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Would a door curtain work?

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Blankiefan Sun 17-Jul-16 20:08:30

We have huge arched storm doors leading to a vestibule. There is then a "wall" of glazed Windows with original (1920's) glass panels and a doors. The glass is a mix of plain and etched. The door and window timbers are all white.

In the summer, we open one of the storm doors and the inside door is our front door. In the evenings, we close the storm door so that becomes our front door.

In the winter, we generally keep the storm doors closed because it's cold (Scotland!). The storm door has many gaps round it into the vestibule and the inside wall/door is single glazed.

I'd like it to be cosier this year so am thinking or putting up some door curtains (I've seen some nice William Morris ones). Where and how to put them tho?

- I'm thinking facing in over the storm doors
- inside the single glazed wall

Two issues / concerns

1. A portiere rod won't work on the arched storm doors (I think)

2. I only want them up in winter as I think the fabric could be quite bulky.

Any genius thoughts / opinions about whether this would work?

trickyex Mon 18-Jul-16 22:13:48

Can you post a pic as its hard to visualise from your description.
You can get thin fabric door curtains with thermal lining which might be a good bet for you, so it could be left up all year....

MaryAll Tue 19-Jul-16 11:40:15

It'd be nice to include a picture, because it is kinda hard to give suggestions based on descriptions only.

LizzieMacQueen Tue 19-Jul-16 12:26:48

I would have a single curtain inside the inner door all pulled left or right depending on what way the traffic goes. I know what you mean about the William Morris prints, with a padded lining that would be cosy but extremely heavy (do you really want to be taking it down in the summer months?).

Personally I would go for something a bit more contemporary like this.

Blankiefan Tue 19-Jul-16 19:10:52

These are photos from the inside (please excuse the junk in the vestibule). Do these help?

LizzieMacQueen Tue 19-Jul-16 21:56:15

I'd still put curtains inside the inner door and have the one panel all pulled to the left so sitting in front of the glazed panel. To me the storm door is the more attractive to look at so I wouldn't burden the view with fabric.

Did you like the hare fabric I posted above?

Blankiefan Tue 19-Jul-16 22:05:09

Hmmm - the hallway is quite simple and I don't really want the fabric. I think the problem is that I want it Cosy when it needs to be but not to be there when not... I did consider a tie up curtain above the door but I think this would be a faff...

Hmmm .. What to do, what to do?

The hall is grey and white with an accent of red (mostly in the one picture) so I'd probably go for a material red in tone if it were inside.

trickyex Tue 19-Jul-16 22:08:45

I think it could work.
How about a traditional red velvet curtain with a hold back on one side to keep it pulled back when not in use?
Will link to a pic if I can find one....

trickyex Tue 19-Jul-16 22:10:48

Something along these lines?

LizzieMacQueen Tue 19-Jul-16 22:18:34

Have you tried adding those sticky insulation strips down the door openings, as that might be all you need to cut the draughts down.

homebase link

Or you could hang the curtain on the vestibule side of the inner door, though that would be awkward trying to close it.

Blankiefan Tue 19-Jul-16 22:23:53

tricky I like that - quite dramatic. Would you also say inside the hall or covering the storm doors?

Thanks for the link lizzy - I feel that might not be enough for the job. To be fair, I've not spent enough time when its cold working out where the draughts come from so possibly something like this could be an option. Clearly not going to find that out today though! All this talk of Cosy curtains isn't helping me cool down!!

trickyex Tue 19-Jul-16 22:53:18

I think it would sit better in front of the wooden door rather than the glazed but pulled aside so as not to hide the lovely shape of the wooden door.
Not sure its the more practical solution though....

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Tue 19-Jul-16 23:00:06

i have similar....outside door is not arched, but does have a window over it

I have a lighter weight curtain on a swing rod for that door, but the vestibule itself is still farking freezing, so I have a horrid curtain rail with a very very large and very very heavy white cotton tasselled throw as a curtain.

I sewed on deep curtain tape at the top and gathered it a little to fit, it's pulled right back over the summer, and is fitted vestibule side as that door opens into the main hall

amarmai Fri 22-Jul-16 21:03:31

As I live in Canada ,restaurants have a problem with freezing air coming in with every customer. One solution some use is a curved half circle curtain rod with heavy velvet curtains running around it inside the outside door. This creates a mini vestibule inside the actual one and holds back the freezing air from rushing inside.The curtains are in two parts so walk thru the split .They can also be tied back in better weather.

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