The Best Front Doors with Sidelights and Transoms

The Best Front Doors with Sidelights and Transoms

What’s more inviting than a well-lit home? One that doesn’t require a lot of day time lighting. One way to bring more light into your home is by adding sidelites and transom windows to your front door. Keep reading to learn more or skip ahead to find some inspiration in our list of best front doors with sidelites and transom windows. Topics include:

What are sidelites and transoms?

The windows around your front door are called sidelites and transoms. Transom windows sit horizontally above the door while sidelites are placed to the left and right side of the door. 

These features can transform your front entry into a focal point for your home. The additional natural light will make your home feel bright and inviting, a huge benefit if you ever consider selling your home.


Transom windows 

A transom is actually the structural beam that sits above the door frame, it separates the door from the window above it which we refer to as a ‘transom window’. 

Transom windows are made in a variety of shapes and styles that vary by manufacturer. Some common choices include rectangular, arched, and square windows. When used over entry doors, the window is usually fixed. Older homes with transom windows over interior doorways sometimes have awning windows which are used for ventilation. 


Sidelites are non-operable vertical windows placed on either side of a doorway. Depending on the size of the entrance some homes have one or two sidelites and some, of course, have none. Sidelites are made in multiple styles; there are ½ lites, ¾ lites, and full lites depending on how much glass you’d prefer. 

Example of sidelites with glass of different heights.

The Best Front Doors with Sidelites and Transom Windows

We searched through hundreds of photos online to find the best front doors with sidelites and transoms to inspire your next front entry design. 

Our first pick is this beautiful arched transom and sidelites that follow the curved shape of the door. The door system below looks like a work of art and fits perfectly within the gallery-like feel of the entrance. 

Photo Credit: Knowles Design(↗), Jupiter Golf Course Project

This entry door to this next home has a ¾ lite with colonial grids and sidelites to match. The colonial grids are carried throughout the brightly lit home.

Photo Credit: Landmark Photography via Home Bunch(↗)

Windows and doors are often overlooked when designing or picking a new home but they shouldn’t be. Your home’s windows matter because they allow you to bring in more light and energy-efficient ones can reduce the cost of your energy bill. Windows and doors also provide a wonderful opportunity to get creative with your interior (and exterior) design. In the home pictured above and below, you can see the grids carried throughout all the exterior windows and doors as well as in one of the kitchen cabinets.

Photo Credit: Troy Thies Photography via Home Bunch(↗)

The curb appeal of your home is the first thing your guests and neighbors notice so your front door unit should complement your home’s style and yours. In the photo below, the homeowner chose a unit with a stained wood exterior that coordinates beautifully with the wood soffit panels above.

Photo Credit: @courtneyperkinsdesign(↗) via Instagram

The home below has a door unit and windows with matching black interior and exterior. Like in the example above, this home’s windows and doors have matching grids throughout. 

Black front door with colonial grids from Jett Set Farmhouse(↗)

The easiest way to create a perfectly matched look is to purchase your windows and doors from the same vendor. Larger window and door vendors design collections with windows and doors made in several operating styles. Each collection has the same profiles so that the lines flow neatly throughout your home.

Interior view of black front door in elegant entrance. JETT SET FARMHOUSE

Details make all the difference when creating a really outstanding home. This craftsman style home has a craftsman style door with matching sidelites and coordinating transom window with grids. The grids on the door panel imitate the look of the windows on the left and right side of the house which also have transom windows. 

Craftsman style house with craftsman front door and sidelites. PELLA BRANCH(↗)

Clear glass is perfect for contemporary homes but it’s not your only option. Take a look at the entrance below, the textured glass and half-panel sidelites provide light and privacy. 

Knotty Alder door with sidelites and specialty shape transom window. KSR DOOR(↗)

Check out the lines on the door unit below. There isn’t a single line out of step even the center transom window was made with the door panels below in mind, the left and right side of the sash are thicker creating perfect lines all the way down. 

Grand front door with sidelites and arched transom window. PINTEREST(↗)

Take a lot of inspiration from the next door. The off-center door and single left sidelite look perfect under the small eyebrow transom window above. This door has a classic and modern feel with wood tones, textured glass, and wide panels.

Front door with privacy glass panels. PINTEREST(↗)

Not all entrances are wide enough for two sidelites and some, sadly, aren’t wide enough for any but if you have some space try a single-sidelite design. The home above and the one below both use a single sidelite and they look amazing. In the image below you can see how the small grids flow perfectly from the door and down the sidelite, the pattern is picked up in the chandelier inside the entrance. It’s these small details that can transform your ordinary entrance to one that’s worthy of a magazine cover. 

Fun craftsman style entry door with gridded sidelite. Image by BH&G via Pinterest(↗)

While some home entrances have limited space some have lots to spare. This next door has wide sidelites and transom windows that flood the large entrance with natural light. 

Brightly lit front entrance with turquoise door and wide sidelites and transom window. STUDIO52(↗)

Think about the space available at your front entrance when searching for doors with sidelites. Some vendors offer doors and sidelites in custom sizes. 


The black door and sidelites on the home below contrast beautifully with the white trim and light olive siding creating a wonderful focal point.


Take a look at the curves and glass on the door unit below. The curve of the eyebrow transom window match the curve of the ceiling above while the textured glass coordinates with the glass on the porch light.

Elegant front door with custom decorative glass. PINTEREST(↗)

To create a one-of-a-kind entrance work with a vendor that offers custom sizes and custom designs.

Beautiful arched door and specialty shaped transom window create a grand entrance. PINTEREST(↗)

Designing your own door allows you to create an entrance that you’re proud of––an entrance that you’re excited to decorate and makes your guests feel welcome.

Front door with woodgrain finish, privacy glass, and matching sidelites. BINGE FASHION(↗)

We’ve seen doors with transom windows and sidelites, with only sidelites, and with just a single sidelite, the next two doors only have transom windows. These transom windows create the illusion of taller doors that look great just past the vertical columns of the front patios.

Beautiful dark front doors with lots of glass and transom window(↗).

If you’re searching for a way to transform the look of your home while boosting its curb appeal adding sidelites and or transom windows may be the perfect solution. In addition to transforming the face of your home, you’ll create an entrance that is bright and welcoming for all your visitors.



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