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.

 

From The Anvil's thumblatch on a painted ledge & brace door in a pastel cottage with a cream sofa and blue cushions, and large white and brown accents around the room.

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.

 

From The Anvil's Beeswax thumblatch & T hinges on a wooden ledge & brace door with a green wreath on it, next to a painted armoir with bowls on top, and a countertop with a chopping board blurred in the foreground.

Above: From The Anvil's Beeswax Gothic thumblatch and matching Arrow Head T hinges.

 

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...

 

Open ledge & brace door with black hardware in a bedroom with a wood floor, green walls, and a green double bed, a wooden desk with a black chair and a round mirror on the wall above it.

Above: From The Anvil's Beeswax Bean thumblatch and matching Gothic lever bathroom set.

 

 From The Anvil's Pewter T hinges and thumblatch on a wooden ledge & brace door on a wallpapered wall with stone flooring.

Above: From The Anvil's Pewter Penny End T hinges and matching Bean thumblatch.

 

 

Wooden ledge & brace door with Pewter From The Anvil thumblatch, against a dark grey wall with a long mirror, and a wicker chair with an orange cushion.
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Above: From The Anvil's Pewter Bean thumblatch.
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Wooden ledge & brace door with From The Anvil Pewter T hinges and thumblatch against a white wall in a room with a wooden floor and a rustic wooden ladder with wire mesh baskets attached.
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Above: From The Anvil's Pewter Penny End T hinges and matching Bean thumblatch.
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A ledge & brace door with Pewter hardware opening into a bathroom with white wall tiles, a blue cabinet, a large white ceramic sink, a potted plant, and assorted glass bottles.
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Above: From The Anvil's Beeswax Gothic thumblatch.
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Ledge & brace door with From The Anvil's Beeswax T hinges & thumblatch, on a white wall with exposed oak beams above, and a patterned mirror to the side. A blurred bed with folded towels in the foreground and a reflection of a black radiator, wooden nightstand, and wooden window shutters in the mirror.
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Above: From The Anvil's Beeswax Penny End T hinges and matching Bean thumblatch.
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We hope we've provided you with some inspiration for your ledge & brace doors!
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Discover our full range of From The Anvil ledge & brace door furniture here.
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