Installing a bedroom door is a great way to give your home a personal touch. Moreover, installing a bedroom door is also a great way to save on home improvement costs. Read on to find out how to install a bedroom door.
Plan Your Project Ahead
Before you begin the installation, you’ll want to figure out how you plan to live your new bedroom door. One of the most important aspects of installing a new door is planning the project ahead.
To make the installation process easier, mark the location of all the pieces on the door. This will make it much easier to remove the door in the future should the need arise. You can also mark the locations of the door’s stops, tracks, doorknob, and hinges.
While it’s easy enough to just throw doors together and hope they fit, doors with unusual features or that require special tools might require a little extra planning.
Measure Your Doors and Frame
To ensure a proper fit, measure your old door and the new door’s opening. Take the measurement both horizontally and vertically and subtract an inch or so for the eventual gap between the doors. This will ensure a proper fit.
Next, mark the frame locations on your new doors and the old doors, making sure to center the mark vertically. Make sure to mark the frame at the bottom, so the track will line up properly.
Depending on the design of your new door, you may not be able to remove the old door once the installation is complete. In this case, mark the locations of the new holes in the bottom of the doors, as well as the bottom of the frame, and then remove the old doors and frame later.
Determine the Door’s Function
Once you’ve marked the frame and doors, it’s time to examine the door’s functionality. By looking at the door’s purpose, you can determine which features and functions will be on display.
Let’s say your new bedroom door is going to be the one thing that completely encompasses your bedroom. In this case, the door’s primary function would be to separate your bedroom from the rest of the house.
Another reason you’d want to select a bedroom door with a distinctive design is so that your children can learn from an early age that doorbells come only in one size. This way, they’re less likely to knock over a miniature doorbell from a much larger structure.
Measure the Bedroom Door’s Opening
One of the most important things you can do when installing a new door determines the door’s opening. This is so you can determine how high your new door goes and whether or not it will fit in the space. Add an inch or so to this measurement to ensure the new door will fit.
Another important measurement to determine is the distance from the wall to the door’s edge. This will ensure your new door doesn’t create a distinctive wall-hanging pattern when opened.
Determine the Bedroom Door’s Height
Once you know how high your new door will go and whether or not it will fit in the space, you can start looking at the actual door’s height.
At this point, you’ll want to consider the door’s overall size and weight as well as the space available above and below the door. For example, a door that’s too low won’t fit in the space above or below it, while a door that’s too high will be too conspicuous in the room.
Another thing to take into consideration is the age of your doors. Old doors are notorious for breaking, and children are more likely to knock over an old doorbell with a new one than an old doorbell with a broken window.
Level the floor
Once you’ve determined the height and width of your new door, it’s time to level the floor. You can do this by laying a longboard or two boards across two chairs or any other stable object. Make sure to center the boards so that their longer edge is at even ground with the wall.
If your door has a distinctive horizontal design, such as a bow or curtsy, your board should be at an angle so that it forms a right angle when the door is opened.
Mark the Location of the Hinges
To finish the installation and make sure your new door doesn’t accidentally open while you’re away, mark the location of the hinges.
This will help you to remove your new door in the future should the need arise. And remember, simply fixing a broken window pane won’t improve the appearance of a neglected door.
Install longer screws in each hinge
Another thing to keep in mind when installing a bedroom door is the type of screws you’ll use. The longer the screws, the stronger the door and will ensure a better seal against the weather.
Also, it’s a good idea to use countersunk screws when possible. These tend to rust faster than standard screws, so they’re less likely to be visible once the door is installed.
Get Help from an Expert
Getting help for your new project is always an option. There are plenty of websites that provide details on how to install doors, as well as how to hire an expert if you need help.
But for most projects, the solution is to call a pro. Home improvement projects aren’t always easy, and it’s often better to hire help than try to do it yourself.
Having said that, hiring an expert for a project doesn’t mean you have to take on all the challenges by yourself. Before you call a pro, be sure to read How to Hire an Expert for Home Improvement to find out what type of help you should hire for your project.
Mark the Lockset Location
First, mark the location of the existing door. It’s a good idea to mark it on the wall or ceiling so that you won’t forget where it is. Once the wall or ceiling is marked, it’s easy to find the new door when the time comes.
Second, mark the location of the new door on the jamb or the architrave. Make sure the location is clear so that anyone looking through the window can see where the door is located.
Attach the trim
The Trim is attached to the jamb or the architrave, and it usually faces the inside of the house. If you’re installing a French door, the jamb or the architrave usually faces the inside of the house.
If you’re installing a Venetian or another Italian-style door, the jamb or the architrave usually faces the outside of the house.
Set the door in place
If you’re installing double doors, it’s a good idea to set them in place so that you can see how it looks from different angles. Most doors should be positioned so that they open inward when the door is opened, and outward when the door is closed. Some doors may need to be adjusted to open outward when the door is closed, and inward when the door is opened. An example of positioning the door is shown in the diagram below.
To finish off your bedroom door project, install the door, and make sure it fits properly. And remember, a well-executed bedroom door can add years to your home. So, don’t settle for anything less than perfection when it comes to installing a new bedroom door.