Ideal "Deluxe" Pet Doors For Doors

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  • Affordable aluminum pet door
  • Installs in doors ½ to 1 ¾ thick
  • Designed for mild climates
  • Available in sizes medium - extra large
  • Frame comes in white finish

Looking for a simple, cost-effective metal pet door? The Ideal Deluxe Pet Door is an economical, self-framing metal dog door that installs in doors ½ to 1 ¾ thick. With a durable aluminum frame, this door is built to last! The flexible, lightweight flap is ideal for both dogs and cats. Give your pet the freedom they deserve with the sturdy, metal doggie door.


  • Flexible vinyl flap is easy to see through
  • Sturdy, extruded aluminum frame comes in white
  • Magnet on the bottom of the flap helps keep it sealed
  • Available in medium - extra large
  • ABS plastic locking cover included
  • Self-framing adjustment range (1/2 ’ 1 3/4) installs in most interior and exterior doors, as well as storm doors
  • Suitable for mild climates


  • Accommodates dogs and cats
  • Clear flap is easy for pets of varying sizes to use and share
  • Affordable option and simple installation
  • Aluminum frame holds up longer than alternative plastic frames
  • Locking covers allow you to keep your pets in or out when necessary
  • Grants your pets a newfound independence

Size Chart

SizeFlap DimensionRough Cut-OutOutside Frame Dimension
Small (Discontinued)5" w x 7" h5 3⁄8" w x 9 1⁄4" h7 1⁄4" w x 10 3⁄4" h
Medium7" w x 11 1⁄4" h7 1⁄2" w x 13 1⁄2" h9 15⁄16" w x 15" h
Extra Large10 1⁄2" w x 15" h11 1⁄4" w x 17 1⁄2" h12 13⁄16" w x 18 3⁄4" h
Super Large15" w x 20" h15 1⁄2" w x 22 5⁄8" h17 11⁄16" w x 23 5⁄8" h


Don't know which flap size to get? Here is a measurement guide to help you out.

Replacement Flaps for this pet door are available at  Ideal "Deluxe"Replacement Flaps.



The new and revised warranty that follows this disclaimer supersedes any and all previous warranties of whatever nature or description, whether express, implied or set by law. Any unexpired warranties shall now be governed by the terms of the new warranty for the duration of the existing warranty’s unexpired term.

One Year Warranty:

Ideal’s pet doors are very durable and with the proper care will provide many years of service for you and your pet. Thank you for selecting Ideal for your pet door. However, please be aware the pet doors are not waterproof against inclement weather or any excessive water exposure. The one year warranty set forth below applies to Ideal’s pet door(s).

This product has a One Year Warranty from the date of the purchase of the product to be free of manufacturer’s defects in workmanship and materials. This express One Year Warranty is limited only to the original purchaser of the product and is non-transferable. Satisfactory proof of purchase must be provided to the manufacturer for this one year warranty to apply. In that case, the manufacturer will replace at no charge to the purchaser the defective part(s). No refunds will be provided to the purchaser. No service contract is being provided under this One Year Warranty. Proof of purchase so that the One Year Warranty may be honored must be made to:

Ideal Pet Products, Inc.

24735 Avenue Rockefeller

Valencia, California, USA 91355

Attention: Warranty Department

(661) 294-2266 / 1-877-IDEALPET (433-2573)

Any and all implied warranties are expressly disclaimed and of no force or effect. These warranties include, but are not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, implied fitness for any intended purpose, and any warranties under the California Song-Beverly Consumer Act.

This One Year Warranty is void if the damage is due to improper installation, intentional misuse or abuse, repairs by anyone other than the manufacturer, the failure to follow manufacturer’s instructions, or if the product is being used for commercial purposes. Purchaser assumes all risks and liabilities for the misuse or abuse of the product, the commercial use of the product, or the failure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

This One Year Warranty only applies if the product is used for domesticated animals. The Manufacturer, Ideal, is not responsible and shall not have any liability for any damage to or defects caused by acts of God, criminal activity, dog abuse including, but not limited to chewing on the door, lightening, abuse, alteration, trespassing, children’s use of the product, unauthorized access, entry by non-domesticated or “stray” animals, or any other unintended use or misuse of the product.

The Manufacturer, Ideal, disclaims and excludes any liability for incidental, consequential, punitive, general, special, or other damages arising out of or connected with the purchase, use, or misuse of the product or concerning any warranty herein.

This One Year Warranty shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, USA. Venue shall be with the Los Angeles Superior Court, North Valley District.


This product, or any of its accessories, parts, or attachments may not prevent adults, children, animals, insects, or objects from passing through or using the opening created by the product.

Ideal Pet Products will not be liable for any unintended or accidental usage, misuse, abuse, criminal conduct, water intrusion, acts of god, damages or injuries occurring or accruing from the use of this product except in strict accordance with Ideal's One Year Warranty accompanying the sale of this product to the original purchaser.

Additional Information

Frame Material

Extruded Aluminum

Flap Material


Flap Colors


Flap Thickness


Warranty Period

1 year

Return Period

30 days

Locking Cover Material

ABS Plastic

Flap Type

Single Flap

Your Maximum Pet Size

Cats, Large Cats, Small Dogs, Medium Dogs, Large Dogs, X-Large Dogs

Climate Suitability

Mild or Utility

Flap Design

Single, Flexible, Thin Flap

Ability to Lock Flap

Separate Locking Cover-Loads from Top

Can Be Installed In

Aluminum Door, Hollow Core Door, Metal Door, Solid Core Door, Steel Door

Award Winning Design


Sealing Value


Wind Resistance


Self Framing


Replacement Flaps Available


Insulation Value


Installation Instructions

Ideal "Deluxe" Pet Door Detailed Installation instructions


  • Scissors

  • Hammer and awl/nail

  • Drill and â3/8” bit

  • Saber saw

  • Phillips screwdriver



Step 1: Determine template placement: Using scissors, cut the template along the dotted lines as indicated. Center the template (width) in the middle of door and tape in place. Position the top of the template 2" taller than your pet's shoulder.

Please Note: Under no circumstances should the bottom edge of the rough opening be less than 3" from the bottom edge of the wood door.

Step 2: Outline pet door opening: With the template taped in place, use a pencil to draw around the inside edge of the template onto the door. Use a nail or awl to mark the inside edge corner holes and outer hardware drill holes.

Step 3: Drill four, â3/8” in diameter individual holes (the inside edge corner locations will serve as a guide). Next, drill the â3/8” diameter outer door hardware holes.

Step 4: Cutting the opening: Begin with one of the inside edge corner holes. Using a saber saw, carefully cut along the pencil line.

Step 5: (See Diagram 1) Insert the outer frame (A) (no flap) into the opening from the exterior side. Make sure that the frame is flush with the door surface. No adjustment is necessary if the frame does not extend beyond the interior opening. If part of the outer frame extends into the interior, remove the "break-off" levels on the outer frame (B) as required. Use pliers to break off a single level at a time starting at the top, proceeding with the bottom and the sides. Start at the corner and bend the metal inward toward the center in 2" intervals. Caulking is recommended under the outer frame. Place the inner frame (C) (with flap) into the opening from the inside of the door and hold in place. Insert the binder posts (D) through the exterior frame, then install the screws (E) and tighten until snug. Do not over-tighten. If the screws extend past the outer edge of the post, remove the screw, cut-off accordingly, then re-insert.

Ideal Deluxe Installation


For Doors with Uneven Surfaces

After making the rough cut-out, build up the lowest area with a wood frame thick enough to make an even door surface. If both sides of your door are uneven, repeat the process for the other side. Then proceed with the steps above.

For Walls:
Once an opening has been made in the wall, it is necessary to build a frame to cover the exposed area between the wall surfaces. Use wood screws to attach the interior and exterior frames to the wall surfaces. When cutting through walls, make sure not to cut any concealed electric wires, gas lines, or water pipes.

Steel Doors:
To create an opening in a steel door, use a jigsaw with a hacksaw blade to cut the opening, starting at the pre-drilled corner holes. Then proceed with the steps above.

Storm Doors ½” or Less in Width:
Starting at any pre-drilled corner hole, use tin snips to cut out the rough opening. Break off levels 1 and 2 (B) as required (see Diagram 1). Then proceed with the steps above.


Ideal Deluxe Pet Door Demo

Ideal Deluxe Pet Door Installation Video


What is the difference between the Ideal Deluxe and Ideal Original?

The frame of the Ideal Deluxe is metal whereas the frame of the Ideal Original is plastic.

Is the Ideal Deluxe's flap more insulated than the Ideal Original flap?

No, the flap is the same for both doors.

What are the advantages of getting the Ideal Deluxe over the Ideal Original?

The aluminum pet door frame won't break down like the Ideal Original plastic frame In addition metal dog doors don't crack and change color over time when installed in an area with direct sun.

What is the flap material?

It is a flexible clear polyvinyl flap

Is this a self-framing door?

Yes! It includes an inner telescoping frame

How thin/thick can my door be to install this pet door?

The Ideal Deluxe can accommodate doors 1/2" - 1 3/4" thick

What climates is this door suitable for?

We recommend use of this door in moderate climates and any interior installations

Can I lock this door?

Yes, there is a closing cover included to restrict access when not in use

I need a replacement flap for my ideal pet medium aluminum pet door, do I get a round or rectangular logo flap?

Existing models of the Ideal Deluxe Pet Door purchased BEFORE 2006 will need a rectangular logo design on the flap, no screw holes, and a smooth magnet bar running along the bottom.

I have an Ideal Fast Fit Panel, can I replace the current door in that one with this one?

No, they will not be compatible. Please refer to the Ideal "Fast Fit" Flap and Frame Assembly for a replacement.

Can I fit this in an all metal door?

Yes it can be installed into a metal door.

Is this considered an xxl doggie door?

It is suitable for very large dogs as the Super Large flap is 15"w by 20"h.

Do you have the Ideal Deluxe Large Bronze frame door?

No all the bronze deluxe doors have been discontinued so they are only available in white.

Is a metal dog door better?

Aluminum framed pet doors do tend to hold up better than the plastic, especially if it is installed in areas that get direct sunlight.

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