How To Hang A Door

How To Hang A Door: A Step-by-Step Guide

Watch a professional carpenter hang a door in our helpful How To Hang A Door Step-By-Step Video Guide. Find out which tools you will need for hanging a door in an existing frame and also learn how to fit a door stop and butt hinges. You can also can read the step-by-step instructions below.

Video Highlights:

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:13 Tools Required
  • 0:29 Install Door Stop
  • 0:40 Measurements
  • 0:55 Cut Door to Size
  • 1:20 Installing the Hinges
  • 2:04 Hanging the Door
  • 2:14 Conclusion

How To Hang A Door: Tools Needed

Make sure you have the right tools for the job. Here is a handy checklist:

Pencil, tape measure, set square, drill & bits, hammer & chisel, router, circular saw, nail gun, cutting guide.

List of tools needed for hanging a door




    Step 1. Taking Measurements & Installing the Door Stop

     How to hang a door, step one, taking measurements

    • Measure the door's thickness using a set square.
    • With your pencil, mark the entire frame all the way around.
    • Using the pencil lines as guidance, attach the door stop.
    • With the door stop in place, measure the opening both left and right, top and bottom.



    Step 2: Cutting The Door To Size

    How to hang a door, step two, cut the door to the right size

    • Lay your new door flat on a tressel table.
    • Remove packaging.
    • Using the details from Step 1 mark on both left & right, top and bottom measurements.
    • Remove excess with a circular saw.
    • Offer door up to frame to check if any further needs removing.
    • Use an electic plane to remove any remaining excess.



    Step 3: Installing The Hinges

    How to hang a door, step three, installing the hinges

    • Mark on the door where the hinges will sit on the door
    • Tip: As a general guide, a pair of hinges should be installed 6 inches down from the top and 9 inches up from the bottom.
    • Using a sharp craft knife trace around the butt hinge.
    • With the router set to the correct depth and backstop, remove timber from both upper and lower hinge spaces.
    • Tip: A router will always leave rounded corners, but you can square off using a hammer and chisel.
    • Screw the hinges to the door, remembering to first pre-drill holes for ease of assembly.
    • Offer the door to the opening and mark where the hinges will be on the door surround.
    • Again using a craft knife and router, mark the position and remove timber to make a recess for the hinges
    • Square off corners with a hammer and chisel and pre-drill screw holes.

    See HERE for our range of Butt Hinges, sold as pairs and supplied with fixing screws.



    Step 4: Hanging The Door

    How to hang a door step four hanging the door

    • Now the hinges are fitted, the door can be offered up to the frame for final assembly.
    • Fit the hinges in place by fixing the screws into the pre-drilled holes.
    • And your door is now in place!


    We hope you found this step-by-step guide helpful. Please contact us if you have any questions.

      In the next video of this series, we will show you How To Fit A Tubular Latch.


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