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Why choose stable doors for your home?

25th January 2022 |

Stable doors

Chartwell green composite stable door

A stable door is also known as a Dutch door or a half-door.

At first glance, stable doors might appear just like any other uPVC or composite door. The reality is a versatile, modern door steeped in history and unparalleled in country charm.

A closer look reveals an elegant yet highly practical functional door oozing quaint rural aesthetics and character. A precursor to the modern screen door and rooted in traditional, agricultural living, a stable door is an ideal choice when you’re looking for the benefits of a window with the added security of a door. A stable door is suitable in period homes and newer builds alike, combining modern convenience with a historical flourish reminiscent of a bygone era.

What is a stable door?

A stable door is also known as a Dutch door or a half-door. Unlike traditional residential doors, stable doors are often engineered with four hinges as opposed to the traditional three.

Divided horizontally through the middle, a stable door acts as a traditional door when locked. However, with the bottom sash securely fastened, homeowners are able to unlock and open the top half of the door. This unique feature allows the two halves of a stable door to act in tandem and as a result, is ideal in allowing an influx of natural light and airflow.

The history of stable doors

The iconic stable door became popular for use in Dutch agricultural properties in the 17th century and eventually spread from the Netherlands to the UK and Ireland. Practical and functional, stable doors were useful for keeping roaming farm animals outside a person’s living space, particularly wandering chickens and ducks.

Why stable doors?

Stable doors have recently seen a resurgence in contemporary and period properties alike. There are a number of benefits when it comes to considering the installation of a stable door in your own home such as improved ventilation, durability and aesthetics.

Ventilation and security

Due to the unique, dual-opening operation of a stable door, they are ideal for maximising ventilation within your property without compromising on security. Regardless of the season, homeowners are able to uncouple their stable door and open the top sash to allow natural light and fresh air into their interior living spaces. The bottom sash stays locked in place, deterring unwelcome rodents and insects from your property while keeping young children and pets safe inside.


As well as practical necessities like durability and ventilation, a stable door is also aesthetically elegant not to mention reminiscent of its rural origins. Suitable as both an external and internal accessway, a stable door can bring a sense of countryside charm and character into both contemporary and traditional properties alike.


Technology within the window and door industry has made great strides in recent years. As a result, stable doors are available in both uPVC or as a composite door. Both materials boast exceptional energy efficiency ratings and have a long lifespan despite requiring very little maintenance.

uPVC stable doors

Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride, also known as uPVC, is low maintenance yet long-lasting building material. Ideal for use in window and door fabrication, uPVC is incredibly strong and durable. It is resilient to both the effects of adverse weather and unwelcome intruders. When engineered to a high standard, uPVC stable doors are highly secure and can elevate your home with multi-point locking mechanisms and optimal energy efficiency ratings.

uPVC stable doors are suitable in both traditional and contemporary properties and in terms of aesthetics, are available in a number of colours and styles. For a classic countryside flourish, you could opt for Golden Oak or even Chartwell Green while the modern homeowner might go for Anthracite or French Grey.

Composite stable doors

Combining sleek, contemporary aesthetics with heightened security and optimal energy efficiency, composite stable doors are engineered through an innovative integration of modern uPVC and durable timber. Featuring a strong timber core and resilient, thermoplastic skin, composite stable doors combine the modern advancements in the window and door industry with traditional, rural character.

Stable doors with Majestic Designs

Irish oak effect composite stable door open

Practical and innovative, stable doors can elevate your home with improved ventilation, energy efficiency ratings and an influx of natural light.

Practical and innovative, stable doors can elevate your home with improved ventilation, energy efficiency ratings and an influx of natural light. Aesthetically stylish and practical, a stable door can enhance a property with quant, countryside charm without compromising on modern conveniences such as thermal retention and security.

Ideal for installation in contemporary and traditional properties alike, Majestic Designs have been engineering and installing bespoke stable doors right here in Cheddar for more than 18 years. Made to order in our state-of-the-art factories and installed by our fully employed team of highly trained, leading FENSA accredited and MTC registered installers, our range of stable doors combine country aesthetics with modern conveniences. Having fostered a county-wide reputation for excellent workmanship and customer service, you can rest assured your home will be sealed from the elements and unwelcome intruders for decades to come with modern multi-point locking mechanisms and innovative, energy-efficient technology.

If you would like any extra information about our range of stable doors or are ready for an at-home consultation, contact the team at Majestic Designs today.

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