A home’s front door may be one of its most important features. Not only is it the gateway into your personal space and one of the defining factors of your exterior curb appeal, it’s also a crucial structural detail that needs to be strong enough to withstand outdoor elements like heat, wind, and ice. So when you’re choosing a new one, it’s important to consider both looks and utility—and to have a proper understanding of front door sizes and how to pick out the right fit.
To help you out, we’ve put together this quick explainer on the various factors that you’ll want to keep in mind as you seek out your perfect front door.
Standard Front Door Sizes
There isn’t a ton of variance in front door sizes. That’s good news for homeowners, since you should have no trouble finding the style you love in the size that works.
The standard size for a front door is 36” x 80”, or about 3’ x 6’7”. Beyond this, you can find exterior door sizes ranging from as narrow as 30” to as tall as 96”.
If you have a double door entryway, the standard size will be 72” x 80”, or double the width of a single front door with the same height.
How to measure for a front door:
It’s always a good idea to do some measurements, instead of just assuming that the standard front door size will work.
The easiest way to do this is to measure your existing front door’s height and width. Make sure to measure the depth of the door frame too, also called the jamb. The standard sizes for frame depth are 4-9/16" and 6-9/16".
Types of Front Doors and Door Materials
You have a ton of different options when it comes to the style of your front door, particularly color and window placement. But there are really one three types of front doors that these style options fall under:
- Solid wood front doors – Wood doors are the priciest option, but they’re also classic in appearance and super sturdy. Just don’t mistake sturdiness for durability—wood doors are prone to warping due to humidity or cold, and they’ll also require routine maintenance to maintain their look.
- Fiberglass front doors – Fiberglass doors are growing in popularity since they’re more affordable and durable than wood doors but also have a ton of versatility in appearance (including the ability to be stained for a wood-like appearance). Another benefit to fiberglass front doors is their inner layer of insulation foam, which helps keep heat or cool air in your home, depending on the season.
- Steel front doors – Steel front doors are sort of like fiberglass’ more secure cousin, in that they’re also versatile in terms of design, but even more durable. They also have the ability to add in a wood-grain finish. Steel doors are unmatched in providing entryway security, and also include a layer of insulation for energy efficiency, though they are prone to rust.
How to Choose the Best Front Door for Your Home
There are three major considerations to keep in mind when choosing your front door: size, material, and style.
Size is the easiest feature to narrow down, since you’re obviously going to be limited by your home’s door frame. Figure out what size you’re working with as a first step, and then move on to other features.
Your ideal front door material is a matter of preference for the most part, but there are also practical things to keep in mind. Solid woods doors, for example, are not advised in areas like the Midwest or Southeast, where heavy degrees of humidity make it likely your front door will warp sooner rather than later.
Price-wise, steel doors are the most affordable, followed by fiberglass. But in terms of popularity, fiberglass takes the cake. You get a full range of options in terms of appearance, as well as increased energy efficiency and durability—all without the threat of rust that steel doors pose.
Finally, you’ll get to style. You want your front door to stand out for the right reasons and not the wrong ones, so this will largely be dictated by the overall architectural style of your home’s exterior. Once you’ve honed in on size and material, you’ll have a ton of different styles to choose from, so consider a look that accentuates and updates your home’s exterior without clashing.