Front Doors of Tiny Homes: What You Need to Know

All About Tiny Home Front Doors

Of all of the considerations to keep in mind when designing and building a tiny home on wheels, the front door is arguably one of the most important. For starters, the front door on a tiny home is almost always going to be considerably smaller than one used on a traditional home. After all, when you’re dealing with such a drastic reduction in square footage, saving as much space as you can weighs heavily in the design. The front door alone makes certain adjustments necessary.

Another important aspect about the front door is its aesthetic because with less real estate to work with, your door is going to be a significant part of your home’s overall appearance. Given the interior area of most tiny homes, the front door really acts as the fourth wall, and can be used to fit both function and design. In this guide, we will give you some ideas to choose from, and the pros and cons of each when it comes to finding or building the ideal front door for your tiny home.

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Front Door Placement for Tiny Homes

While the style and design of your tiny home’s front door are certainly important, one of the common misconceptions with tiny homes is that you can put the front door just about anywhere. While this might be true in theory, reality brings other ideas to light.

For instance, if you are planning on taking your tiny home on wheels to an RV park, then you’ll want to make sure the front door on your home is installed on the passenger side and not the driver’s side. The reason? Because in most RV parks, the water and waste line hookups are traditionally on the driver’s side.

Of course, if you’re planning on building a stationary tiny home, then front door placement might not be as big of a concern.

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Can a Standard-Sized Front Door Be Used on a Tiny Home?

Depending on where you are thinking about installing your entry door on your tiny home, a standard-sized door may be an option. This sized door is usually restricted for installations on the side of the home. The reason for this is because a standard door is simply too wide to make sense for an installation on the end of the tiny home.

When you’re working on the broadest side of your tiny home, you can even opt for French doors on your home. This maximizes the amount of natural light you’ll get in the space, makes traffic flow easier, and helps to bring the outside in.

But, in exchange, you’ll be forced to design the interior of your home around your entry door. Remember, no matter where you place your front door, it is going to take up valuable real estate in a tiny home so the larger you go, the less you’ll have to work with inside.

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Trimming Down a Standard-Sized Door for Use in a Tiny Home

If your carpentry skills aren’t exactly the best, then building your own front door might seem daunting. Luckily, you have options. One such solution is to trim down a standard-sized door to make it more tiny home friendly. But, the key to this working out right is being able to choose the right type of door for your home.

Not all doors are suitable for trimming, and if you want your door to have glass panes in it, then the task will be even more challenging. If this is the route you’re going, choose a door without any patterns so your front door won’t look like one that was trimmed.

No matter which of these options you choose to go with, here are three things you definitely need your tiny home’s front door to have:

  • It should be made of solid wood
  • It should have a thickness of 1 and ¾ inches
  • It should have tempered glass (if applicable)
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Building Your Own Tiny Home Front Door

Building an entry door is the most challenging of the options and unless you have a lot of experience working with wood, then you will probably be best served to either go with one of the above options, or to have a professional construct your door for you.

Of course, it’s not impossible to manage on your own, but to do the job right, you will need a variety of different tools, including:

  • A table saw
  • A miter saw
  • A hand-held sander
  • A drill with bits

Beginners should also work with wood that is closest to the finish state as possible. This will cost a little more upfront, but it could save you money in the long run should you make a mistake along the way.

If you’re looking for top quality front door design and construction for your Portland area tiny home, get in touch with Straight Line D&R today. We’ll help you get the most from your budget, and deliver exactly the tiny home you want.