Why would Glass Panels be above Doors?
Our friend recently moved into a new house which has glass panels above the internal doors and while she isn't very keen on them her husband actually quite likes them. Out of her curiosity, she asked me what these "over the door windows" were and because I was very interested too, I decided a spot of research was needed. After a quick look on Google, I discovered that, in fact, these glass panels are actually referred to as Borrowed Lights and their purpose is to allow light into rooms that do not otherwise gain much naturally.
While many of us would choose glazed doors these days, these panels above the doorway were quite common during the 1970s and earlier. They also offer the addition of light while maintaining a level of privacy that you may require for bedrooms and bathrooms.
Pros & Cons of Glass Panels above Doors
One problem, however, to having glass panels is the interference that they can cause. Imagine if you were sleeping and somebody switched the landing light on? If you are not keen on having Borrowed Lights then you can simply install a curtain, however, you may wish to make them a design feature using a decorative glass panel.
Upgrade to Glazed Internal Doors
If you decide to change this door configuration and are considering a new look, remember if your door frames need to be replaced then its a good time to install them with the new doors. One modern alternative to Borrowed Lights is having glazed internal doors. You can even choose to have frosted glass to maintain privacy in the room.
At Doorsan we offer a wide selection of glazed internal doors and these range from our simple Arista Glazed White to more traditional styles like the Knightsbridge. We also offer Pre-Hung Door Sets that can include glazed panels and these are a really straightforward way of achieving a contemporary look. If your door sizes are not the standard, however, don't worry this isn't a problem. Because at Doorsan we also specialise in luxury bespoke sized doors - please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
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