Craftsman style front doors uses simple designs and natural materials lined straight for visual quality that appeals to the sensibilities of the working class, but is slightly embellished. The craftsman style dates back to the early 19th century, when the houses smaller, simpler began to overtake the more ornate Victorian architecture of the time. Craftsman bungalow style remains popular among buyers of the working class home until after World War II, when the informal ranch style emerged. The craftsman style features straight lines and open interior spaces, and is distinguished by a large amount of custom wood. Carpentry Craftsman style extends from the interior shelves and wood trim for doors and exterior entrances of the house.
Craftsman style front doors acquire their characteristics and texture under the wood from which they are made. The door may have one or more recessed panels. Two height panels could run vertically along the face of the door, four panels may be arranged in two parallel groups, and other numbers or arrangements of panels are possible. A door can also be sables, an outdoor arrangement of parallel boards connected by a second level of the horizontal joints. As with paneled doors, strip doors achieve slightly different looks depending on the angle of the outer plates, which can be either vertically or diagonally relative to its horizontal support meetings.
The decor and seating around a craftsman style front doors are built to match the door itself. Besides agreeing sidelites, entry may present another set of handmade wood that emphasizes natural materials and the simplicity of the craftsman robust design. This design can also be extended beyond the doorframe and their immediate environment to include wood crafts game on a porch, with tapered square columns support a wooden roof and unfinished. Even seemingly trivial features such as house numbers and wall sconce can be custom made to emphasize the central feature of the door.