Perhaps you have heard or know of someone who has a split personality…. the door that has a split personality is called a Dutch door…
An Awesome Dutch Invention
Perhaps you have heard or know of someone who has a split personality. A split personality is simply a condition where a person acts in a certain way one time and then acts in another way the next time. Having a split personality is not a condition that most people would like to have. However, do you realize that there is a door that also has a split personality. The door that has a split personality is called a Dutch door and it has a very interesting history.
Dutch doors were introduced in the Netherlands during the 17th century. Dutch doors are sometimes referred to as half doors, double hung doors, or stable doors. The reason why the door was originally developed was to keep children and animals either in or out while at the same time allowing light and air to circulate throughout a home. Dutch doors were introduced into the United States by Dutch settlers and they were originally seen in rural homes in New Jersey and New York.
Dutch Door Benefits
Some of the benefits of having a Dutch door include many of the same benefits from when they were first introduced. Dutch doors will contain small children or pets while at the same time allowing the sun and breeze to enter into a home. Dutch doors can also be used inside of a house in areas such as an office or a laundry room. You will see Dutch doors on tool sheds and garden sheds that require airflow while at the same time discouraging any unwanted vermin or wandering chickens. These types of doors can also be used as an indoor baby gate and this will be especially true at the top of stairs.
The disadvantages of using a Dutch door include locations that are insect ridden, pinched fingers when closing the upper half of the door, and the extra cost for the additional Dutch door hardware. Dutch doors do require special hardware which includes hinges, locks, knobs, and latches. Each Dutch door will require a minimum of 4 hinges whereas a standard door only requires 3 inches.
Two of the things that you will need to consider when you select a Dutch door is whether you want the top panel to be solid or paned and how will you open the upper half of the door. Otherwise, Dutch doors are extremely attractive and will add beauty to your home.
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