Anatomy of a Wine Cellar Door

Before you purchase a wine door, it is important that you become familiar with wine cellar door construction - how doors are constructed and installed - so you can make the an informed purchase decision.

Vigilant doors are pre-hung with solid jambs and are handcrafted from the finest hardwoods. Many custom features can be added to your wine cellar door to make it your own. You can view our standard doors or check out our photo gallery of custom wine doors to help you get some ideas for your own. We hope this information answers any questions you have about wine cellar door construction but feel free to contact us if you have additional questions!

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wine cellar door anatomy

1) Glass Etching

Designs that are etched on our wine cellar doors either around the border or in the center of the glass.

Glass Etching for Full Glass Doors

Glass Etching for Full Glass Door. Click image for larger view

2) Door Jambs

The frame that the wine door sits inside. The jamb consists of two sides, a top and a threshold. The wine cellar door hinges and strike plate for the lockset are attached to the jamb.

Top view of a door jamb

Top View of a Door Jamb. Click image for larger view

3) Sidelights

Sidelights are glass panels or stationary door panels that are attached to the sides of operating wine cellar doors. Sidelights are available in 15", 30", and custom widths.

Wine cellar door with two 15 inch sidelights

Wine Cellar Door with Two 15" Sidelights. Click image for larger view

4) Door Swing

The direction that the wine cellar door moves when opened. With our wine doors it defines the side of the jamb that the hinges are on (left or right), and the direction of the swing (in or out).

Door swing

Door Swing Graphic. Click image for larger view

5) Door Sweep

The weather stripping that mounts to the bottom of the wine cellar door. It consists of several small vinyl flaps that "sweep" the threshold, maintaining a seal.

Door sweep

Door Sweep. Click image for larger view

6) Glass

The glass panel inside our standard wine cellar doors and sidelights. We use only super-insulated, 1/2" argon-filled, low emissive, tempered glass panels in ours doors.

Door glass

Door Glass Graphic. Click image for larger view

7) Casings

The wood trim that is applied to both the jamb and wall, covering the gap between the two. Our trim is solid mahogany and can be ordered as flat or fluted. Two sets are required for application inside and outside the wine cellar.

Door casings

Door Casings. Click image for larger view

8) Weather Stripping

A synthetic rubber material that is discretely applied to the jambs of all Vigilant wine cellar doors to provide a weather tight seal between jamb and door when closed.

Weather stripping onVigilant doors

Weather stripping on Vigilant doors. Click image for larger view

9) Hardware

It's always a good idea to protect your wine collection by ensuring it has secured access. We offer different styles of hardware available in brass, oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel. All hardware is installed by skilled artisans in our workshop as we build your door.

Weather stripping onVigilant doors

Door Hardware Examples. Click image for larger view

10) Strike Plate

A matching metal plate that is attached to the jamb and accepts the lockset mechanism.

The strike plate for the door hardware

The strike plate for the door hardware. Click image for larger view

11) Threshold

The section of the jamb that sits on the floor and crosses between the side jambs beneath the wine cellar door and the entrance into the wine cellar. A threshold is required on weather-tight doors.

The strip of wood that crosses between the entrance and the wine cellar room.

The strip of wood that crosses between the entrance and the wine cellar room. Click image for larger view

12) Crown Molding

A decorative accessory molding that includes a top pediment. It can be added to the top section of standard casings on all wine cellar doors.

Crown molding is a decorative molding that caps walls.

Crown molding is a decorative molding that caps walls. Click image for larger view

13) Fluted Casings

An optional, ornamental casing that is wider than our standard casing and contains a repeating 1/4" flute running through it.

Fluted casings for wine cellar doors.

Fluted casings. Click image for larger view

14) Keystone

An optional, decorative wooden ornament that is attached to the crown molding above the door.

Keystone for wine cellar doorways.

Keystone above the wine cellar doorway. Click image for larger view