How to hang doors

How to hang doors

Whether you are looking to change your bedroom door or want to replace your garden shed’s door, our easy-to-follow guide should teach you the basics of how to hang doors. Don’t forget to take your time with it, there is no need to rush. No matter if this is the first or fifth time hanging up a door, you want to do it perfectly every time. So, plan your schedule in advance to make sure you have enough free time to fit your door.

wooden door

In case you don’t have enough time to install a new door or replace an old door, contact our team today. Our carpenters in London will be able to help you with any door-related tasks. Our team will be able to hang a front door, install an interior door, repair a door frame or fix a damaged door. So, if you are looking for a handyman to fix a door or for a handyman to hang a door book online or call 0800 0-12-12-12.

How to measure for a replacement door?

Has your kid been playing football inside and kicked the door by mistake? Has someone shut the door strongly and now it’s not closing properly? If you need to replace your door, it is essential that you choose the right door to fit into the door frame. To do this, measure the width, height and thickness of the existing door and then choose a door that matches your measurements. If you can’t find a door that exactly matches your measurements, round up them up and find the nearest door size.

Related: How to fix doors.

white door

Can doors be hung upside down?

Yes, doors can be accidentally hung upside down. For instance, if you are installing a four or six panelled door, it often has a taller horizontal style across the bottom of the door than it has on the top. Be sure to check the right way up before you install your door.

Which way should doors be hung?

There is no right or wrong way to install a door. There are preferable ways of hanging doors. As this article on Hunker explains, “The rule of thumb is to hang interior doors to open into the room, not out into a hallway or other common area”. This is done to prevent blocking hallways or other common areas.

door opening inwards

How to hang doors.


  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Wood Plane
  • Hand Saw
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Wooden wedges
  • Hinges
  • Screws

How to:

Step 1. Measure and cut the new door to size. Lay the old door on top of the new door and mark any excess you will need to adjust on the new door. Hold the door in place using a workbench and cut the door to the required length with a saw. Test to see if fits the door frame.

Step 2. Get the door ready for the hinges. Hold the door up in the frame and mark the position of the existing hinge cutouts. Measure the thickness of the hinges and mark the depth with a pencil. Chisel the required area to create the hinge recess. Make several cuts and chisel in the same direction as the grain. Place the hinges in place and drill pilot holes.

Step 3. Hang the door on the frame. Place the door at 90° to the frame and place the wedges under the door. Fix one screw into the bottom hole of each hinge. Test the opening and closing of the door. Then, fasten the rest of the screws. Test the door one last time, and that’s it!




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Our aim is to provide you with clear and correct instructions, so that you can easily complete any DIY project you desire. However, please note that the information we provide should only be used as a guideline and that some information within the text may not be entirely accurate.

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