Get The Look: Bag End

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We’ve used our simple to use online design tool to re-create the look of one of films most recognisable front doors.

Bag End is the home of Bilbo Baggins, the fictional character created by legendary writer J.R.R. Tolkien. The front door is circular in shape, a deep shade of green with a large regal door handle in the centre.

To create our Bag End inspired front door we’ve used the Country Solid front door. As Bag End is located in the rolling countryside of The Shire we thought it appropriate to use this gorgeous and simple looking front door.

Unlike the door handle at Bag End our centrepiece is a gold door knocker. We’ve also added a gold letter plate and classic gold handle.

Our Bag End inspired front door has the following features:

  • Gold classic handle
  • Gold letter plate
  • Gold door knocker

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If you’re inspired by a famous door, why not try our easy to use design tool? Pick your preferred style in four simple steps, creating the look and feel best suited to your home. You’ll even be able to save your quote for your chosen design.



The security of your home is very important. A front door lock is there to keep your family and valuables safe. It needs to be strong, durable and above all else, long lasting. So when might it be time to consider changing the locks?

Signs of rust

The front door is the main point of entry to your home. It gets used every day and overtime locks can become worn out or rusted. Old locks will be easier to break and visible signs of rust or trouble turning your key means they’ll need replacing.


No one wants to experience a break-in, but if the worst happens you’ll have no choice but to fit new locks. A damaged lock will be weak and therefore susceptible to further break-ins. If you’re unsure ask an expert otherwise don’t take the risk.

Misplaced keys

If keys are permanently misplaced, locks should be changed. After all, it’s better to replace the locks altogether than run the risk of someone having direct access to your home.

Stuck fast

If your keys don’t slide into the lock easily or there is resistance when turning it could be a problem with the internal locking mechanism. The last thing you want to happen is for a key to break off in the lock.

For the sake of it

There doesn’t need to be visible signs of damage in order to replace your front door locks. Regular maintenance of your home security could mean changing the locks every few years. This gives you piece of mind that you’re keeping your family and possessions safe.

Go digital

Having a digital front door lock is an ideal way to secure your home without the need for keys. Keyfree locks are the new age in home security technology. Simple and easy to use they’ll provide you piece of mind that your home and family are secure.

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You’ll be able to programme your own unique code which you enter into the digital face of the handle whenever you enter your home. You can change this as much as you like and you can also set up a temporary code that you can give to friends and family.

If you’d like to discuss your options regarding the security of your front door or learn more about our secure doors, call one of our team on 0800 787 9253 and we’ll be happy to help.


Yale Door will be supporting Yale UK’s stand of home security technology at the Grand Designs Live expo at London’s Excel on May 2nd – 10th.

The event, hosted by design guru Kevin McCloud, will showcase everything needed to turn your own home into a grand design.

Yale Door will have one of their Edwardian composite front doors on display. The front door will be equipped with a Keyfree handle which will be demonstrated at the stand.

Our Edwardian front doors are inspired by the past and have a distinct modern design. You can use our online design tool to create your dream front door based on a door from our Edwardian range.

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If you’re looking to upgrade your front door or make your home more secure then please visit us at the Yale UK stand where we’ll be happy to answer all your questions.


Mike Edwards

Mike Edwards is founder of DIY Doctor, a 30,000 page website full of free DIY help and information. He is also the author of one of Amazons top-selling DIY Books, Master Basic DIY now in its 3rd edition and written to make life a whole lot easier for the DIYer!

Read on to find more about what Mike regards as the most important tips when undertaking a DIY task, the best advice for looking after your front door and why security is paramount for your home.

1. What things need to be considered when undertaking a DIY task? What are the essential aspects to ensure success?

It is vital to remember that DIY is still proper building work, but done by amateurs. There is not an official category called “DIY plastering” for example, it is still plastering, albeit done by non-plasterers.

There is a skill of some kind, at varying levels, in every job we undertake. Jobs which look simple when done by tradesmen are not necessarily so for those who are new to DIY. It looks easy when tradesmen do it because we have been “practicing” for years and we have all the right tools to get the best possible job.

If you approach every job with caution, find out exactly what is required and allow double the time you think it is going to take, your approach will be correct. Rushed jobs lead to a bad finish and worst of all, accidents.

2. Are there any golden tips for anyone looking to venture into a DIY task of their own?

Find out what tools are best for the job and look after them. Well maintained tools will give you a good job, so buy the best you can afford. If it is a “one-off” job, like laying a patio, think about hiring the equipment rather than buying it. You will get great quality tools for little expense. At DIY Doctor we try only to sell tools we would be happy to use ourselves and look for the best prices we can to get them to you.

The best tip we can give you is to research and practice the job you want to do before you do it for real. It is not easy to saw a piece of timber dead square if you don’t do it often and yet it is vital to complete a nice book shelf or cupboard.

3. What do you find are your biggest exterior DIY challenges? Any horror stories?

The biggest by far is DIYers attempting to lay patios and driveways or paths without researching where the drains and water pipes run. We have had so many emails regarding punctured water-mains and ruptured drains while excavating down to lay a sub-base. One poor guy hadn’t realised he had broken a sewer pipe until (the break having filled with earth) his toilet backed up so badly it overflowed into the bathroom! We can only imagine how messy the clean-up job was!

Other horror stories include people who did not know it is illegal to replace their own windows and doors and were unable to sell their home as they had no FENSA completion certificate for the windows and door they had replaced. They were also reported to the local authority and, as the windows had not been fitted properly, forced to reinstate them or face a fine of up to £5000 for contravention of the Building Regulations……Research, research, research……please!

4. One of the key aspects of any home is the front door. What are the secrets to maintaining the functionality and integrity of an old wooden door or a uPVC door?

However expensive your doors are they are only as good as the frame they are in so this is where to start. Check the frame where it meets the fabric of the building. Are there any gaps? If so fill them with the correct mortar or sealant. Is the fame loose? If so fix it securely with some frame ties or other fixings.

If the door is timber, make sure it is painted or varnished properly. If water is allowed to get to the timber, the door will swell making it hard to open and close. Make sure you have a draught excluder in the frame as it is pointless having a wonderfully insulated home if your door doesn’t fit properly.

If the door is plastic, make sure all locks and hinges comply with current insurance regulations and if you are getting uPVC or composite replacement door make sure you have a 10-year guarantee.

5. One reason our customers upgrade to a Yale Door is because their current door is beyond repair or their security is out of date. What are your tell-tale signs that a door has had its day and it’s time to look for a replacement?

The door should fit snug tight in the frame and there should be no “play” when you hold the handle and pull/push. No draughts should be felt anywhere around the door and the locks/latches should all comply with the specifications on your insurance documents, usually a 5-lever deadlock or multi-point locking system. The door should not bind on the frame when opened or closed and the locking operation should never have to be forced.

6.  What do you look for in a quality front door?

A really good door should have a one-piece frame where possible to prohibit water ingress into joints, it should have 3 x 100mm hinges and should meet all British Standards as regards weather proofing and security – and be attractive to look at while being insulated and very strong.

7. Security is another big part of a home’s exterior. What tips would you have for homeowners looking to secure their home further? Are there any pitfalls to doing the job themselves?

No visible sign of security is an invitation for burglars. At an absolute minimum you should look to install security lighting in vulnerable areas. This is a relatively simple DIY task as is fitting a basic CCTV camera which is an excellent deterrent and if ignored by a burglar could be instrumental in getting your goods back if they are stolen.

Not so easy on the DIY front are fitting additional window locks to uPVC window frames although, with the proper windows these should be unnecessary. Alarms, in our opinion, as well as CCTV systems (IE more than one camera) should be left to the professionals unless it is a purpose made DIY Alarm kit. The wiring needs to be neat and tidy and where it needs to pass through the building fabric this needs to be done in a neat (and waterproof) way. Modern technology allows the use of smart phones to control alarm systems and it is possible now to regularly scan your home and garden through a phone screen when you are not at home.

As with any other job at home, if you are unsure of a security installation get (at minimum) some advice on how to complete it properly. A badly fitted cupboard door is not the end of the world, a burgled home is a massive trauma for everyone concerned so please don’t take any chances.

You can follow Mike on Twitter here.  If you’re thinking of a new front door why not use our easy to use tool where you can create your dream composite front door in just four simple steps.


Anne Webb from North Somerset was a recent winner of our competition to win a fully-fitted Yale Door. Anne’s choice was a Contemporary Circle front door which has transformed the front of Anne’s home as well as catch the eye of many of her neighbours.


DIY Doctor competition winner

Anne was keen to refresh the look of her home as well as make sure that it was well secured. Older front doors are more susceptible to wear and tear and over time this can put a strain on the security, energy efficiency and look.

Contemporary Style

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Anne used our online design tool and decided on the Contemporary Circle front door with an Oak effect and trim. “The online tool was superb, really easy to use and inspiring to try out different styles and colours,” Anne said. She completed the look with keyfree entry and chrome letter plate.

Inside out


Anne’s old front door had a small square glass panel that only let a minimal amount of natural light into the hallway. With the Contemporary Circle she has a bold and modern design, and her hallway has now been transformed.

Keyless entry


Anne opted for keyless entry as she regularly has people over to her house and they don’t have enough spare keys. The ability for Anne to set a temporary guest code means it has removed a lot of worry about access and keys. It also means she’ll never be locked out again.


Anne was really pleased with her new door, saying “it has made all the difference”. She was so impressed on how lovely the door looked she felt compelled to re do the front garden to match the poshness of the front door.

If you’re considering a new front door, our online Yale Door design tool allows you to create your perfect door in just four simple steps. Try it now by clicking here, with no obligation to buy. You can also see more examples of the styles in our online gallery.


Get The Look: The TARDIS


We’ve used our online design tool to re-create the look of one of televisions most futuristic and familiar doors.

Everyone’s heard of the TARDIS, whether you’re a Doctor Who fan or not. Its unmistakeable deep blue colour and decorative panelling is very much a throw back to the 1930s.

To create our TARDIS inspired front door we’ve used the Edwardian classic as it has many similarities with the time travelling police box. A pair of small glass panels above will let in just enough natural light to your entrance hall.

We’ve upgraded the single chrome handle and replaced it with two futuristic locking systems. The keyfree entry and the digital rim lock. Finally, a chrome letter plate and ornate knocker complete the look.

Our Tardis front door has the following features:

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If you’re inspired by a famous door, why not try our easy to use design tool? Pick your preferred style in four simple steps, creating the look and feel best suited to your home. You’ll even be able to see a high resolution image of your chosen design.


Joanna Thornhill

Joanna Thornhill is a freelance stylist, writer and author, specialising in interiors, lifestyle and craft.

Joanna produces photo-shoot imagery, written features and trend reports for both editorial and commercial clients. Her first book, Home for Now (CICO books) was published in 2014.

Read on to find out more about which trend Joanna says is “still going strong”. Where she draws her inspiration from and what she regards as her perfect door.

1. How would you describe your personal style?

I’m a bit of a magpie really and my own home is an eclectic mishmash of styles, partly by design and partly due to circumstance! I love mixing together old pieces with a bit of Mid-Century retro, then throwing in the odd modern element to keep it all looking vaguely contemporary. I love spaces which aren’t too formal and have lots of interesting decorative pieces in them to draw the eye – I’m definitely not a minimalist!

2. What would you say are some of the secrets to successful interior design?

I guess for me, this follows my own style ideas – whilst it’s important for a space to have cohesive elements within its design, it’s those little “off” touches – a kitsch ornament in an otherwise straight-laced space, or a beautiful old battered Chesterfield in a modern living room, which help to give personality and life to any home.

Also, it’s super important not to overlook the finishing touches: artwork, plants and personal trinkets are often the icing on the cake when it comes to design, and often if you overlook these personal elements, the space can feel cold, however beautifully put together it might be.

3. What are some of the latest trends you’re noticing and are you a fan?

The industrial trend is still going strong, as is the use of copper as an accent material – I’m planning to bring in elements of both of these with my next big project at home, my kitchen/dining room redesign. House plants are really having a moment right now too, and they are brilliant at breathing life into the home – every time I go to a garden centre I can’t seem to resist picking up a few more for my collection!

This also fits in with another trend coming through for Summer – tropical – which is seeing lots of lush greenery mixed with neon brights and kitsch motifs like pineapples and flamingoes – there’s a 3D pink flamingo I’ve had my eye on to go in the garden for some time now!

4. What inspires you?

I often turn to Pinterest when I’m researching ideas for work or my own home, as there’s so much excellent resource material on there. Otherwise, I like it when inspiration comes from places you weren’t really looking for it – a walk in the woods might inspire a colour palette, or a visit to an old ruin might spark an idea.

5. What is your idea of interior design hell?

I’m pretty open to most design ideas, but personally a space which is too overly-designed and formal is a turn-off for me – it’s great if it’s in a boutique hotel for a weekend away, but I like a home where you can kick your shoes off and curl up on the sofa without worrying about messing up the perfectly arranged cushions!

6. You specialise in interiors but how important do you consider the exterior of a home?

Very important – it’s that all-important first impression. I actually almost instantly discounted my own home when we went to view it, as although it’s otherwise quite a cute Victorian terrace, it was covered in ugly brown pebbledash with nasty paving. Luckily the house won us over and I decided to try and live with it until we’d finished the interior, but a year later I caved in and gave it a makeover, painting the pebbledash a pale cream, renovating the front door, and sprucing up the paving with concrete paint, as well as adding lots of pot plants and window boxes.

It’s amazing how much of a difference it made, both physically and emotionally: I used to sigh when I arrived home and whenever anyone visited, the first thing I would do was apologise about how ugly the exterior looked, but now seeing it looking so much nicer really lifts my heart and I’m proud of what a difference we’ve made for relatively little money.

7. If you were designing your perfect front door, how would it look (colour, glass or no glass, door knocker, letterbox, etc)? 

Well my front door is actually the original Victorian one and I’m rather fond of it, but I’m currently in the process of redesigning my kitchen, and am really looking forward to getting a new back door here, not least because the current one leaks every time it rains and requires brute force to get it to open and close!

I’m quite keen on a wood panelled style, as there are various areas with original tongue-and-groove panelling already in my home, so I think this would tie together nicely. As the door is at the back rather than the front, I will probably go for clear glass, so I have an unobscured view of the garden, and I’m keen to keep a solid bottom half, as we are thinking about getting a pet in the near future so this would give us the option to fit a cat or dog flap. And I’m considering black handles, for a contemporary twist.

You can follow Joanna on Twitter here. If you have some hidden design skills, why not use our easy to use tool where you can create your dream composite front door in just four simple steps.


We’ve selected five of our favourite doors to bring the very best out of your home this spring. From country to contemporary and every style in between, banish the winter blues and feel warmer inside and out this spring with one of these stylish composite doors. You can view all our door styles here.

Victorian half glaze arch

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This front door’s main feature is the half glazed arch which is perfect for letting in a large amount of natural light. The look can be completed with a unique glass pattern which will make a bold statement for the front of your home this spring.

Edwardian three panel

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The decorative three panel design of the Edwardian front door is truly elegant. The clean lines and ornate glass panelling give a dominating and classic look. Choosing a lighter colour will help to capture the late afternoon sunshine.

Georgian sunburst

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The Georgian sunburst uses the top glazed panel to ensure that plenty of natural light is available. Having bold colours such as dark blue (pictured) or black gives the door a distinguished and powerful finish.

Contemporary three

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Any new build would benefit having a contemporary front door. The three square glass panels are a unique and attractive feature, while the sleek and solid design lends itself to the modern era.

Country square

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Spring weather and the countryside go hand in hand which is why this front door is ideal for any rural home. A bright colour such as red (pictured) will be very eye catching, and the square panel gives a symmetrical and clean finish.

Choose your ideal front door style using our innovative configuration tool. It’s fun to use and you can create your dream door in seconds. Click here to use it now.



We’ve used our online design tool and the Georgian half glaze front door to re-create the look of one of Britain’s most iconic sights.

The famous London telephone box might not be the front door to anyone’s home but many can’t get enough of it’s retro appeal. Bold and imposing, there’s no denying it makes a strong statement.

If you’d like to emulate this look for your home, start with the the Georgian half glaze door, featuring nine individual glass panels. As well as the familiar styling, it also lets natural light into your home, which is particularly good if you have a dark entrance hallway.

Our London phone box front door has the following features:

  • Digital rim lock
  • Gold handle
  • Gold letter plate
  • Gold numbers
  • Clear glass panels

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If you’re inspired by a famous door, why not try our easy to use design tool? Pick your preferred style in four simple steps, creating the look and feel best suited to your home. You’ll even be able to see a high resolution image of your chosen design.


10 Downing Street

We’ve drawn inspiration from Britain’s most famous front door to re-create the look using our online design tool.

Number 10 Downing Street is one of the world’s most iconic and photographed front doors as the residence of the Prime Minister. The door itself is Georgian styled, painted black with a white trim and adorned with a semicircular fanlight window.

The ornate lion’s head door knocker takes pride of place between the centre two panels and the brass letter plate completes a  striking design. Originally made from oak the door now features bullet proof material for added security and protection.

In order to design our own Number 10 we’ve used the Georgian sunburst front door. This door is highly symmetrical and beautifully powerful in its simplicity, which is very much in keeping with the style of Number 10.

Our front door has the following features:

  • Urn with spyhole for added security.
  • Key free entry for a modern locking system.
  • Finished with gold handle, letter plate and door numbers.

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If you’re inspired by a famous door, why not try our easy to use design tool. This unique online tool helps you pick your front door in four simple steps, creating the look and feel best suited to your home. You’ll be able to zoom right in to the high quality images to catch the details too.