How To Measure Interior Door Replacements

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When you are replacing your interior doors you need to know How to measure the door properly so that the new door will fit correctly. It may be necessary to replace a door if it is damaged or just out of style and does not match the current decor in the home. If you are looking to replace your existing door or replace an existing door below are some tips that can help in making the process easier.

The first and one of the most important tips is choosing the perfect door. Shopping for a door can be overwhelming to a person. There are many colors, style and designs to choose from. The most important trait of a door that is sometimes overlooked is the size. If an incorrect size is purchased the door will not fit correctly and will stick or jam causing it to not close tightly. Taking careful measurements and measuring more than once will help safeguard against purchasing an incorrect size.

To measure properly you will need a few basic tools. You will need a tape measure, a framing square and some grid paper to help make a drawing to write measurements on.

When measuring for a door replacement can be relatively simple. If the existing door was measured correctly and fits perfectly it makes for measuring and easy task. In this case you will need to measure the door to get the correct measurements. The proper way to measure is the height and width of the door. Always measure twice to be sure of the correct measurements. When going to purchase the door use the measurements and buy the exact match. There are rare times where you will need to trim the new door to make it fit perfectly.

Often there is the need to create a new door opening. When doing this be sure to add two inches to both the door height and door width measurements. Doing this will allow for the door frame to be installed properly. It might be a good suggestion to draw a sketch of the wall of the room so that the door position and size can be planned perfectly. While planning your door position it is important to pay attention to which way the door will swing open. Measure carefully starting at the top of the door to install the door hinges properly. Before hanging the door be sure to check to make sure the corners of the door and frame are snug and square. A framing square will assist you with this step of the process.