homes, from modern farmhouse to coastal cool.


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Feeling like putting your carpentry skills to use? Check out this DIY from Remodelaholic and get all the steps you need to create your own rustic, dutch barn door.

Dutch doors with details

Don't forget the charming shelf on the lower half of your dutch door. Get all the tips and tricks from Skaie of HomeJelly. If this is a project you'd rather not DIY, she has wonderful advice for working with a professional (and still saving a little dough!).

Shelves are traditional for half doors, but there’s no reason you should stop there. Add windows or frosted glass, faux paneling or shiplap. Nearly any of these budget-friendly ideas for a hollow core door upgrade would work, especially on an interior dutch door. And if you have an arch-topped door? Embrace the architectural detail and highlight it with a round dutch door like we see in this example from Southern Studio.

Screens with style

If the fear of bugs and other unwanted pests are keeping you from your dutch door dreams, consider adding a retractable screen. They are often secured by magnets and can retract from top to bottom or side-to-side for taller doors. When not in use, they are inconspicuous enough to not detract from the look of your dutch door, unlike most bulky screen doors.


This next one might not be the kind of screen you were expecting, but if you’re a pet owner, you know it’s a great dutch door design idea. Try installing a screen on the bottom half of your door like Better Homes & Gardens. That way, dogs can still see you through the pet screen even if you’ve had to put them in a mudroom or other area while you’re busy. Now you can make dinner without your pup getting underfoot or stressing out because you aren’t together.


Creative Paint Jobs

Don't be afraid to get a little creative with your paint choice for your dutch doors. Consider painting the exterior a different color to add an interesting pop when the door swings inward. This can be a great way to create a cohesive look between two spaces as you consider a shade that complements both.

Dutch Door Hardware

The split nature of the door is usually the main attraction when you decide to make your own dutch door. Even though you can open the top to let in the light and breeze, you still need to be able to secure your home. Choosing the right door hardware for your dutch door is vital. In Home Depot’s DIY dutch door tutorial, they installed the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt (and then apparently had pie). What’s not to love!

Just as you would with any door hardware, choose a style and finish that perfectly complements the rest of the home. Dutch doors might trend on the traditional side of architecture, but hardware is an easy way to give it a more modern update like we see with this bold yellow door and dark handleset.


There are so many great reasons to consider dutch doors for your home. Find everything you need for these DIY projects and more at the Schlage blog and Pinterest.

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Dutch Doors

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Add character, charm, and functionality to your home with a dutch door. Dutch doors are simply made up of two half doors joined together giving you the ability to open the top panel while the bottom panel remains closed. Enjoy some fresh air with the comfort of knowing your pets are safely secured inside. Handmade here in Utah from the highest quality materials and the best craftsmanship, you'll find a vast list of options for glass, finishes, and textures making it easy to create a look that complements your exterior.

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How to Build your own Half Height, Dutch style door, in a kilt?

DIY Dutch Barn Door Building Instructions

DIY Dutch Barn Door

Build a stylish DIY Dutch barn door from scratch, to your custom measurements. The lower section makes a perfect baby gate or pet gate. 

After I designed the barn door baby gate for the stairs, I realized that I could add the same type of door up above and make it into a Dutch barn door. Double the barn door, double the love! (See more of our favorite barn door ideas here.)

I do speak Dutch, so having a Dutch barn door door sounded like a genius plan to me! Between the Swedish mora clock we built, the classic full-height board and batten, and the Dutch door, this view of the living room has plenty of European influence in the design! Maybe now I should add my wooden Dutch shoes to finish it off.

Adding the top Dutch door to the baby gate adds both style and privacy to our living room. You could build this door to fit any doorway in your home where you’d like to keep kids or pets in (or out) or where you’d like to add some style with an adjustable level of privacy.

How to Build a Dutch Barn Door

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The split barn door is basically just two wooden baby gates hung in the same doorway. Once you’ve built the first gate, adjust the height of the baby gate building plan to your desired height to fill the rest of the door frame.

Purchase the Dutch barn door instructions here. The woodworking plan includes step by step instructions for the half door gate as well as tips and a measurement/calculation worksheet to determine the dimensions of the Dutch door.

This is a great farmhouse door: rustic wood, barn door design, and the split door resembles a stall door, too!

We also have another Dutch Door DIY Tutorial which starts with an existing solid wood door.

Tips for Building a Split Barn Door

All these tips and details are in the woodworking plan as well for easy reference. 

Cut the main pieces of the door to length, but wait to cut the cross braces so you can cut them to fit exactly.

After you’ve built the frame, check it for square with an easy measuring tape trick. Just measure one diagonal, then compare it to the measurement of the other diagonal. If the piece is square, they’ll be the same length. Adjust the pieces (by squeezing or pulling apart the corners) until the measurements match, then secure the frame for a practically perfect square.



Once the frame is squared, use the exact dimensions of the frame to mark the angled cuts for the cross braces to ensure the best fit possible.

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After cutting all the pieces, shave off all the square edges on every side of the board, with a razor blade, to give it a hand carved look. This was Cassity’s idea, and, as most of her ideas do, it turned out nice with the perfect rustic barn door look.

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Lightly sand all the “hand-carved” boards as you assemble the door.

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As you install the back stiles, keep all your screws lined up on the back to keep it nice and clean looking. A neat line of screws makes the difference between looking “homemade” and “handmade” — a pro craftsman trick.

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After the door is assembled, sand it again before staining. You want it to *look* like an authentic barn door, not *feel* like it’s actually lived in a barn!

We used an awesome tool called the Dremel Multi-Max MM20 to get in the tricky corners.  This tool can sand in corners easily… along with a million other great uses, which I have been trying out lately.  Anyway I grabbed my new tool and lightly sanded off any imperfection with little effort.

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How to Stain a Wooden Dutch Door

After the Dutch barn door is assembled, it’s time to stain it.

We originally went with a gray stain for these doors.  We purchased Minwax Water Based Wood Stain at True Value, tinted Charcoal Grey.

We applied the stain and wiped off the excess almost immediately, to let the knots show in the pine.  We didn’t want to add anything else to it after the stain.  We wanted the rustic feel, so no shiny finish necessary!  (You could look for a wax if you felt like you needed a finish, or a satin finish.)

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Stain the back first and be sure not to drip stain through to the front.  If you do drip through, wipe it off right away, to avoid really dark spots of stain.  Start with one or two boards at a time. I used a foam brush to apply the stain in the joints first.  Then I brushed the stain on the length of boards and wiped it right off.  This is how it looked with wipe on, wipe off.

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Here is how it looked after staining it. Very nice!  We wanted the rustic feel and the gray wood stain did a great job of giving the look we originally wanted.

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Later, after we also painted our interior doors, we adjusted the color of the stain to match by using this easy paint trick.

How To Adjust A Wood Stain Color Using Paint #remodelaholic


Dutch Door Hardware and Installation

To match the rustic farmhouse look of the Dutch barn door, we chose outdoor gate hardware that was all black.

With this type of hinge, I had to hang it differently then you would a typical door hinge that would be hidden at the end of the door.  We wanted to see these hinges so they had to be hung on the outside if the door and on the door jamb.

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You could avoid this if you wanted, by using regular door hinges (just adjust as you build so you’ll have room for a different hinge type!).

On top of the door I added a ball door catch, similar to what you would see on a bedroom closet door.  This helps the door stay closed without needing a latch.

We wanted a simple handle and latch that so we could lock the door by drilling a hole into the door frame.  But just by opening the top door you can unlock the door from either side.

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In order to open the full door together, I added a small piece of molding on top of the baby gate to push the upper door open at the same time as you opened the bottom gate.

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Here is the final door put together in all it’s glory.

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(This is a view from the stairs side.)

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And here’s the updated FINISHED product! (As finished as it’s probably going to get… just don’t look too close!)

Color Washing Paint Technique Finished Dutch Barn Door Split Door Baby Gate @Remodelaholic

This is after we stained it to match our interior door paint, installed new flooring, remodeled the stair riser and installed house numbers, installed floor-to-ceiling board and batten, built the Swedish mora clock, and built the console table from a thrift store find. Phew! That’s a lot of projects for just one wall of a living room!

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Originally published 09.25.12 // Last updated 10.16.19

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