Side Hinged Garage Doors: The Right Solution for Your Home?

Side hinged garage door by Garador
(Image credit: Garador)

Also known as side-opening or swing variants, a side hinged garage door comprises a two-leaf setup where the panels are hinged at the sides to open in much the same way as your front door would. Though it’s possible to track down products where the door panels open inwards, they are almost always made to open outwards.

All side hinged garage doors are fixed to a sub frame, either made from steel or timber. As well as the conventional half and half split (where both door panels are equal in width and open at the middle of the aperture), you can get a one third-two thirds split across the opening panels. “The right-hand leaf leads as standard, though left-hand leading doors are available on request,” says Paul Eddleston from Garador.

Rebecca Foster

Rebecca began her journalism career writing for a luxury property magazine in Bangkok, before re-locating to London and becoming a features editor for a self build magazine. She is an experienced homes and interiors journalist and has written for many homes titles including Homebuilding & Renovating, Ideal Home and Period Living.

She has expertise on a wealth of topics — from oak frame homes to kitchen extensions. She has a passion for Victorian architecture; her dream is to extend an 1800s house.