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DIY Door Hanging: A Step-by-Step Guide to Installing a Door

Hanging a door may seem like a daunting task, but with a handy guide and the right tools, it can be a satisfying and practical DIY project. Whether you’re upgrading to a fancy new door or replacing a worn-out entryway, knowing how to hang a door yourself can save you time and money. 

It’s important to take it slow when hanging a door, ensuring that every measurement is perfect. We’ve put together this handy guide that covers everything you need to know before installing a door on your own.

Tools and Materials Needed

Before we dive into how to install a door, it is crucial to gather these essential tools. For a successful DIY door installation, you’ll need:

  • Tape measure
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Shims
  • Level
  • Circular saw
  • Chisel
  • Pencil
  • Drill

You will also need the following materials before getting started:

  • Door
  • Hinges
  • Handle
  • Screws

Step 1: Measure the Doorway

The first step in hanging a door is taking accurate measurements of the doorway. Use a tape measure to find the width, height, and depth of the opening where you’ll be hanging your door. Once you’ve measured these dimensions, measure them again! It’s essential that you take accurate measurements before you begin.

If you find that your new door is larger than the opening, you may have to trim it down. This is a crucial step in how to hang a door as it ensures your door will open and close smoothly.

Step 2: Prep the Door

With measurements in hand, it’s time to prep the door. Place the door on a flat surface and, if necessary, use a circular saw to trim the door to the desired size. 

Using your pencil, mark the positions of the hinges on both the door and the door frame – for the top hinge, you should mark 200mm down from the top of the door, and for the bottom hinge, you should mark 300mm from the base of the door. 

Use a chisel to create recesses for the hinges. This is essential for making sure your door sits flush with the frame.

Step 3: Align the Door

Now it’s time to place the door in the open doorway. Use shims to ensure it’s level and centred. You want the door to be sitting 2mm below the door jamb, while the hinges sit square on it.

It’s essential that the door sits perfectly in the frame, so use a level to check both the horizontal and vertical alignment. Remember, patience and precision are the keys to hanging a door correctly.

Step 4: Secure the Door

To secure the door in place, use a drill to create pilot holes for the screws in both the door and the frame. Attach the hinges to the door first, then to the frame. Make sure the screws are secure but be careful not to over-tighten as this can cause the door to bind. 

Use shims to make any necessary adjustments to ensure the door is square in the frame. This part of the door-hanging process is crucial, you don’t want a wonky opening door.

Step 5: Install the Door Handle and Latch

Once the door is secured, it’s time to install the door handle and latch. Mark the position of the handle and use a hole saw to create an opening. Insert the handle and latch assembly, and secure it with screws. Check that the door opens and closes smoothly and that the latch engages properly.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

With the door hung and the hardware installed, it’s time for the finishing touches. Firstly, check for any gaps and ensure that the door seals properly when closed. When you are satisfied, feel free to paint or stain as desired.

Park Road Timber and Hardware is Here to Help

Hanging a door requires strong attention to detail and a lot of patience, but the result is an aesthetically pleasing and functional addition to your home.

If you find yourself needing advice or assistance, or if you’re looking for the right tools and materials for your next project, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at Park Road Timber and Hardware. 

Our knowledgeable team is here to help you with all your home improvement needs. Contact us today on 03 9909 5397, or complete our online contact form for friendly advice and exceptional service.

Your Local Hardware Store

At Park Road Timber & Hardware has the tools, equipment and specialist advice needed to help you get the job done.

Whether you’re about to start a large scale DIY project, need tools for a small job or anything in between, we are here to help. As the one-stop shop for all your DIY needs, Park Road Timber & Hardware have got you covered.

Give us a call today on 03 9909 5397 or send us a message via our online contact form, to begin your DIY journey today.