Louver doors have long been a practical choice for laundry and mechanical rooms, closets, and other spaces in the home that require airflow or ventilation, yet controlled light, privacy, or security. Louver doors consist of a stile and rail frame, with the panel areas constructed of horizontal wood slats (called “louvers”). Sun Mountain manufactures louver doors with 2-3/16″-wide slats, and 2″ spacing between the slats. The slats are fixed in place, not moveable like shutters.
To achieve the louver door look while maintaining the separation provided by a traditional panel door, Sun Mountain also manufactures “false” or “faux” louver doors, where the slats are cut into solid wood with no open space between.
The door shown at left (Sun Mountain design SQ-0200-D011), is a false louver door made of select Poplar with a custom stain. The detail image above shows an open louver door, also in select Poplar.
But louver doors may also be used in other areas of the home to achieve a certain look, from casual beach chic to traditional plantation style. Louver doors were used throughout the Palm Desert, CA, home shown below. These single panel doors (design SQ-0100-D003) are made of select Alder wood and finished in Sun Mountain’s Fall River glaze. By choosing false louvers, the homeowners maintain the privacy of a solid panel door, while achieving a contemporary coastal look of a louvered door.
Sun Mountain makes louver doors with flat arch tops (including the top rail flat arch), in addition to square tops, and with a number of rail and panel configurations. And, louver doors are available in 17 wood species and Sun Mountain’s factory-applied wood finish options, creating ample opportunities to customize the louver door to fit many design objectives.
Whether it be a door that makes a style statement, or one to simply improve air movement in the home, louver doors may be the right choice!