Ledge & Brace Doors
What are Ledge & Brace Doors?
Recommended for internal use only, a ledged and braced door is made up of at least three horizontal rails (ledges) and a diagonal brace on the rear of the door and vertical boards that make the front face of the door. Ledge & brace doors are perfect for use in traditional properties like cottages and barn conversions, but can also be used to add character to new builds.
Above: From The Anvil's Beeswax Bean thumblatch on a painted ledge & brace door.
Ledge & brace doors can be fitted with or without a frame but framed door is usually preferred as it offers greater strength and stability. Unframed ledge & brace doors are more likely to be found in older properties as they fit more easily into wonky shapes.
Ledge & brace doors are almost exclusively made from timber and most commonly from oak. You can leave your ledge & brace door untreated, but we would advise staining your door as raw oak marks easily. OSMO door stains are a great choice to keep the natural look, but you can also paint your door for a contemporary aesthetic.
Ledge & brace doors are fitted using T hinges which adds to their rustic charm. A traditional thumblatch is commonly used as a handle, but in some cases a rim lock and knob set, or even just a pull handle or privacy latch, can be used. Add to the look with door studs or handmade nails in any pattern you like.
We offer an extensive collection of From The Anvil hardware specifically for ledge & brace doors and we've compiled a few of our favourite examples below...