Doors galore — 8 places to find midcentury modern entry doors + DIY tips

midcentury doorsOver the past several months, we’ve been covering the growing number of retailers selling midcentury modern entry doors. Today, we’ve pulled all our research together — sharing eight places where you can find a retro style front entry door for your home — plus, we have some super affordable DIY options to consider, too.

1. Simpson Doors


Colonial-mid-century-doors-1We first spotlighted Simpson Doors when reader Doug tipped us to their  midcentury Early American (aka “Cool-onial”) style doors. Several months later, reader Mitch saw that the company also had 9 midcentury modern door styles tucked in their catalog. All of the midcentury door styles Simpson Doors offers are made of wood in the USA and can be custom ordered in a variety of sizes, wood species and glass styles. The company also offers many helpful tools such as their door test drive tool and glass taste test and per a comment from reader Kristine this Contemporary Flush door design tool.

2. Therma-Tru Pulse line doors

Therma-tru pulse door line

It was big news last year when we discovered that a mass-market door manufacturer — Therma-Tru — had introduced a new line of midcentury modern style front entry doors. The doors are part of their “Pulse” line — which comes in four styles with variations — and are available in oak grained fiberglass, smooth (paintable fiberglass) and steel and are manufactured right here in the USA in Indiana.

We’ve heard from several readers who have had Therma-Tru “Pulse” line doors installed with varying results in terms of ease of ordering, having the door installed and how they liked their door once the installation process was over. We wrote about reader Barbra’s super easy experience with her new Therma-Tru door installation, but also heard the long saga from reader Scott, who initially found it difficult to find someone to install a Therma-Tru door for him.

3. Frank Lumber — The Door Store


Frank Lumber has been in business in the Pacific Northwest since 1948 — and they stock eight models of solid birch wood doors, with many available options for customization in different wood species, glass and sizes. The doors themselves are made just up the road in Marysville, Washington, by Kylemont Custom Wood Doors, their partner company. Frank Lumber also prides themselves in giving expert customer service and advice for your door project — however if you are too far away to visit the shop in person, they will ship doors and have a handy how-to to help you measure for your new door.

4. Millwork Market

mid century doorsdoor-lite-kitMillwork Market is the newest competitor among manufacturers of midcentury modern doors, opening in June 2014. The company offers 23 designs of midcentury modern exterior doors and 21 styles of DIY Lite Kits. Based in Austin, Texas, the company manufactures all of their products in house.

5. Rogue Valley Door

Midcentury-doorsRogue Valley Doors offers three styles of handcrafted, made in the USA midcentury entry doors from domestically manufactured components. According to reader Virginia, who tipped us off to  this company, prices for Rogue Valley Doors are comparable to other companies we’ve featured — such as Frank Lumber and Simpson Doors.

6. Builder’s Choice via Home Depot

Midcentury-entry doors

Now you can order three different styles of midcentury modern fiberglass doors through Home Depot’s website. The doors are made by Builder’s Choice and are available pre-finished in a handful of colors — including candy-apple red and skylark blue. Depending on the chosen features, these doors retail for between $599-$959.

7. GlassCraft Door Company

midcentury entry doors

Mega thanks to reader Marcia, who discovered yet another source for midcentury style fiberglass entry doors.

Marcia writes:

I’ve got another manufacturer who has mid-century style fiberglass doors: GlassCraft Door Company in Houston, TX. The dealer in Temple where I found these quoted me about $1600 for the 6’8″ Beverly door on p 123 of their catalog, about $300 less than their online price list, so maybe the dealer gets a discount? That’s prehung, with brickmold & hinges, and unfinished, with choice of glass. Doesn’t include installation or handle sets. There are 8 factory finishes available (all wood tones), and 4 glass options. They show 377 dealers across the US. Not cheap, but maybe a good option for some folks.

8. Tri-Supply

midcentury doorsThanks to a tip from Emily via Facebook, we now have eight sources for midcentury doors!

Emily writes:

I have another source! Tri-Supply sells a brand called ODL, and their Spotlights line is very midcentury. A prehung door runs around $550-$700, depending on the window configuration that you choose. You can also order just the door, without the casing, for about $100 less.

door-glass-retroOhh, these doors also have some cool specialty glass options, including clear, clear low E, Cubed, frosted and circuit glass and even perforated metal chain link inserts.

9. Make your own, affordable door-lite kits


Creative reader Sarah, with the help of a local glass shop, made her own midcentury door.

Inventive reader Sarah — owner of the fabulous Gilbert Spindel designed round house — shared the steps she used to make her own midcentury style doors using a plain wood slab door and her local glass shop. For just $30 — she did her own carpentry — Sarah was able to make the door above, a perfect complement to her 1964 home. In our story featuring Sarah’s project, Pam also did some of her own investigative DIY door work locally, and, we heard from a few other readers who tried to DIY their own retro doors using a few different methods.

Note: Glass will have a “blaze”

We also want to add this learning: When Scott bought his Therma-Tru door, he discovered that each pane of glass on the door had a watermark that he found distracting. We asked the helpful team at Therma-Tru about this, and they explained:


Photos of Scott’s Therma-Tru Pulse door with watermarks that display on each pane of glass

….By federal law, safety glass must be used in doorlites and sidelites, no matter who the door manufacturer may be. This same law requires that each individual piece of glass must be clearly marked with a visible code number. This is generally called “the blaze” within our industry and is required as a federal safety regulation. Most manufacturers also choose to put their company name on each glass panel.

While this coding is not required on most windows, it is required on every individual piece of glass within a door and/or sidelite. When the glass is larger or has a decorative design, the blaze is not very visible. However, when the glass pieces are smaller and/or completely clear, the blaze does tend to stand out a bit, as Scott has experienced.

We understand that Scott has replaced our glass, and we’d like to suggest that he make certain that the auto glass installed meets the federal safety regulations, both to comply with the laws and for his family’s safety. He can check on this with the person who supplied the glass, or look for the code numbers on each pane of glass.

Finally, we want to thank Scott for his feedback. We are committed to providing the best product possible and appreciate his comments as we continue to look for ways to improve our products.

So note, dear readers: It sound like, no matter where you buy a new door like this — no matter who the manufacturer — you’re going to get a watermark “blaze” on each pane of glass… although the manufacturer’s logo may or may not also be on there, depending on their practice.

UPDATE on the blaze issue: My brother bought and installed several Therma-Trus in 2016, and I didn’t see any blazes. Bottom line: Ask.

It’s great to see the growing number of options for front doors. Cuz, as they say, you only get one chance to make a good first impression!

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  1. Mary Elizabeth says

    Good move, David! I especially liked the part of your story in which you decided against rousing the inhabitants at 7 AM. 🙂 You could have (if there was no dog guarding the premises) tacked a note to the old door with your phone number. Enjoy your new door, and let us know when it is up at your house.

  2. Hypollyta says

    I was wondering if you’d found any MCM doors that are windstorm/impact NOA rated? I found one ThermaTru – the Linea, that is but at $1,300 that’s killing my budget. Just curious!

  3. says

    We recently discovered another source for midcentury doors and I wanted to share it with you! It’s a company called Barnes Master Crafted ( located in Eugene, Oregon. We just purchased one of their amazing mahogany reeded-glass doors for our 1965 ranch home and it is absolutely stunning. The owner’s name is Larry Barnes and he is a super nice guy. All of his doors are handmade. What a find!!!

  4. Christa says

    This is great info for exterior doors. I’ve been trying for a year to find replacement slab sliding doors for my closets. The original mahogany panel doors were replaced by the previous owner with mirror bypass doors. 🙁 I want to find mahogany, or at least plain slab doors that I can paint. I need seven matching panels, so haven’t had luck at the salvage shops. It seems like they don’t make plain slab doors anymore — everything has a window or louvres or some other detail. If anyone knows where to find plain old slab closet doors please share. thanks!

    • Heidi Swank says

      We purchased interior slab doors, louvered doors, bypass doors, and bifold doors locally in Las Vegas from a company called Avanti Door Group. They might be worth a call to see who their supplier is. The doors aren’t too expensive but not cheap either. They are gorgeous!

    • Karen says

      Just saw this, but I am removing some plain hollow core slab doors, closets (3) and probably 5 other doors, from a 60’s ranch in the next month.

    • says

      I considered making flush doors by buying 1 3/8″ thick ApplePly. If I remember right, it was something like 80 bucks for a 4×8 sheet.

  5. Barbara says

    I have the first door in the Franks Doors section and I love it so much! It’s a huge, heavy, thick door (the installer claimed that it would stop a zombie invasion, lol) and the glass is in the “rain” style–nice and heavy and no one can see inside, but it lets lots of light into my dark hallway. We painted our door a cheery yellow and it makes me happy every time I see it.

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