How to Hang a Wooden Door

Written by meg warren
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How to Hang a Wooden Door
Wooden doors have been used for centuries. (Aged door handle on wooden entrance door image by fotosergio from

Hanging a wooden door is a simple task, although it is possible to do it wrong. There are a few things that could go wrong if you hang a door improperly. Hanging it wrong could cause the door to have gaps in the frame, which would cause issues with heating and cooling. It could also cause the door to not close correctly, or not even close at all. If it isn’t lined up properly the door will not latch or lock properly.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Door
  • Plane
  • Sand Paper
  • Hinges
  • Pencil
  • Screws
  • Drill

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  1. 1

    Measure the open door frame. The door needs to be 1/4 of an inch smaller than the opening. If you are going to be replacing a door then you can skip this step and simply measure the door that is already there.

  2. 2

    Trim the new door to the appropriate size using the plane. This tool works by pressing it against the object you are working with. Add pressure then push the plane along the area you are cutting down. This will shave a layer off of the door. Repeat this step until the door is the appropriate size. Remember to measure twice, cut once. If you cut the door too small then you will have to replace the door or it will leave gaps in the frame and not close properly.

  3. 3

    Sand the edges of the door until the wood is smooth to the touch.

  4. 4

    Set the door against the opening to ensure that it fits properly. If it does not fit correctly, then repeat Step 2 until it does.

  5. 5

    Place the hinges on the door end. The direction of the hinge will depend on the way you want the door to open. Typically the door will open into a room. The hinges need to be on the opposite side of the frame as the light switch on the wall. For instance if the light switch is on the left side of the frame then the hinge needs to be on the right. This will allow the person entering the room to turn on the light with out having to close the door behind them and walk around to find the light.

  6. 6

    Trace the hinge onto the door with a pencil. The hinge will be placed 6 inches from the top and bottom of the door. Measure and mark that line. The bottom of the hinge that will be going on the bottom of the door will need to be lined up with the line at the bottom of the door. The top of the hinge that will be going on the top of the door will need to be lined up with the line at the top of the door. Both hinges need to face the same direction, and on the same side.

  7. 7

    Cut away the wood inside where you marked the hinges. Do not cut too deep. The hinge will need to sit flush with the door, so it does not obstruct the door when opening or closing.

  8. 8

    Place the hinge back on the door. This time the hinge should sit inside where you cut. It should be flush against the end of the door.

  9. 9

    Drill the screws into the holes to attach the hinge to the door.

  10. 10

    Open the hinge and place the door into the door frame. Place two screwdrivers below the door so that it is raised above the floor.

  11. 11

    Mark a line on the top and bottom of each hinge to mark where the hinge will need to be placed on the door frame.

  12. 12

    Remove one of the hinges off the door to trace the size onto the door frame.

  13. 13

    Cut away the wood inside where you marked the hinge. Again do not cut too deep as the hinge will need to sit flush with the door frame.

  14. 14

    Reattach the hinge to the door.

  15. 15

    Align the hinge with the area that you cut away. Drill the screws into the holes. It may be better if you put one screw into each hinge at a time.

  16. 16

    Open and close the door to ensure that the door is hung properly.

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