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image 1Hardwood were the prefered choice throughout the periods but due to their high costs, home owners would often choose to stain soft wood to look like hardwood or they painted the doors intead. The better quality doors were always used in the reception room and the cheaper simpler doors were out of sight in the upstairs bedrooms.






Due to a shortage of wood, the six framed panelled door was a popular style. The finest doors made in hardwoods would of been used on reception rooms and cheaper softwood painted doors would of been used upstairs. Door handles would of been simple lever style in the earlier period but changing to round or oval brass knobs in the later part of the Georgian period.





The most common style door used in the traditional victorian home would have been the four panelled door. Moudings would of been used but often on the sides only seen by guests.



Arts & Craft

Simple batten-plank doors with large exposed strap hinges were popular in the Arts & Craft period.

1. Hardwood bedroom door 2. Simple cupboard door which is part of a timber panelled room

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1920's & 1930's

1 & 2 Moderne style homes would likely have had painted softwood doors with geometric shapes of coloured glass, often using patterns of sun rays or chevrons. Door furniture tended to reflect the Hollywood fashion with chrome.

3 & 4 Traditional style doors would have used cast iron door furniture. Handles would often be two thirds of the way up.

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"The best way of finding the right style of front door is to look at the other houses in the neighbourhood. Chances are you'll see the original style for your house, but don't try and commit it to memory always take a photo of the other doors before you choose one for you." Channel 4 Homes


Internet links for period and reproduction doors

Mongers Architectural Salvage: Period Doors

Bygones Salvage Doors

Scottish Doors

Dorset Doors

Salvo Doors

Peco of Hampton Doors


Building Doors and Gates

Period Details: Doors and Windows

The Housebuilder's Bible


Internet links for period and reproduction door furniture

The Period Ironmonger

Reminis Period Restoration Emporium: Door Furniture

Willow and Stone Door Fittings

The Paint Stripper: Door Funiture and Door Handles

BBC Homes 1930's


Useful Links to Period Door Articles

Advice for fitting period handles and lock settings: Scottish Doors

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

Bernards Door Furniture Period Styles FAQ

The Window Man: An understanding of the times

Fylde Borough Council: Window, Doors and Joinery Advice


The 1930s House Manual

The 1930s House Explained

The 1930s Home


Forum Debates

Channel 4 Homes Forum


Useful Research Websites

BBC Homes 1920's:

BBC Homes 1930's

Hidden House History

Francis Frith Photo Archive

The Geffrye Museum

English Architecture: Britain Express

Looking at Buildings: Pevsner Architectural Guides


Glass Replacement - Sidelights on Front Door








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