Patio Doors: Ideas and Options

Learn about new options and ideas for attractive, functional patio doors.


Your outdoor living space is an extension of your home, and that why you'll want to consider a variety of options and ideas for patio doors before finalizing your project.

One of the most common patio door options is the French patio door. This style incorporates glass window panes in the door, allowing an unobstructed view from the home's interior to the outside space and vice versa. It can create a natural transition from the inside to the patio. French patio doors are usually available in wood, vinyl and PVC, and they can be configured as either swinging or sliding doors.

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A Grand Entrance

The staircase is not only a fabulous focal point; it divides the space into two rooms. While the upper level is designated for dining, the lower level is ideal for patio furniture that encourages further lounging. Photo courtesy of Joanne Kostecky

Southwestern Flair

From cactus plants to iron elements, a rustic colored awning to stucco, this patio takes an eye-catching approach to comfort and southwestern design. It's a small space, but the strategic landscape adds a punch of flavor to the elevated structure. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

A Courtyard With Character

This courtyard patio brings the indoors out with designated areas to relax. Two plush chairs create a conversational corner, the extra seating surounding the tree is ideal for entertaining, and comfortable bench seats provide a delightful dining experience.

Serene Surroundings

Water elements go a long way in a backyard escape. This patio is surrounded by a moat-like feature, which defines the outdoor space.

Modern Design

Clean lines and a variety of different textures forms a trendy retreat for guests. Extra privacy is designed with lush plants, shrubs and trees. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

A Pleasing Patio

Pergolas add instant charm and architectural interest to any patio. This shaded sitting area features comfy cushion chairs and shrubbery for a pleasant outdoor experience.

Rooftop Patios

Take advantage of your view with a rooftop patio. Outfitted with concrete materials, an abundance of built-in sitting space and a pizza oven, this outdoor space is packed with luxury. Photo courtesy of Concrete Network

Clean and Contemporary

Sometimes you don't need a lot of details to enjoy your outdoor experience. Simplicity meets serenity in this contemporary escape. Photo courtesy of Royal Botania

Extravagant Entertaining

With stunning stone materials, earthy fabrics and an opulent fireplace, this patio is warm and inviting. The functional patio design features a place to dine, gather with guests and play yard games. Photo courtesy of Westover and Photography by Rich Pomerantz

Whereas French patio doors are a more traditional approach, contemporary sliding doors have a more modern look. These doors offer greater simplicity in that they create no obstacles at all to furniture placement, inside or out.

A third patio door option is the folding patio door. Designed with three or more panels, these doors fold upon opening and slide on a track, similar to sliding doors. Folding patio doors can create a unique visual aesthetic and are often a good fit for more modern patio designs.

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