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Taking Measurements for Replacing an Interior Door

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By : Jilda Peterson    99 or more times read
When replacing an interior door, it is necessary to measure it accurately. Once the proper measurements have been taken, a replacement door can be found. Some wear and tear on a door can be repaired with a little wood putty and a fresh layer of paint; however, there are times when a door is damaged, out of style or just too worn out for repair, and in these circumstances, it is time to measure for a replacement door. When taking measurements either to add a new door or replace an existing one, here are some tips that help professionals get it right every time.

Picking a Perfect Replacement

There are many different doors that can be found that can be used to replace doors in a home's interior, and finding the perfect door for the job can be quite a challenge. However, there should be no problem finding the right size door if the measurements were taken properly. An ill fitting door may jam and stick or it may not close snugly, and this is why it is important to take careful measurements. It is actually a good idea to measure at least two times to double check that the measurements are accurate, because purchasing the wrong sized door can be a very costly mistake. It just takes a few minutes to check that the door measurements are right, and using the right measurements saves a lot of headaches along the way.

Gathering Supplies

To properly measure an interior door, there are a few simple tools that are required. When replacing a door that is already in place, probably just a tape measure will do the trick. When adding a new door or changing the size of an existing door, it would be wise to use a framing square as well. It is also a good idea to have some grid paper close at hand.

Adding a Replacement Door

When replacing a damaged or worn out door, taking the measurements is really easy. If the door that is there now is the right size, just use a tape measure to record the current door size, and even in this case it is a good idea to measure twice. Make sure to measure the width and the height of the door, and even though the numbers may seem easy to remember it is best to jot them down. Make sure to take the measurements along when ordering the new door, and that should be all that is necessary to replace an existing door.

Creating a New Doorway

When a door opening is being re-sized or when adding a new interior door to an area, measure the space and subtract two inches from the width and height of the door opening to allow the needed space for a door frame. When calculating the measurements of a new door, using graph paper to draw a scale drawing of the door's position is a really good way to double check that measurements are accurate and the positioning is proper. Also note the direction that the door opens, so that enough clearance is allowed inside the room for the door to swing freely. When installing the frame use shims to make sure that the door frame is square before adding hinges and mounting the door.
Online contributing editor for, Jilda Peterson has extensive design experience, using metal art and kitchen wall hangings.

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