DIY Arched Door

2 Materials
4 Hours

Our charming 1920's beach cottage has the loveliest archway leading into the living room. We wanted to add doors so that we could close the room off when necessary, but the arch made it a difficult project to tackle. The price of custom arched doors was cost prohibitive and trying to make our own was proving difficult since the French doors at the box hardware store were too short to trim the corners...which would've been the cheapest and easiest solution.

However, I knew my handy husband was able to do anything after he screened in our covered porch with supplies from the same store and created a fabulous space we use all the time.

So we hit the hardware store in search of a solution.

While the stock doors did not have enough wood on the top to trim into an arch shape, we noticed that the bottom did. We realized that if we just flipped the doors upside down, making the bottom the top, we could have an arched pair in no time.


We started by making a cardboard template of the archway and transferred it on to the doors. My husband cut the doors with a saw.

He added a stop moulding and hinges and we had a custom pair of arched French doors for our living room. A coat of paint was all it took to finish the project.

The doors add so much functionality to the room and doesn't change the character of the house at all. It's definitely not one of the three things you should never do to your home.

For more details and photos of the entire process and a peek inside my beamed ceiling living room, you can visit my site.

Suggested materials:
  • Door   (Hardware Store)
  • Paint   (We had)
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