Ledge and brace or ‘plank doors’ are perfect for use in traditional properties like cottages and barn conversions but can also add character to new builds. 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.
Above - Beeswax Medium Bean Thumblatch.
They can be fitted with or without a frame. A framed door is often favoured as it offers greater strength and stability. However, in some cases an unframed door would be more suitable. Unframed doors are often found in old properties as they fit more easily into wonky shapes.
Ledge and Brace doors are almost exclusively made from timber and most commonly from oak. You can leave your door untreated however natural oak marks and stains easily, so we recommend staining your door. OSMO offer a wide variety of finishes including a clear raw effect oil as well as coloured, darker stains. Alternatively try painting your door for a contemporary look.
Ledge and Brace doors require traditional T hinges which add to their charm. A traditional thumb latch is the most common choice of handle but in some cases a rim lock and knob set or simply a pull handle or privacy latch can be used. Add door studs or handmade nails for an antique look.
We have a large collection of authentic traditional ironmongery specifically designed for use on ledge and brace doors. Our T hinges and thumb Latches are available in many sizes, styles and finishes.
We’ve put together a collection of our favourite ledged and braced and ledged doors for inspiration ...