Glass is an amazing choice to transform the looks of your home. Be it decorative frames or tables–the material adds a touch of style and class to everything.
So, when it comes to interior doors, there's no reason why you can't use glass. In fact, adding glass to your interior doors is one of the most cost-effective ways to style up your space!
Why Add Glass to Interior Doors?
There's no denying that interior doors with glass panels look beautiful. They are available in several colors, designs, and textures, so you can easily find decorative glass that enhances your doors’ aesthetics.
But there's more to glass inserts than just looks. The material extends the functionality of the door by allowing light to pass through. Even if you choose translucent or opaque glass, a certain amount of light will pass–this means the door is no longer just a connector between two rooms, but that it also serves as a light source and brightens up your indoor space without compromising privacy.
Decorative glass for doors is usually translucent. So, the light passes through without revealing what's on the inside. People who still feel uneasy about the idea can choose glass with dark colors and heavy textures to make it even more privacy-oriented.
What's more, adding glass to interior doors is a cost-effective upgrade. If some parts of the door are damaged or its design is simply outdated, you can use glass to revamp it. This will make for a cost-effective and impactful upgrade to your home.
How to Choose the Best Glass for Your Interior Door
Selecting the best glass for interior doors can be a bit daunting, especially if you have no prior experience or knowledge in this domain. To ensure you make an informed decision, here are a few important factors you should keep in mind:
Type of Glass
Glass inserts have three main types: single-pane, double-pane, and triple-pane. The more panes a glass insert has, the stronger it is. This also impacts the energy efficiency and noise cancellation of the door, meaning triple-pane inserts are better at soundproofing than single-pane ones.
Caming is the metalwork that holds all the different glass pieces together within the pane. There can be a hundred beautiful glass pieces in a glass pane, but unless the caming finish is solid, the overall look of the glass won't be beautiful–this is why you should never ignore this important factor.
Usually, people prefer glass panes with wrought iron, black chrome, patina, and brass finishes.
Lastly, consider whether the color and texture of the glass match the overall look of the door. There's no point in using a decorative glass pane that doesn't blend in well–it will look out of place and result in an overall unpleasant aesthetic.
Can You Add Glass to an Interior Door Yourself?
Yes, it's possible to add glass to an interior door yourself–but you should have sufficient knowledge about tool handling and woodworking. Here's how to do it:
- Measure the size of glass you need for the door.
- Remove the door from the hinges and take it to a garage or another isolated, safe place.
- Put the door on a worktop or sawhorse.
- Measure and mark the area that needs to be cut for the glass.
- Use a jigsaw to cut. If you're replacing an old glass pane, use a drill to remove it.
- Position the new glass panel and secure it using screws. Don't over-tighten them.
- Reinstall the door.
If you haven't done any of this before, we recommend finding professional assistance. A professional will charge a little more than what a DIY project would cost you, but it's a fair trade for the time and effort that you'll save, as well as the peace of mind you’ll get knowing your door will be installed properly and safely.
Wondering what kind of doors have the best soundproofing? Check out our recent post!