The Front Door Design That Makes Your Home Feel Bigger Than It Is

There are countless ways to make a home feel more spacious and welcoming. One often overlooked aspect that can have a significant impact on the aesthetics of your living space is the design of your front door. An expansive front entrance can make your home feel bigger than it is and bring benefits like adding functionality and light.

Since facades differ from house to house, finding your perfect front door size is very individual. The most common dimensions are 36 inches wide (3 feet) by 80 inches tall (6 feet, 8 inches). This size works well for most homes and allows for comfortable entry and accessibility. Of course, as with most design choices, there are variations. Some homes may have narrower doors of 30 or 32 inches, especially older homes or those with space constraints. On the other hand, newer homes or those with grand entrances might boast doors as wide as 42 inches, and with good reason. These can visually open the space and allow for an airier feel. 

While installing a standard-sized front door costs an average of $450 to $1,700, wider or custom doors cost more. Keep in mind that this rate will also vary depending on the type of door and that some designs can rocket your price point much higher. A 60- to 72-inch-wide door can run you from $400 to $4,500, and a door wider than 72 inches is typically $2,000 to $5,000. Other variables include if you choose a single or double door, add glass panels, or need to widen your entryway frame.

A wide front door looks more spacious and inviting

A wide door is a clever space hack, as the extra width throws off the scale of the room inside. It not only makes a visitor feel more invited but also brings an unspoken promise of spaciousness, whether that is true or not. Even when it opens to a small space, a large entry will make the area feel less claustrophobic. On the contrary, entering a small entryway can feel suffocating and confining.

Practically speaking, an added benefit of having a wider front door is that it provides ample space for people and objects to move in and out of your home. You can easily carry large items or move furniture through the doorway. It's also an added convenience for families with young children or those who frequently entertain guests, so groups don't feel crowded or like they have to squeeze through the door to get inside.

Additionally, a wide front door can ensure that everyone can access your home comfortably. It can accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, and other mobility aids for those who need them. The large opening can also be essential in creating a functional and efficient entryway that encourages better organization and storage of coats, shoes, and other items because it essentially forces you to avoid leaving clutter near the entryway, as the door will need ample room to open and close.

A wide front door adds sunlight and value

Aesthetically, a wide front door creates a sense of openness and space because it allows natural daylight to pour into your home either when opening or through the use of glass panels. This can be particularly beneficial in smaller homes, where every square inch counts. A great way to do this is to choose a door with glass or add it above and on the sides of the door to allow even more light. By having a larger opening, you are also improving airflow, which can help keep your home cooler in the summer months and fresher throughout the year.

In general, a new front door adds value to your home, and a wide door can significantly enhance your home's curb appeal. Choosing a wide front door adds a sense of sophistication and style to the house, making it stand out from the rest of the neighborhood. This makes it more attractive to potential buyers and neighbors. It can create a lasting impression while also showcasing your personal taste and design preferences. You can choose from one wide door or two doors that create a wide entryway together.

If you choose to widen your entryway, you should know that installation entails more than just getting a new door and doorframe. You will have to open up your walls to allow for the extra room. For this reason, enlisting professional help is recommended.