How do I enclose an opening at my front door?


Size is 60 in wide 8 foot talI opening, have no room for farm doors. This is the formal dinning room we don’t need and using for office. I don’t like this to be the first thing people see when entering. No phone privacy for office and Living room TV big problem. I tried soundproofing curtains and they looked out of place. Have thought of bifold doors, even a sliding doors most are 6 ft.$$$ Included 4 pictures from different angles. I’ve been told make a box to bring top heading down to fit 6ft doors. I am somewhat DIY but not with power tools.Would welcome other

q how do i enclose an opening my front door
q how do i enclose an opening my front door
q how do i enclose an opening my front door
q how do i enclose an opening my front door
  17 answers
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Mar 15, 2020

    Hi! Had you considered walling it in? It looks like you can enter from the kitchen. If you built a partition wall, you could insulate it to give you more soundproofing. Good luck!

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 15, 2020

    The Home Depot has 60 inch wide interior french doors. If you frost the glass then you can close the doors so company can't see in and open the doors when you want more visibility.

  • I agree with Mogie - french doors should solve the problem.

  • Cindy Cindy on Mar 15, 2020

    French doors are a good solution. In our last house we had french doors from family room to dining room. They had stained glass and were beautiful. Check your local home improvement stores or even on Amazon for the height and width you need.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Mar 16, 2020

    8’ high, means you’ll need to hang a lower header for 6’-8” standard doors.

    This is a lot of work, but will give you the opportunity to put in a 5’ wide pair of French doors with the new framing being what reduces the opening width while holding up the new header.

    Let me know if you’re interested in learning more about this framing detail.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Mar 16, 2020

    I replied above.

  • William William on Mar 16, 2020

    I agree with french doors. Had similar with wide opening to living room and dining room off hall. Installed french doors to dining room opening.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Mar 16, 2020

    Conventional french doors that open into a room consume a great deal of floor space. I would mount sliding (also called bypass) doors instead, which would give you more useable space inside the room. Semi frosted, or full frosted glass will provide more privacy than full glass, while still allowing light to be visible.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 16, 2020

    I would go really fancy with the french doors, it could make a statement about the area. The wood should not be too dark as it will clash with all the other beige/brown already there, plus the hardwood floors. Or go with plain ones and add your own film, there are some beautiful film covers at Home Depot and of course Amazon:

  • Beth Beth on Mar 16, 2020

    Could you try something like a privacy screen/room divider, which would probably be cheaper than a door? If you look at second-hand shops, you might be able to find one for pretty cheap.

  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 16, 2020

    You could also frame in the doorway with a transome window above a 6' door like french doors.

  • Dee Dee on Mar 16, 2020

    Go to a Builders Surplus store for doors, they have sliding, bifold, library doors, glass doors which you can put privacy film on. I checked our area and you can get them for around $250. Or go to a Habitat for Humanity they usually have a good selection of doors.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Mar 16, 2020

    I would frame it in and put in french doors, as it looks a little dark and that would keep it from feeling closed in, both from within the room, and while looking towards the room

  • TexasLynette TexasLynette on Mar 16, 2020

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  • TheHoneycombHome TheHoneycombHome on Mar 16, 2020

    If you could add a french door there, that would be pretty!

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Mar 20, 2020

    I agree that adding French doors is a great idea!

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Mar 31, 2020

    I see there French doors it is going to be beautiful