French Patio Doors

Browse your options for French patio doors and decide which style is right for your outdoor living space.


Open white French doors without curtains leading to the backyard area.

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Evelyn Peyton

If you're looking for a patio door design that's both elegant and efficient, French patio doors may just be the option for you.

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Form Follows Function

Back doors allow you access to private entertaining areas, like decks, gardens and patios. Before you buy, consider how you'll use your space. Do you need sliding doors to maximize the view; French doors for easy, elegant access or even a Dutch door, to let in air and light, while limiting entrance? Photo courtesy of HGTV Green Home 2012

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Room With a View

If you entertain a lot, and have a gorgeous view to frame, consider wide, glass doors — perfect for allowing guests to mingle on the patio while soaking up the ambiance. Design by SPG Architects

Indoor/Outdoor Spaces

Add double-size doors on a barn track to create a seamless transition from the dining room to the patio.

To Screen or Not to Screen

If you want to keep bugs out and let fresh air in, then back-door screens are a must. Photo by Jeffrey Freeman Design by Pangaea

Focus on Design

French doors work well stylistically on traditional homes. Hinged doors that swing inward need extra room inside to open so are not appropriate where interior space is tight. Photo courtesy of Milgard

Go for Low-E

While glass doors let you enjoy the view, they can also mean faded furniture and rugs. Consider low-E glass to prevent sun fade on furnishings. Photo courtesy of Vitrocsa

Sliding Door Benefits

Sliding doors need less space to operate than their swinging counterparts. They're perfect for areas with small landings (like steps to a patio or deck) where a swinging door could cause someone to fall if they accidentally stepped off the landing to accommodate the door. Photo courtesy of Milgard

French patio doors offer a few advantages over other potential styles. Firstly, their classic design will never be out of vogue—the appeal of French doors is more about their functionality than their form. Double French doors create an opening that's both aesthetically welcoming and efficient—especially for highly-trafficked outdoor spaces, with lots of guests tramping in and out regularly. French patio doors become highly necessary for any host laden with trays or other party implements.

Luckily, their utility isn't the only factor that makes French patio doors attractive—they're also, well, just plain attractive. Available in a wide range of styles and colors, French patio doors have great visual appeal. Some common design approaches for these iconic entryways are full glass or window pane-style glass sections. Some transparency is extremely common, since people tend to enjoy taking advantage of the large viewing space to enjoy outside views.

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